Montana Fly Fishing Photography 101 Workshop with Jess McGlothlin

Jess McGlothlin will be hosting several upcoming fly fishing photography 101 classes at The Tackle Shop in Ennis, Montana. A Women’s Workshop will be held Saturday, August 20, 2016; and a co-ed workshop will follow on Saturday, September 3, 2016.

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Video Hatch: “Big Wood River Afternoon”

This film features a composition by Neil Damy, inspired by the local fishing on the Big Wood River in Idaho. Via Silver Creek Outfitters and NMM Producciones.
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Tippets: Kreh & Jaworowski on Casting, Packing for Wilderness Trips, Brokaw’s PHWFF Keynote Address

  • Lefty Kreh and Ed Jaworowski address the difficulties presented when casting a fly line weighted with heavy flies or split shot, and strike down the common belief that they’re too heavy to cast. They emphasize there is no one way, “Successful fishing, whether for trout on a woodland stream, tarpon on the flats, striped bass in a deep rip, or steelhead on a large West Coast river, requires different casts for different situations.” Via Fly Fisherman.
  • A successful wilderness fly fishing trip requires good planning and smart packing. Bob Terwilliger of Winterhawk Outfitters in Collbran, Colorado outlines how to gear up for a backcountry trip in a recent article via Orvis.
  • At the 10th Annual Project Healing Waters 2-Fly Tournament held at Rose River Farm on April 30, 2016, Tom Brokaw served as the keynote speaker. “Addressing over 300 people, his remarks touched upon service, volunteerism, duty, patriotism, and sacrifice.” View Brokaw’s speak in full here.
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Tippets: Billfish Research Project, Klamath Dam Removal, Blackfoot River Restoration, Hook to Conservation in Bhutan

  • The Billfish Research Project works to develop collaborative relationships with scientists and anglers around the world to initiate research projects that will help better inform fisheries management. A recent video highlights the work being done.
  • American Rivers provides data on how the Klamath River restoration project lines up with other dam removals throughout history. Read more from Amy Souers Kober.
  • A 25-year effort to turn the Blackfoot River from decay to destination is paying off. Rob Chaney writes about cooperative conservation efforts in a recent article in The Missoulian.
  • Fly fishing for mahseer might be the key to protecting the species, say scientists. As they are increasingly recognized as a prized game fish on the fly, their population numbers are also endangered by poachers, pollution, and dams. Via The World Wildlife Fund.
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Video Hatch: “Breaking the Curse”

This film short features the beauty of a fishing a big hatch on stillwaters of Norway. Via GOVANNET.
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Tippets: Tying Guide Flies, Fly Fishing Film Tour on iTunes

  • Guide flies are simple and quick to tie. Ty Webb demonstrates how to tie one of these effective patterns, a soft hackle caddis emerger, in this instructional video from Swallowtail Fly Fishing. “They don’t sit in a fly shop looking pretty trying to catch anglers,” he writes. “They usually sit in my fly box often looking far from perfect and waiting to be fed to a trout.”
  • Films from the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour are now available for download on iTunes. The films features original footage from the best filmmakers working in fly fishing today, shot on location from Cuba to Alaska, and Florida to Mongolia.
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Tippets: Orvis to Offer Cuba Trips, Rigging Two Flies

  • Orvis has announced they will begin offering fly fishing and cultural trips to Cuba on a monthly basis beginning in October 2016. “There’s few places out there where the resource has been put first and foremost, and when that happens the fishing is excellent and Cuba’s a perfect example of that,” said Simon Perkins, Orvis’ senior manager of adventures and hunting. Via CNN.
  • During a hatch anglers often wonder if it would be more effective to switch from a nymph rig to swinging wet flies. And the answer might be both, writes George Daniel. “By building a wet fly into your nymphing rig and putting a swing into your presentation, you can easily double your chances when insects are emerging and trout are actively feeding.” Via Hatch Magazine.
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Video Hatch: “Guide Series: Southern Tour Trailer”

This film short highlights some of the Southeast’s most talented fly fishing guides: Camp Walker, Will Taylor, Brett Martina, Jamie Connell and Harry Tomlinson. Via Badfish.
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AFFTA Fisheries Fund Announces New Grant Recipients

The Utah Stream Access Coalition and the Public Land/Water Association have been announced as new grant recipients from The AFFTA Fisheries Fund.

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Video Hatch: “Desert Oasis”

Brent and Ashley Hodges own and operate a successful fly shop and guide service, but when they get away from it all fly fishing is still at the center. This episode of Redington’s “Find Your Water” series features the Hodges finding their own escape on a remote Texas river.
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