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Video: Grayl Water Filtration System


Shawn Penrod of Grayl goes over the company’s line up of revolutionary portable water filtration cups, including the newest super-light-weight version of the popular system called the UL.

Video: Nautilus’s X Series Fly Reels


Kristen Mustad of Nautilus Fly Reels explains why the newest reel, called the X series, just won both fresh- and saltwater best new reel categories at this year’s industry trade show.

Video: “Dry Guy” Wader and Boot Dryer


Steve Couder of Dry Guy products explains how to not suffer from wet waders and boots after day one of an extended fishing trip. The Dry Guy line of products is very reasonably priced and quick way to dry out … more

Video: Innovative New 1CM Thick Fishing PFD Coming to Market


Mike Fox, co-founder of Hyde Sportswear, gave us the lowdown at the Outdoor Retailer show on what I think has to be the most innovative PDF to come to the market for anglers in a very long time. Get more info … more

Video Hatch: “Searching: 3 Days in Tarpon Season”

This short film, featuring Nathaniel Linville and Capt. John O’Hearn, offers great footage of fly fishing for tarpon in the lower Florida Keys. Via Catch 1 Films.

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New Fishing Titles from Skyhorse Publishing

Skyhorse Publishing has announced three new fly fishing titles to be released in their fall publishing lineup: “Side Casts: A Collection of Fly-Fishing Yarns by a Guy Who Can Spin Them” by Hoagy B. Carmichael, “Steelhead Country: Angling for a Fish of Legend” by Steve Raymond, and “Brook Trout: A Thorough Look at North America’s Great Native Trout—Its History, Biology, and Angling Possibilities” by Nick Karas.

Read more in the press release below. Continue reading

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Video Hatch: “Polar Opposites: North—Fly Fishing”

The first in a two-part series on both northern and southern angling opportunities, this short film features winter fishing for bull trout in the Canadian Rockies. Via Adipose Productions. Continue reading

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Tippets: Lines Demystified, Favorite Hopper Patterns

  • The diversity of fly lines on the market can make a choice difficult. Tom Larimer writes about the differences between polyleaders and sink tip lines, and offers good advice for when and how to use each. Read more via Hatch Magazine.
  • Late summer is prime time for fishing grasshopper patterns. Tim Romano writes about his favorite hopper patterns and how his choices have evolved over the years. Via Field & Stream.
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Captain Steve Huff to Speak at Florida Event

The Backcountry Fly Fishing Association Legend Series event presents the “Life and Times of Steve Huff” on September 10, starting at 6:00 PM at Dubsdred Country Club located at 549 West Par St, Orlando FL. Dinner will be served.

Steve has been called the best fishing guide in the world; he has been guiding for 47 years and still guides over 200 days a year.  Steve and his wife of 30 years, Patti, live in Everglades City, the northern entrance to the Everglades Nations Park. Steve knows the Everglades backcountry like the back of his hand, where he guides his clients for snook and tarpon in the rivers and bays of the Everglades.

During Steve’s career, he has influenced backcountry skiff design, and fly reel and rod design. He has invented knots that have enabled his clients to catch many IGFA world records while being guided by Steve.

Please purchase your tickets soon as there are a limited number of tickets available. See the following link to purchase tickets:

To learn more about Steve Huff, see the May 2011 article in Gun and Garden:

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Tippets: Sustainable Industry Growth, “CHROME” Documentary, Returning Native Fish, Disease at Roseburg Hatchery

  • With the population booming on Colorado’s Front Range, Danny Frank recently took time to examine how the fly fishing industry can manage sustainable growth, and identified three areas that need a makeover: water laws, conservation practices, and controlling social media. Read more via Delta Trout Force.
  • Following the success of the documentary “COLD WATERS,” a second film will be made. Filming on “CHROME” will begin September 2015 in British Columbia. Read more from Todd Tanner via Hatch Magazine, and support the project via CrowdRise.
  • From Yellowstone and Paiute cutthroat trout to landlocked arctic char, America has many species of fish that have almost been lost to environmental and cultural change. “Conservation is no longer enough,” writes Ted Williams. “Instead of just saving what’s left we need to restore what’s lost.” Via Nature.
  • Water from the North Umpqua River has carried diseases into an Oregon hatchery, killing 150,000 steelhead and marking the Roseburg facility’s second mass die-off this summer. Via Oregon Live.
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Video Hatch: “Go North”

This short film from Trout in Trouble features great footage of fly fishing in Sweden.
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New Fly Fishing Books

  • The Bug Book: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Trout Stream Insects by Paul Weamer is a complete guide to aquatic entomology for fly anglers and covers everything from hatch charts to fly patterns and strategies. “The Bug Book” is great reference for the beginner and experienced angler alike. Headwater Books / MidCurrent [Kindle Edition] (July 27, 2015).
  • Strip-Set: Fly-Fishing Techniques, Tactics, Patterns for Streamers by George Daniel is a comprehensive book of classic techniques as well as new approaches for trout, steelhead, muskie, and bass. “Strip Set” features over 450 photos and illustrations as well as fly pattern recommendations from prominent streamer anglers. Stackpole/Headwater (September 1, 2015).
  • Fusion Fly Tying: Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout Flies of the Synthetic Era by Greg Senyo is a great resource for fly tiers, beginner or advanced, on working with synthetic materials when tying flies. Senyo covers everything from new beads and metal components to Copic air brushing and dyeing techniques. Foreword by Matthew Supinski. Skyhorse Publishing (September 15, 2015).
  • Side Casts: A Collection of Fly-Fishing Yarns by a Guy Who Can Spin Them by Hoagy B. Carmichael is an eclectic collection of essays from the bamboo rod-making legend. In addition to reflecting on his life in fly fishing, Carmichael gives readers a fascinating look into the history of rod making and competitive fishing, as well as anecdotes from meeting some of the top names in the sport. Skyhorse Publishing (September 15, 2015).
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Reintroductions and Other Translocations

Kim Todd writes about “Reintroductions and Other Translocations” in a recent essay published on Guernica. From salmon in Piper’s Creek near Seattle, to bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout returning after the demolition of the Milltown Dam near Missoula, MT. “The search is for something authentic, some way a human can reach in and set things in motion again, then step back, observe, and ultimately, vanish,” Todd writes. “But perhaps that’s just a very human dream, both the authenticity and the vanishing.”

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How to Tie a Dumb Bunny

This week’s fly tying video features the Dumb Bunny, a pattern tier and videographer Tim Flagler says is “kind of a mash-up between a Zonker, a Clouser Minnow and a Rubber Worm, rigged Texas-style.”  The Dumb Bunny can be tied in a wide variety of colors and is suitable in larger sizes for bass, pike and even saltwater species.

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