Tippets: Drummond’s Water Boatman, Casting in Bear Country

  • Guide Tim Drummond’s water boatman fly pattern is a must-have for fishing stillwater for trophy rainbows. It originated from fishing Delaney Butte Lakes in North Park, Colorado. Learn to tie this simple and effective pattern in a recent tutorial via Fly Fisherman.
  • Casting in bear country brings unique risks and rewards. Kris Millgate writes about a day on the North Fork of the Shoshone River near Yellowstone’s east entrance, “where there are fewer crowds of people and still plenty of wild land. It’s hog heaven for grizzlies.” Via Sporting Classics.
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Tippets: Hatch Magazine Photo Contest, Fall Fly Fishing Tips

  • The 2016 Hatch Magazine Fly Fishing Photo Contest is working with bullsugar.org, Captains for Clean Water, and AFFTA to raise awareness of the Everglades water issues and to promote the #NowOrNeverglades declaration. Find more information about how to enter and win via Hatch Magazine.
  • Fall fishing calls for a change in flies and tactics, but “the transitioning scenery, pleasant weather and dwindling crowds make it a great time to be on the water.” Read five great tips from Blue Ridge Outdoors.
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Espiritu Santo Bay Lodge Opening in 2017

A new flats fishing destination, Espiritu Santo Bay Lodge (ESB), is being built in the Mexican province of Quintana Roo. The ESB Lodge opens its inaugural season on April 2, 2017, and will provide access flats fishing for permit, tarpon, bonefish, and snook.

Read more in the press release below.

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Video Hatch: “The Complete Angler: James Prosek”

The American Museum of Fly Fishing will honor James Prosek with the 2016 Izaak Walton Award at a ceremony on October 26, 2016. To mark the occasion, the AMFF has released the full version of Prosek’s Peabody Award-winning video “The Complete Angler.”
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Tippets: Fishing Streamers, Stocking Highcountry Lakes

  • The latest video in “The Bank” series from Jensen Fly Fishing is a two-part video on techniques and tactics for fishing streamers. From rigging to on-the-water strategies, view part one and part two to expand your abilities.
  • Kris Millgate reports on backpacking cutthroats into Idaho’s highcountry. Once at Brockie Lake, “We cut slits in the bags and watch new fish slip out. They swim into small rocky pockets to get their bearings before moving into their new waterfront property perched high out of reach for all but the hardiest of anglers.” Via Hatch Magazine.
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Video Hatch: “Flyfishing Sanxas”

This beautiful short film from Luke Bannister features the rivers and mountains of Västerbotten County in Sweden.
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Tippets: Fly Quality, Fly Fishing Team USA Takes Bronze

  • An ugly fly can catch fish for years, but a poor quality fly can cut a day on the water short. Ben Duchesney writes about the differences in fly quality and durability and why an angler should care, via Postfly Box.
  • Fly Fishing Team USA has taken home bronze in the 36th FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships held in Vail September 11-18, 2016. “It’s not the color we were after, but proof for the second year in a row that we are improving,” said team member Lance Egan. Ross Purnell reports via Fly Fisherman.
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AFFTA Supports Northeast Coral Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association has released a statement of approval over the recent designation of the Northeast Coral Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, which will protect 4,193 square miles of ocean environment.

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Tippets: Whitefish Warning, Fish Forensics, Coldwater Thermal Refuges, Deschutes River Smallmouth

  • Jess McGlothlin writes about the Yellowstone River fish kill and the warning of whitefish, the canary in the coal mine. “It’s small-scale in the midst of what we’re seeing in the world these days, but one of the things that has stuck with me about this debacle is the fact I keep hearing the phrase ‘it’s just whitefish.'” Via Chi Wulff.
  • Scientists have discovered that the Alabama sturgeon, once thought to be lost after the last specimen of the species was caught in 2007, is still in existence in the state. Through water samples and DNA testing, scientists confirmed that populations remain. “I’m excited that it’s still there,” says biologist Steve Rider. “I’ve always had a glimmer of hope that we can still save the species, and this sort of affirms it.” Via Atlas Obscura.
  • A recent short film from EarthFixMedia explains “thermal refuges” and their importance for coldwater fish species. “Thermal refuges are part of the bigger picture of how habitat for particularly coldwater fishes like salmon, trout and steelhead, survive,” says Jeff Dose, USFS Fishery Biologist.
  • As waters of the Deschutes River warm, steelhead are giving way to smallmouth bass. “Is the queen of Oregon rivers shedding gems from her crown?” asks Bill Monroe, “Or just trading diamonds for rhinestones?” Read more on the changing face of the fishery via Oregon Live.
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Tippets: Secret Spots, Autumn Dry Flies

  • Whether it adds a few hours to the drive or backroad potholes, the out-of-the-way fishing spots are worth the added effort. And Matthew Copeland writes a piece on why the stretch of water that has a place of honor in your “personal pantheon of fishing holes” deserves to be visited often. Read “Why Wait” via Stalking the Seam.
  • While fall is prime-time for fishing streamers, don’t forget about dry flies, advises Phil Monahan. “The hatches of autumn—although they may not compare to the blizzard emergences of spring and early summer—continue to draw fish to the surface to feed and can provide fast action.” Read more about some of the top dry flies to keep in your box via Orvis.
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