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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Tippets: Micro Fishing, Natives in Yellowstone

  • Breaking large bodies of water into smaller segments is the difference between good fly fishing and great fly fishing. Kirk Deeter writes about several strategies for doing so in a recent article on Field & Stream’s Fly Talk blog. “Micro adjustments make all the difference,” writes Deeter. “Sometimes that’s a weight adjustment.  Sometimes it’s a matter of taking a closer, harder look at the water in the run you fish, and covering the micro seams.”
  • While every angler likes a big fish and good fight, that comes at a price in Yellowstone. Greg Thomas writes a piece on the issues surrounding native and non-native species in the Yellowstone National Park waters. “In taking liberty to speak for those cutthroats and grayling,” Thomas writes. “I say those fish belong where they are. That is not something I can say for the park’s rainbow and lake trout, no matter how much I, too, like to see that fly rod bending big.” Via Angler’s Tonic.
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Moving Water Poster to Support The Henry’s Fork Foundation

The Henry’s Fork Foundation had made available posters of an original oil painting by Dave Hall entitled “Early Morning on the Upper Henry’s Fork.” All profits go to benefit the conservation efforts of the foundation.

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How to Tie the Orange Asher

This week’s fly tying video features a simple pattern that belies the notion that all nymphs have to imitate something natural. The Orange Asher turns out to be a very effective late fall and winter nymph pattern.  “Why this pattern works as well as it does,” says Tim Flagler, ” I have no idea.  I just wish I had known about it twenty years ago.”

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Stone Age Soles

The footprints of fishermen and their Stone Age fishing gear have been found in the dried up bed of an inlet on the island of Lolland in Denmark. Archeologists estimate they date from around 5,000 B.C. and they are working to document and preserve what they can before construction on a planned underwater tunnel from Denmark to Germany begins.

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Video Hatch: “Salmon Cannon Redux”

The “salmon cannon” designed by Whooshh Innovations to help move fish over dams is “explained” on “Last Week Tonight” with John Oliver–complete with his humorous perspective.

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Tippets: Places That Speak Your Name, Salmon vs. Natural Gas, Aging Redfish

  • Every angler has a favorite water.  And as Russ Lumpkin writes of his, “I love the spot, but loving a place so much that it speaks your name can be burdensome.” Read more on Sporting Classics.
  • First Nations are fighting the Petronas-led Pacific NorthWest LNG project, criticizing the project for “choosing a site that critics say will harm juvenile salmon.” Via The Globe and Mail.
  • The age of fish can be a guessing game. However, a recent article on Louisiana Sportsman examines research out of Louisiana State University on making an educated prediction of the age of redfish.
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Video Hatch: “And we were there, in the mountains.”

This short film features beautiful fall footage of fishing the Deerfield River in the Berkshires. Via Tight Loops.

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Tippets: Dark Arts, Low Flows on the Deschutes, Lahontan Cutthroat Trout

  • In Hatch Magazine, Steve Zakur writes about pursuing “The Dark Art” of nymphing. “You don’t want to do it but you must fish and when the trout aren’t looking up you can either practice casting” he writes, or “get it done.”
  • Workers from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local volunteers helped move an estimated 7,000 fish from the dwindling flows in the Deschutes River near Bend, OR. Via The Bend Bulletin.
  • The Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, native to Nevada’s Pyramid Lake area, is the largest growing fish native to North America. While over-harvesting almost wiped them out at the turn of the century, there is good reason to believe the “Lahontan giants” are on the rebound. Phil Monahan looks at the history and future of the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout in a recent article via Orvis.
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Umpqua Promotes Brian Schmidt to Fly Manager

Brian Schmidt has been promoted to fly manager at Umpqua Feather Merchants. “Brian has one of the most creative and productive minds in fly tying. This, along with his drive for nothing but the best, aligns perfectly with Umpqua’s history of innovation and quality,” says Brent Bauer, Director of Product Management.

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