“The Boat-Shaped Mind”

In “The Log from the Sea of Cortez,” published in 1951, John Steinbeck writes about a six-week boat expedition he made in 1940, gathering marine specimens along the Gulf of California. In an excerpt recently re-published online, Steinbeck pondered the connection of humans to boats. “How deep this thing must be,” he wrote, “the giver and the receiver again; the boat designed through millennia of trial and error by the human consciousness, the boat which has no counterpart in nature unless it be a dry leaf fallen by accident in a stream.” Read more of “The Boat-Shaped Mind” via Lapham’s Quarterly.

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Video Hatch: “2015 Heritage Award Tribute Video Honoring Tom Brokaw”

The American Museum of Fly Fishing honored Tom Brokaw with its 2015 Heritage Award. This short film, narrated by Brokaw’s daughter Andie Brokaw Simon, follows his journey in fly fishing.

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Tippets: Dry Fly Tips, Oregon Dam Removal, Fishing with Kids

  • As seasons change, so does fly selection. Todd Tanner writes about strategies for dry-fly fishing in a recent article on Hatch Magazine.
  • This summer two fish barriers and dams are on track for removal in Oregon, estimated to open as much as 70 miles of prime spawning habitat for the Rogue River Basin’s wild salmon and steelhead. Via The Mail Tribune.
  • From keeping things in perspective to bringing a “wingman,” Matthew Copeland offers some practical advice for fishing with kids in tow. Via Stalking the Seam.
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Orvis Presents First Breaking Barriers Awards

The first annual Orvis Breaking Barriers Awards were presented to Chad Brown of Soul River Runs Wild and Lori-Ann Murphy of Reel Women at the recent Orvis Guides’ Rendezvous in Missoula, MT.

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Tippets: National Fish, Crosswind Casting

  • The Striped Bass American Heritage Act would appoint the species as the “National Fish” of the United States. “I am honored to introduce this bill to finally recognize the striped bass as our national fish and enshrine its place in our nation’s cultural heritage,” says Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ). To support the legislation, visit The Recreational Fishing Alliance.  Via PR Newswire.
  • In a video posted recently on the Orvis blog, New Zealand-based fly-casting instructor Carl McNeil shares insights and techniques for casting in a crosswind.
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Video Hatch: “Palometa Club 3rd Annual Permit Tourney”

The Palometa Club’s 3rd Annual Permit Tournament was held April 10-17, 2015, and raised over $6000 to benefit the Jon Ain Fund at Bonefish Tarpon Trust as well as the schoolchildren of Punta Allen, Mexico. This short film from Matt Jones features footage highlights of the event.

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Tippets: Rethinking Measurements, Volcanic Impact on Fisheries, Topwater Tactics

  • Is it time to re-evaluate how we measure fish? Kirk Deeter argues that a back-to-belly evaluation might be more indicative of a healthier (and tougher fighting) fish. “As such, I’m now in hot pursuit of the ‘elusive seven-incher,’” Deeter writes. “A real Rubenesque beauty.” Via Fly Talk, Field and Stream.
  • The recent eruptions of Chile’s Calbuco volcano has anglers worried about residual effect on fishers. Based on history, guides on the ground as well as firsthand experience, S. Chris Hunt sheds light on the anticipated impact on fishing in Patagonia. Via Hatch Magazine.
  • From Hawk Lake Lodge in Ontario, Colin McKeown of The New Fly Fisher details topwater tactics for smallmouth bass in a recent instructional video.
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Video Hatch: Low Flows & Wild Steelhead

This short film shows recent work to protect threatened wild steelhead during low flows on California’s Mendocino and Sonoma Coast. Via The Native Fish Society.

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Tippets: Tying Bonefish Leaders, Invisible Waters

  • Using Lefty Kreh’s “fifty percent rule,” Tom Rowland of Saltwater Experience demonstrates how to create a fly fishing leader for bonefish.
  • Even the unlikeliest of pockets can hold trout. In a recent article, Daniel Galhardo urges anglers to not overlook invisible waters, “those very small pockets of calm water that nobody targets.”
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Video Hatch: “The Randall Steiger Story”

This short film features an Iraq War veteran’s journey from soldier to civilian life with the help of a  fly fishing trip with Project Healing Waters.

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