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R.L. Winston Rod Company Acquires Bauer Fly Reels

Winston Rod Company has announced the acquisition of Bauer Premium Fly Reels, and Bauer welcomes angler, artist and adventurer, Jeff Currier to their ProStaff. Read more in the press release below.

Video: Allen Fly Fishing Rod Lineup


Allen Fly Fishing shows off three different rods that debuted late last year and run the gamut from the Prelude entry level rod at $79 dollars up to the high-end Volant Series at $309 dollars.

Video: Winston Boron III Plus Series


Jeff McGowen from Winston Fly Rods talks about how the Boron III Plus Series generates an extreme amount of line speed that helps when throwing big bugs, battling wind, and fishing bigger bodies of water.

Sage’s Summer “On The Water” Tour

Sage has announced its On The Water tour for 2016, with ten stops around the Western U.S. The events will feature demo fly rods and reels, Sage staff on hand to talk fishing, On The Water schools, BBQs, giveaways, and … more

Tippets: Interview with Lucas Carroll, Meat Whistle Variant, Swinging Streamers in Deep Water

  • Photographer Lucas Carroll talks about his passion for photography as well as technique tips and some of the stories behind his shots in a recent interview on Stalking the Seam.
  • Chris Morris of Arkansas Drift demonstrates his unique take on John Barr’s classic Meat Whistle streamer. View the fly tying tutorial here.
  • From gear to technique, Kent Klewein thoroughly outlines tactics for fishing streamers in deep water. “Always remember persistence usually pays off with streamer fishing. Remember every cast made with a streamer is one closer to a hook up. The key is to streamer fish hard all the way through the day.”
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Tippets: Eradicating Aussie Carp, Chesapeake Bay Shows Improvement, Farmed Fish & Hearing Loss, Streams in Winter, Ocean Acidity

  • In Australia, a strain of herpes virus will be released into the Murray-Darling river system with the goal to eradicate European carp. Research from CSIRO has shown the virus to have no impact on humans. Via ABC News.
  • Annual monitoring of underwater grass by the Chesapeake Bay Program shows a 21 percent increase, the highest level in thirty years, and a hopeful sign that efforts to reduce pollution in the Bay are working.
  • Half of the world’s farmed fish may suffer hearing loss, says new research published in the journal Scientific Reports. The earbone deformity “could help explain the underperformance of some fish conservation programs, which breed fish in captivity so they can be released into the wild.” Via Discovery.
  • New research published in the journal Ecology and Evolution examines how stream-resident fish survive over winter. Using PIT tags, researchers were able to follow fish in ice-covered waters. Via Science Magazine.
  • The world’s oceans are becoming more acidic and their oxygen levels are dropping as they absorb carbon dioxide released from increased burning of fossil fuels and forests. This makes it harder for shellfish and crabs to form shells, and poses threats to fisheries that depend on the food source. Via The Sydney Morning Herald.
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Tippets: Fly Fishing with Lefty, Fishing in Bear Country, Stalking the Hex Hatch

  • In a recent short film from Baltimore Magazine, angling legend Lefty Kreh talks about his beginnings and life in fly fishing, and how fly fishing technique has evolved through the years.
  • If you’re fishing in bear country this summer, don’t miss this recent article on bear behavior and how to use deterrent spray. Read “Bear Spray 101” via Gear Junkie.
  • “This isn’t a mayfly,” Tom Davis writes, “It’s Godzilla.” Read more about fishing the legendary Hex hatch, via Hatch Magazine.
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Gogal Publishing’s New Stream Map of the West

Gogal Publishing has announced the release of a Mountain West edition of Stream Map USA, with complete watershed maps of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Read more in the press release below. Continue reading

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Video Hatch: “Spring Fly Fishing”

Filmed in Texas and Arkansas, this short film features some good early season footage. Via Robbie Zudock.
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Tippets: Fishing Against Wind, Hierarchy of Trout, Low-water Salmon

  • Spring brings great fishing opportunities, but it also brings early season winds. Luke Lowery of The Tackle Shop offers suggestions for gear and techniques for finding success on the water.
  • Domenick Swentosky writes about the hierarchy of trout in Pennsylvania in this recent article. “It’s part of human nature to categorize,” he writes. “We place a value on everything — this is better than that; I like this more than that. Simple judgments.” Read more on wild vs. stocked via Troutbitten.
  • Salmon and steelhead can become dormant in low or warm water. But in an article on Fly Fisherman, Simon Gawesworth details flies and techniques to use to catch these fish.
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Support The Bristol Bay Guide Academy

The Bristol Bay Guide Academy is a week-long job training and conservation program offered free of charge to Bristol Bay-area youth. “We want to open up doors to fish-based jobs for young people,” explains Tim Troll, co-founder of the Academy, “and keep more of Bristol Bay’s tourism revenue in local communities while strengthening the salmon-based economy that thrives here.”

Read more in the press release below. Continue reading

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How to Tie a BPS Spent Caddis

Tim Flagler ties a BPS Spent Caddis in this week’s featured tying video. This particular spent caddis pattern floats low in the water and is a great choice when  trout shun high-riding flies.

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Tippets: Choosing a Casting Stance, Don’t Tread on Redds

  • Your stance when casting should vary depending on where you’re fishing: on a boat or wading, for example. But in every case, “Stability is an important consideration in choosing which stance to use.” Jon Cave explains the differences between the open, closed, and square stance in this post via Sage.
  • Spring is a great time to get out on the water, but it is also a time when rainbow trout spawn. Christ Strainer of Crosscurrents Fly Shop writes a great reminder about minding where you walk and wade in this recent piece.
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BTT Membership and Communications Coordinator

The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust has announced their search for a membership and communications coordinator, a position that is responsible for managing and growing BTT’s membership program and supporting BTT’s communications efforts.

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