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New from Loon Outdoors

Loon Outdoors has announced new products for the tying bench just in time for winter tying. The new additions include: ergonomic scissors, ergonomic whip finisher and bobbin threader, and UV curing lights. Read more in the press release below.

SmithFly Launches the Shoal Tent

SmithFly Designs has announced the release of their newest product, the Shoal Tent, “a first of it’s kind inflatable raft with a tent on top, allowing users to camp right on their favorite piece of water.” Read more in the … more

RIO Gives Anglers Complete Depth Control

RIO Products has announced its new InTouch Scandi 3D line, a Scandinavian style shooting offering a triple density coating for maximum fishing control. Read more in the press release below. 

Patagonia Launches Worn Wear Online Store

Patagonia has announced the launch of their Worn Wear online store, which offers previously-owned Patagonia items at a lower price. Read more in the press release below.

Video Hatch: “Bluebird Skies And Blitzing Fish”

This film from  A.J. Gottschalk features the fabled Northeastern fishery that is Montauk.
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Tippets: From Lure to Fly, Pennsylvania Trout

  • Dave Karczynski’s new book centers on helping spinning and baitcast gear anglers make the switch to fly fishing. His writing works “through the gear angler’s existing skill and knowledge base to translate and transfer their pre-existing knowledge bases and skill-sets, rather than asking them to learn a new sport from scratch.” Read more about From Lure to Fly: Fly Fishing for Spinning and Baitcast Anglers via Hatch Magazine.
  • Henry Ramsay writes about the best places to fly fish for trout in Pennsylvania, including some creeks in the Philadelphia metro area. “If you find your business, recreation, or historical education taking you to Philadelphia, be sure to bring a fly rod and waders and cast a line on some of these urban gems,” Ramsay writes. Via Fly Fisherman.
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Tippets: Setting Up a Spey Rod, Pairing Flies

  • In the final episode of the first season of RIO’s “How To” series, Simon Gawesworth “explains how to choose the right sized Trout Spey rod based on fish size, compares a Trout Spey rod to a regular single handed rod, and goes through the various fly line options for Trout Spey rods that are on the market, and when to use each one.” Watch here.
  • When choosing flies for a tandem rig, “The important thing is to have rational for every tandem rig you present,” writes Kirk Deeter. “Variety for the sake of variety is not always a good thing. If you think you’re covering your bases by matching two flies that don’t reasonably work together … well, you are not.” Read more via TROUT.
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Our Two Hands Film Tour

The Our Two Hands film tour features a documentary about “the past and future of wild fish in the Pacific Northwest.” The film is produced by Asher Koles and Brandon Tillotson of Bloodnots Creative. Stops on the tour include Boise, ID; Bend, OR; Eugene, OR; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Vancouver, WA; and Boulder/Denver, CO. Visit this website for the detailed schedule.

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Tippets: Fishing the Catskills, Fly Tapes Podcast

  • Daniel Schwartz writes about the famous waters of the Catskill Mountains, from fishing the Beaverkill and the Willowemoc to visiting the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.  Read more about “The Simple Pleasures of New York Fly Fishing” via Fathom.
  • Syzygy Fly Fishing has announced a new podcast series that will focus on “conversations with fly fishing writers and artists, and readings from some of the best new and old voices in the world of fly fishing writing.” Listen here to a short introduction, and add The Fly Tapes Podcast to your podcast queue.
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Tippets: Step Forward for Pebble Mine, Rivers of Colorado Report Card, Aftermath of Hurricane Irma

  • After meeting with the CEO of Pebble Limited Partnership, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has “directed his staff to withdraw a plan to protect the watershed of Bristol Bay, Alaska, one of the most valuable wild salmon fisheries on Earth.” Via CNN.
  • Conservation Colorado has issued a rivers report card,“assessing the health and well-being of eight rivers across the state based on several factors including water quality and flows.” Only one river, the Yampa, received an “A” grade.
  • In the aftermath of Hurrican Irma, Bloomberg News reports pollution spills in the state of Florida in excess of 9 million gallons. Steven Mufson and Brady Dennis report on the environmental impacts of the sewage and wastewater that have flooded streets and waterways via The Washington Post.
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Tippets: Philosophy of Fly Fishing, October Caddis Soft Hackle

  • In this essay at The Paris Review, John Knight writes about the philosophy of fly fishing through re-reading Izaak Walton. “For all our prodigious technology and equipment, the necessary humility of a day spent fishing finds the angler reckoning with a world in which he has few answers and very little control.”
  • The October Caddis Soft Hackle is a perfect fly for pairing with the large dry fly patterns of autumn. Curtis Fry demonstrates how to tie the soft hackle in this instructional video via Fly Fish Food.
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“Pebble Mine Trying to Rise from the Grave”

In 2014 protections were put in place to protect the two drainages of Bristol Bay, the Nushagak and Kvichak Rivers, from mine waste. However, the new administration and EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, are working in the courts to undo those protections and allow the Pebble Mine to move forward. In this great article from Fishpond, guide Kate Taylor writes about the past year guiding in Bristol Bay and Scott Hed speaks to the legal aspects of protecting the Bristol Bay ecosystem. Read Pebble Mine Trying to Rise from the Grave, and then voice your opinion about the mine during an open comment period on the proposed backtrack.

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Tippets: Fly Box Frames, Targeting Low Tide Redfish

  • Landscape painter Garry Pereira was inspired by flies found in an antique store to create paintings in a series of fly boxes. An exhibition of Pereira’s work will be held at the Osborne Studio Gallery in London, from October 17-November 2, 2017. View paintings online via Fish and Fly.
  • In this recent article, John Mauser writes about the benefits of targeting redfish on the fly in low-tide waters of North Carolina. “No matter what the tidal change is, one thing you’ll notice is that by the time you hit low tide the redfish have lost at least half of their hiding spots.” Via Flymen Fishing Company.
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How to Tie a Craft Fur Clouser

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie a Craft Fur Clouser in this week’s featured tying video. Rather than using the traditional buck tail, Flagler uses a readily available craft store material along with a slightly different tie-in method to produce a more bulkier profile.

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