Video Hatch: “The Easy Road”

This short film from Waist Deep Media features spectacular shots of the fish and scenery of Washington state.

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Tippets: Largemouth Bass Tips, Conserving Household Water, Backcountry Confidence

  • From biology to suggested flies and tactics, Phil Monahan’s covers the bases in a recent article about largemouth bass. Perfect information for mid-summer.
  • A study published in the journal Environment examines well-researched solutions for conserving water in your home. From upgrading technology and appliances to changes of behavior and habit, we can all do our part to help keep water in rivers and reservoirs. Via NewsWatch, National Geographic.
  • Remote backcountry waters can be a refuge from the crowds and picky fish of large western rivers.  “ In my experience,” writes Grant Alban, “there is no better place to boost your confidence, to make you feel like you deserve your own Simms sponsorship than in the backcountry.” Via Backcountry Hungers & Anglers.
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Desert Dust & Oceans

New research out of the University of South Carolina is shedding light on iron levels in the world’s oceans, revealing that “life in the deep ocean depended on an annual delivery of fertilizer from one of the world’s emptiest and most parched regions”: the Sahara Desert. And at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, researchers are linking bacteria and minerals in dust from the Sahara desert to the Bahama Banks ecosystem. Via Adventure Journal and New Scientist.

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Video Hatch: “The Russian River: The Value of an American Watershed”

This short film from highlights the conflicts and challenges of the Russian River watershed in California wine country.

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New Fly Fishing Books

  • 101 Favorite Nymphs and Wet Flies: History, Tying Tips, and Fishing Strategies by David Klausmeyer is a book for the beginner to experienced angler, and compiles detailed pattern recipes and photos, along with historical information and techniques for fishing wet flies and nymphs. Skyhorse Publishing (August 5, 2014).
  • The Book of Fly Patterns: Over 1,000 Patterns for the Construction of Artificial Flies by Eric Leiser is a compilation of classic and contemporary patterns from some of the most innovative fly tiers. Including flies for trout to bass and dry flies to baitfish patterns, this book is a great reference for fly tiers of every level. Skyhorse Publishing (August 5, 2014).
  • Along the Battenkill by William A. Cormier provides a historical look at the famous Battenkill River, which has drawn anglers to the area since the 1800s. Cormier combines photography with stories and legends from the region, into an interesting book for anglers and non-anglers alike. Arcadia Publishing, Images of America (August 4, 2014).
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Video Hatch: “Home Waters”

Agricultural development is threatening the world famous fisheries of New Zealand. This short film from The Trout Diaries features a veteran angler of the country’s rivers, Dave Witherow, urging action to be taken to protect trout habitat.

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Tippets: Good Presentation, Groundwater Management, Clean Water Protections

  • From casting stroke to line speed, Peter Kutzer addresses how to make a delicate presentation of your fly to fish, via Orvis.
  • In anticipating a drier future, Andrew Revkin looks towards conservation and recycling of rain and wastewater as well as groundwater management. “Hoping for the best works fine if it’s combined with planning for the worst,” Revkin writes in The New York Times.
  • A new national poll confirms a majority of small business owners are in favor of increased protections under the Clean Water Act. “ Small business owners place a high value on clean water because they are concerned about potential damage to the economy from water pollution,” says Richard Eidlin, Director of Policy for the American Sustainable Business Council. “They also believe that government regulation is needed to safeguard clean water.”
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How to Tie Charlie Craven’s Mole Fly

Charlie Craven’s Mole Fly is the subject of this week’s featured fly tying video.  As videographer Tim Flagler points out, “You’ve got to love a pattern that’s so simple but does such a great job representing a mayfly in its most vulnerable state.”

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“A River Reborn”

In a recent piece on Patagonia’s The Cleanest Line blog, Dylan Tomine writes about floating the Elwha River for the first time after the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam, seeing a free river and renewed salmon fishery.

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Tippets: Catch & Release, Corps to Monitor Pollution, Beaver Island

  • Mid-summer, when fishing is often at its best, is also one of the most vital times for proper catch-and-release techniques. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources shares best practices via The Fishing Wire.
  • After a lawsuit filed by a conservation group over oil spills from dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers in Oregon and Washington, a groundbreaking legal settlement ruled that for the first time in its history the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have to disclose the amount of pollutants its dams are sending into waterways.
  • In a recent post on Fishing Poet, Matt Smythe recounts a recent trip to Beaver Island and his first time chasing carp with a fly rod.
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