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Vedavoo Announces Reel Service Project IV

Vedavoo has announced the Reel Service Project IV, which pairs artists with craftsmanship to create one-of-a-kind messenger bags. All construction, materials and artwork are will be donated to benefit our vets through Project Healing Waters. Read more in the press … more

RIO Products Launches InTouch Single Handed Spey 3D

RIO has added a new triple density line series option to its product lineup with the launch of the new InTouch Single Handed Spey 3D. Read more in the press release below.

The R.L. Winston Rod Company Announces Cast a Winston – Win a Winston

Winston has announced a new sales program for 2018 called “Cast a Winston – Win a Winston.” The program is designed to reward customers “who cast any Winston rod at a Fly Fishing show or Winston Dealer event by entering … more

Stillwater Fly Fishing App is Now Live

Phil Rowley and Brian Chan have announced the release of their Stillwater Fly Fishing App, packed with educational tips for fly fishing for trout in stillwaters. The app is available through both Google Play and iTunes. Read more in the … more

How to Tie Ed Engle’s Bubble Winged BWO Emerger

Noted small-fly expert Ed Engle is the guest tier for this week’s featured tying video, which features his Bubble Winged BWO Emerger.  Says Engle: “Typically I’ll tie this fly down to size 22. If you’re going to do that, you want the bead to be in proportion and you’d have to go to an extra-small silver lined bead. You can also tie it in larger sizes up to a 14.”

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Tippets: International Angling Travel, Tips for Two-Fly Rigs

  • From tips on car rental to roller duffels and how to roll clothes to save space, Zach Matthews outlines great advice for international travel via The Itinerant Angler.
  • From how to rig two flies to why they can help make you more effective on the water, read this great article by Domenick Swentosky about strategies and techniques for fishing a two-fly rig. Via Troutbitten.
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Tippets: Orvis 50/50 Campaign, GoPro Tips

  • The Orvis 50/50 Campaign aims to create gender parity in the fly fishing industry. “50/50 was founded with three targeted goals: Change the industry’s perception of women by reflecting diversity across physique, age, ethnicity, and skill level; lower barriers into the sport by providing free-of-cost, women’s-only clinics and schools; and celebrate women in conservation.” Read more in this article by Morgan Tilton in SNEWS.
  • If you use a GoPro when fishing, you are familiar with the frustration of finding water droplets on your final footage. In this article, learn five quick tricks to keep the lens water-free. Via Click Like This.
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Thomas and Thomas Welcomes New Expertise in Andy Stone

Thomas and Thomas has announced the welcome of rodmaker Andy Stone to their team. Stone will join T&T as Vice President of Manufacturing.

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Remembering Lefty Kreh

Legendary angler, Lefty Kreh, has passed away at the age of 93. Kreh was a pioneer of saltwater fishing, reinvented fly casting, and designed one of the most well-known flies of all time: Lefty’s Deceiver. There are many great tributes and profiles being written, including by Gary Reich on Angler’s Journal and John Randolph on Fly Fisherman. “If nobility has a face,” writes Randolph, “it was Lefty Kreh. He gave the ancient values of fly fishing new and enduring meaning. He was the most influential sport fisherman in the last half of the 20th century.”

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Tippets: Bass Ponds 101, Spring Streamer Fishing

  • As the weather warms it’s a great time to start thinking about bass fishing. In this article Kent Klewein outlines fifteen strategies for fishing bass ponds and details why these waters are perfect for beginning anglers. “Fly fishing for bass on ponds is a great way to get into the sport,” he writes. “There’s usually plenty of fish, and you always stand a good chance at catching them.” Via Gink & Gasoline.
  • Small nymphs are often the early-season go-to fly. However, Tom Rosenbauer outlines why streamers can also be in your box this spring. Read more in this article via Orvis.
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Vail Valley Anglers Looking for Retail Manager

Vail Valley Anglers has announced their search for a full-time manager to join their team. The position will be responsible for managing all aspects of a retail shop including sales, inventory, merchandising, and seasonal shop staff.

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Tippets: Yellowstone National Park Bans Felt Soles, Florida’s Coastal Collapse, Donlin Gold Mine Proposed in Alaska

  • Concern over invasive species has led Yellowstone National Park to ban the use of felt sole wading boots. Inspection of watercraft will also be available. Via U.S. News and World Report.
  • Coastal Florida ecosystems are collapsing, threatening sea grass, fisheries, recreation and local economies. “What’s to blame?” asks Kevin Spear. The answer: “A historic toll of chronic pollution and crippled drainage has been compounded by drought in recent years and El Niño downpours this winter.” Via The Orlando Sentinel.
  • While the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay has garnered much attention, a lesser known mine proposal would also have devastating effects on the environment and fisheries. The Donlin Gold mine could soon get a green light for the massive open-pit mine in Alaska’s remote southwestern Kuskokwim Mountains and would have great impact on subsistence hunting and fishing practiced by many local villages. Via E&E News.
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Tippets: Reading Rise Forms, Testing Fish Reflexes

  • Understanding rise forms can help increase your enjoyment of and success when dry fly fishing. In this article, Tom Rosenbauer outlines the different types of rise forms and advises strategies for successfully fishing each. Via Fly Fisherman.
  • New research into the reflexes of fish can help anglers assess the health of fish when practicing catch and release techniques, writes Dr. Jake Brownscombe, PhD, Research Associate at Carleton University. “As science continues to develop the relationship between reflex tests, fish condition, and survival, these tools will become increasingly useful for anglers to assess the condition of their fish and make informed decisions about how to treat the fish prior to release.” Via Keep ‘Em Wet.
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School of Trout

The new “School of Trout,” founded by guide and conservationist Todd Tanner, is a week-long class with this stated goal: “If you attend one of our classes, we want you to walk away feeling confident that you have the necessary skills to succeed on any trout stream you might fish.” Students will learn from noted faculty members including: Tom Rosenbauer of Orvis, legendary angler Craig Matthews, artist Bob White, photographer Tim Romano, author and editor Kirk Deeter, and writer/activist/guide Hilary Hutcheson. Classes for 2018 will be held October 7-13 at the TroutHunter facility on the banks of the Henry’s Fork in Last Chance, Idaho.

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