Tippets: Fly Fishing Buyer’s Guide, Tying the Bass Buster, Ethics of Keeping Fish

  • From bug repellant to reels, the 2016 Buyer’s Guide from Outside Magazine features fly fishing essentials for the upcoming seasons.
  • The “Bass Buster” fly is a great bluegill imitation. Learn how to tie the pattern in this recent instructional video from Loon Outdoors.
  • Chris Hunt writes about the decision to keep fish in a catch and release culture, and the dilemma of killing native vs. non-native species, in this recent piece on Hatch Magazine.
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2016 FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship

This year, the 36th FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship will be held in the United States and will include teams of anglers from over 30 countries. The event will take place September 11-18, 2016 in the rivers and lakes surrounding Vail, Colorado.

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Redington’s Home Waters Events

Redington’s Home Waters event series will kick off on the Deschutes River May 21, 2016. Home Waters “is a celebration of shared experiences on the water,” says Redington brand manager Josh Prestin. “We’re excited to hit the water and engage with anglers across the country.”

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Video Hatch: “Jungle Tarpon Diaries Vol.1”

This film from Solid Adventures features fly fishing the jungle waters of northern Costa Rica.
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Tippets: The Best Knots, Telluride MountainFilm Festival

  • From backing to tippet, creating a seamless line from the reel to fish can be difficult. Ross Purnell distills important information about tying the best knots for fly fishing in this recent article. “The reality is that knot tying is a skill with some degree of inherent satisfaction, just like casting or tying flies,” he writes. “While tying a Bimini twist, or a Duncan loop, isn’t as exciting as landing a large tarpon, or fooling a brown trout sipping from the surface, it’s all part of the wonderful, complex world of fly fishing.” Via Fly Fisherman.
  • The 2016 Telluride MountainFilm Festival will feature three official selections highlighting fish and fly fishing: “Kamchatka Steelhead Project” directed by Travis Rummel and Grayson Schaffer, “The Super Salmon” directed by Ryan Peterson, and “Urban Circus Fish” directed by Chris Kitchen and Sam Pope.
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IGFA Great Marlin Race

The IGFA Great Marlin Race is the biggest citizen science billfish satellite tagging initiative to date. Since 2011, 241 satellite tags in 7 species of billfish in 20 different countries have been deployed. You can see tag locations here as well as tracking via a Google Earth interface. Data gathered from the IGMR is freely accessible to scientists and fisheries managers around the world and is now part of the new Integrated Ocean Observing System Animal Telemetry Network.

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How to Tie a Sulphur Breadline Emerger

The Sulphur Breadline Emerger is the subject of this week’s featured fly tying video.  Emergers are often a great alternative when trout not eating your high-riding dry fly patterns, and the Breadline Emerger is a good choice for imitating almost any mayfly.  As tier and videographer Tim Flagler notes, “the Breadline Emerger is a fairly simple and quick tie that works remarkably well. I’m surprised this pattern hasn’t gotten more attention over the years, it’s certainly deserves it.”

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Tippets: Biodegradable Six-Pack Rings, Rigging Two Flies

  • Florida-based Saltwater Brewery has developed six-pack rings that are completely biodegradable and edible. They are created from beer by-products from the brewing process such as barley and wheat. This is great news for the marine life and birds that get tangled up in or eat our trash. Via Huffington Post.
  • In almost every situation two flies are better than one, writes Pat Dorsey. “This strategy mathematically increases my odds, but you’ve got to have the right combination of flies and presentations to go along with it—otherwise you’re not looking at a dependable bet.” Via Fly Fisherman.
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Video Hatch: “The Angler of Albemarle”

This short film from Connor J. Rog features Carson Oldham, owner of the Albemarle Angler, offering great philosophy on business and fly fishing.      
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Tippets: Translating Skill Sets, C&R Best Practices

  • Skills that are used on trout streams can translate to salt flats as well. Steven Brutger outlines three tactics for success via Stalking the Seam. “While the environment and some of the tactics are certainly different,” Brutger writes, “those of us who fish for trout have a solid foundation, that combined with practice, can lead to success on the flats.”
  • Paul Moinester of KEEPEMWET FISHING is the guest on the most recent Orvis podcast. He highlights best practices for releasing fish, as well as how to help educate others about the need to take care of fish during the release.
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