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New Super-DRI Switch Line from Airflo

Airflo Switch

A new weight-forward, integrated switch line from Rajeff Sports is an ideal match for switch and small spey rods. The Super-DRI Switch is designed specifically for anglers fishing topwater patterns or swinging soft hackles and small streams. Read more in … more

ARC Fishing Expands Fresh and Saltwater Fly Line Series for 2016

ARC Fishing has announced an expansion to their fly lines in 2016. This will include a high performance dry fly presentation series and an early-season saltwater fly line series designed for coldwater conditions. Read more in the press release below.

Sage and RIO to Sell Direct

Far Bank Enterprises, the parent company of Sage and RIO, has announced that the two brands will begin selling direct to customers in 2016. Will this hurt fly shops? Or as Far Bank has suggested, will it actually lead to … more

Jimmy Reese Is New Douglas Outdoors X-Matrix Rods Ambassador

Douglas Outdoors has added on FLW Tour Pro Jimmy Reese as a brand ambassador. “Selecting Jimmy Reese was a no-brainer,” says Douglas Outdoors rod designer Fred Contaoi, “he’s a quality guy and an exceptional angler.” Read more in the press … more

Tippets: Tying Preparation, Fishing Closures Urged in B.C.

  • Preparing materials and taking the time to pre-bead and de-barb hooks can significantly cut down your time at the tying bench. Check out Kent Klewein’s advice for tying twice the flies in half the time, via Gink & Gasoline.
  • Conservationists are pushing for fishing closures on rivers in British Columbia, as a prolonged heat wave combined with low water flows continues, creating conditions that increase stress on fish. Via CBC News.
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Video Hatch: “Carp on the Fly: Los Angeles River”

The Los Angeles River is a gem hidden in urban sprawl and, as Ryan Anglin shows, a perfect place to fly fish for carp.
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New Research on Fish and Pain

Research recently published in the scientific journal Fish and Fisheries appears to settle the debate of whether fish are able to feel pain. “‘We are not diminishing the importance of welfare considerations for fish, but we do reject the view that mental welfare is a legitimate concern,” says Jim Rose, professor of zoology and physiology at the University of Wisconsin and lead scientist on the study. Read more via The Daily Mail.

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Video Hatch: “Fly fishing: Hemsedal, Norway”

This short film from André Folkedal offers footage of fly fishing for brown trout, set in the beautiful landscape and rivers of Norway.
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Tippets: Interview with Russ Schnitzer, Tips for Terrestrials, California Steelhead

  • Copi Vojta interviews photographer Russell Schnitzer in a recent issue of The Flyfish Journal, covering everything from philosophy of the craft to film projects.  The conversation can also be read in full online.
  • Terrestrial fly patterns aren’t just for summer. Tom Rosenbauer details how you can put these topwater patterns to use even in the early season in a recent article via Orvis.
  • A $3.2 million project will begin this summer at Arroyo Sequit Creek near Malibu to restore habitat for the endangered Southern California steelhead trout. Read more via The Los Angeles Daily News.
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Video Hatch: “Hooké : Lac Du Mâle”

This film from Hooké features the search for monster pike in the waters of Northern Quebec.

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Tippets: Zimmerman on Carp Flies, C&R for Tiger Muskies

  • Jay Zimmerman, author of the recent book “Best Carp Flies, The: How to Tie and Fish Them,” talks about the evolution of carp fishing as well as the philosophy behind a well-tied fly in a recent podcast episode on The Itinerant Angler.
  • The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Department, along with Matt Pelletier of Fish Enchantment Guides, have released a detailed instructional video on proper techniques to use when landing and releasing tiger musky.
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Tippets: Fathers of Men, Fly Fishing Team USA Takes Silver, Out of a Jam

  • On a canoe and fly fishing trip to Le Petite Nord, Dave Karczynski finds that childhood fantasies govern adulthood ideals, and also lead him to good fishing and northern pike. Read the essay via Hatch Magazine.
  • Fly Fishing Team USA took home silver at the 35th World Fly Fishing Championships held recently in Jajce, Bosnia. Find out more information and see photos, via Fly Fishing Team USA.
  • In a recent video, guide Patrick Fulkrod demonstrates how to effectively untangle a trout from a log jam while landing the fish. Via Orvis.
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Video Hatch: “The 11-Mile Challenge”

This short film features a group of anglers as they take on Trout Unlimited’s 11-Mile Challenge to raise awareness of the need to reconnect and revive struggling fish populations. Via #somestreamerchick and Flymen Fishing Co.
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Tippets: Chasing Salmonflies, DIY Tenkara Line Holder, Tracking Salmon

  • In Montana, salmonflies bring out the worst in people, writes Miles Nolte. But on the invite of an old friend, Nolte heads to the crowded waters he usually avoids, for an “anti-fishing trip.” Read more via Swallowtail Fly Fishing.
  • Jason Klass brainstormed a new way of storing line on a tenkara rod, using Sugru, a moldable adhesive. Find DIY instructions via Tenkara Talk.
  • The ear bones of salmon hold a unique chemical signature that allow researchers track the fish’s movement, and a study out of the University of Washington does just that. “Each fish has this little recorder, and we can reveal the whole life history of the fish from the perspective of the otolith,” says study lead Sean Brennan. The research is hoped to help dwindling populations of Chinook salmon, and can be read in the open access journal, Science Advances.
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