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Podcast Interview: Simon Gawesworth of RIO Products

This week MidCurrent had the pleasure of chatting with uber-caster and one of the industry’s nicest people, Simon Gawesworth. Simon is the brand manager for RIO Products, and aside from dogging our praise for his casting ability he chatted with us … more

Video: Cortland Trout Boss HTx


Joe Goodspeed from the Cortland Line Company gives MidCurrent the skinny on the company’s new trout line, the Trout Boss HTx. The Trout Boss HTx has a complex new taper, thinner core, and new proprietary heat-tempered surface treatment (HTx). A thinner core … more

New Yarn Colors from UNI-Products

UNI-Products has announced the addition of Salmon and Black/Camel to the already extensive color offerings of their UNI-Yarn Regular line. Read more in the press release below.

Video: Bozeman Reel Company Reels for 2015


Dan Rice with the Bozeman Reel Company talks to MidCurrent about the company’s reels for 2015, including the S handle classic and RS series in custom color runs, and about bringing back the M1 click-pawl reel for a limited edition … more

How to Tie the Ginny Midge

The Ginny Midge is the subject of this week’s featured fly tying video. As tier and videographer Tim Flagler says: “If you’re just beginning to tie small, it’s a great fly to start with.  Even a size 24 is fairly easy to master.”

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“The Courage of Hope”

In a recent piece, Matt Smythe writes about hope and veterans; on the water and returning from war. “Ultimately, it’s a gift of presence, and greater courage. On the water and in life. Elusive, yes. But attainable. And absolutely worth saddling up for.” Read more via Project Healing Waters.

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Top 10 Underreported Conservation Stories of 2014

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership has released a list of the top 10 conservation stories that deserved more press in the past year.

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Senate Passes Public Lands Measures

A new federal defense re-authorization bill recently passed by the Senate promises new measures to protect fish and game habitat in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Montana.

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Video Hatch: “The Lost Boys of Yantarni”

This film trailer follows the hardy souls who live, guide, and fly fish on one of the most formidable outreaches of the Alaska Peninsula. The film can be seen in its entirety as part of the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour. Via Fly Out Media.

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Tippets: Winter Tenkara, Hatchery vs. Wild

  • Winter fishing brings its own set of unique frustrations. And in a recent piece on Hatch Magazine, Ben Kryzinski wonders whether tenkara might be the answer for at least a few of the challenges of cold weather fishing.
  • The Nooksack River has been closed to fishing to protect hatchery fish. Osprey Steelhead News has a good exposition on this recent decision by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Until we emphasize the protection of wild fish and the fisheries they can support we’ll continue to squander millions of dollars a year all in the name of perpetuating a broken system of hatcheries and river closures.”
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AMFF Launches “A Graceful Rise” Online Exhibition

The American Museum of Fly Fishing has announced the launch of an online version of their A Graceful Rise exhibition, which highlights women in the sport.

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New Fly Fishing Books

  • My Life in Fishing: Favorite Long Stories Told Short by Stu Apte is a collection of favorite stories ranging in topic from IGFA world records (of which Apte holds over six dozen) to favorite fishing companions and personalities, including mojitos with Ernest Hemingway aboard his boat Pilar. Along with engaging stories, this book also offers an interesting look into the evolution of the sport of fly fishing from someone who was instrumental in its development. Stonefly Press; 1ST edition (December 2014).
  • 101 Trout Tips: A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics, and Techniques by Landon R. Mayer is a collection of technical advice and guidance from a veteran instructor of the sport. As a longtime guide, Mayer draws from his experience teaching on the water to offer unorthodox solutions for common fly fishing problems from fly selection to fighting and landing fish. Stackpole/Headwater (January 1, 2015).
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Obama Bans Drilling in Bristol Bay

President Obama has exercised his executive authority and has indefinitely barred oil and gas development in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. “It is a beautiful natural wonder, and it’s something that’s too precious to us to just be putting out to the highest bidder,” said Mr. Obama. Find out more about the importance of the Bristol Bay ecosystem in a post by Tanya Somanader on White

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Salmon Caves

The Great Bear Rainforest is world renowned for its grizzlies and towering cedars, but it is also becoming well-known for its system of caves that allows salmon to swim through the mountains. View a video of researcher Ian McAllister and his team from Pacific Wild as they scuba dive the underwater caves. And read more about this unique watershed via The Vancouver Sun.

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