AMFF Appoints New Executive Director

The Board of Trustees of the American Museum of Fly Fishing has announced Sarah Foster, a valued member of the AMFF team since 2007, as the Museum’s new Executive Director.

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“Top Saltwater Flies: Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit” by Drew Chicone from Wild River Press

Wild River Press has announced the release of a new three-volume set of books on the top saltwater flies. Top Saltwater Flies: Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit by Drew Chicone includes clear step-by-step photos with easy-to-follow instructions, accompanied with color photography.

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New York City on the Fly

New York City is not often a place associated with great fly fishing waters. However Morgan Krell, a senior at the Bronx High School of Science, doesn’t let that hold him back. In this recent article in The New York Times, Alex Vadukul writes about Krell’s quest to catch a northern snakehead on a fly rod.

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Tippets: Soft Hackles for Steelhead, Fall Gear Guide

  • In this article Steve Culton writes about using an unorthodox fly for steelhead: the classic soft hackle. “No other species I fish for has been the source of more personal angst,” he says. “But I can say this. When I’m having one of those days, I’m not afraid to ditch the patterns fish expect and readily embrace something more seductive: a soft-hackled fly.” Via American Angler.
  • From flannels and socks to rods and reels, check out this gear guide of notable items for the autumn season, via Duranglers.
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Video Hatch: “Tiny Pieces of All of Us”

This film from Scientific Anglers highlights the teamwork involved in making Scientific Anglers fly lines. Every fly line that we produce is the joint effort of a group of dedicated people and we love what we do.”
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Tippets: Bull Trout and Climate Change, Delaware River Shad, Salmon and Steelhead on the Snake River

  • Bull trout were added to the endangered species list in 1998 and since, have face a constant struggle to thrive and survive. “Today, the effects of climate change exacerbate the perils already facing threatened animals, and resources for protection are limited,” writes Stephen Miller. “The bull trout now serves as an early example of a new reality: The people charged with protecting what remains must make difficult decisions about what can be saved and what will be sacrificed.” Via The Sierra Club.
  • The number of juvenile shad in the Delaware River has risen to the highest in 38 years, reports The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection,“indicating that water quality has improved and dams have been removed to allow many more of the fish to return to their spawning grounds.” NJ Spotlight.
  • A new document from federal fisheries managers reveals plans to restore salmon and steelhead runs without plans to remove hydroelectric dams along the Snake river drainage. “Critics say the workarounds are not addressing the core issue and ultimate solution through dam removal,” reports Jonathan Wright, “but the federal plan makes concessions that might be required in the future.” Via Fly Fisherman.
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Video Hatch: “2017 Drone Footage from Angler’s Alibi”

This video from Logan Fox of Angler’s Alibi features amazing drone footage from the 2017 season in Alaska.
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Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Needs Public Water Access Coordinator

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers has announced their search for a Public Water Access Coordinator. The position will help “promote and grow our Public Waters Access program and engage in conservation issues.”

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Tippets: Fly Fish Guanaja Student Program, C&R Techniques for Small Fish

  • Each year the Fly Fish Guanaja lodge, located on a private key in Guanaja’s South Cays, turns into a campus for students to learn about the link between tourism and conservation. Students learn about “mangrove restoration, recycling, lion fish hunting, and a Spanish/English dual literacy project,” as well as enjoy the local flats fishing. The Fly Fish Guanaja Student Program will be held in June, 2018. Visit the website for details.
  • Barbed hooks are one of the biggest threats to small fish, writes Louis Cahill. “Remember there are no big fish without little fish, so treat those little guys right and let them grow.” Read more about Catch and Release Practices for Small Fish via Gink & Gasoline.
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How to Tie JC’s Electric Steelie Stone

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie John Collins’s Electric Steelie Stone in this week’s featured tying video.  

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