Tippets: Finding Balance, Business of Public Lands, Small Stream Strategies

  • From expanding your season to the species you chase, Lee Terkel has some advice for increasing fishing time without sacrificing family or work. Read more on finding your fly fishing equilibrium via The Orvis Blog.
  • A group of outdoor business owners have written a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell urging her to take a strong stance on protecting public land access as well as their fish and wildlife populations. “Public lands are a huge driver for outdoor-related business in this country, and it’s imperative that we care for them with the same ferocity that we apply to any other multi-billion dollar business,” said Tim Romano, of Angling Trade.
  • Small stream plunge pools can often hold surprisingly large trout. In a recent post, Chad Shmukler explains some strategies for success in these unique habitats. Via Hatch Magazine.
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Video Hatch: “San Francisquito Creek – America’s Most Endangered Rivers 2014”

This short film from American Rivers highlights one of America’s most endangered rivers of 2014, San Francisquito Creek, and the issues facing its revival.

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Tippets: Elwha River’s Wild Steelhead, Bologna on the Bank

  • A suit filed by the Wild Fish Conservancy, Conservation Angler, Federation of Fly Fishers Steelhead Committee and Wild Steelhead Coalition that would have stopped  the planting of hatchery-born steelhead in the Elwha River has been rejected by a federal court judge. “We’re disappointed in the appeals court’s decision, but we’re still working our way through Judge Settle’s court on the overall program, so we’ll see where we go now,” said Kurt Beardslee, executive director of Wild Fish Conservancy, based in Duvall. Via Peninsula Daily News.
  • “Is there anything more satisfying than eating a bologna sandwich by the side of a trout stream?” asks Paul Smith. And while I can think of a few, it does make for an entertaining story about wins and losses via The Telegram.
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The Fly Fishing Show’s 2015 Dates Set

Dates for the seven-city Fly Fishing Show tour have been set and announced for 2015.

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Video Hatch: “John Gierach Talks Tenkara: All Fishermen Are Liars”

Daniel Galhardo, founder of Tenkara USA, talks to author John Gierach about his interest and practice of tenkara, which Gierach also writes about in his new book All Fishermen are Liars. Via Tenkara USA.

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New Fly Fishing Books

  • All Fishermen Are Liars by John Gierach is the newest collection of essays by the legendary author. From steelhead in the Pacific Northwest to small mountain streams in Colorado, Gierach “proves yet again that life’s most valuable lessons—and some of its best experiences— can be found while fly-fishing.” Simon & Schuster (April 15, 2014).
  • Alaska’s Bush Pilots by Rob Stapleton is a celebration of the pioneering work of Bush pilots, “rough, tough, resourceful people who fly their aircraft into tight spots in the worst of weather.” Which might be an understatement. They get many anglers to some of the best, most remote, fishing, and this book is a fascinating historical look into their world. Arcadia Publishing, Images of Aviation (April 14, 2014).
  • Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod and Reel by Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews, and Mauro Mazzo, is an approachable guide to fly fishing that compiles wisdom based upon the principle of “the more you know, the less you need.” From techniques and fly selection to reading the water, Simple Fly Fishing is a thoughtful look and an increasingly complicated sport. With illustrations by James Prosek and foreword by Russell Chatham. Patagonia Books (April 8, 2014).
  • Charley Waterman’s Tales of Fly-Fishing, Bird Hunting, and the Great Outdoors by Charley Waterman is a collection of essays from a Renaissance sportsman. With broad interests, the stories in this collection range from upland grouse hunting in Montana to fly fishing Florida flats. This volume is being called “the crowning achievement” of Waterman’s writing career. Derrydale Press (April 1, 2014).
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Tippets: DIY Tying Materials, Endangered Rivers, NOAA Sportfishing Policy

  • Use “puffer ball” toys as material for tying San Jaun worms and other patterns as well. Check out this brilliant DIY technique from Kent Klewein on Gink & Gasoline.
  • Reaching from the east coast to the west, American Rivers has released their list of the most endangered rivers for 2014.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced it will begin development of a national recreational sportfishing policy. “Having a policy is important because it will establish the framework not just for how the species are managed,” explains Bob Marshall, “but also for how decisions are arrived at.” Via Field & Stream.
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Real Fly Girls

A recent article by Kristyn Brady on Field & Stream highlights female guides Kate Taylor, Charity Rutter, Kim Bryant, Mia Sheppard, Hannah Belford, Amanda Switzer and Jenny Grossenbacher, and their advice and perspective on the sport. As Brady explains,“I wanted to give these women the chance to tell me who they really are in their own words. The answer, I found out, is passionate, skilled, no-b.s. anglers looking to put clients on fish and food on the table.”

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DamNation Wins Audience Award at SXSW

The producers of DamNation have announced successful screenings at South by Southwest, as well as receiving the honor of winning the Audience Award for the Documentary Spotlight category.

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Dr. Jerry Ault Joins Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition Team

Front Range Anglers has announced that Dr. Jerry Ault will join the upcoming Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition, and help to lead scientific field research and data gathering.

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