This film short is a feast for the eyes and a preview of the newest project from Freestone Films.
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RIO Products has announced two additions to its spey line category: the RIO Scandi and Scandi VersiTip. Both lines utilize RIO’s ultra-low stretch ConnectCore technology for increased control and sensitivity when casting. Read more in the press release below.
Kara Armano explains one of the newest offerings from Sage, the Evoke Reel. It comes in two sizes, 8 and 10, has an open frame design for suitable for palming for bigger species, a large drag knob, a sealed carbon … more
Okay, this might be a stretch seeing as it’s late February and this is a tip about using rock salt to make your portable cooler lower in temperature. But a guy can dream about the hot summer months, can’t he? … more
I rarely if ever bring water with me on back-country fishing adventures any more. Instead I bring some type of filter or filter bottle. Technology in this realm has gotten so good and so light there’s simply no reason to … more
- After attending a recent showing of the 2014 F3T, Jake Ricks has some solid advice for future film producers. Check out the most overused phrases in fly fishing films via Bumpy Water.
- A warming climate is making Montana waters too hot for some native trout species. A recent article from the Wilderness Society highlights the dangers facing westslope cutthroat trout and the bull trout populations.
- In a recent article on Gink & Gasoline, Louis Cahill explains the Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937 and the Dingell-Johnson Act of 1950. Together they garner a 10% excise tax on hunting and fishing equipment, which goes into a trust that supports fish and wildlife management. “If you need another reason to by US products,” Cahill writes, “there it is.”
- Discussing everything from blending your own in a coffee grinder to making dubbing loops, Dennis Shaw presents a complete tutorial on dubbing via The Limp Cobra.
- A floating, fish-guidance boom is being installed to prevent migrating chinook salmon from taking a dangerous detour into Georgiana Slough, where due to predation and blocked access it’s estimated that 65% of young salmon do not survive.
- Bruce Chard teaches the “V grip” hold, for help improving your casting technique. Don’t miss the instructional short film via Gink & Gasoline.
The Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition works to protect the Skeena river system through initiatives to preserve wild rivers and wild fish. They are currently holding an online auction of items ranging from donated Patagonia and Hardy gear to custom hand-tied flies. Check out their offerings and help the SWCC’s work to protect the Skeena Watershed.
A new study published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences suggests that didymo diatoms may already be present in most waters, and that climate change, not human transport, is the primary factor in “rock snot” outbreaks.
According to study leader Michelle Lavery, a graduate student at the University of New Brunswick, ”We can’t make any solid claims as to what the mechanism is that is favoring didymo, but we strongly suspect it has to do with climate.”
“If there’s a bucket of water on the roof left overnight, it will be colonized by diatoms,” Lavery told Live Science. Wind can transport diatoms, as can birds and other animals. In fact researchers found didymo remains in sediments dating back many decades, even where there are no current infestations.
If didymo is no longer considered an “invasive species,” it will change the direction of research. That doesn’t mean that washing waders and boots is no longer necessary–other live organisms can still be transported from stream to stream. But it does force us to re-examine our assumptions about which aspects of human behavior have the greatest impact on the health of aquatic environments.
Once numbering in the tens of thousands, Southern California’s runs of native steelhead are now on the brink of extinction. This documentary from California Trout tells their story.
Owners of Frigate Travel, Kate Taylor and Justin Crump, bring saving Bristol Bay home in a new way as they examine the outdoor economy of the area. “Our time in Bristol Bay provides us with a chance to start new businesses, buy homes, purchase new boats, and give back to the economy where we live. That is what working ecosystems are supposed to do.” Read the rest of a great piece via TRCP.
Trout Unlimited president and CEO Chris Wood responded to the EPA’s decision Friday to more closely examine the potential negative effects of the Pebble Mine. “By putting the process outlined in the Clean Water Act into play,” explains Wood, “the EPA is setting a very high—but reasonable and appropriate—bar for Pebble Mine to get over and prove there won’t be impacts to water quality and the region’s irreplaceable fishery.”
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