Video Hatch: “Tour de Tahoe”

This short film features a three-day, sixty-mile biking and fly fishing trip along the Tahoe Rim Trail. Via Freehub Magazine.
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AFFTA Hiring Communications Manager

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association has announced their search for a Communications Manager, a position that will work “on communications to AFFTA members, media, affiliate groups and the general public.”

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Tippets: Winter Fishing Safety, DeGala’s Ethical Egg

  • Winter fishing conditions clear out the crowds of anglers, but also bring unique threats. Todd Tanner writes about fishing when there are ice sheets on the water and a dangerous situation he survived in this article via Hatch Magazine.
  • While there are some valid ethical questions surrounding egg patterns, it is not in the patterns themselves but in how they are used. “I don’t fish to spawning fish and won’t fish over redds,” writes Herman DeGala. “I do, however, fish behind redds, where fish are looking for an easy meal, or to fish in other parts of the river during spawning season.” Learn how to tie DeGala’s pattern, the Ethical Egg, in this short video.
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Fly Fishing USA Team Qualifier in North Carolina This Weekend

Anglers will complete for a places on the Fly Fishing Team USA at the upcoming Southeast regional tournament set to be held January 13-14, 2018. Qualifying anglers will represent the U.S. at the 2018 World Fly Fishing Championship in Comano Terme, Trentino, Italy.

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Tippets: Winter Edition of Tenkara Angler, Winter Redfishing

  • The winter 2017-2018 edition of The Tenkara Angler is now available to read freely online. “The ‘Winter’ issue of Tenkara Angler focuses on many off-water pursuits – with a fly tying feature, a tamo building DIY, a core conditioning workout, and reading recommendations.”
  • In this article Gordon Churchill, guide and author of Flyfishing the Southeast Coast, details some of the best strategies for chasing redfish in cold weather conditions. “Winter reds tend to school up in pretty nice-size groups. You won’t find any fish until you find all the fish. There will be lots of water with nothing in it, but then when you find the right spot, it will seem like they are all there.” Via Orvis.
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Tippets: Boundary Waters Mining, Benbow Dam Demolition, California’s Lost Salmon

  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has “opened up the possibility of hard-rock mining on the borders of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Voyageurs National Park, reversing an Obama-era decision that might have protected the wilderness for decades.” Via The Star Tribune.
  • The removal of California’s Benbow Dam is now complete. “The removal of Benbow Dam moves us closer to reversing the alarming decline of West Coast fall-run Chinook, Coho salmon, and summer-run steelhead by restoring access to an additional 96 miles of prime habitat along the Eel River,” said Pat Montanio, director of the office of habitat conservation in NOAA Fisheries. Via The Times Standard.
  • After being trucked from California’s Coleman National Fish hatchery to the Pacific Ocean during drought conditions, salmon are encountering difficulty in finding their way back to their spawning grounds. Read more via Daily Democrat.
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Tippets: Fly Fisherman 2018 Conservationist of the Year, De-Icing Guides

  • Sandy Moret has been named 2018 Conservationist of the Year by Fly Fisherman. Founder of Now or Neverglades, Moret has “fought Florida’s water management policies, which historically focused on satisfying the demands of the sugar cane industry to the detriment of the Everglades.” Moret will receive the award at BTT’s annual Islamorada Dinner, Jan. 19, 2018 at the Islander Resort.
  • From Chapstick to cooking spray, Spencer Durrant outlines strategies for dealing with ice in your fly rod guides while on the water this winter. Via Postfly Box.
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Video Hatch: “Salmon”

This short film features fly fishing for salmon in the waters of Sweden and Norway. Via Tellis Katsogiannos.
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Tippets: Jungle Medicine, Fishing Dries and Emergers

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Video: How to Tie JC’s Electric Caddis Larva

Tim Flagler demonstrates the steps for tying John Collins’s Electric Caddis Larva in this week’s featured tying video. “Although it fishes well year round,” says Flagler, “it’s particularly effective during the winter months when trout have been known to gorge themselves on the naturals it imitates.”

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