Video Hatch: “Jonas”

This short film from Museline features the story of one of the first fly anglers in Lithuania and his continuing legacy. “It’s not the fish we are after, but the experience.”
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BTT Comments on Proposed Bahamas Fisheries Regulations

Director of operations for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, Aaron Adams, responds to the proposed “Fisheries Resources Regulations, 2015” by the Bahamian Government. This legislation would impact access for international anglers.

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AFFTA Statement on Proposed Bahamas Legislation

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association has released a statement on proposed regulations by the Bahamian government that would negatively impact destination angling and access.

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Video Hatch: “Fly Fishing, Eh?”

This short film features Amber and Brendan Toner as they target monster trout, toss poppers to aggressive pike, and share how fishing defines their story together. Via Redington.
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Tippets: GuideHire, Smallmouth Flies, Sheep Creek Copper Mine

  • Newly developed GuideHire offers a platform to find and book guides quickly and easily. “With more than 27,000 guides nationwide operating as part of the $1 billion outdoor industry, you’d think it’d be easy to book a fishing trip in Colorado,” writes Ben Yeager. “Turns out it’s not.” Read more about this start-up created by James Hamilton and MacGill Davis via Outside Magazine.
  • From the tried and true Whitlock’s Near Nuff Crayfish to the cutting-edge articulated Zoo Cougar by Kelly Galloup, Kip Vieth of Wildwood Float Trips runs down his list of the top ten subsurface flies for smallmouth bass.
  • Montana’s Smith River is threatened by a massive proposed copper mine along Sheep Creek, a major tributary. Read more from American Rivers, and help take part to protect this watershed and fishery from mining pollution.
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Tippets: Fishing Hats, High Water Safety

  • In the Summer 2015 issue of The Drake, Miles Nolte reflects on fishing hats. “All those stains and rumples kneaded into a hat are the stitching of time on the water,” he writes. “They are evidence of belonging, like calloused hands and sun-damage.”
  • Spring runoff is a dangerous time to be on the water. Kirk Deeter offers six rules for safety in a recent post on Fly Talk, Field & Stream.
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Video Hatch: “Philosophy of Fishing”

In this short film shot on the Little Truckee River, Kieth Rutherford talks about what keeps him coming back to the water. Via Warp Wave.
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Tippets: Stealthy Success, Mossy Creek Invitational, Snorkeling with Salmon

  • You can blow your cover before ever making a cast. A recent article by Kent Klewein addresses tips and techniques for stealth on and off the water.
  • The 8th annual Mossy Creek Invitational (MCI) fly fishing competition was held in Bridgewater, VA on June 6, 2015, and raised over $215,000 for the programs of Project Healing Waters. Read more about the event and results from Daniel Morgan, via Project Healing Waters.
  • Bill McMillan, co-author of the new book “May The Rivers Never Sleep,” writes about his time snorkeling rivers with steelhead, and learning from them what angling can’t teach. Via Wild Steelhead Coalition.
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Bahamas Flats Fishing Proposal Creates Alarm

Last Wednesday, the government of the Bahamas released a proposal for new regulations that would change the way anglers, lodges and visitors can participate in fishing-related activities on the flats.   The broad reach of the regulation scope, as well as the limited amount of time allowed for commenting—less than two weeks, has raised a stir among many fishing tourism operators and lodges.  Particularly notable is the language targeting non-Bahamian guides and visiting do-it-yourselfers, as well as any lodges or fishing operations with foreign ownership. Continue reading

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Why We Fish

In an article recently re-published online from the August 1972 issue of Field & Stream, Nick Lyons explores the topic of why we fish. “What sends a person away from the comforts of his hard-earned home to fight insects, rain, cold, and other disasters in the name of fishing?” Find out via Field & Stream.

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