How to Tie a Bird of Prey Caddis

The Bird of Prey Caddis is the subject of this week’s featured fly tying video.  As Tim Flagler notes, “This is one of those patterns where all the materials work together really well to add movement, realism and general fish-catching goodness.”

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Tippets: McCafferty’s Fly Fishing Noir, Choosing a Reel

  • Keith McCafferty’s genre-bending Sean Stranahan mysteries, dubbed “fly-fishing noir” by some interviewers and reviewers, reveal the author’s passion for the sport and outdoors. “I just wrote what I wanted to write about and have been fortunate that it slotted into several niches that could be commercially successful,” says McCafferty in this recent profile piece by Kim Himstreet in The Bulletin.
  • From mechanics to material and price, Paul Fersen outlines how to choose the best fly reel for your fly fishing needs and price point. “There are a number of factors to consider, but there are a few simple things to know about reels that will help you make the right choice,” writes Fersen. Read more via Orvis.
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Al Perkinson Joins Simms

Simms has announced Al Perkinson as Executive Vice President of Marketing. Perkinson comes to Simms from his former position of VP of Marketing at Costa.

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New Fly Fishing Books

  • Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World’s Most Elusive Fish by Chris Dombrowski is a book of two passions, poetry and fly fishing, which lead to a life-changing bonefishing trip and friendship with legendary guide David Pinder. Milkweed Editions (October 18, 2016).
  • Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art (The Charles M. Russell Center Series on Art and Photography of the American West) edited by Kevin Sharp traces the theme of hunting and fishing in American art from the early nineteenth century through World War II. With contributions by Stephen J. Bodio, Margaret C. Adler, Kory W. Rogers, Shirley Reece-Hughes, and Adam M. Thomas.University of Oklahoma Press (October 10, 2016).
  • Flyfisher’s Guide to Pennsylvania by Tom Gilmore is a completely new guidebook edition for the state, complete with full-color maps with GPS coordinates for access points, stunning full-color photos and comprehensive hatch charts laid-out in an easy-to-process format.The book details 160 trout streams and provides detailed driving directions to over 400 public access points. Wilderness Adventures Press (October 6, 2016).
  • A Guide’s Guide to Fly-Fishing Mistakes: Common Problems and How to Correct Them by Sara Low is practical companion for beginning and advanced anglers alike. Low, a licensed fishing guide and instructor, offers remedies for freshwater anglers on topics that include correctly approaching fish, improving fly selection, proper presentation, consistent and accurate casting, and efficient hooking and landing of fish, as well as pointers for fishing in spring, summer, fall, and winter. Skyhorse Publishing (October 4, 2016)
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Tippets: FisheWear Kickstarter, Getting Started in Fly Fishing

  • FisheWear offers fun and functional fashion for women, and has launched a Kickstarter to help manufacture new wool and design series. Learn more here about FisheWear products and the funraising campaign.
  • The gear required for getting a start in fly fishing can be overwhelming. However, Jake Ricks writes an excellent and approachable overview of what a beginning angler will need before heading out on the water un-guided. Via Bumpy Water.
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Video Hatch: “Raising Gus: A Public Lands story”

For an entire year the Eaton family fished public lands and waters throughout the country. In this video they share their experiences and talk about what public lands mean to them and their children.
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Tippets: “First Taste of Winter,” Making a Double Spey Cast

  • Small stream fishing at the end of the season presents harsh and challenging conditions. But it does have a plus side: no crowds. “The fishing wasn’t bad,” writes Jess McGlothlin, “but the real treat was having what’s been a busy stream throughout the summer all to myself as snow coated my hat.” Get a glimpse of the “First Taste of Winter” via Jess McGlothlin Media.
  • In a short instructional video, Jon Hazlett of Oregon’s Ashland Fly Shop introduces the basics of the double Spey cast. Don’t miss the video, advises Phil Monahan, as “learning to Spey cast from a book is virtually impossible. Because the cast is so three-dimensional, you really need to see it to understand how all the parts work together.”
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New Book “Fish On, Fish Off,” from Stephen Saunter

The new book, Fish On, Fish Off, from former New York Times “Outdoors” columnist Stephen Sautner chronicles his experiences, beginning as a self-taught fish-obsessed teenager in the early 1980s to the present, taking readers through every imaginable pitfall and odd-ball encounter along the way.

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“Providence” Film Fundraising Event for Peter Berntsen

Front Range Anglers will host a showing of Confluence Film’s latest production “Providence,” with proceeds going to benefit the Let’s get Peter Walking Fund, dedicated to helping Peter Berntsen, store manager of the Boulder-based fly shop, get mobile again. The fundraising event will be held Saturday October 15, 2016 at Oscar Blues Tasty Weasel Tap Room in Longmont, Colorado.

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Tippets: PHWFF Healing on the Fly, Fishing Fall Streamers

  • “Fly fishing is a sport of the mind,” writes Monte Burke, and its physical aspects also help to make it a great tool for personal recovery. Burke reports on the work of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and their recent “Healing on the Fly” fundraising event. Via Forbes.
  • Kyle Wilkinson outlines four ways to up your streamer game in this recent article. Read his advice for getting your head and technique up to par before heading out on the water for fall streamer fishing. Via Gink & Gasoline.
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