Tippets: Atlantic Salmon of Russia’s Ponoi River, Fishing with Kids

  • Chris Santella writes about Russia’s Ponoi River, one of the last strongholds of Atlantic salmon on earth. “Here, at peak times of the run, anglers could anticipate eight or 10 fish in a day—and sometimes more. Numbers like these continue to draw anglers to the Ryabaga Camp on the Ponoi, though the spirit of the camp seems to keep people coming back.” Via The Washington Post.
  • From adjusting expectations to packing food and having a backup plan, Justin Pickett writes about things to consider before heading out on the water with your kids. “As a parent, I believe there aren’t too many other things more fun than taking your kid fishing. Yes, it can be challenging, but the rewards far outweigh all of the backpacks filled with gear, goldfish, sippy cups, and sunscreen.” Via Gink & Gasoline.
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Changes in the AFFTA Board

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association has announced changes to their board as well as a new executive committee. AFFTA welcomed new board members Lise Lozelle (Maven Fly), Brent Bauer (Umpqua) and Sam Lundgren (Backcountry Hunters & Anglers).

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Video Hatch: “Slaying The Dragon”

This film from FlatsPirate Angling highlights the environmental issues facing Southwest Florida, while also tackling the human element at play: “The Beauty and The Beast of Nature.”
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Tippets: Streamer Chronicles Video Series, The Problem with “Golden Bones”

  • A new video series from Brian Wise offers a unique view into a day on the water with a “streamer guru.” The first guest on The Streamer Chronicles is Mike Schmidt and the episode can be viewed via Fly Fishing the Ozarks.
  • Jason Tucker calls for a change in language when talking about carp fishing. Indeed, the once stigmatized trash fish has come into its own, and “Calling carp Golden Bones,” he writes, “does a disservice to both carp and bonefish.”
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How to Tie a Bird of Prey Caddis

The Bird of Prey Caddis is the subject of this week’s featured fly tying video.  As Tim Flagler notes, “This is one of those patterns where all the materials work together really well to add movement, realism and general fish-catching goodness.”

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Tippets: McCafferty’s Fly Fishing Noir, Choosing a Reel

  • Keith McCafferty’s genre-bending Sean Stranahan mysteries, dubbed “fly-fishing noir” by some interviewers and reviewers, reveal the author’s passion for the sport and outdoors. “I just wrote what I wanted to write about and have been fortunate that it slotted into several niches that could be commercially successful,” says McCafferty in this recent profile piece by Kim Himstreet in The Bulletin.
  • From mechanics to material and price, Paul Fersen outlines how to choose the best fly reel for your fly fishing needs and price point. “There are a number of factors to consider, but there are a few simple things to know about reels that will help you make the right choice,” writes Fersen. Read more via Orvis.
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Al Perkinson Joins Simms

Simms has announced Al Perkinson as Executive Vice President of Marketing. Perkinson comes to Simms from his former position of VP of Marketing at Costa.

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New Fly Fishing Books

  • Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World’s Most Elusive Fish by Chris Dombrowski is a book of two passions, poetry and fly fishing, which lead to a life-changing bonefishing trip and friendship with legendary guide David Pinder. Milkweed Editions (October 18, 2016).
  • Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art (The Charles M. Russell Center Series on Art and Photography of the American West) edited by Kevin Sharp traces the theme of hunting and fishing in American art from the early nineteenth century through World War II. With contributions by Stephen J. Bodio, Margaret C. Adler, Kory W. Rogers, Shirley Reece-Hughes, and Adam M. Thomas.University of Oklahoma Press (October 10, 2016).
  • Flyfisher’s Guide to Pennsylvania by Tom Gilmore is a completely new guidebook edition for the state, complete with full-color maps with GPS coordinates for access points, stunning full-color photos and comprehensive hatch charts laid-out in an easy-to-process format.The book details 160 trout streams and provides detailed driving directions to over 400 public access points. Wilderness Adventures Press (October 6, 2016).
  • A Guide’s Guide to Fly-Fishing Mistakes: Common Problems and How to Correct Them by Sara Low is practical companion for beginning and advanced anglers alike. Low, a licensed fishing guide and instructor, offers remedies for freshwater anglers on topics that include correctly approaching fish, improving fly selection, proper presentation, consistent and accurate casting, and efficient hooking and landing of fish, as well as pointers for fishing in spring, summer, fall, and winter. Skyhorse Publishing (October 4, 2016)
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Tippets: FisheWear Kickstarter, Getting Started in Fly Fishing

  • FisheWear offers fun and functional fashion for women, and has launched a Kickstarter to help manufacture new wool and design series. Learn more here about FisheWear products and the funraising campaign.
  • The gear required for getting a start in fly fishing can be overwhelming. However, Jake Ricks writes an excellent and approachable overview of what a beginning angler will need before heading out on the water un-guided. Via Bumpy Water.
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Video Hatch: “Raising Gus: A Public Lands story”

For an entire year the Eaton family fished public lands and waters throughout the country. In this video they share their experiences and talk about what public lands mean to them and their children.
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