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Simms Launches Fall 2017 Product Line

Simms has announced the release of the fall 2017 line of new products, which range from bootfoot waders to insulated outerwear for winter months on the water. Read more in the press release below.

Redington Introduces New Outfits to make Fly Fishing More Accessible to All

For its 2018 product lineup, Redington will introduce five new outfits perfect for beginners, kids, and experts. The Vice, Path, Crosswater, Topo, and Minnow outfits include rod, reel, line, and rod and reel case. Read more in the press release … more

Sage’s Spectrum Fly Reels Cover All Fly Fishing Applications

Sage has introduced a new reel series to their product offerings. The Spectrum reel family includes the Spectrum Max, Spectrum LT, and Spectrum reel series. Read more in the press release below.

Fishpond Debuts Full Line of New 2018 Products, and Lands Four Awards at IFTD

The new 2018 line of products from Fishpond debuted at the International Fly Tackle Dealer show in Orlando, July 11-14th, 2017. “There are brand new additions to the line, as well as updated classics redesigned for peak performance.” Read more … more

Second Annual Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians Hall of Fame Induction

August 26, 2017, marks the 2nd Annual Hall of Fame Luncheon & Induction Ceremony for the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians in Bryson City, North Carolina. A luncheon meet-and-greet will be held at noon at the Southwestern Community College’s Swain Center at 60 Almond School Road, seven miles west of Bryson City on US 19/74, after which inductees will be honored at 1:45. The museum will be open for refreshments and tours from 4:15-6 pm.

Beau Beasley, outdoor writer and director of the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival, will act as Master of Ceremonies for the event. “We all need to remember our cultural history, and in this part of the country that includes fly fishing,” says Beasley. “While we look back at those who founded this American pastime, it’s also important to acknowledge those who are leading the way today for the next generation of anglers. I think Bryson City understands this concept, and they’ve done all of us a huge service by fostering this event and this museum.” 

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees are:  

Bernard “Lefty” Kreh  (Recreation) – Inducted on April 8, 2017, at the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival for his many contributions to fly fishing: outdoor writer of 31 books, fly rod designer, and innovative fly tyer, particularly of the world-renowned, circa 1950s Lefty’s Deceiver.

Mac Brown (Recreation) – Fly fishing volunteer with numerous organizations; fly fishing guide, author, instructor, and coach; and regional and national leader in fly fishing competitions.

Jimmy Jacobs (Communications) – Author of numerous fly fishing books and articles, seminar speaker, and photographer.

Stephen Edward Moore (Conservation) – Years of dedication to brook trout restoration in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and to the discovery of the Southern strain of brook trout.

Joe M. Messinger, Sr. (Crafts) – Professional fly tyer widely recognized for creativity and wisdom in designing the famed Irresistible pattern as well as other noted creations including the Nitehummer, Messinger Frog or Bucktail Frog, Meadow Frog, Golden Frog, Dogcatcher, Bleeding Bucktail Popper, and Bleeding Hair Frog.

Starr Nolan (Humanity) – Fly fishing volunteer with numerous organizations, instructor, educator, and clinical coach; and regional and national leader in the use of fly fishing as a method of therapy for recovering cancer patients.

New this year is a pre-induction fundraiser at Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City at 7 pm on Friday, August 25. Sponsored by the museum and Casting Carolinas, the event is an opportunity to meet the 2017 inductees and raise funds for Casting Carolinas, a nonprofit organization that utilizes fly fishing as a means of helping patients deal with and recover from various cancers. Each inductee will select a beer to be renamed after them during the event, and Nantahala Brewing will donate $1 per renamed beer sold at the event.

Make plans now to visit the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians at 210 Main Street in Bryson City. Refreshments and tours will be offered to the public from 4:15-6 pm at no cost on induction day. The luncheon ($35 per person; children under 12 are $10) requires reservations; email or call 828-488-3681.

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Tippets: Klamath Chinook Salmon, Northern Pike in the Columbia, Using Newspaper Records for Fisheries Research

  • The Karuk Tribe plans to file a petition to list Klamath River spring-run Chinook salmon as an endangered species. “The notices were sent a day after a UC Davis study published in Science Advances found spring-run Chinook salmon were genetically distinct from their fall-run counterparts — a distinction that has been debated for nearly 20 years.” Via Times Standard News.
  • Non-native northern pike continue to move downstream in the Columbia River and Lake Roosevelt. “The state and the tribes consider northern pike to be a threat to native fisheries with the potential for impacting salmon runs downstream from Chief Joseph Dam.” Via The Spokesman Review.
  • In a recent research project in Australia, scientists are working with The Nature Conservancy “to use historical newspaper records to gather data on recreational fishing in the Noosa Estuary, revealing declines in the fishery over time.” Via Cool Green Science.
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Video Hatch: “Why Patagonia is Fighting for Public Lands”

This video, the first-ever television ad run by Patagonia, focuses on the importance of public lands. “Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia’s founder, is standing up for our public lands. Stand with him. Text DEFEND to 52886 by August 24.”
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Tippets: McCormick at the National Casting Championships, Fishing Small Streams

  • At 13, Maxine McCormick is taking the fly casting world by storm. At the National Casting Championships held in San Jose, CA McCormick beat her teacher, Hall of Famer Chris Korich, in flycasting-accuracy combination events. “Regardless of age or gender, Maxine ranked fourth in North America in flycasting accuracy, earned a spot on the All America team for the third straight year and beat her world-champion coach, Korich, in flycasting-accuracy combination events.” Tom Stienstra reports via The San Francisco Chronicle.
  • Late summer is a perfect time for fishing highcountry small streams. And in a new short instructional video from Trout Tips, Chris Hunt talks about fly selection and techniques for fishing these out-of-the- way waters.
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Tippets: Low-Riding Dry Flies, Hawaii Bonefishing

  • High-riding dry flies are easier to see for the angler. However “experienced anglers know that you’ll catch more trout if the bug is riding lower in the water,” writes Phil Monahan, “mostly in the film.” Read more about low-riding terrestrials via Orvis.
  • Kenny Karas from Hawaii on the Fly sits down for an interview with Bjorn Stromsness of Bonefish on the Brain. They talk about everything from fly fishing for bonefish in Hawaii to local eats and gill-netting. Read the interview here.
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2018 Fly Fishing Shows Sell Out Booth Space

Exhibitor booth space for the 2018 Fly Fishing Show circuit are sold out for all seven venues. “We are now ‘wait-listing’ potential exhibitors who may find space available at various venues if exhibitors change plans or prior commitments are disallowed,” says president and CEO Ben Furminsky.

Read more in the press release below. Continue reading

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Video Hatch: “Wilderness and Silence”

Sometimes you have to travel a long way to find silence, but it’s always worth the journey. Via Mitja Piipponen.
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GT: A Flyfisher’s Guide to Giant Trevally

A new book by Peter McLeod is the first comprehensive guide of its kind to detail fly fishing for giant trevally. The book is published by Merlin Unwin Books.

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Mystic Outdoors Fly Rods Announces Derek Bond as New Majority Owner

Mystic Outdoors Fly Rods has announced Derek Bond as New Majority Owner. “Bond is eager to take the business to the next level, strengthening its position in the fly fishing rod market.”

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Video Hatch: Fly-fishing Legend Joe Humphreys Mentors Young Angler

While generations apart, Holden Price, 18, and Joe Humphreys, 88, share a passion for fly fishing. And despite their age gap, they still learn from each other. Frank Ready writes about their unique friendship in this article via Centre Daily Times, as well as in the video below of Price and Humphreys sharing time on the water at Fisherman’s Paradise. Continue reading

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