Tippets: Deep Sea Bioluminescence, Fighting Atlantic Salmon Farms, Herring Return to Hudson River Tributary, Farmed Salmon Hearing Loss

  • Bioluminescence, the ability to produce light, is more common in fish species than once thought. A new study published in PLOS ONE examines the “Repeated and Widespread Evolution of Bioluminescence in Marine Fishes”
  • Open-water Atlantic salmon farms pose an unacceptable risk to ESA-listed wild salmon and steelhead. “They pollute the nearby ecosystem, and the crowded pens create an environment in which diseases, pathogens, and parasites can multiply rapidly and spread to wild fish.” Read more on the Wild Fish Conservancy’s fight to prevent net pen expansions in Puget Sound.
  • For the first time in 85 years, herring are spawning in a tributary to the Hudson River after a dam was removed from the tributary’s mouth. “Environmental improvement efforts like the removal of the Wynants Kill dam are critically important to maintaining a healthy Hudson River ecosystem,” says Troy Mayor Patrick Madden. Via The Two Way.
  • New research suggests farmed salmon may suffer from acute hearing loss. “The team discovered that hatchery-raised fish were ten times more likely to have otolith deformities than wild ones,” writes Jason G. Goldman on Conservation Magazine.
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Video Hatch: “Carpology: Part 2”

Faced with wildfires and river closures due to high temperatures, Brian Kimmel of Shadow of a Trout Outfitters and Tracy Allen of Adipose Boatworks trade trout fishing for carp in this short film. Via Catch Magazine.

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Tippets: Loon Tying Contest, Interview with Ben Bulis, Grip Variations

  • Loon is hosting a fly tying contest for patterns featuring their UV curing resins. Post to Instagram with the hashtag #tiebylight to enter and view more details on their website. The winner will be chosen June 15th, 2016.
  • Kris Millgate interviews Ben Bulis, CEO of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association in this piece on Hatch Magazine. Read about the new demo day at ICAST, The Fisheries Fund and the future of AFFTA, among other topics.
  • How you hold your fly rod has vast implications for your cast. “It can affect the straightness of your backcast, your power application, and the overall accuracy of your cast,” writes Chris Dore as he examines different grip variations in this article.
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Inaugural Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival

The inaugural Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival will be held March 11-12, 2017 at the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

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Tippets: Toughen Up Terrestrials, Interview with Tom Karrow, Avoiding Redds

  • Foam material creates great terrestrial flies but can wear down quickly. The use of super glue and UV coating can help increase the lifespan of these flies, advises Bod Reece, and “Toughening up your foam terrestrials saves headaches and time on the water.”
  • Tom Karrow talks about his project, the Bahamian Fishers Ecological Knowledge Research Initiative, in a recent interview with Bjorn Stromsness via Bonefish on the Brain. Through the initiative, Karrow works to gather guide stories, histories and knowledge of the Bahamas.
  • Identifying redds and avoiding them is a responsibility of any trout angler. “When anglers have a lack of knowledge regarding what redds look like,” writes Ameen Hosain, “it increases the chance of disturbing the redds and ultimately harming the stream’s trout population.”
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How to Tie a Solomon Hairwing Caddis

Matt Grobert demonstrates the steps for tying a ginger version of the Solomon Hairwing Caddis in this week’s featured tying video.  “If you like,” says videographer Tim Flagler, “trim the lower hackle fibers flush with the underside of the body to get the fly to ride right in the surface film. The Solomon Hairwing Caddis is a nice, easy pattern to tie that also is extremely versatile.”

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Tippets: Peace on the River, Low-Light Photography

  • After years serving as in the army explosives corps, veteran Eric Way found peace on Colorado’s rivers working as a fly fishing guide. This article by Natalie Burg tells Way’s story. Via Forbes.
  • Low-light situations are often the best for shooting photographs but are also some of the most difficult to work in. “That is to say that like low water, there just isn’t much of it. Those early morning and late evening shots are beautiful but challenging.” Read tips from Louis Cahill on getting sharper photos in low light, via Gink & Gasoline.
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Video Hatch: “Fly Fishing the Savannah River”

In this film short Nick Duke offers up beautiful footage of fly fishing for smallmouth bass on the Savannah River.
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Tippets: Record Carp Caught in West Virginia, How to Fight Fish

  • Angler Laken Fleming is awaiting word on her possible new International Game Fish Association world record for a 33-inch, 14.25-pound common carp caught at Stonewall Jackson Lake in West Virginia. “I have fought sharks in the Bahamas and Belize, but I had yet to fight a fish in the U.S. that fought as hard as this carp did,” Laken said. Via Connect Bridgeport News.
  • Species and environment affect how you play a fish and knowing how to leverage your fly rod can greatly work to your advantage. Ross Purnell details different tactics and techniques for a diverse array of situations in this article via Fly Fisherman. “This is one of fly fishing’s age-old conundrums. When you hook a fish, do you keep your rod tip up or down? The answer to that question is, of course, “it depends.””
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Mora National Fish Hatchery’s 2016 Gila Trout Spawning Season Ends on High Note

The Mora National Fish Hatchery reports a successful year for the 2016 spawning of Gila trout, with an increase in stocking planned. “Fishery managers in New Mexico and Arizona have identified 20 streams suitable for Gila trout stocking this year. This is up from nine water bodies from last year,” says hatchery manager Nathan Wiese.

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