Steelhead: School of Hard Knocks

What’s in a name? Bill McMillan explains the origins of “steelhead” in a great piece on Oncorhynchus mykiss. “Most came to consider the name’s origin to be a description of the blue gun-metal-steel color along the steelhead’s top of head and back,” McMillan writes. But the real origin probably has a far darker side as well. Via Steelheader’s Journal.

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New Fly Fishing Books

  • Ultimate Guide to Fishing South Florida on Foot by Steve Kantner is the first fly and light-tackle do-it-yourself guide to the area. Kantner, a veteran South Florida angler, offers detailed advice on everything from flies and lures to fishing opportunities that don’t require a boat, to stories and anecdotes from a life on the water. With a foreword by Lefty Kreh. Stackpole/Headwater (July 15, 2014).
  • Fly Fishing for Western Smallmouth by David Paul Williams provides information on the best flies, techniques, and specific waters for smallmouth throughout the Western United States. This book also includes 280 full-color photos, with over 60 photos of fly patterns. Stackpole/Headwater (July 15, 2014).
  • Trout Sense: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What Trout See, Hear, & Smell by Jason Randall is an important piece of work for anglers who desire to better understand their quarry. With helpful explanatory photos and illustrations, Randall goes in-depth to what trout sense, offering a detailed look into the world of fish biology. Stackpole/Headwater (July 15, 2014).
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Video Hatch: “The Green”

Floating the Green River through Flaming Gorge provides beautiful landscape and incredible fish. Team Backcountry provides some great footage in this short film.

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Trout Unlimited Makes Major Investment in ICAST/IFTD Show

This July, Trout Unlimited is sending a large delegation to the ICAST/IFTD show in Orlando, FL. “We want to help the industry make the connection—we make fishing better and that’s good for American businesses and anglers,” says TU Chief Marketing Officer Joel R. Johnson.

Read more in the press release below.

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Sportsmen’s Coalition Seeks Monument Status for Browns Canyon

A coalition of sporting groups and business are rallying behind legislation that would designate Browns Canyon a national monument. “Browns Canyon is a special place for sportsmen,” said Kyle Perkins, Trout Unlimited’s organizer of the Sportsmen for Browns Canyon campaign. “We just want to keep it the way it is—wild and pristine.”

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BTT Florida Keys Baby Bonefish Search a Success

Research performed on juvenile bonefish in the Bahamas is helping to inform studies on preferred nursery habitats in the Florida Keys as well. The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust recently held a “Baby Bonefish Blitz” in the Keys, which revealed encouraging population results and promising habitats.

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Tippets: Sidearm Casting, Mining on the Salmon River, Warm Waters Moving Fish

  • A sidearm cast can give you a huge advantage over the wind. It “also makes a more delicate presentation,” explains Louis Cahill. Check out his advice on the technique in a recent post on Gink & Gasoline.
  • A group of miners began illegally dredging for gold this week in Idaho’s Salmon River, protesting EPA regulations that are in place to protect the habitat of endangered fish.
  • Currents and warming waters are causing semi-tropical fish such as yellowfin tuna, and dorado Mahi Mahi to be caught off San Diego’s coast, and may indicate an above average El Niño weather pattern for the coming year.
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Tippets: All in the Presentation, Stream Hazards, Intersex Fish In Pennsylvania Rivers

  • Alex Cerveniak presents an analysis for eight of the most common casting mistakes when presenting flies to fish. From drags and drifts to backstrokes and timing, this piece is a must-read.
  • Three Boeing 737 fuselages are stranded in the Clark Fork River after a train derailment near Superior, Montana. When fly fishing, you never know what will happen. Via Gizmodo.
  • Some rivers in Pennsylvania are yielding intersex fish. Specifically, male fish were discovered carrying eggs in the Susquehanna, Delaware and Ohio river basins. A sign, say researchers in a U.S. Geological Survey report, that the water may be tainted with chemicals. Via The Los Angeles Times.
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Tenkara, At Home in the High Country

While Tenkara was once considered a “fad” in the U.S., the ancient Japanese method of fishing is holding its own, proving it’s here to stay. In a recent article in The Denver Post, Scott Willoughby focuses on its popularity along Colorado’s Front Range and on high country small streams. “That’s really where you see tenkara shining,” says Tenkara USA founder Daniel Gelhardo. “You have this long rod and you are casting across a bunch of currents. But the line stays off the water entirely, so there’s no need for mending, and the drifts are perfect every time.”

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Video Hatch: “Return of the River, Official Trailer”

This feature documentary tells the story of the largest dam removal and river restoration project in history, currently taking place on the Elwha River in Washington State.

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