- The double haul is an essential skill for any angler, but learning it can be tricky. Peter Kutzer demonstrates good learning tips, and Phil Monahan writes about a great technique for self-identifying problems, via Orvis.
- Fly Fishing Guide comes in at second place on Rapid Media’s list of the coolest river jobs. While “working as a fly-fishing guide is seasonal work, some get creative and spend the winter working in warm water destinations or at other jobs.”
- John Juracek writes about the puzzling difficulty of making short casts. “If you find that you can cast twenty feet (this includes your leader) repeatedly, accurately, with a tight loop,” he writes, “indeed, you are casting better than 98% of all fishermen.” Read more via Hatch Magazine.
- A recent article by Alan Bulmer looks at flies for rising trout when night fishing, why fish rise at this time, and how to develop the skills to successfully target them. Via Active Angling New Zealand.
- Poul Bech—aka The Bechman—is a legendary figure in British Columbia steelhead fly fishing and conservation. “His approach to conservation advocacy mirrors his approach to fishing. He travels the highways and gravel roads keeping to himself, staying off the grid.” Read more about Bech via Fly Rod & Reel.
- Ben Duchesney explains euro-nymphing and outlines techniques and strategies for success, in this article on Postfly Box. “Popularized by the European competition fishing circuit, euro nymphing increases strike detection, and the number you fish you will catch.”
- Camille Egdorf recently fly fished Providence Atoll with fellow anglers Gerhard Laubscher and Tim Babich, as well as Confluence filmmakers Jim Klug, Chris Patterson, and Colin Witherill. Egdorf talks about the trip as well as women in the sport, via Outside Online.
- From changing up your fly selection to playing the waiting game, Ben Duchesney outlines common problems on the water and how to solve the riddle of not catching fish, in this recent article via Postfly Box.
- The book Fly Fishing Knots—From the Reel to the Hook by Andy Steer contains clear, concise, step-by-step knot-tying illustrations of recommended fly and tenkara fishing knots and set-up. A great resource for any angler.
- Sometimes all it takes is one good fish to turn around a day. Steven Brutger writes about a moment of “sheer luck” that made for a great day on the water. Via Stalking the Seam.
- From layering and headwear to shades and snacks, Ben Duchesney writes about five pieces of essential gear to keep you fishing all winter. Via Postfly Box.
In his Thanksgiving column for The Weekly Standard, Matt Labash writes about fly fishing with his sons, the sin of false casting, and his opinion on the laziness of bobbers. He also gives thanks “that after enduring years of this soul-rotting presidential campaign, it is finally over, and I can stop pretending to care,” he writes. “At least until Road to the White House 2020 kicks off, roughly the day after inauguration.”
Tippets: Colorado Delta and the Tortuava, Aquatic Mussels Detected in Montana, Gila Trout Facts, Menominee River Mine Proposal
- The endangered Tortuava is a member of the drum species native to the northern Sea of Cortez, and Jonathan Wright reports on how revitalizing the Colorado River Delta could help this species. “A thriving ecosystem in the Colorado Delta could help bring back populations of one of the largest saltwater species in the Americas. Whether or not that could comprise a viable trophy sport fishery is open to tantalizing speculation.” Via Fly Fisherman.
- Larvae from aquatic invasive mussels have been detected in Montana for the first time. The water tests were from the Tiber Reservoir. “The recent test results are definitely bad news, but they do indicate our detection system is working,” says Eileen Ryce, FWP fisheries division administrator. “The results from Tiber Reservoir show the larvae exist at very low densities, which improves our chances for containment.” Via The Independent Record.
- Currently listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, Gila trout are native to the Desert Southwest states of Arizona and New Mexico. Phil Monahan writes about their history and future in this article via Orvis.
- A proposed 83-acre open pit mine along the Menominee River, which runs along the border between Wisconsin and Michigan, is raising concerns with conservationists and the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. Both express “concerns that the mine could harm the river, Menominee effigy mounds and other culturally significant features on the mine site.” Via Wisconsin State Journal.