Video Hatch: “FlyFishing”

Simply titled and shot, this film beautifully shows the preparation and thought that goes into spending time on the water.

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Tippets: Trout on Redds, Bull Trout Populations, Listen to Your Guide

  • “In fly fishing for trout,” writes Kirk Deeter, “there are certain truths that should be self-evident.” One of which is that you shouldn’t fish for trout on a redd. Read more via Field & Stream.
  • Listed as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act, populations of bull trout in Montana are holding steady, while still lower than fisheries managers would like. Read more about conservation efforts and monitoring via The Missoulan.
  • If you’re going to hire a guide, be ready to get the most you can out of the experience. Starting with being willing to listen to pointers on new techniques, Chad Shmukler has some good advice in a recent piece on Hatch Magazine.
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Video Hatch: “Buccaneers and Bones: Season 5 Trailer”

The Outdoor Channel series Buccaneers & Bones is now in its fifth season and includes another star cast of anglers, including Jim Belushi and Jimmy Kimmel.

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Tippets: Oil Spills Into Yellowstone, All About Skagit, Annual Best in Class

  • An oil pipeline breach has released approximately 300 to 1,200 barrels of oil into the Yellowstone River. The EPA and state Department of Environmental Quality have responded to the area, 9 miles upriver from Glendive, Montana. Via The Billings Gazette.
  • Factoring in everything from rod length to the angler’s height, Tom Larimer explains the history of Skagit heads and how to choose the right line for your needs. Via Hatch Magazine.
  • The Gear Institute has put together their list of the The Best in Class Fly Fishing products for 2014. From Patagonia waders to Redington rods, check out full reviews on The Gear Institute website.
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Trout Unlimited Receives NRCS Project Funding

The Natural Resources Conservation Service will back projects to restore watersheds and fisheries throughout the United States, thanks to funds from the new Farm Bill. Trout Unlimited is praising the conservation efforts and has had four of its projects selected for NRCS support.

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Colorado P&W Eases Trout Limits on Antero Reservoir

Due to necessary construction on the Antero Reservoir dam planned for the summer of 2015, beginning January 10th, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will raise the bag and possession limit for harvesting fish from the reservoir in Park County, Colorado.

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2015 Virginia Fly Fishing Festival

The 15th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival will be held April 11-2, 2015 on the banks of the South River in Waynesboro, Virginia. The event will include programs, on-stream instruction and wine-tastings, among other activities.

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Sportsman’s Lodge in Ennis, MT Burns

The Sportsman’s Lodge in Ennis, MT is a total loss after an early morning fire, KXLF.com reports.  The lodge, which was built in the 1940s, has served fly fishers and outfitters fishing the Madison and nearby waters for decades.

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Video Hatch: “Stranded”

Even while stranded during low tide, these folks are “still feeling good.” And with great redfishing, who wouldn’t be? Check out this great short film from Lowcountry Journal.

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Tippets: Leaders & Lines, Fishing in Biscayne National Park

  • If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between monofilament and fluorocarbon, and braided and furled leaders, a recent article by Kevin Howell explains in detail everything you need to know to make the best choice for your time on the water.
  • A debate is underway regarding tightening fishing regulations in Biscayne National Park. While sportfishing is important to Florida’s economy, fisheries managers are concerned over population decline. “The fish have come under pressure not only from South Florida’s booming population but also because fast boats, GPS devices and other high-powered gear make finding and catching fish much easier than it was a couple of decades back,” writes Lizette Alvarez in The New York Times.
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