Fly Punk Issue 2 is Released

The second issue of Fly Punk is now freely available to read online. The bi-monthly publication “is not your normal fly fishing magazine, we won’t show you how to do it, instead we will try to figure out and share why we all do it.”

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Tippets: California Salmon and Storms, Comment on Columbia and Snake River Dams, Medication Pollution, Climate Change Moves Fish North

  • While the recent storms in California have been good for the snowpack and reservoirs of the drought-stricken state, native salmon are struggling to survive. “We have eggs that were just recently laid in Lagunitas Creek and other tributaries which have gotten washed away,” said Eric Ettlinger, Aquatic Ecologist with the Marin Municipal Water District. “We also have fish prepared to go into the ocean which hatched a year ago, and they are struggling to find refuge from the high flows.” Via SF Gate.
  • Anglers have a rare opportunity to call for actions that will dramatically improve the prospects for wild steelhead and salmon in the Columbia and Snake River basins. Comment on Columbia and Snake River Dam Operations here.
  • New research has shown that anti-anxiety medication has harmful effects on salmon swimming in affected waters. ‘”The researchers found that when fish ingest oxazepam, it makes them migrate faster and farther—potentially recklessly so.” Via Hakai Magazine.
  • Many Atlantic coast fish species are leaving their native range for cooler northern waters. “Studies have found that two-thirds of marine species in the Northeast United States have shifted or extended their range as a result of ocean warming, migrating northward or outward into deeper and cooler water.” Read more via The New York Times.
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Video Hatch: “Fly Fishing in Norway Vol. II”

This short film from Danica Dudes features the highlights of an extended fly fishing trip in Norway.
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Tippets: Loon Fly Tying 101, Musky on the Fly

  • On Thursday nights through January, Loon continues their weekly series on the foundations and fundamentals of fly tying. Catch up on Episode 1 and Episode 2.
  • Matthew Reilly writes about the obsession that is chasing musky on the fly. “To stack skill and will against low probability, hoping for high reward. This defines the hunt for predatory fish—most purely, the quest for musky.” Read more via Hatch Magazine.
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Video Hatch: “The Evolution of Nymphing—Introduction to Modern Nymphing”

This video is a segment from the new video, “The Evolution of Nymphing—Introduction to Modern Nymphing.” It features anglers Devin Olsen and Lance Egan’s of discovering and fine tuning their nymphing abilities.
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Tippets: Winter Flies, Basics of Bonefishing

  • David Paul Williams outlines some of the best flies for winter fishing in this article via Game and Fish Magazine. “All too often,” he writes, “winter fly boxes are only filled with the tiny flies on the mistaken belief that only tiny trout food is available in the cold months. Experienced winter trout anglers know winter trout foods come in all sizes.”
  • Going unprepared to destination fly fishing locales can ruin priceless time on the water. Phil Monahan shares some tips for getting ready for saltwater in this article and short video about the basics of bonefishing. Via Orvis.
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How to Tie JC’s Skunk Pygmy Sculpin

JC’s Skunk Pygmy Sculpin is “similar to his Snowflake Sculpin but smaller and not articulated,” notes tier and videographer Tim Flagler.  “Fished low and slow, it’s a big fish magnet.”  Tim’s guide for tying this great pattern includes tips on working with rabbit fur strips and fitting a sculpin helmet to a hook shank.

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Tippets: Deer Hair Dubbing Loops, Nymphing Without Indicators

  • To help usher in the season of spending more time at the tying desk, don’t miss a recent tutorial from Barry Ord Clarke on spinning deer hair and dubbing loops. Via The Feather Bender.
  • Indicators can spook trout in low and clear waters, and in a recent article Tom Rosenbauer writes about upping your game to nymph without indicators. Also, Dave and Amelia Jensen of Jensen Fly Fishing demonstrate how to catch trout under difficult conditions in this instructional video.
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Video Hatch: “At the End of a Rainbow”

This short film explores how fly fishing can help protect the wilderness and celebrates the beauty and wonder of one of the most vibrant places on Earth, the Ozernaya River of Kamchatka in Far East Russia. The full film can be seen touring with the 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour.
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Video Hatch: “Convergence”

This important new film from Conservation Hawks explores the essence of fly fishing through different anglers and their collective passions: love for wild trout, healthy landscapes, clean and cold waters. Featuring Travis Swartz (AKA Hank Patterson), Perk Perkins, Hilary Hutcheson, Simon Perkins, Els Van Woert, Perk Perkins, Pippa Perkins, Delaney Hutcheson and Ella Hutcheson.  An official selection of the 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour.
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