Native Fish Society Hires Erica Stock as New Executive Director

The Native Fish Society has announced Erica Stock as the organization’s new executive director. “Erica’s passion for wild, native fish, understanding of the science that guides our efforts, and experience growing grassroots networks, will be a huge asset to Native Fish Society,” says Rob Elam, NFS Board Chair.

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Video Hatch: “Unwind”

Everyone has their own way to relax at the end of stressful days and weeks, and this short film features the kind of folks who choose heading out on the water. Via LivitFilms.

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Tippets: Measuring Up, Women’s Wader Review, Marine Reserves Help Migration

  • Fly fishing rods, lines and leaders are like “some weird SAT math question,” writes Morgan Lyle. “They’re full of numbers—numbers that don’t necessarily correlate with anything in real life.” Lyle clears up the confusion, explaining things like what a “5 weight” rod and “6x” tippet mean. Via About.com.
  • Just in time for gearing up for spring fishing, Aileen Lane and Rachel Morgan put women-specific waders from Patagonia, Simms and Orvis through the paces and present their reviews on Hatch Magazine.
  • While marine reserves are known to benefit reef fish species, recent research has shown they also help migrating fish species as well. Via Conservation Magazine.
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Hell or High Water Fly Fishing Festival

The annual “Hell or High Water” fly fishing festival will be held April 10-11 at the West Branch Angler Resort in Hancock, NY. Activities include an Orvis 101 program, tying demonstrations, and a viewing of the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour.

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Video Hatch: “A Deliberate Life”

This beautiful new film explores the stories of five unlikely friends who share a passion for fly fishing, the outdoors, and living life on their own terms. The full film is now available on Blu-ray and by download on Vimeo on Demand.

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Tippets: March Madness, Reading Rise Forms

  • In the spirit of the month, each March since 2011 Cheeky Fly Fishing hosts a “March Madness” contest for the “final fish.” Read more on the contest and entry guidelines on the Cheeky Fly Fishing website. Proceeds go to benefit Casting for Recovery and the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust.
  • While dry fly season might seem a long ways off, now is a good time to study up on rise form patterns and what you can learn from simply watching trout rise. Read more from Tom Rosenbauer via Orvis.
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Orvis Announces Free Clinics for Spring 2015

Now for the sixth year, free fly fishing lessons will be offered nationwide through Orvis retail stores. The “Fly Fishing 101” clinics will run April through June 2015.

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Tarpon Research Presentation

Dr. Jerry Ault and Adam Marton will be giving a presentation on the Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition and tarpon research and programs at The Tarpon and Bonefish Research Center at the University of Miami. The event will be held Saturday, March 21st from 1:00 – 3:00, at The Fly Shop in Miami, FL. For more information, visit their Facebook page or website.

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Tippets: Shorelines with April Vokey, Sharpen Up Your Angling Skills, Tenkara Winter Series

  • The first episode of April Vokey’s “Shorelines” can now be viewed freely online via The World Fishing Network. The series chronicles Vokey’s journey as she researches the evolution of steelhead and salmon fishing, “the people, the places, the stories,” in preparation for her lifelong goal of authoring a book on the subject.
  • From learning new casting techniques to acquiring savvy internet searching skills, Kip Vieth of Wildwood Float Trips outlines pointers for improving all-around as an angler.
  • Hosted by Zen Fly Fishing and held in Loveland, CO, the second “Tenkara Winter Series” will be held March 21, 2015. The event will feature fly tying, casting and product demos, along with featured speakers and Q&A sessions.
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BSA Fly Fishing Merit Badges

As part of the 2015 Virginia Fly Fishing Festival, free Boy Scouts of America Fly Fishing Merit Badges will be offered at the event. The BSA merit badge program is helped funded by a larger outreach program geared towards children through a sponsorship by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing Program. For more information, visit the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival website.

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