Video Hatch: “Hunting with Feathers”

In this short film Austin Lowery offers up great footage of fishing his local waters.       Continue reading

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Tippets: Interview with Joan Wulff, Summer Carp Fishing

  • At almost ninety, Joan Wulff continues to be a lead player in player in fly-casting, instruction, demonstrations, and competitions. In the most recent episode of Anchored, Wulff sits down for an interview with April Vokey. Listen here.
  • When water temperatures soar too high for trout, carp offer a great fishing opportunity. From location to tactics and flies, learn more from this article by Chris Kehres and Domenick Swentosky via Troutbitten.
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New York Fly Fishing & Brew Festival

The first annual New York Fly Fishing & Brew Festival is scheduled to be held May 6 & 7, 2017, at Fireman’s Park in Hancock, NY. The event will include hands-on skill instruction, food and live music.

Read more in the press release below. Continue reading

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Tippets: Montana’s Warming Rivers, Cutthroats Survive Colorado Wildfire, Bull Trout Suit Filed, Frank Moore Bill Advances in Senate

  • For the past 15 years, Montana’s rivers continue to break records for early snowmelts, too-warm water, and low flows. This is bad news for trout and opens doors for warmwater species such as bass. “What bass say about our rivers is spooky,” says Dan Vermillion, chairman of the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission. Via The Economist.
  • A population of genetically distinct cutthroat trout have survived the Hayden Pass fire, which burned in Colorado’s Sangre De Cristo wilderness. “Some of the fish will be left where they were found. Others will be moved to different sections of the creek and a third group will be taken to an isolated hatchery to prevent any threat of extinction.” Via Colorado 9 News.
  • Montana-based environmental group The Alliance for the Wild Rockies has sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bonneville Power over bull trout mitigation policies across the Columbia River basin. Via The Missoulian.
  • A bill that would protect more than 100,000 acres in Oregon recently passed through a mark-up in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary Designation Act would protect some of the best wild steelhead spawning grounds in the Pacific Northwest.
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New Fly Fishing Books

  • Backcasts: A Global History of Fly Fishing and Conservation, edited by Samuel Snyder, Bryon Borgelt, and Elizabeth Tobey, examines the historical significance of outdoor recreation and sports to conservation. Backcasts explores both the problems anglers and their organizations face and how they might serve as models of conservation—in the individual trout streams, watersheds, and landscapes through which these waters flow. University Of Chicago Press (July 11, 2016).
  • Tying and Fishing Bucktails and Other Hair Wings: Atlantic Salmon Flies to Steelhead Flies by Mike Valla is an immense resource for tiers of these classic patterns. The book includes over 500 patterns with tying instructions, fishing information, and history of bucktails from their origins to the present. Headwater Books (July 1, 2016).
  • Buffalo Jump Blues: A Sean Stranahan Mystery by Keith McCafferty is the fifth novel in the Sean Stranahan mystery series, featuring Montana’s favorite fly fisherman-detective. Buffalo Jump Blues weaves a gripping tale of murder, wildlife politics, and lost love. Viking (June 28, 2016).
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Tippets: Interview with Daniel Galhardo, DIY Fly Line Loop

  • Daniel Galhardo, founder of Tenkara USA, sits down on the Rewild Yourself podcast and talks about why he chooses to fish with the ancient technique of Tenkara. “A rod, line and fly. Line connects to the tip. Easy casting of a fly to spots where the fish are, intuitive landing. That’s tenkara in a nutshell,” says Galhardo.
  • Most fly lines come with a pre-welded loop on the end for easy attachment of leaders. But for the ones that do not, Kent Klewein outlines a DIY for creating a fly line loop. Find the step-by-step instructions here.
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Video Hatch: “Desert Drift”

This film features a perfect day on top-secret desert water, with plenty of willing smallmouth bass. Via Todd Moen and Catch Magazine.
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Tippets: Keeping Safe in Bear Country, Drag-and-Drop Presentation, Simms Wading Boot Review

  • Many fishing opportunities are in bear country, and it’s important to know what to do when inevitable encounters occur. Rachel D’Oro reports on real-life scenarios and survival tips via The Big Story.
  • The drag-and-drop presentation is a great skill to master for reaching fish holding in tricky situations. “I’ve seen this technique used to great effect for presenting flies to trout that are holding between two rocks or hiding under overhanging bushes or trees — as well as to those that are refusing any fly outside a two-inch-wide feeding lane.” Read more from Phil Monahan via Orvis.
  • In a recent article on Hatch Magazine Paul Snyder reviews the Simms G4 Boa Boot. The G series is “The gear is built for guides, most of whom spend as much time rowing as they do crossing rivers on foot.”
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How to Tie the Bighorn CDC X-Caddis

It’s almost time for the amazing black caddis hatches on Montana’s Bighorn.  To mark the season, Matt Grobert shows how to tie the versatile Bighorn CDC X-Caddis, a pattern almost guaranteed to draw big fish out of shallow riffles.

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Tippets: New Regulations for Bahamas Fishing, Rods on the Road

  • Rena Glinton, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Marine and Fisheries in the Bahamas, has outlined new regulations for fishing in the Bahamas that include requiring visitors to purchase a license. Read the details via Angling Trade.
  • In this recent article Brad Harris outlines how to safely transport fly rods when moving from one fishing spot to another. From rod tubes to hood racks, read more via FlyLife.
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