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Boulder Boat Works Introduces New Convertible River Taxi

The new Convertible River Taxi from Boulder Boat Works boasts a lowered price-point as well as a maintenance-free hull with an interior that has no wood to maintain. Read more in the press release below.

Patagonia Launches All New Line of Fishing Waders for Spring 2016

Patagonia has announced the release of new lines of waders for men and women. The six new styles, ranging from a lightweight wading pant to a highly versatile front zip, will be available in Spring 2016. Read more in the … more

Monic Fly Lines Launches New Consumer-Centric Website

Monic Fly Lines, based in Boulder, Colorado, has announced the launch of their newly-designed website. Read more in the press release below.

Monic Fly Lines Issues New Logo, “Hex” Packaging, and All-Weather Product Line

Colorado-based Flow Tek, Inc. has announced the re-release of Monic Fly Lines, with redesigned logo, look, packaging, and product line. The new products feature updated polymers that make up the fly line coatings and are engineered for both cold and … more

Video Hatch: “Rises”

Watch excellent footage of hungry cutthroat feeding on drakes in this short film from Redington’s “Element” series.
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Reel Love

Renowned artist John Atherton was also an avid angler and author of “The Fly and the Fish.” His beloved wife and fly fishing companion Maxine Atherton has now also written a book, “The Fly Fisher and the River: A Memoir,” to be released in March 2016 by Skyhorse. “Taken together,” writes Jonathan Miles, “these two books—which belong, stacked side by side, on every angler’s shelf—lend proof to what the French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once wrote: that ‘love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.’” Via Garden & Gun.

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Tippets: UX Design in Fly Fishing, Tying Tips from Rich Strolis, Fishing Colorado’s Private Water

  • User experience designer Elena Moon hosts the most recent episode of “State of Wonder” and visits Amy Hazel of Deschutes Angler to discover the beauty and craft to be found fly fishing on a river. Via Oregon Public Broadcasting.
  • From tools to materials, Rich Strolis offers eight great tips for the tying bench in a recent article. “Whether you are a casual fly tyer or a grind ’em out in numbers kinda person, efficiency and short cuts will be your best friend,” he writes. Via Partridge of Redditch.
  • From the Western Slope to the Front Range, Julie Biel Enberg highlights four of the top private water fly fishing locales in Colorado. “What could be better,” she writes, “than Colorado’s expansive stream, creek, and river habitats, partnered with luxurious food, libations, and accommodations from world-renowned outfitters?” Via Colorado Homes Magazine.
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Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters is Hiring!

Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters has announced their search for a salesperson/associate to join their team.

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Video Hatch: “Searching”

The new series “Elements” from Redington features the moments that define fly fishing. This episode celebrates the rhythm and beauty of spey casts.
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Tippets: Founders of Yeti, Streamer Design, Keepemwet Campaign

  • As Bill Saporito writes, “Yeti is the Range Rover of cold.” Read his profile piece about brothers Ryan and Roy Seiders, and how they turned a $300 cooler into a $450 million cult brand. Via Inc.
  • While a streamer might look good, the true test is how it swims in the water. In an article from Flymen Fishing Company, Brita Fordice writes about common design errors and easy fixes for baitfish patterns.
  • Keepemwet and Trout Unlimited are providing tips on proper fish handling techniques, with the hashtag ‪#‎makefishingbetter. Learn more on the Keepemwet Facebook page or Instagram.
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Tippets: Climate Shield, Pebble Mine’s Dictionary of Deception, Global Warming and Salmon Runs, Colorado Parks & Wildlife Receives Award, Battle for Bluefin Tuna

  • The Climate Shield website hosted by the U.S. Forest Service provides geospatial data and related information on locations of cold-water refuge streams for native Cutthroat Trout and Bull Trout across the U.S.
  • In the fight to protect Bristol Bay, language often gets distorted. Joel Reynolds sets the record straight on The Pebble Partnership’s “Dictionary of Deception,” in a recent article on Switchboard, NRDC.
  • A study published recently in the journal PLOS ONE warns that “unprecedented climate change poses a considerable threat” to the food, cultural, and economic values of First Nations. This includes historic salmon runs and populations. Via The Tyee.
  • The Aquatics Research Section of Colorado Parks and Wildlife was recently awarded the American Fisheries Society Sport Fish Restoration Outstanding Project award for 2015. Award was in recognition of restoration work for rainbow trout populations across the state. Via Colorado TU.
  • In Japan, a group of small-scale fishermen are fighting against industrial fleets that use sonar and nets to scoop up massive catches of spawning tuna. “At the moment the vast majority of Pacific bluefin are being caught in Japanese waters before reproductive age, and it’s effectively mining out the reproductive capacity of that population,” says Amanda Nickson, director of global tuna conservation at the Pew Charitable Trusts. Via The Guardian.
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Video Hatch: “See Marine en Saint-Croix, Minnesota, through the Eyes of Fly Fisher and Painter Bob White”

In this short film, artist Bob White shares his view of the vast landscapes of Minnesota. Via USA Through the Great Outdoors.
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Tippets: Fly Line Color, Minimalist for Winter

  • In the most recent episode of the Trout Tips series from Trout Unlimited, Kirk Deeter addresses fly line color, the impact it can have on your success on the water, and situational use for both bright colored and clear lines.
  • Self-confessed gear-head Greg Thomas writes about how a change in seasons offers a break from an overloaded pack. “As much as I like being prepared for multiple hatch scenarios, I do admit this gear-heavy mentality can be a burden.” Read more about going minimalist during the winter months, via Big Sky Journal.
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Video Hatch: “Making a Net: Riversong Nets”

This short film features the work and craftsmanship of John Parise of Riversong Nets.
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