- Writing a critique of modern fly design and manufacturers, John Jurek wonders what’s at the heart of the industry: fishing or sales. “Simply put, the best flies evolve to solve problems—fishing problems. But these days, when I cast a critical eye at fly design, a far different methodology comes into view.” Read more via Hatch Magazine.
- Performance should take precedence over style on the water, writes Kent Klewein. He experimented with a long-bill hat on a recent saltwater trip and writes about why he thinks every angler should give one a shot.
- Stowing wet gear can lead to unnecessary wear and tear as well as unwelcome smells. In a recent post Kent Klewein writes about using a dehumidifier to help keep gear fresh and dry. “Dehumidifiers are also great for fighting the spread of invasive species for traveling anglers because they can suck the moisture out of every crack and crevice of your gear in a very short period of time.” Via Gink & Gasoline.
- Spawning redds can be damaged by anglers as they wade through rivers and streams. But damage can be avoided if you’re observant. “Now is the time to learn the habits of the trout you pursue,” writes Domenick Swentosky. “Not only to find the areas where they spawn (and avoid them), but to watch in wonder as nature completes a cycle.” Via Troutbitten.
- The most recent episode of the Tasty Bug Tying Series by Fly Shop of the Bighorns features Chris Schneider tying one of his own patterns, the “Donkey Bonkey” streamer. View the instructional video here.
This short film features the restoration work being done on California’s Eel River. Via CalTrout.
Conservation Hawks will host an evening of angling and advocacy, featuring speakers Hal Herring of Field & Stream magazine, Hilary Hutcheson of Trout TV, and Todd Tanner of Conservation Hawks. The event will include screenings of the films “CHROME,” COLD WATERS,” and “THROUGH THE GUIDES,” as well as a silent auction and raffle that will include a Winston Fly Rod, Abel Fly Reel, Yeti Cooler, Montana Fly Co. Boat Box, Bigfork Anglers Guide Trip, and Lance Schelvan Photo Shoot. The event will be held Sunday May 1, 2016 at the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, in Bigfork, Montana, and will kick off at 5:00 p.m. with beer, wine & hors d’oeuvres provided by the Flathead Lake Brewing Co. For more information visit Cold Waters.
- Jess McGlothlin reports on a disappointing (as far as number of fish is concerned) fly fishing trip to Samoa. But “as is so often the case,” she writes, “the true value of the trip was meeting new people and exploring a gem of a country.” Read more and view images via Outside.
- From fly boxes to elevation fitness, Dave Brown, an outfitter based in Patagonia, Arizona, outlines five things you can do “to ensure that your Western fly-fishing adventure is everything you want it to be.”
Tippets: Florida Seagrass, Most Endangered Rivers, Boulder River Access, Help for Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, Maine Brook Trout Survey
- In the Florida Bay seagrass is dying at a rate unseen since the 1980s. The problem, ecologists say, is mainly due to the diversion of the natural flow of fresh water to protect sugar cane farms and other property. Via Phys.org.
- American Rivers has released its annual report of the most endangered rivers. For 2016, the Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, San Joaquin River, and Susquehanna River top the list.
- Despite opposition by state officials, local residents and anglers in Montana are pushing for restrictions along a stretch of the Boulder River they say is being degraded by too many commercial floaters. Via Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
- Members of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife teamed up to help spawning Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. “It allows us to get back in touch with our culture just by helping spawning and ensuring that the fish are going to be there for future generations,” said Brandon Brady of the hands-on process. Via KOLO.
- Maine Audubon, Trout Unlimited and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife have put out a call for help for anglers to help survey remote ponds and coastal streams for brook trout. Via Maine Audubon.
- Swing the Fly is bringing back their popular fly tying contest in 2016. Sponsored by the Red Shed Fly Shop and Heritage Angling Products, the deadline for entries is May 15, 2016. Find more information here.
- Being properly rigged for conditions and technique can help increase your success on the water. In a recent article Luke Lowery of The Tackle Shop in Ennis, Montana details rigging for nymphs, streamers, and dry-droppers.
- Monte Burke interviews author Brad Burns about striper and Atlantic salmon fishing and his passion for conservation work in this recent piece via Forbes.