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RIO’s New Powerflex Max Shooting Line


RIO Products has announced the release of the new Powerflex Max Shooting Line, designed specifically for anglers using Skagit or Scandi style shooting heads. Available in four sizes, retailing for $49.95. Read more in the press release below.

Costa Sunglasses Releases Five New Styles to Core Collection

Costa has announced five new sunglass style additions to their Core collection. Styles include the Bloke, Reefton, Kiwa, Tasman Sea, and Whitetip and will all be available Spring 2017. Read more in the press release below.

Loon Outdoors to Host Fly Tying 101 Live Streaming Events in January 2017


On Thursday evenings this January, Loon Outdoors will host “Fly Tying 101,” a live streaming fly tying demonstration geared toward the beginner tier and structured so that viewers can comment and ask questions during each episode. Read more in the press … more

Cheeky Fishing Debuts New “Limitless” Reels

Cheeky Fishing has announced the debut of new Limitless Fly Reels. Limitless Reels feature an innovative fully sealed Gasket Drag System (GDS) and are available in 5 sizes from 2wt to 16wt. Read more in the press release below.

Video Hatch: “Polar Opposites”

In this short film the Adipose Productions crew heads south to discover the shallow water fishing opportunities in the winter months.
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Tippets: Tying the Emerald Shanker, Haslinger Breviary Bought by Yale

  • The Emerald Shanker is a great baitfish/minnow pattern for steelhead and smallmouth bass. This intruder and scandi inspired pattern can be tied in a few variations, which Kevin Hospodar demonstrates in this instructional video.
  • The Haslinger Breviary, a devotional book that contains writings on fly fishing dating back to 1452-1462, has been acquired by Yale University and will be part of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library collections. Read more at The Literary Fly Fisher.
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Atlanta Fly Fishing Show to Kick-Start ‘17 Angling Season

The Fly Fishing Show has announced the addition of an Atlanta event for the 2017 season. The inaugural Atlanta Fly Fishing Show will take place Feb. 3-4, 2017 at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia.

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Video Hatch: “Snow Day”

This short film highlights the beauty and silence of spending a snow day on the water. Via TOPO Films.
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Tippets: Nymphing Resources, Planning a Float Trip

  • The internet is a great tool for sharing information, and Domenick Swentosky gathers some of the best resources for learning more about tight line and euro nymphing techniques, via Troutbitten.
  • In this article on Postfly Box Stephanie Winter of Big Hole Lodge in Montana writes about strategies for planning a multi-day float trip.Planning this type of trip can seem overwhelming and tedious, but a successful float trip is one of the most rewarding experiences in life. Remember, the more planning you do ensures a better time for you and your crew.”
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Travis Campbell Moves from Far Bank to Smartwool

Travis Campbell, who has been president and CEO of Far Bank Enterprises for the past eight years, will leave Far Bank and become CEO of Smartwool, based in Steamboat Springs, CO.

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Video Hatch: “120 Days”

This short film from Travis Rummel and Ben Knight of Felt Soul Media captures an angler’s obsession with tarpon and the dedication it takes to become an expert. The film will be features in the 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour.
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Islamorada SailFly Results 2017

The 17th Islamorada SailFly competition was recently held in Florida. Thirteen teams participated in the fly-fishing only event, with Captain Randy Towe leading Bernard Paul-Hus to their second win in five years.

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Fly Punk Issue 2 is Released

The second issue of Fly Punk is now freely available to read online. The bi-monthly publication “is not your normal fly fishing magazine, we won’t show you how to do it, instead we will try to figure out and share why we all do it.”

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Tippets: California Salmon and Storms, Comment on Columbia and Snake River Dams, Medication Pollution, Climate Change Moves Fish North

  • While the recent storms in California have been good for the snowpack and reservoirs of the drought-stricken state, native salmon are struggling to survive. “We have eggs that were just recently laid in Lagunitas Creek and other tributaries which have gotten washed away,” said Eric Ettlinger, Aquatic Ecologist with the Marin Municipal Water District. “We also have fish prepared to go into the ocean which hatched a year ago, and they are struggling to find refuge from the high flows.” Via SF Gate.
  • Anglers have a rare opportunity to call for actions that will dramatically improve the prospects for wild steelhead and salmon in the Columbia and Snake River basins. Comment on Columbia and Snake River Dam Operations here.
  • New research has shown that anti-anxiety medication has harmful effects on salmon swimming in affected waters. ‘”The researchers found that when fish ingest oxazepam, it makes them migrate faster and farther—potentially recklessly so.” Via Hakai Magazine.
  • Many Atlantic coast fish species are leaving their native range for cooler northern waters. “Studies have found that two-thirds of marine species in the Northeast United States have shifted or extended their range as a result of ocean warming, migrating northward or outward into deeper and cooler water.” Read more via The New York Times.
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