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Video: Rep Your Water New 2017 Products

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The husband-and-wife team at Rep Your Water gives MidCurrent a sneak peak at some of the new styles of their apparel for 2017.

Video: G.Loomis Asquith Fly Rods

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Famed rod designer Steve Rajeff of G. Loomis rods goes into detail about the collaboration between parent company Shimano and G Loomis in the new series of fly rods the company is calling “Asquith.”

Video: St. Croix Sole Two Piece Fly Rod

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Dan Johnson of St. Croix explains the company’s innovative two-piece rod that fishes like a single piece, with the main ferrule being just 28 inches from the top.

Video: Souplefly Sculpin Lanyard

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Michael Kassarijian of Souplefly gives MidCurrent an intro to a couple of innovative products from this up-and-coming company.

Video Hatch: “No Gravity”

This short film from Natalie Franceva connects fly fishing with the creative process of painting. “Sometimes a bad cast will catch fish,” says Franceva, “as a bad brush stroke can add to a painting.
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Video Hatch: “My Grandfather’s Gift”

This this short film Dan Conway talks about how he came into fly fishing after inheriting his grandfather’s fly rod. Via Emilie Milcarek.
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Tippets: The 15 Best Carp Flies, Crazy Reese Ferguison Hopper Dropper Derby

  • Carp are more intelligent than many anglers give them credit for, and they reside in diverse ecosystems, which factor into fly choice. Jay Zimmerman, author of The Best Carp Flies: How to Tie and Fish Them, writes about factors that play into chasing carp on the fly such as the environment, pressure, and forage.  He Also presents his top pattern choices. “I will never profess to know the best flies and best approach to fool the carp in your home waters,” writes Zimmerman, “but these 15 will give you a solid head start.” Via Fly Fisherman.
  • The 1st Annual Crazy Reese Ferguison Hopper Dropper Derby will be held Saturday October 8, 2016, on the South Fork of the Boise River in honor of the late Crazy Reese Ferguison, co-creator of The Reel Adventures Of Fly Fishing Expert Hank Patterson. All proceeds of the tournament will go directly to Reel Recovery, a national non-profit organization that conducts free fly fishing retreats for men living with all forms of cancer.
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Environmental Activist Joe Browder Passes

Former Miami TV reporter turned environmental activist Joe Browder passed away Sept. 18, 2016 at the age of 78. Browder played a pivotal role in protecting the Everglades and co-founded the Friends of the Everglades group.  He “was as tough as a ’Glades gator in fighting for his causes,” writes Howard Cohen in The Miami Herald.

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Tippets: Oldest Fishing Hooks Found, Triggering a Trout Strike

  • On Okinawa Island between mainland Japan and Taiwan researchers have found the world’s oldest fish hook to date. The hooks, carved from shells, date back approximately 23,000 years and were used to catch parrotfish and eels. The research is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Via Science Magazine.
  • In an excerpt from The Bug Book: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Trout Stream Insects, published by Headwater Books and MidCurrent, author Paul Weamer details how fly patterns can trigger a trout to strike. “A trigger mechanism is a fly pattern component that makes a fish choose to eat it,” writes Weamer. “Many times a trout has swum beneath my dry fly, looked at it, and refused to eat it. Those flies did not have good trigger mechanisms for that fish on that day.”
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Tippets: West’s “New Normal,” Brook Trout Hormones, Yellowstone Grayling, Elwha Dam Demolition Continues

  • The recent fish die offs in the Yellowstone River predict a “new normal” for fisheries due to climate change, writes Alexis Bonogofsky. “The fish kill is not just an inconvenience for fishermen. The consequences of climate change are reverberating throughout Montana’s economy.” Via Truth Out.
  • Idaho Fish and Game is pioneering research that uses a sex-altering hormone to curb unwanted populations of brook trout. “The project uses the female hormone estradiol to affect sex in a segment of the population, then selectively breeds them to get an entire population to produce one sex.” Via Magic Valley.
  • The grayling of Yellowstone National Park inhabit only a fraction of their native range. Ted Williams reports on the efforts to restore the Arctic grayling in waters throughout the park, via High Country News.
  • Boulders that remain from the Elwha Dam demolition are being blasted by crews with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as they present hazard to boaters and also fish migration. While there have been significant improvements since the work was done last year, “biologists were still concerned the boulders could limit fish passage.” Via Peninsula Daily News.
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Video Hatch: “Eksoplanet – Eksingedalen”

The drone video of this short film features the river Ekso in Eksingedalen in Hordaland, Norway. Via Morten Kjetland.
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Umpqua Promotes Dave Student to Fly Specialist

Umpqua Feather Merchants has announced Dave Student in the role of Fly Specialist. Student will be responsible for quality assurance, sourcing new fly-tying materials, and selecting new fly patterns.

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Tippets: Fishing Partners, Waders Meet Science, Flies for Autumn

  • Stephen Brutger writes about a different kind of “trophy” shot, and one of the most important decisions you make when heading out on the water: who you take with.  Via Stalking the Seam.
  • Dutch and American scientists have developed waders equipped with temperature sensors that enable fly-fishers to find the best fishing locations while collecting data to help scientists study streams. The research was published in Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems (GI), an open access journal of the European Geosciences Union.
  • Changing weather conditions and water flows all lead to the need for changing flies in your box. Tom Rosenbauer writes about his top ten flies for autumn, and techniques for fishing them when out on the water. Via Orvis.
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Patagonia’s Philosopher King

Fly fishing, particularly the tenkara method, is a simple way to get people to like fishing. “And fishing was the way to get them to care about the water,” says Yvon Chouinard. A recent piece by Nick Paumgarten profiles Chouinard as “Patagonia’s Philosopher King.” Read more in The New Yorker.

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