- The University of Washington’s Friday Harbor laboratory is tackling one of its biggest projects to date: CT scanning and cataloging every fish species in the world, an estimated 66,000. About 2,700 are finished. Via King 5.
- Learning to double haul can be one of the most difficult techniques to master. In this video, Doug Andrews of Anglers All in Littleton, Colorado demonstrates great ways to start learning this technique. “In the video he goes over the What, Why and How regarding the double haul, all while providing practical methods to learn from scratch.”
- In the fourth episode of season two of RIO’s “How To” series, Zack Dalton explains the difference between fly line twist and line memory, and “teaches anglers how to untwist and uncoil line easily for both single-handed and double-handed setups.”
- Leaving snags in trees not only loses you a fly, but pollutes the environment for other anglers and species as well. George Daniel, author of Dynamic Nymphing, writes about how to “Leave No Fly Behind” in this article via Orvis.
- Streamers are go-to patterns when fishing for stripers, and “As always, you should brush up on tying ‘classic’ patterns like Deceivers and Clousers,” writes Vince Battista, “but you should also your hand at crafting your own streamers.” Learn about some of the best streamer patterns and design in this article via Postfly Box.
- Fishing to rising trout can be great fun as frustratingly difficult. “You need to place your dry fly in a trout’s feeding window,” writes Tom Rosenbauer, “but it’s also important to avoid placing the leader or fly line on top of the trout.” In this video from Dave and Amelia Jensen, learn how to cast to a rising trout without spooking it.
- In a recent episode of the Fly Fishing Consultant podcast, Rob Snowhite interviews Joseph Bogaard of Save Our Wild Salmon, a coalition of committed businesses, organizations, and individuals committed to protecting and restoring abundant, self-sustaining fishable populations of salmon and steelhead to the Columbia-Snake River Basin. Listen here.
- From shooting heads and running heads to sinking lines and sink tips, Spencer Durrant writes a beginner’s guide to picking out the right fly line for your needs and price point. Via Postfly Box.
Tippets: Hatchery Threat to Wild Salmon, Taking Aim at the “Fish Bill,” Mine Tailings and Fish-Bearing Streams
- Scientists have long warned that hatchery salmon threaten wild populations through competition of resources and by mixing genetically. However, new research points to a new threat: oxygen levels. “Their presence in some streams contributes to low-oxygen conditions that culminate in die-offs before they can reproduce.” Via Alaska Daily News.
- A new bill introduced to congress takes aim at the Magnuson-Stevens Act, often referred to as the “fish bill.” The bill “doesn’t gut Magnuson-Stevens, but it does slacken the law’s firmest requirements,” writes Ben Goldfarm in his article, “Proposed Policies Could Make America Overfished Again.” Via Hakai Magazine.
- Seabridge Gold Inc. has been given approval to use fish-bearing streams for tailings from their planned gold, copper and molybdenum mine in British Columbia. “Two fish-bearing creeks will be used for 2.3 billion tonnes of toxic tailings from the proposed Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell (KSM) mine in northwest B.C., wiping out habitat for several populations of small Dolly Varden fish.”
The Second Annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival will be held March 10-11, 2018, at Plano Event Center in Plano, Texas. The festival offers are seminars taught by local, regional, and nationally known guides, authors, fly tyers, and speakers, as well as a focus on microbrewery beer.
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- Getting your fly snagged can be one of the most frustrating parts of fishing, and it happens to even the most experienced anglers. In this article, Joe Mahler outlines ten techniques for getting unsnagged, via Fly Fisherman.
- For beginning anglers, reading water presents a huge learning curve. In this article, Louis Cahill outlines ten types of water that provide good holding water for trout. And the more time you spend on the water, “You will begin to visually recognize the kind of water where you have caught fish before and before you know it, finding fish becomes second nature.”