Tippets: New Yorker Photos from Bristol Bay, Gaspe Atlantic Salmon, Improving the Coasts

  • Commercial fisherman Corey Arnold recently shared photos from a day in his life in Bristol Bay, Alaska. “I’m balancing many variables of the fishing operation, and then I have to stop and think creatively,” he says of his photography work. Via The New Yorker.
  • In a post featuring stunning landscape and fish, Marc Aroner reports on a recent trip in pursuit of Atlantic salmon. Via Spinoza Rods.
  • New research from an international group of scientists focuses on the complexity of coastal ecosystems, and the many industries and species demanding resources. “Humanity has the capacity to substantially improve coastal management,” say researchers Via Conservation Magazine.
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Conway Bowman to Join SPY Team

Professional angler Conway Bowman has joined the team of SPY, as an ambassador for the brand. “SPY combines the best in lifestyle and function for me, making our partnership a perfect fit. I’m stoked to be a part of the SPY family,” says Bowman.

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Video Hatch: “Telemark”

This short film features the beautiful landscape and fish of the Hardangervidda mountain range in Norway. Via Mayfly Fishing.

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GPSs Used to Monitor Drought in the West

Scientists are using a network of Global Positioning System (GPS) stations throughout the western United States, which were originally intended for early earthquake detection, to show vanishing water supplies and the impact of drought upon the landscape. “All of a sudden we’ve turned the whole thing around,” says geophysicist Adrian Borsa of the of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. “It’s a huge change, and it makes the network useful to whole new branches of scientists and managers.” Via National Geographic.

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Scientific American on Saving the Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout

In the early 1980s “bucket biologists” released lake trout into Yellowstone Lake, which set in motion the collapse of native cutthroat populations in Yellowstone National Park and has severely impacted the entire ecosystem, from streambanks to grizzly bear populations. But now, fisheries managers and the park service are gaining ground back, and native Yellowstone cutthroat trout are taking hold. Ben Goldfarb writes about the battle being fought in Yellowstone National Park, in a recent article in Scientific American.

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Video Hatch: “Tidal Roots Early Morning SUP Fishing”

This short film features quiet, early morning water and the one-of-a-kind watercraft of Maine-based Tidal Roots.

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Tippets: Grippy Aluminum Bars, Search for Native Sierra Trout, Tenkara Gains Ground

  • In a recent post on “Fly Talk,” Kirk Deeter looks into aluminum bars on the soles of wading boots, their benefits and drawbacks as well. Via Field & Stream.
  • California’s drought is hitting trout populations hard. Amber Manfree, researcher with the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis, has a sobering post on the California Water Blog, about a recent trip into the high Sierra Nevadas, in search of native trout.
  • Tenkara style fishing is gaining ground, and a recent article by Tom Kuglin shows good reasons why an increasing number of anglers are taking up this ancient Japanese method of catching fish. Via Independent Record.
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How to Tie the Non-Slip Loop Knot

Tim Flagler demonstrates the steps in tying the Non-Slip Loop Knot in this week’s featured video.   It’s not the easiest knot to tie, but it is absolutely worth the effort, says Flagler.  ”It’s a knot that every fly fisherman–actually every fisherman–should know how to tie.”

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Return of the Greenbacks

A DNA study published in 2012 revealed the greenback cutthroat trout that had been stocked in Colorado were actually hybridized with other cutthroat trout species, and only one pure-strain greenback population still existed, in Bear Creek near Colorado Springs. Since then, efforts have focused on establishing a broodstock.  Recently the first batch of fingerlings were released in Zimmerman Lake, in northern Colorado. Read more and see photos from the release day, in a recent post from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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Tippets: Idaho Sockeye Recovery, Patagonia’s “DamNation,” Top Ten Redfish Flies

  • New efforts in Idaho are being concentrated on addressing threats to the sockeye salmon population in the Snake River.
  • Patagonia has long been known for their environmental and corporate responsibility. And their recent self-financed and award-winning environmental documentary, “Dam Nation,” takes commitment to environmental activism to a new level and wider audience. “That’s the reason I’m in business,” explains Yvon Chouinard, president and CEO. Via The Los Angeles Times.
  • Owen Plair shares his top ten picks for redfish flies in a recent post on Gink & Gasoline. From the “Kinky Muddler” to “Electric Chicken” make sure to check these out.
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