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Umpqua Launches Tongass Waterproof Packs and Bags

Umpqua Feather Merchants has announced the release of their Tongass Line of waterproof packs and bags, including a waist pack, backpack, gear bag and dry bags. These products are due to be in stores by December of 2014. Read more … more

Patagonia’s Nano-Air Wins Gear of the Year Award

Outside Magazine has named Patagonia’s Nano-Air Jacket and Hoody for their Gear of the Year award in backcountry jackets. “It’s so cozy and capable that it became our go-to piece for everything from climbing to skiing to running,” says the Outside … more

Wilderness Systems Unveils the All-New Thresher Open Water Fishing Kayak

Wilderness Systems has released a new open water fishing kayak for 2015. The “Thresher” is designed for for maximum gear storage, capacity, and accessibility. Read more in the press release below.

Podcast Interview: Jon Bauer of Bauer Fly Reels

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This past week MidCurrent had the privilege to speak to Jon Bauer of Bauer Fly Reels. Jon is one of the nicest guys in the biz and has also been making some of the finest fly reels in the industry … more

“Whoosh” Cannon Helps Separate Hatchery and Wild Salmon

A device originally designed to move apples without bruising them is now being used in Washington state to help separate hatchery salmon from wild salmon.  In their video coverage, CBS News reports that the “salmon cannon” may also be used to shoot salmon over dams, to help migration during the extensive drought being experienced on the US west coast.

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Video Hatch: “Where’s the Vitamin D? Summer in the PNW”

Summer in the Pacific Northwest might not have the best weather for sun-bathing, but it holds perfect conditions for fishing, as shown in this film short from DRYFT.

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Arts of the Angler Show

The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum will host their annual Arts of the Angler Show November 15-16 at the Danbury Ethan Allen Inn in Danbury, CT. The event includes demonstrations, seminars, consignment and auction items.

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Colorado’s Front Range Trout Hurt by Flood Repair

Floods devastated the Front Range of Colorado in the fall of 2013. Now, one year later, roads have been repaired but the reality of what the infrastructure has done to trout habitat and populations is stark, with many trout relocating themselves to places where they can survive. “Ultimately, the fate of the two rivers was torn between the needs of humans and the needs of fish and nature,” writes Ryan Maye Handy. “In the year after the flood, humans — their homes, sewage lines and roads — won.” Via The Coloradoan.

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Tippets: Kirk Werner Interview, Streamers As “Swimming Prey,” Call for California Dams to Increase Flows

  • Kirk Werner, author of the celebrated Olive the Little Woolly Bugger books for young anglers,  recently spoke with Phil Monahan about everything from his own beginnings in fly fishing to the origination and development of Olive. Don’t miss this interview on the Orvis blog.
  • Fishing streamers is about “the world of swimming prey,” writes Chad Shmukler in an article on Hatch Magazine outlining his top five tips for better streamer fishing.
  • A new screening tool developed by the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis has identified 181 California dams that will need increased water flows to protect native fish populations. Via ScienceDaily.
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Canadian Tiers Highlight 2014 Fly Tying Symposium

Fly tiers from Canada will be featured at this year’s International Fly Tying Symposium, to be held Nov. 22-23 at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ. The event will feature tying and casting competitions, presentations and vendors.

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Video Hatch: “Always Worth the Trip”

Mark Raisler talks about his love for the small freestone rivers of Montana in this short film from Scumliner Media.

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Saltwater Saturday at Front Range Anglers

Front Range Anglers will kick off their Signature Fly Tying calendar with “Saltwater Saturday,” sponsored by Hatch Reels. The event will include gear giveaways, food and drink, a seminar by Capt Bruce Chard and book signing with Jim Klug from Confluence Films & founder of Yellow Dog. To be held at Front Range Anglers in Boulder, CO, Saturday November 1 from 9-5. See their website for more details.

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Video Hatch: “Fixed”

In this short film, Black Fly Lodge manager Clint Kemp works to overcome his three-year “fix” (or curse) with tailing redfish in the grassy flats. Via Flyline Media.

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Tippets: San Francisco’s Lost Coast, Homecoming in Idaho, Five Fishy Destinations

  • The financial district of San Francisco might seem like a strange place for a fly shop. But George Revel, owner of Lost Coast Outfitters, says it’s all about demographics, and early indications are his logic is sound. Read more via SF Gate.
  • Sussanna S. Danner writes about the return of Chinook Salmon to the upper Salmon River Watershed. “They are 900-mile sojourners through countless hardships,” Danner writes. But thanks to the work of landowners and the Nature Conservancy, they’ve persevered.
  • Looking to plan your next fishing trip? Check out five suggested destinations that range from the famous Deschutes to lesser known places such as the French Broad in North Carolina. Via Grind TV.
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