Inaugural Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival

The inaugural Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival will be held at the Plano Centre on March 11-12, 2017. Along with unique and local microbrews, the event will feature lectures and classes throughout the weekend on fly fishing techniques and tactics for novices and advanced anglers alike.

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Tippets: Night Fishing for Snook, Loon’s Fly Tying 101

  • “Grab some coffee and make sure your navigation lights work,” writes Capt. Patrick Smith, “because chasing snook under the stars is one of the most addicting ways to spend a night.” Read about everything from flies and technique to weather and tides when fly fishing for snook at night, via Ole Florida Fly Shop.
  • Catch the fourth and final installment of the Fly Tying 101 series from Loon. This episode focuses on “the all mighty dry fly.  Spoiler alert: dry flies are hard!  Practice and patience will be required in your quest to mastering bugs that float (and look good in doing so).”
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New Fly Fishing Books

  • Hunting Musky with a Fly by Rick Kustich is a complete guide for anyone wishing to chase musky on the fly. The book includes fly patterns, wisdom, and local techniques from top guides around the country: Blane Chocklett (Virginia); Brad Bohen (Wisconsin); Chris Willen (Tennessee), and more. Stackpole Books, hardcover (February 20, 2017).
  • About The History and Evolution of the Trout Fly by Andrew Marshall traces the evolution of fly patterns, where they were first documented, and how they were passed from author to author, “borrowed” in their own words. Marshall examines fifteenth- to eighteenth-century European and British angling literature to re-create patterns from original materials. Softcover and hardcover available. Reel Lines Press.
  • All Fishermen Are Liars by John Gierach has now been released as an audio book. This collection of essays follows Gierach on his travels across North America, from legendary rivers to secluded and unknown lakes, with the humor and wry wit that is signature Gierach. Narrated by Mike Chamberlain. Audio CD, Audiobook, MP3 (February 7, 2017).
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Paula Shearer and Patrick Duke Join Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company as Travel Ambassadors

Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company has announced it has welcomed Paula Shearer and Patrick Duke to its as travel ambassador program.

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Video Hatch: “Archipelago”

This short film features fly fishing for sea run brown trout in the waters of southern Stockholm, featuring Jimie Linder and Niklas Anslin, in association with Loop Tackle Design. Via Spotified.
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Tippets: Winter Flies for Colorado, Tips for Beginning Anglers

  • Fishable water decreases during winter months, but opportunity is still there. In this article Mike Lanzarini of Breckenridge Outfitters writes about his top ten fly picks for Colorado rivers during winter months. Via Orvis.
  • From getting the right gear to reading weather reports, Fin & Field has put together a list of 10 tips for the beginning angler. “Just like any new hobby, there is a learning curve to taking up the sport of fishing. So whether you are thinking about taking up fishing, are new to the sport, or have fished casually but are ready to get more serious, this list of fishing tips to help you take your fishing adventures to the next level.”
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“How I Built This” with Yvon Chouinard

A recent episode on NPR’s “How I Built This” podcast series features an interview with Yvon Chouinard. He talks about starting Patagonia in 1973 and his “unique philosophy about business, leadership and profit.” Listen here. Continue reading

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Tippets: Anchored Interview with Louis Cahill, How to Mend Line

  • In the most recent episode of Anchored with April Vokey, photographer Louis Cahill is the guest. He talks about getting his start in the fly-fishing industry, the creation of his blog and website Gink and Gasoline, the ethics of fly-fishing photography, and much more. Listen to their conversation here.
  • In the newest “How To” series from RIO, Russ Miller demonstrates how to mend a line when fishing a river. “Mending is a vital skill for the river fly fisher and ensures the correct drift of a fly, as well as allowing the angler to make a far more effective hook set.” Via RIO Products.
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Video Hatch: “Redfish Can’t Jump”

Filmed on the Cape Fear Coast of North Carolina, this trailer for the full film by Luke Pearson is a fly fishing documentary that focuses on North Carolina’s state fish, the red drum. 
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Tippets: Setting Up Reels, Tying Deer Hair Parachutes

  • From attaching backing to tying knots for leaders, a series of videos from Fly Fishing & Dreams demonstrates how to set up a fly reel. Phil Monahan outlines and links to the episodes here.
  • Straying from traditional saddle hackle, in this instructional video Barry Orde Clark demonstrates how to tie a deer hair parachute. Via The Feather Bender.
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