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Video: Redington VICE Fly Rods


“Easy casting, fast action” is how Josh Prestin describes the new 4-piece VICE fly rod series from Redington. The VICE is priced at $199.95, carries a lifetime warranty, and comes in 15 different models.

Video: Montana Fly Company Introduces Kelly Galloup Flies


Jake Chutz welcomes fly tyer Kelly Galloup to the Montana Fly Company and goes through the list of some of his salaciously titled and big-fish-producing streamer patterns.

Sage and RIO Continue to Support Casting for Recovery

Through the sale of Sage’s GRACE Outfit and RIO’s Pink RIO Gold line, Sage Manufacturing and RIO Products have raised roughly $6,550 for Casting for Recovery and their work to educate and inspire women with breast cancer Read more in … more

RIO Introduces InTouch Trout/Steelhead Indicator Line

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RIO Products has announced the release of the new InTouch Trout/Steelhead Indicator Line, which features a powerful front taper to ease casting of cumbersome indicator rigs. Read more in the press release below.

Video Hatch: “A Smith River Story”

This short film from The North 40 Fly Shop features a float trip on Montana’s legendary Smith River.
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Tippets: Fly Rod & Reel Angler of the Year, Casting on the Flats

  • Brian Chan, “British Columbia’s soft-spoken and affable stillwater magician,” has been announced as Fly Rod & Reel’s 2016 Angler of the Year. Read more about Chan in this profile by Dana Sturn.
  • Based on his own experience as a beginner on the flats, Kent Klewein writes about three strategies for improving your cast: “Newcomers to saltwater should pay close attention to and practice before they head down on a maiden fly fishing trip to the salt,” Klewein writes. Read more via Gink & Gasoline.
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How to Tie Ken’s Crystal Worm

Tim Flagler ties Ken Walrath’s Crystal Worm in this week’s featured tying video. “I think it’s the little bit of mottling and shimmer that together make this pattern look so lifelike,” notes Flagler.

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Tippets: Communicating in the Backcountry, Shadows and Sunlight

  • Having a communication device in remote locations can save your life. From cell phones to emergency beacons, Joe Jackson outlines some of the best on the market in this recent article via Outside Online.
  • We can’t always choose the optimal time to be on the water, but in a recent article Domenick Swentosky writes about how to use different lighting conditions to your advantage. “In all seasons, watching the angles of sunlight and looking for shadows is an important part of the fisherman’s strategy while on the water.” Via Hatch Magazine.
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Tippets: Taimen Fundraiser, Expert Tips Roundup

  • An auction and raffle event, Taimen: A Party and a Cause, will be held Febraruary 17, 2017, at Harper Studios in Seattle, WA. The event will feature food and drinks, and music by South Sound Tug and Barge. All proceeds go to benefit the Taimen Fund.
  • In a recent poll and article, over 80 experts in the fly fishing industry share the 3 most important things they wish they had known when they started fly fishing. From proper presentation to the right gear, read more via Epic Wilderness.
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Video Hatch: “Winter…”

This beautiful short film features fishing for grayling on the River Test, Hampshire UK. Via Matt Dunkinson.
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Tippets: A Steelhead Guide on Saltwater, Understanding Indicators

  • In a three-part series, steelhead guide Travis De Boer writes about his first saltwater fly fishing trip. Read his preconceived notions and they played out on the water for bonefish, tarpon, and permit. Via Silver Bow Fly Shop.
  • From yarn to plastic bubbles, George C. Costa runs down a list of different indicators and how to pick the right one for your specific fly fishing needs. Read more via Hatch Magazine.
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Video Hatch: “Gold Fever-Fly-Fishing California’s Gold Country”

Tucked deep in a remote canyon, a ribbon of crystal clear water holds a robust population of wild rainbows and a few trophy brown trout that have seldom seen a hook. This short film from Mikey Wier features the journey to California’s Gold Country.  
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Tippets: Anglers for a Common Cause, Learning the Water Haul Cast

  • Anglers can make a difference when they join together on a common cause and speak with one voice on conservation issues. “It’s much easier to gawk at fish porn, or drool over the latest epic fishing destination, or whine about the people who take their duty as citizens seriously,” writes Todd Tanner.  “Fortunately, real sportsmen – real anglers – don’t shirk their responsibilities. They fight for our fish and our kids because they know if we don’t stand up now, we’re going to lose it all.” Read the essay in full via Hatch Magazine.
  • Fishing on small streams surrounded by trees and dense vegetation can be tricky, but Justin Pickett outlines a cast to help improve your success in these tight quarters: the water haul. Learn and improve your technique via this article on Gink & Gasoline.
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Tippets: Trout Fishing & Toxic Waters, Financial Assessment of Pebble Deposit, B.C. Steelhead, Proposed Paradise Valley Mine

  • President Trump recently signed a bill nullifying the Office of Surface Mining’s Stream Protection Rule, which was designed to further protect waterways from coal mining waste. “There is, of course, a public health element to this, too,” writes Monte Burke. “Some of those toxins could easily seep into groundwater. An alternative headline to this post could have read: “Hey Humans Who Drink Water, Get Ready To Enjoy Some Toxic Heavy Metals.”” Via Forbes.
  • Kerrisdale Capital Management has released a financial assessment of the Pebble deposit, calling it “not commercially viable.” “Though the legal and regulatory problems that will continue to plague the Pebble project even under a Trump presidency are enormous, the project’s Achilles’ heel is more fundamental: economics.” Via Seeking Alpha.
  • Bob Hooton writes about the state of steelhead in British Columbia. “While the steelhead fishing community is preoccupied with the latest, greatest equipment and techniques that facilitate catching a steadily increasing proportion of a fixed or diminishing supply of fish, the degradation and sell off of the last of the best rivers in British Columbia goes unnoticed.” Via Steelhead Voices.
  • The ecosystem of Yellowstone National Park is under threat from a Canadian mining company’s proposed mine in Paradise Valley. Read about the issue and take action here, via The Greater Yellowstone Coalition.
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