World Fishing Journal: The Orvis Guide Rendezvous

The 2014 gathering marked the 28th year of the Orvis Guide Rendezvous. Open to all guides, not just those endorsed by Orvis, the event includes competitions, presentations and workshops focused on helping fly fishing guides in their profession. In a short film on the World Fishing Network, Tom Rosenbauer takes us on an in-depth tour of the event held in Missoula, Montana.

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New Fly Fishing Books

  • Flyfisher’s Guide to Eastern Trophy Tailwaters by Tom Gilmore is a book with detailed information on fishing waters such as the Upper Connecticut, Deerfield, Housatonic, Gunpowder, South Holston, Watauga, Tuckasegee, Chattahoochee and more. It contains everything from regulations and river characteristics, local city information and directions, to technique and gear. This guide also includes full-color photography and GPS access points. Flyfisher’s Guide. Wilderness Adventures Press, Inc., (November 20, 2014).
  • Whitefish Can’t Jump: and Other Tales of Gamefish On The Fly by E. Donnall Thomas Jr is a collection of essays that focus on the places fish are found.  From the flats of Christmas Island to chasing Northern Pike in Canada, “we learn a little about fishing, a lot about fish, and a thing or two about life.” With illustrations by Richard Harrington. Amazon Digital Services, Inc. [Kindle Edition]. November 9, 2014.
  • ALASKA: Angler Walkabout Series – Book 3 by Julian Wicksteed chronicles the journey of the author’s travels around America’s “last frontier.” While encounters with wildlife and catches of once-in-a-lifetime trout and salmon are exciting, local culture, traditions  and people provide the stories heart. ANGLER WALKABOUT Publications (November 12, 2014).
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FWC Urged to Make Barracuda a Top Priority

As a result of noticeably declining barracuda population numbers, Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, KeysKeeper and the Lower Keys Guides Association have joined together in urging the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to improve barracuda regulations and conduct a barracuda stock assessment.

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Video Hatch: “Fall and Trout”

This short film features beautiful footage of fly fishing in Denmark. Via The Half Norwegians.

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Birds Placed in Drunk Tanks

In one of the most unusual nature stories of the year, the National Post reports that “after thousands of years of eating an ethanol-heavy diet, evolution long-ago killed off all the lightweights in the waxwing population, resulting in a bird with an unusually robust ability to hold its liquor.”  Turns out that birds and other mammals are commonly observed displaying the results of alcohol intoxication, leading to “drunken flying accidents” and moose who lose all normal inhibitions.

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TU’s Wild Steelhead Initiative

Trout Unlimited has announced the launch of a Wild Steelhead Initiative, an ambitious project to protect and restore wild steelhead fisheries throughout their native range in Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The new conservation community, Wild Steelheaders United, will begin November 20, with intent to “inform, organize and activate anglers (regardless of preferred gear type) — and anyone who cares about these incredible fish — to protect and recover wild steelhead.” Read more via TU.

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Video Hatch: “Fly Fishing for Salmon”

Russia’s remote Yokanga River is the setting for this footage of an angling destination with incredible landscape and fish.

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Tippets: Global Fishing Watch, Let It Ride, In for a Shock

  • Google has teamed up with mapping company SkyTruth and marine-advocacy group Oceana to develop a tool called “Global Fishing Watch.” By mapping commercial fishing boat locations, it is hoped this technology will help monitor illegal fishing activity.
  • Even a misplaced cast can catch fish, and rather than re-casting, let the fly ride out the run, advises Daniel Galhardo. “After all the fly that is in the water is the fly that catches the fish, and fish are not only in the places we suppose they will be.”
  • A joint paper from the Wildlife Conservation Society, Montana State University, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and the U.S. Geological Survey was recently published in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management, and examines the possibility of electrofishing instead of piscicides to remove non-native trout species from waters shared with the native Westslope Cutthroat Trout. Via Science Daily.
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Fly Fishing in Iceland

“Off of Ring Road 1 on Iceland’s southern coast run a host of wild rivers fed by glacial water. That’s where Stanji Ben runs his fly fishing tour group, Iceland Angling Travel.”  Outside magazine curates a story by Humanity, an interactive iPad magazine, and a compelling video.

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Tippets: Jackman in “The River,” Carp and Collaboration, Best New Flies for 2015

  • Hugh Jackman stars in a new play which centers around a man’s relationship with two women, set against the backdrop of a fly-fishing trip. “The River,” will run at the Circle on the Square theatre in New YorkVia The Independent.
  • Operators of the Three Gorges dam on the Yangtze River in China are working with scientists to increase flow through the dam to help carp populations rebound. And in our increasingly complicated world, collaboration is key, writes Jeff Opperman and Qiaoyu Guo via the Nature Conservancy Blog.
  • From saltwater sand crabs to bass and carp flies, Carter Lyles gives a preview of some of the best new patterns from various companies due out for the 2015 season.
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