Video Hatch: “Switch it Up”

The change of seasons calls for something different. This short film from Scumliner Media follows the change of gear, from traditional fly rods to two-handed.

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Tippets: Interview with Zach Williams, Asian Carp DNA Detection Falls Short, Grayl Water Filter

  • Guide, instructor, owner of PNW Spey Guides, and founder & editor of Swing the Fly Magazine, Zach Williams takes time out of his busy schedule for an interview with Kyle Andes of Hammer Creek Fly Fishing.
  • A new study from the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, published in the journal PLOS ONE, finds that the current tools for measuring Asian carp eDNA in waterways falls short. “Recent eDNA surveys for Asian Carp may have come back negative simply because they failed to detect eDNA that was actually there,” explains lead researcher on the study, Cameron Turner. Read more via ScienceDaily.
  • Especially if you travel to remote locales without dependable sources of clean water, don’t miss a recent post by Jess McGlothlin, explaining how the new Grayl water filtration system works. Read her full review on ChiWulff.
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How to Tie the Cable Tie Craw

Tim Flagler ties the Cable Tie Craw in this week’s featured fly tying video.  “Whether you call them crayfish, crawdads or mudbugs,” says Tim, “these little critters inhabit just about every body of fresh water in North America. As compared to say, a mayfly nymph, they’re gigantic in size and represent a substantial and sought-after meal for a myriad of both coldwater and warmwater fish species.”

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Possible Loss of Access to Potomac at Fletcher’s Cove

Public fishing access to the Potomac River is at risk, due to a walkway to Fletcher’s Cove boat dock being closed by the National Park Service due to safety concerns. Anglers are being urged to take action and sign a petition, urging the Park Service to expedite a plan to save access.

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The Salmon Plan

In 1966, Pacific Ocean salmon were introduced to the Great Lakes to control invasive alewives. The story of the man behind the plan, Howard Tanner, is told in a recent piece in The Journal Sentinel Online. From the first plantings of Coho fry, “the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem has been a giant science experiment ever since,” writes Dan Egan.

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Video Hatch: “Those Moments”

The official trailer for an upcoming film called “Those Moments,” made by Peter Christensen, which takes you from Alaska to the Bahamas to British Columbia. Continue reading

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Two New Board Members Join AFFTA Board of Directors

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association has announced two new members to their board of directors: Steve Bendzak, Vice President of Sales at Simms Fishing Products, and Dr. Brandon Shuler, freelance journalist and Oceans Advocate for The Oceans Conservancy.

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Tippets: Farm Runoff, Pine & Kimmel Talk Fishing, Dos and Don’ts for Guided Trips

  • A new report from Datu Research shows the work yet to be done for voluntary adaption of conservation practices on agricultural land, which is the leading contributor to decreased water quality in the Mississippi River Basin. “Too much agricultural land is currently being put into production without an appropriate level of conservation to protect water quality,” writes Lara Bryant via the National Wildlife Foundation.
  • Actor Chris Pine talks fly fishing in New Zealand in a recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
  • Covering everything from attitude to gear, Louis Cahill confers with professional fly fishing guides to compile a list of Dos and Don’ts for guided fishing trips.
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Flies for Kids

Flies for Kids helps get young people introduced to the world of fly tying. One of the ways anglers can help is by donating unused flies, which will be packaged in Cliff boxes donated by Cliff Outdoors, and then given to interested youth. For more information on this project headed by Kevin McKay of and Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop, visit Maine Fly Fish.

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Video Hatch: “Man’s Best Escape With Man’s Best Friend”

Sometimes the best fishing companions come on four legs, as shown in this short film of fly fishing for Northern Pike in the Nunavut Territory.

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