Fly Fishing Bloggers: “Public Lands Proud”

Across the  US West there is a growing initiative to remove public lands from the federal government and transfer management to state control. This national public lands transfer would over-burden state governments and budgets and would likely result in a sale of public land to private interests, severely limiting public access to land and water on which anglers depend.

In support of public lands and access, a coalition of fly fishing writers have collaborated on a “Public Lands Proud Blog-In,” raising awareness of what’s at stake. Read more in these excellent essays and observations by fly fishing’s most prominent bloggers:

“The Day After” by Mike Sepelak
“Public Lands Proud” by Dan Frasier
“Going Home to Public Lands” by Randy Scholfield
“A Call for Public Land Protection” by Joshua G. Rust
“Diary of a Fly Fishing Teen” by Cameron Mortenson
“Public Lands Bind and Connect Us” by Gabe Parr
“Our Public Lands: Freedom on the Brink” by Jason Tucker
“Public Lands Under Threat” by R.M. Lytle
“What is it Worth?” by Jeff Marsh
“The Public Land Issue: Teddy Roosevelt & Woody Guthrie Had It Right” by Joel Hathaway
“Protect Our Public Lands” by Jeff Needham
“We Are Lost Without It” by Tom Hazelton
“This Land is Your Land” by Mia Sheppard
“Become #PublicLandsProud” from Chucking Line and Chasing Tail
“Gone, Gone, Like the Snows of Yesteryear” from Buster Wants to Fish

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Tippets: Snake River Kill, Headwaters and Climate Change, Soda Butte Cutthroat Restoration, Diversions from the Colorado

  • Thousands of dead whitefish have been confirmed on the South Fork of the Snake River, and biologists suspect the cause is proliferative kidney disease, the same pathogen believed to be responsible for last month’s whitefish kill in the Yellowstone River. Via Idaho Statesman.
  • A newly published study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals certain ecosystems to be more resistant to the effects of climate change than previously thought. “The great irony is that the cold headwater streams that were believed to be most vulnerable to climate change appear to be the least vulnerable,” Daniel Isaak, a fish biologist for the U.S. Forest Service, said in a news release.
  • After the second season of poisoning brook trout in Soda Butte Creek and its tributaries, “We’re pretty confident this is totally done,” said Todd Koel, director of Yellowstone’s native fish conservation program. Read more on the efforts to restore native Yellowstone cutthroat populations from Brett French in The Montana Standard.
  • Mike Chiropolos reports on the effort to divert even more water from the Colorado River for Denver and the Front Range. “With final federal environmental reviews looming, it’s time to ask: Is this project needed, are its impacts justified, and are there better alternatives?” Via High Country News.
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PHWFF Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing has announced the welcome of Todd Desgrosseilliers as new Chief Executive Officer. Desgrosseilliers is a Marine Corps veteran and infantry officer with 31 years of service.

Read more in the press release below. Continue reading

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Tippets: Fishing and Advertising Parallels, Rigging Dropper Flies

  • From “Prepare to make changes and be nimble” to “Presentation is everything,” Mitch Duesling writes about the parallels between fly fishing and advertising in a recent post on T1. “I’m a baby in the ad world, learning something new each day. I have my mentors to thank for guiding me this far. But many lessons have not come from ad men and women – they’ve come from fish.”
  • “Everything works sometimes,” writes Domenick Swentosky. But there’s a rhyme and reason to rigging dropper flies, as Swentosky outlines in an article about trailing flies. Via Troutbitten.
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2017 Fly Fishing Shows Sell Out Booth Space

President and CEO Ben Furminsky has announced that the 2017 Fly Fishing Shows have officially sold out of exhibitor booth space. “This is a great indicator for the success of our 2017 events and for the hopes of the coming season from the industry as a whole,” concluded Furimsky.

Read more in the press release below. Continue reading

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Tippets: From Rod to Ride, Fall Streamers, Tenkara Jam

  • Bamboo rodmaker Ron Knowles recently put his knowledge and skills to larger use in making a 16-foot bamboo drift boat. “It flexes and comes back,” says Knowles. “You don’t need to worry about it breaking. It’s stronger than a lot of stuff and it looks cool.” Via The Missoulian.
  • As the seasons change so do the flies in our boxes, and fall calls for rigging streamers when trout fishing. Phil Monahan details how to rig and fish tandem streamers in a recent article via Orvis.
  • The 2016 Tenkara Jam will be held October 15-16 in Cherokee, North Carolina. Presenters include Daniel Galhardo, Tom Sadler, Anthony Naples, Jason Klass, and Erik Ostrander. The “Jam” is the largest annual multi-vendor tenkara event in North America. Find more information about schedule and registration here.
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Tippets: Angling Ranks Among Best Hobbies, Interview with Bob Popovics

  • “Angling is one of the rare hobbies that never seems to go out of fashion,” writes Hans Aschim. And for its simplicity and connection to nature, fly fishing is highlighted as one of the best activities for fall that doesn’t involve Netflix or your couch. Via Esquire.
  • Bob Popovics’s innovative techniques have influenced fly patterns for decades, and as a recent guest on Ask About Fly Fishing Internet Radio, Popovics talks about his process of creating patterns. “If you’re looking for some tips on tying some great salt water patterns join us as we try to unravel Bob’s brain and get to the bottom of great fly creation.”
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RepYourWater and Meier Announce “Fish Sticks” Skis

Colorado-based RepYourWater and Meier Skis have combined efforts for a limited edition RepYourWater ski, appropriately named Fish Sticks.

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Tippets: New Study on Fish Intelligence, Fishing Deadfall, Loon Rogue Quickdraw Forceps

  • A study published in the journal Animal Cognition points to evidence of episodic memory in fish, “the ability to recall the what, where and when of events, categorizing the raw material of experience into some sort of coherency.” Via Conservation Magazine.
  • Deadfall provides good habitat for trout, and while it provides great fishing opportunity it also presents difficult technical situations. Phil Monahan writes about strategies for success when fishing around large woody debris in this recent article via Orvis.
  • This video from Loon Outdoors highlights the features of their new Rogue Quickdraw Forceps. The hemostat features carabiner handles, tight angles, and compact cutting surface.
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2016 Florida Fly Fishing Expo

Dates and location have been announced for the 2016 Florida Fly Fishing Expo. The event will be held November 4-5, 2016, at The Plantation on Crystal River on Florida’s West Central coast.

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