Tippets: Attaching Bite Tippet, Fly Fishing with a Mission

  • Pete Kutzer demonstrates how to attach bite tippet to your leader in this instructional film. It’s an essential skill if you plan to fish for species such as such as pike, musky, bluefish, or barracuda. Via Orvis.
  • Dr. Andy Danylchuk writes about a recent trip to the Essequibo River in Guyana to fly fish for arapaima.Fly fishing based ecotourism for arapaima can provide sustainable economic growth for indigenous communities, but also act as a catalyst to ensure the sustainable use of the greater landscape.” Via Moldy Chum.
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Martin Simpson Tribute Website

Artist Martin Simpson has battled cancer since 2012, and in April 2015 a scan revealed the cancer had spread to his bones. A website has been created so that people can write their words of encouragement/tributes for him while he can read and appreciate them. View Simpson’s artwork and leave your thoughts.

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Daniel Carrier Joins Far Bank Sales Team

Far Bank Enterprises has announced the welcome of Daniel Carrier to the company’s sales team as Eastern Territory Sales Manager.

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Tippets: Klamath Dam Removal, Roads and Bull Trout, BTT Tagging Program, Dworshak Dam Fish Kill

  • Dams aren’t the only reason salmon, trout and other fish need help on the Klamath. But dam removal certainly will help. Molly Peterson examines the watershed ecosystem via KQED.
  • Following a lawsuit from the environmental group WildEarth Guardians, federal officials are re-examining how roads and motorized trails in part of the Sawtooth National Forest could harm threatened bull trout. Via Oregon Live.
  • A tagging project aims to track movements of tarpon and permit in the Florida Keys and beylod. The research partners include Dr. Danylchuk, along with Lucas Griffin and Dr. Jack Finn (UMass Amherst), Dr. Jake Brownscombe and Dr. Steven Cooke (Carleton University), and Dr. Aaron Adams (BTT). Read more about the project via Moldy Chum.
  • An estimated 200 adult steelhead have been found dead just below the Dworshak Dam on the North Fork of the Clearwater River in Idaho. “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff at the Dworshak Fish Hatchery determined the steelhead likely hit structures of a turbine unit at the dam, according to the Corps.” Via Tri-City Herald.
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Video Hatch: “Wilderness”

Studiocanoe studies presents a gorgeous short film based on the writings of naturalist, author and environmental philosopher John Muir, filmed in the Scottish Highlands.
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Tippets: Learning the Double Haul, Coolest Jobs on the River

  • The double haul is an essential skill for any angler, but learning it can be tricky. Peter Kutzer demonstrates good learning tips, and Phil Monahan writes about a great technique for self-identifying problems, via Orvis.
  • Fly Fishing Guide comes in at second place on Rapid Media’s list of the coolest river jobs. While “working as a fly-fishing guide is seasonal work, some get creative and spend the winter working in warm water destinations or at other jobs.”
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Tippets: Making Short Casts, Flies for Night Fishing

  • John Juracek writes about the puzzling difficulty of making short casts. “If you find that you can cast twenty feet (this includes your leader) repeatedly, accurately, with a tight loop,” he writes, “indeed, you are casting better than 98% of all fishermen.” Read more via Hatch Magazine.
  • A recent article by Alan Bulmer looks at flies for rising trout when night fishing, why fish rise at this time, and how to develop the skills to successfully target them. Via Active Angling New Zealand.
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Video Hatch: “Sockeye Salmon in BC Canada”

This short film features incredible aerial shots of sockeye salmon in a tributary of the Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada. Via Andrew Hardingham.
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Tippets: Profile on Poul Bech, Euro-nymphing Techniques

  • Poul Bech—aka The Bechman—is a legendary figure in British Columbia steelhead fly fishing and conservation. “His approach to conservation advocacy mirrors his approach to fishing. He travels the highways and gravel roads keeping to himself, staying off the grid.” Read more about Bech via Fly Rod & Reel.
  • Ben Duchesney explains euro-nymphing and outlines techniques and strategies for success, in this article on Postfly Box.  “Popularized by the European competition fishing circuit, euro nymphing increases strike detection, and the number you fish you will catch.”
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Tippets: Camille Egdorf on Fishing Providence Atoll, Problem Solving on the Water, New Knots Book

  • Camille Egdorf recently fly fished Providence Atoll with fellow anglers Gerhard Laubscher and Tim Babich, as well as Confluence filmmakers Jim Klug, Chris Patterson, and Colin Witherill. Egdorf talks about the trip as well as women in the sport, via Outside Online.
  • From changing up your fly selection to playing the waiting game, Ben Duchesney outlines common problems on the water and how to solve the riddle of not catching fish, in this recent article via Postfly Box.
  • The book Fly Fishing Knots—From the Reel to the Hook by Andy Steer contains clear, concise, step-by-step knot-tying illustrations of recommended fly and tenkara fishing knots and set-up. A great resource for any angler.
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