Chris Hunt: “La Bomba”

Besides the fish we chase, there are often many things in the water that deserve our respect—crocodiles and sharks, to name a couple. Chris Hunt writes about the mind-game and fear in a recent piece on Hatch Magazine. “And, as with any great fishing adventure, the fishing was only a portion of the experience,” he says of his time spent at The Palometa Club in Mexico’s Ascension Bay.

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Trout Unlimited on San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

The San Gabriel Mountains have been designated as a national monument. Trout Unlimited is praising the decision, “which should help protect and enhance the unique fishing and hunting opportunities in the San Gabriel Mountains.”

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Video Hatch: “Estrada Art Presents: GladesDays”

Artist Eric Estrada takes us on a tour of the Everglades, featuring its diverse fish and colorful personalities. Via Estrada Art.

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Tippets: Over-Educated, Impact of Human Noise, Wading Pants

  • Successful fishing isn’t just luck, and Phil Monahan shares an article by the late William G. Tapply on tactics for fooling “PhD” trout via Orvis.
  • The implementation of a no-wake rule on a Minnesota lake and the good fishing thereafter caused Greg Laden to think about the impact human and motorized boat noise has on fish populations and behavior. Read more on ScienceBlogs.
  • For fishing small streams or coldwater streams in hot weather, check out the new wading pant from Patagonia. They look and fit “like a flashy pair of khakis,” writes Steve Graepel in his review of the Gunnison Gorge Wading Pant. Via Gear Junkie.
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Fly Town Comics

Mixed-media artist Jan Flanigan creates “Fly Town Comics,” a series of unique comic pieces made with original drawings and dead flies. “When you put them in human situations they have real character,” says Flanigan.

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Tippets: Focused on Wild, Steelhead Muddler, Wading Around Redds

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Offshore Habitat

The intersection of human development and wildlife habitat are usually at severe odds. However, new research reveals that 27 offshore oil rigs in California provide outstanding marine habitat. “There’s an opportunity to put out structures that maximize fisheries and conservation benefits,”  says Jeremy Claisse, a postdoctoral researcher at Occidental College, “even if that’s not their primary purpose.” Read more via High Country News.

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Video Hatch: “Skeena River Estuary: Heart of the Skeena”

The Skeena River Estuary provides critical salmon habitat, which is in danger from industrial development in the area. This short film highlights what’s at stake. Via SkeenaWild Conservation Trust.

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Tippets: Possible Record Tarpon Released, Madison River Environmental Assessment, Catch and Release Best Practices

  • Sport Fishing magazine reports that a possible record-setting tarpon caught on fly rod and reel has been caught and released off the coast of Nicaragua.
  • An environmental assessment of the Madison River that incorporated concerns over social conflict, congestion, and public safety at public access fishing sites, will be delayed due to funding and staffing uncertainties, says the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks department. “FWP will evaluate  whether to release the Madison River Recreation Plan’s environmental assessment following the legislative session,” reports Rich Ledoux of The Moose.
  • In a recent post on the Orvis blog, Phil Monahan highlights a video from the Atlantic Salmon Federation on best catch & release practices, specifically for larger fish.
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Video Hatch: “Red Flat Nickel Mine Campaign”

The Oregon Water Resources Department has recently denied the application to develop nickel mining in the area from the Red Flat Nickel Corp. This short film from the Native Fish Society highlights what is at stake for the Smith River.

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