Video Hatch: “Back to the Roots”

This short film from Christian Ihrybauer pays homage to good life and good friends in Punta Allen and Ascension Bay.
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Tippets: Fishing Undercut Banks, Tying Soft Hackles

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Video Hatch: “The Stories We Wear”

In this short film from Patagonia, surfer and fly angler Andrew Tarplee shares the stories of his well-seasoned and favorite hat.
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Tippets: Guide Life, Choosing the Right Hook

  • Guide Moose Hofer is the fishing experience manager for Crested Butte-based travel company, Eleven Experience. He sits down for an interview with Outside Online about working hard and living his dream: “I have no regrets that I chose quality of life rather than taking a job just to pay the bills. I’m chasing my dream, and I know that I have been lucky to pull it off, but I’ve had the passion from day one.”
  • Tying different styles of flies calls for different hook designs. This article helps demystify what to look for when choosing hooks for streamers, nymphs for carp fishing, and topwater poppers patterns. Via Postfly Box.
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AMFF to Honor Thomas McGuane with 2017 Heritage Award

Author and MidCurrent board member Thomas McGuane will be honored with the 2017 Heritage Award by The American Museum of Fly Fishing. The event will be held April 5, 2017, at a public reception hosted at the Racquet & Tennis Club of New York City.

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Tippets: Gear Maintenance, Tips for Spotting Fish

  • Gear maintenance is essential to good performance on the water. In this recent article Ben Duchesney outlines how to maintain fly rods and reels, including tips on everything from proper storage to seasonal cleaning. Via Postfly Box.
  • Being able to see fish in the water is the first step in success on the flats. Alan Bulmer outlines strategies for developing “peripheral awareness” in this article via Active Angling New Zealand.
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Tippets: Pruitt Denies Climate Change, California Salmon, Op-Ed on the Pebble Mine, Great Lakes Steelhead

  • Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA, recently stated that humans are not responsible for the changing climate. Pruitt “has dismissed decades of research, thousands upon thousands of peer-reviewed climate papers, and the near-unanimous opinion of the scientific community,” writes Todd Tanner. And he has sold out sportsmen and the future of clean water in the process. Via Hatch Magazine.
  • Despite the wet winter, California salmon have not rebounded from the state’s five-year drought. Ryan Sabalow of The Sacramento Bee reports:The adult fish set to return to Central Valley rivers to spawn were hatched two to four years ago, during the peak of California’s record-breaking drought when river and ocean conditions were abysmal.”
  • In this recent op-ed Brian Kraft, owner of Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge,  Alaska Sportsman’s Bear Trail Lodge, Bristol Bay Lodge, and Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge, clearly outlines why the Pebble Mine would devastate Alaska’s environment and economy. Via The Alaska Daily News.
  • Management of the Great Lakes fisheries has been plagued by invasive species and changes to the ecosystem. A new plan to increase steelhead reproduction could have detrimental effects on existing native trout populations, writes Karl Weixlmann via Fly Fisherman.
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Video Hatch: “Ghost Stories”

This short film documents the changes being made to Bahamas regulations, fishing, and guiding. Via World Angling.
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Tippets: Fishing Around Structure, Dorsey Talks Midge Patterns

  • When you hook a big fish in open water you can let it run. However, hooking up around a dock or structure requires strategy. In this recent article John Kumiski outlines techniques for fly fishing around structure. Via Florida Sportsman.
  • Pat Dorsey, one of the foremost experts on small flies, is a guest on the most recent Orvis Podcast and sits down with Tom Rosenbauer to talk winter and early-spring midge fishing in tailwaters.
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Tippets: Cold Weather Streamers, Choosing the Right Dubbing

  • When cold weather hits, the go-to flies are usually small nymph patterns. However, there is good reason to reach for big streamers instead, writes Jason Randall. “Larger fish target smaller fish weakened by the thin energy budget in the winter river, and it’s a great reason to cast streamers.” Via American Angler.
  • With the plethora of dubbing material and blends available, it can be difficult to decide what will work best for your pattern. In this short instructional video, Kelly Galloup breaks down the differences between natural, synthetic, and hybrid dubbings in a comprehensive manner in order to help you choose the right one for your patterns.
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