- The Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Association has issued a statement regarding the new Bahamas fly fishing regulations, calling them a “slap in the face.” Read the reaction in its entirety Via The Bahamas Weekly.
- Heading out on the water during frigid temperatures requires extra planning and care. Staying warm means staying safe. “Be aware of the risks, plan for things to go wrong and know when to change the plan,” writes Louis Cahill, “even if it means spending the day tying rather than fishing.” Via Gink & Gasoline.
Tippets: Renewed Threat to Bristol Bay, Capt. Mike Connor Talks The Everglades, Asian Carp Move Toward Great Lakes, Elwha River Renewal
- The upcoming Trump administration brings renewed threat to Bristol Bay and the approval of the Pebble Mine. “Ronald Thiessen, chief executive officer and president of Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd, said he expected the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to announce in the first quarter of 2017 that it will let the application process proceed for the Pebble project.” Via Mining Global.
- Capt. Mike Connor of Bullsugar.org talks with Tom Rosenbauer on the most recent Orvis Podcast. Connor’s homewaters are at the mouth of the St. Lucie River and are threatened by the inaction of politicians on the Lake Okeechobee/Everglades water issues.
- As invasive Asian carp move their way from the Mississippi River into Lake Michigan, “It seems like the wolves are at the door, and the door is still opening and closing,” says Daniel O’Keefe, Southwest District educator for the nonprofit Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension. Read both the good news and bad about Asian carp and the Great Lakes, via The Detroit Free Press.
- In the two years since the removal of the last of the dams that obstructed the Elwha River, species are already returning. E. Tammy Kim writes about the renewed ecosystem, via The New Yorker.
- Baron Zahuranec writes about a “better way” to build a BWO pattern. He presents three flies that imitate the prevalent hatch, and outlines the best ways to fish them via American Angler.
- From favorite destinations and species, to travel stories and gear she wouldn’t leave home without, Rebekka Redd talks about fly fishing the world in this recent interview via Venturing Angler.
Fly fisher and conservationist Bud Lilly has passed away at 91. He is credited as one of the pioneers of promoting catch-and-release techniques. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock issued a statement mourning Lilly, saying that Montana “lost a true outdoorsman, a stalwart of conservation and a leading voice in Montana’s fishing community. He was, and will always be remembered as, ‘a trout’s best friend.’” Via The Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
- Bryan Huskey writes about practical netting and “keep ‘em wet” techniques in an article via Fishpond. Netting a fish, he writes, is “a part of fishing discipline that’s often under appreciated, yet I think it’s just as important as the cast.”
- Kent Klewein addresses three rookie mistakes beginning anglers make when swinging flies: angle of the rod tip, setting the hook, and angler position in the water. Read how to correct these issues via Gink & Gasoline.
- Bony fish species have a sixth sense: the lateral line. The lateral line system allows fish to detect movement and changes in water flow, and understanding how it works can make you a better angler. Read more from Alan Bulmer, via Active Angling New Zealand.
- Guide Stefan Woodruff shares his secrets for catching steelhead in a recent Orvis Podcast. “Trout anglers will also enjoy his tips on fishing the Yakima River, tips that should work anywhere.”
Tim Flagler shows the steps for constructing a Steelie Omelet in this week’s featured tying video. “For those brave enough to strap on a pair of cleats and battle the ice and snow,” says Flagler, “winter steelheading can be very productive and, if you’re lucky, less crowded.” This is a great all-around pattern for winter steelies.
Fly Fisherman magazine has announced their Conservationist of the Year for 2017: Rich Simms, cofounder of the Wild Steelhead Coalition. “After careful review by a nine-person selection committee,” says Ross Purnell, “Rich Simms’s years of dedication and his eventual success at eliminating sport harvest of steelhead in Washington were recognized with the Conservationist of the Year Award.”