Video Hatch: “Handmade with Woods”

This short French film follows the process of building a bamboo rod, from firing the culm to catching the first fish, with master rodmaker Zarn. Via 9p#5 Média.
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Tippets: Take Better Photos, Smith River Mine, David Knapp Interview

  • From the grip to the grin, in a recent piece on Stalking the Seam Matthew Copeland outlines 5 tips for taking better fish photos. Read more here.
  • A proposed copper mine near the Smith River in Montana is raising serious concerns about the impact on the fishery. Christopher Solomon writes about a recent float trip down the Smith, as he explores what’s at stake if the mine becomes a reality. Via The New York Times.
  • David Knapp of Tennessee-based Trout Zone Anglers takes time out from a busy guiding season for an interview on Venturing Angler. From favorite flies to fishing anecdotes, read more here.
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Video Hatch: “Silver Kings Season 2”

This video features the pursuit of tarpon on fly during the 2015 migration through Islamorada and the Everglades. The full season of Silver Kings will air in January, 2016. Via Brine Media.
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Tippets: DIY Rod Holder, Fish Camp Stove, Solutions on the Yakima

  • Steven Brutger provides great information on making rod holders for your raft. Visit Stalking the Seam for this DIY tutorial.
  • For a first look at the new camping stove from Jetboil, perfect for upcoming summer fishing trips, check out Eric Lemke’s review of the “Genesis Base Camp Stove,” via Gear Junkie.
  • A changing climate is hitting watersheds and fisheries hard. A recent film from American Rivers, Trout Unlimited and The Wilderness Society features work being done on the Yakima River that proves farms, fish and wildlife, and a healthy environment and economy can all co-exist. Watch the film “This River Runs Forever” and read more from Amy Kober via National Geographic.
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Proposed Bahamian Fishing Regulations: In Depth

“Perhaps nowhere else on the planet could fishing incite heated international debate,” Sarah Grigg writes. “But in the Bahamas, where silver scales translate to serious capital, the first-ever proposal of recreational fishing regulations has incited a volatile reaction among domestic and international stakeholders.” Read more via Gink & Gasoline.

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Tippets: Streamers on Small Streams, Something Fishy, Summer “Revive”

  • Anglers don’t often think of streamers when they think of fishing small streams. However in a recent article Cinda Howard writes about their effectiveness for smaller waters and offers techniques and tactics to try.
  • The old adage that “something smells fishy” might actually be science-based. New research shows that “the smell of fish not only makes people more suspicious, but may boost critical thinking skills.” Read more via Smithsonian.
  • The new issue of Revive Journal features pieces ranging from Cameron Mortenson writing about his recent carp excursions to Ryan O’Connor chasing Louisiana reds. Read more in the Summer 2015 issue.
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Groups Say Leavenworth Hatchery Violating Clean Water Act

The Wild Fish Conservancy and the Center for Environmental Law & Policy have released a 60-day Notice of Intent to sue to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for violations of the Clean Water Act at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery.

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Video Hatch: “Horizons”

This short film from Freeflow Motionworks explores the inherent human desire to see the unknown—and what’s around that next bend in the river.
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Tippets: Trout Trails, Science of River Restoration, Sharpening Tying Scissors

  • The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced a new program to help anglers find successful fishing locations. “Trout Trails” currently lists 129 trout fishing waters with a fishing profile and photo, access points and maps for each location.
  • California’s San Joaquin River was almost lost to diminished flows. But in 2006 an agreement was made between the federal government, local farmers, and the NRDC, which allowed restoration work to begin. Read more about “The Science of River Restoration” from Monty Schmitt, via Switchboard, NRDC.
  • In a short instructional video, Juan Ramirez demonstrates how to quickly sharpen fly tying scissors. Via Hopper Juan.
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Video Hatch: “Smallieville”

This short film from David Goodrich shows there are still places of legend in the Land of Enchantment, such as this high desert lake with great smallmouth bass fishing.
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