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Stream Map USA Southeast Edition from Gogal Publishing

Gogal Publishing has announced the release of the Southeast Edition of their Stream Map USA GPS mapping system. It includes complete stream map coverage of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Read more in … more

Video: Updated Click Series Fly Reels from Sage


Jesse Robbins, product developer for Sage Fly Fishing, goes through the ins and outs of the updated Click Series of reels from the company.

Video: Outcast Sporting Gear OSG Striker Inflatable Frameless Raft


Chris Callanan of Outcast Sporting Gear covers the basics of the company’s new 102-pound frameless fishing raft that will be available in 2016, the OSG Striker.

UMPQUA Launches Zero Sweep Product Line

Umpqua Zerp Sweep

Umpqua Feather Merchants has announced their new Zero Sweep™ line of packs, bags, and vests. Through 2016, a portion of proceeds from Zero Sweep products will go to benefit Discover Courage.

Video Hatch: “Tr:Outlands”

This short film features friendship and fishing on beautiful Norwegian waters. Via Sjöberg & Mjöberg Production.
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Tippets: Rock Treads Kickstarter, Winter Flies

  • Rock Treads are an alternative to felt-bottom wading boots. A Kickstarter campaign aims to get them on the market as the “first aluminum traction system that will install on any shoe or boot, and cost less than $50.” Find more information here.
  • With the return of cold weather, change your dry fly box for subsurface patterns. George Costa highlights 5 patterns to get you through the winter, via Hatch Magazine.
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Tippets: Kreh’s First Reel, Top Ten Winter Flies, “Strip-Set” Book Review

  • View history on display via the Orvis blog. See Lefty Kreh’s first fly reel, purchased in 1947, thanks to The American Museum of Fly Fishing and the ongoing “Museum Pieces” series.
  • Kyle Wilkinson of Trouts Fly Fishing outlines his top 10 fly picks for winter fishing Colorado’s Front Range waters. “Nymphing through the winter is the most consistent way to produce fish day-in and day-out,” he writes.
  • On Hatch Magazine, George C. Costa offers a good review of the newly released book Strip-Set: Fly-Fishing Techniques, Tactics, Patterns for Streamer by George Daniel from Stackpole/Headwaters Books.
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Video Hatch: “Chasing Bad Luck”

We all have fishless days.  Success on the water is not necessarily measured by the fish you catch but the journey you take. Via LIVITFILMS.
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Callan Wink on Fiction and Fly Fishing

Montana-based author Callan Wink talks about his life as a fiction writer and also a fly fishing guide in a recent piece in The New Yorker. “In a bar in Montana, when someone asks you what you do and you tell them you’re a fishing guide, you get a certain response. When you tell them you’re a writer, you get a completely different response,” explains Wink. “I like the fishing-guide response better.” His novella, “In Hindsight,” is also available to read online.

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Tippets: Salmon Night Vision, Putin Shelves Zhupanova River Dam, Napa Steelhead Recovery, Saltwater Fish Protection

  • Scientists have discovered that salmon, along with other freshwater fish and amphibians, can supercharge their eyes in order to give them the ability to be able to see red and infrared light. Via Tech Times.
  • Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin has refused to fund a proposed a hydroelectric dam project on the Zhupanova River on the Kamchatka peninsula, which is famous for its world-class trout fishery. Via The Wild Salmon Center.
  • A draft federal plan proposes 170 suggested trout recovery steps for the Napa River watershed, including construction of a fish ladder on the spillway at Conn Dam, which would help movement and migration of steelhead trout in local waterways. Via Napa Valley Register.
  • An international team of ecologists and economists has predicted a global collapse of saltwater fisheries by 2048. “It’s not too late. We can turn this around,” says Boris Worm, PhD, of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. “But less than 1% of the global ocean is effectively protected right now.” Via CBS News.
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Tippets: Chad Brown Profile, How Insects Breathe, The Art of Mindfulness

  • Veteran of the U.S. Navy Chad Brown talks to Jo Fidgen on the Outlook Podcast from BBC World Service about how fly fishing changed (and saved) his life. Listen here.
  • Because they don’t have lungs, insects have a unique way of breathing: with their entire body. Robert Krulwich and Aatish Bhatia, provide an in-depth explanation of how insects use oxygen, via Noticing.
  • From the water to thoughts, Donny Richard writes about mindfulness that can help you both on and off the water. “The practice of catching and releasing our thoughts is not easy,” Richard writes. “Releasing them requires the same amount of skill, practice, and patience that we use to properly release a fish.”
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Video Hatch: “What We Fish For”

We all fish for different reasons, and this film follows four friends as they chase four species of fish, each in their own way. The world premiere of “What We Fish For” will be held at the New England Aquarium IMAX on December 11th, 2015, as part of the Boston Globe’s GlobeDoc Series. Via Fish Navy Films.
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Tippets: Steinbeck Boat to Sail Again, Two vs. Single-Hand Rods

  • Seventy-five years after Steinbeck and a friend chartered the “Flyer” to sail from California to Mexico—a journey that became the fodder for Steinbeck’s book “The Log From the Sea of Cortez”—the boat is going to sea again. John Gregg, a geologist and businessman from California, recently bought the Flyer for $1 million and has plans to retrofit the boat for scientific use. Via The New York Times.
  • There are some obvious and big differences between two-handed and single-hand edrods. But “What takes a while to realize is that they have more in common than they are different,” writes Louis Cahill. He helps with the information overload beginners often feel in a recent article on Gink & Gasoline.
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Tippets: Transitions, Truck in the Trinity, Technique of Short Casts

  • Fishing to hunting, “Catch-and-release to shoot-and-eat.” View great photos of reflection on the changing of seasons from Tom Hazelton via Voyageur Pursuits.
  • Giving a new definition to “bad day on the water,” after a day of guiding Darrin Deel found his Toyota 4Runner and drift boat rolling back into the Trinity River in California, despite the parking and emergency brakes being engaged. Via Field & Stream.
  • When it comes to casting, the concern is often about how to increase distance. But just as important are short casts, which Peter Kutzer highlights in a recent edition of Ask a Fly Fishing Instructor.
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