In this week’s featured fly tying video Matt Grobert shows his techniques for tying Les Shannon’s Lemon Cahill. Grobert uses many of the same techniques and materials Shannon chose for this classic Catskill dry fly.
- Likening it to an impressionist painting, read a beautiful short piece by Louis Cahill on finding brown trout among the canvas of a streambed.
- Heavy rains and snowmelt runoff cause streams to run high and muddy, it’s par for the course in spring. But for the persistent and observant angler fish can still be found, writes Colin K. Breck via Hatch Magazine.
- For some friendly competition among fly patterns, check out Josh Bergan’s brackets.
- Estrogen, antibiotics, DEET, and even cocaine have been detected in Minnesota lakes. The study, conducted by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (PCA) tested 127 compounds from a sampling of 50 lakes, with only three of the compounds returning a negative. “We need to look in the mirror,” says Mark Ferrey, lead researcher on the study, “No matter what we use, it finds its way into the environment.” Read more about this research at The Star Tribune.
- Ben Smith had a dream and goal of fly fishing for Lahontan cutthroat trout in Pyramid Lake, Nevada. Recently he made that goal happen, and shared his experience and tips on his blog Arizona Wanderings.
- With travel and trade, port cities receive much more than people and goods—they’re also primed for invasive species such as zebra mussels, lionfish, and algae. Scientists have now released a list of the top port cities and ecosystems at risk.
- To many anglers, fly fishing is more than just catching fish or getting out in nature: it can be spiritual, too. Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer, author of Fly Fishing – The Sacred Art, talks about his practice of religion and fly fishing on Sport Fishing Weekly.
- Recently, researchers have observed two types of fish, grouper and coral trout, using “sign language” to communicate food sources within their populations. Via Discovery.
- Alex Cerveniak takes a detailed look at placement of a mayfly dun from a fish-eye view, up from below. What do trout see; and moreover, what matters most? Read more via Trout Lab.
- Sustained drought has severely hit Lake Powell, the key reservoir for much of the Southwest United States. Recent aerial satellite images from NASA show the impact on water levels. And despite the influx of recent snow and storms, “Slight improvement in the Colorado basin water supply is like expecting a road-killed jackrabbit to feed a whole pack of hungry coyotes,” says Randall Julander, a U.S. Department of Agriculture hydrologist. “It’s not nearly enough to go around.”
- Making the transition from freshwater to salt can pose some difficulties at first, and there are certainly differences in handling techniques. Louis Cahill outlines some tips for holding your first bonefish, via Gink & Gasoline.
Conch, a sea snail prized for both its meat and shell, is at the heart of research headed by Montana State University graduate student, Alex Anderson, who is also a manager and guide at Turneffe Flats Resort in Belize. Anderson’s research focuses on creating a sustainable fishery and economy for his native country. “There’s a major connection between Bozeman and Belize,” says MSU faculty advisor, Al Zale, “and it has to do with the fish.”