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G.Loomis Expands Its PRO4x Rod Series

G.Loomis has announced new additions to its PRO4x series: three new ‘Long Hand Predator’ switch-style fly rods. The “LHP” rods are designed to easily cast large bulky flies with today’s heavy, shorter, more aggressive fly lines. Read more in the … more

IFTD Announces 2014 New Product Showcase Winners

From gear and apparel to eyewear and DVDs, the New Product Showcase at the recently held of International Fly Tackle Dealer show in Orlando, FL, featured the best offerings from diverse brands. Awards were given to products in over 28 … more

CNS Outdoor Technologies LLC Announces Acquisition of Thomas & Thomas

Massachusetts based CNS Outdoor Technologies LLC has announced the acquisition of fly rod makers Thomas & Thomas. “The opportunity to work within the fly fishing industry and with the devoted staff at Thomas & Thomas is a dream come true,” … more

Cortland Lines to Support T.U. Restoration Programs

Cortland Line Company has announced it will join up with Trout Unlimited as a corporate partner, and will for a limited time donate a percentage of the proceeds from all sales of freshwater fly lines to TU’s Embrace-a-Stream program. Read … more

EPA Drafts New Safeguards for Bristol Bay

On the heels of the EPA’s decision to increase watershed protections for Bristol Bay, Trout Unlimited is urging all anglers to continue to voice the importance of protecting Bristol Bay during an open comment period on a draft of the new safeguards.

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Video Hatch: “Permit Satellite Tagging: Costa’s Project Permit”

“Project Permit” is a joint effort between Bonefish and Tarpon Trust and Costa Sunglasses to address challenges facing the permit species. The new catch and recapture data will inform researchers on permit movements in Florida waters and help to inform management decisions.

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Tippets: Freshwater Lionfish, Terrestrial Patterns, Draining the Colorado

  • A sixth-grader’s science fair project resulted in an important discovery about lionfish—specifically, that the historically misunderstood saltwater species can also survive in freshwater. As an invasive species, lionfish present a serious threat to Florida waters, and this discovery has researchers looking for them in saltwater and freshwater both.
  • As we enter mid-summer, fishing terrestrial patterns becomes a go-to. Johnny Spillane has listed his top ten picks: from the Parachute Ant to Charlie Boy Hopper.
  • The urban sprawl of Colorado’s Front Range has devastating impacts for the headwaters of the Colorado River. “This elaborate system of tunnels and diversions has allowed cities and farms to flourish along the Front Range,” writes Sandra Postel, “but has come with a high and largely hidden cost for many of the rivers and streams that form the lifeblood of the upper Colorado River and its local communities.” Via National Geographic NewsWatch.
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Canoeing the Cumberland River

Kirk Deeter paddles the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and writes about the journey in a recent piece on Wired. “Getting there isn’t the hard part,” he begins, “It’s how I get there that has my mind spinning like foam bubbles in an eddy.”

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Tippets: Control and Spread of Didymo, First-Aid Kits, Florida Snook Recovery

  • Didymo, commonly called “rock snot,” can have devastating impacts on fish populations and stream ecosystems. However, recent research suggests its cause and spread may not be as well-understood as previously thought.
  • Whether you’re going on a multi-day backpacking trip or spending a short day on a mountain stream, carrying a first-aid kit in your pack can save your life and help others as well. Check out a recent article by Joe Jackson on what to include in your kit. Via Outside Online.
  • After a cold-snap in 2010 and over-harvest, snook populations have recovered in Everglades National Park, reports Sue Cocking in The Miami Herald.
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Video Hatch: “Clackamas Complete: A Return of Bull Trout”

Thanks to the work of diligent fisheries biologists and managers, after a 50-year absence native bull trout have been reintroduced to the Clackamas River in Oregon. This video tells their story.

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Originally important to help with erosion, Tamarisk trees are now consuming too much water from the Colorado River, say scientists.  And some are looking towards Tamarisk beetles to help with eradicating the invasive tree species, and make room for native species to return. However, “There’s this sense that we’re looking for villains and someone to blame,” says journalist Melissa Sevigny. “The tough thing is to turn it around and look at ourselves as the ones who have taken too much from these landscapes. It’s so much easier to point fingers.” Read more via The New York Times.

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Steelhead: School of Hard Knocks

What’s in a name? Bill McMillan explains the origins of “steelhead” in a great piece on Oncorhynchus mykiss. “Most came to consider the name’s origin to be a description of the blue gun-metal-steel color along the steelhead’s top of head and back,” McMillan writes. But the real origin probably has a far darker side as well. Via Steelheader’s Journal.

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New Fly Fishing Books

  • Ultimate Guide to Fishing South Florida on Foot by Steve Kantner is the first fly and light-tackle do-it-yourself guide to the area. Kantner, a veteran South Florida angler, offers detailed advice on everything from flies and lures to fishing opportunities that don’t require a boat, to stories and anecdotes from a life on the water. With a foreword by Lefty Kreh. Stackpole/Headwater (July 15, 2014).
  • Fly Fishing for Western Smallmouth by David Paul Williams provides information on the best flies, techniques, and specific waters for smallmouth throughout the Western United States. This book also includes 280 full-color photos, with over 60 photos of fly patterns. Stackpole/Headwater (July 15, 2014).
  • Trout Sense: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What Trout See, Hear, & Smell by Jason Randall is an important piece of work for anglers who desire to better understand their quarry. With helpful explanatory photos and illustrations, Randall goes in-depth to what trout sense, offering a detailed look into the world of fish biology. Stackpole/Headwater (July 15, 2014).
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Video Hatch: “The Green”

Floating the Green River through Flaming Gorge provides beautiful landscape and incredible fish. Team Backcountry provides some great footage in this short film.

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