- A postcard sealed into a beer bottle and thrown into the sea off Germany’s Baltic coast in 1913 was recently found by a fisherman, making it the world’s oldest known message in a bottle. Via NPR.
- Google’s recent addition of The Grand Canyon in Google Street View has its obvious benefits and some sneaking concerns. Promoted as a way to raise awareness of the shrinking Colorado River, as Jonathan Thompson writes, “If they want to save the river, Google should do a Street View of the lower reaches of the riverbed, which is often dry, if far less magnificent.” Via Adventure Journal.
- Before making your first cast to carp, make sure to “muddy” and wet your fly to disguise any artificial smells (especially if it’s freshly tied). As Joe Cermele explains on Field & Stream, carp have an amazing sense of smell and this one precaution can increase your chances for success.
Due to drought conditions and low flows on the Sacramento River, juvenile salmon are being trucked from the Coleman National Fish Hatchery to the river delta. “What this means is we’ll likely have a much better salmon fishing season in 2016, when these fish reach adulthood, then we would have otherwise gotten,” says said GGSA executive director John McManus.
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Registration for the annual Green River One Fly is now open for the competition set to be held September 18-19, 2014, with benefits going to help conservation projects in the state.
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An upcoming three-part series takes a new look at human evolution to reveal how the human body is connected to ancient fish. “Your Inner Fish” is hosted by paleontologist Neil H. Shubin, who helped discover the Tiktaalik, a species that is thought to be a missing link between sea and land animals. An interview with Shubin was recently featured in The New York Times, and a preview of the series can be viewed on PBS.
An unlikely coalition of partners in Nevada (including miners, ranchers, government agencies, conservation groups) are working to restore habitat for native Lahontan Trout, which presently occupy only eight to nine percent of their historic stream range and less than one percent of their historic lake range.
“Our role in the fish’s demise is precisely what gives hope for its recovery,” explains Zeb Hogan on NewsWatch, “we know that our activities can have tremendous influence on aquatic environments, but it’s up to us to decide whether our influence is positive or negative, restorative or destructive.” Via National Geographic.
- From reading pushes of water and bubbles to developing hypersensitivity to movement and shadows, Louis Cahill has great advice for spotting tarpon, which translates well to spotting other species too.
- New research published in the journal BioOne shows that wild steelhead have a higher success and survival rate than hatchery-raised fish. “Juvenile wild steelhead are smaller than hatchery fish when they reach the ocean, but have a higher feeding success, are in better condition and grow faster than hatchery fish once they arrive in the marine environment.” Via The Columbia Basin Fish & Wildlife News Bulletin.
- In a fun throwback to “Fly Tying, The Angler’s Art,” which once aired on PBS, a video episode posted on Franken Fly features fly fishing legend Dave Whitlock tying his pattern, Whitlock’s Sheep Minnow Streamer.
Evolved for warmth, flight and weatherproofing, feathers are used by anglers for their movement, flotation and liveliness. Understanding the anatomy of feathers and their biological purpose can help in design at the tying desk, so take some time to check out a new interactive website created by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, “All About Feathers.”