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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Video Hatch: “Chinook”

This film from Todd Moen features the search for Chinook salmon in a remote tributary of British Columbia’s Skeena River. 

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Tippets: Fishing Washington’s Alpine Lakes, “Women in the Field” Event Series

  • From gear and flies to maps and location information, Conor Risch writes about fishing Washington’s high alpine lakes. For his detailed trip report on fly fishing Lake Ingalls, find his article in The Seattle Times.
  • Natural Retreats and Garden & Gun are collaborating to host a “Women in the Field” event series, which will focus on connecting women with fly fishing and sport shooting. Find more information here.
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Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard Rewrites His Philosophy for New Era of Environmental Crisis

A decade after original publication, Yvon Chouinard’s 2006 memoir, Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman, is being re-released in a revised and expanded edition by Penguin Books.

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Tippets: Floating Fish & Sinking Economy, Drugs Downstream, World Conservation Congress on Bristol Bay

  • The Yellowstone River fish die-off foreshadows the growing threat of climate change. This summer brought record low flows and high temperatures, and “In addition to threatening our outdoor heritage, these changes bear an economic cost.” Via Montana Wildlife Federation.
  • An increasing amount of research points to evidence that chemicals we put in our bodies often end up in our waterways. A new study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, “explores what happens when amphetamine ends up in the ecosystems encompassing streams and it finds the drug can have a significant impact on the bacteria, algae and insects who call them home.” Via The Denver Post.
  • The World Conservation Congress overwhelmingly approved a motion in vocal opposition to the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay. “The reputation of the World Conservation Congress for environmental expertise and science-based decision-making make this unequivocal international action especially notable,” writes Joel Reynolds on The Huffington Post.
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Interview with James Prosek

Recently GuideHire sat down with artist, author and angler James Prosek for an interview that explores his passion for nature and conservation as well as his professional path. “I have drawn pictures for as long as I can remember,” says Prosek. “I have a Polaroid photo of me drawing at four years old.  It’s always been a part of me.”

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