Tippets: Fly Fishing Beaver Ponds, Chasing the Salmonfly Hatch

  • In the most recent episode of Trout Tips, Chris Hunt talks about what to do and what not to do when fishing a backcountry beaver pond.
  • In this article on Fly Fisherman, Montana-based guide Eric Paulson writes about chasing salmonfly hatches of the West. “Keep in mind that fishing these big bugs is not all rainbows and unicorns; the hatch can be elusive, its timing can be geographically difficult to predict, and simply, that moment in time can be hard to come by.
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Video Hatch: “Notes from the Road: Entry No. 1”

This short film is the first entry in the visual accompaniment to the Notes From The Road blog. You can catch up on all the stories via Tight Loops.
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Tippets: Fly Fishing Veterans, Exploring the Faroe Islands

  • In this article, John Herzer of Blackfoot River Outfitters in Montana writes about leading multi-day-float fishing trips for military veterans. “Although the participants rave about the healing power and personal relationship-building of the experience, make no mistake: the growth and strength gained from these trips is not one-sided.” Via Orvis.
  • In the most recent episode of The DrakeCast, Elliot Adler examines the sustainability of growth in the Faroe Islands, a small archipelago in the North Atlantic, about halfway between Norway and Iceland. “I was there to experience the culture and see if I could find a couple fish. But during my stay, what I found was an insulated country and fishery that is at an inflection point.” Via The Drake.
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Video Hatch: “Northern Exposure”

Follow along with Chase and Aimee Bartee as they travel in their van, chasing the fishiest waters. Via Tight Loops.
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Tippets: Choke Up Your Cast, Patagonia Worn Wear

  • Drawing a parallel with baseball, Ivan Orsic writes about why “choking up” on a fly rod can work to an angler’s benefit. “If pinpoint accuracy is required and the appropriate distance can be achieved without worry, consider choking up on that fly rod and effectively shorten the length of the fly rod.” Via Trout’s Fly Fishing.
  • Patagonia has recently launched its Worn Wear website. “The brand offers fully functional, inspected, and washed used apparel at a fraction of retail price,” explains Sean McCoy on Gear Junkie.
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Tippets: Bipartisan Effort on Climate Change, Salmon Return to Upper Elwha, Warming Waters Hurt Salmon Populations

  • Recently, a bipartisan meeting of the Climate Solutions Caucus was held on Capitol Hill to address “The Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Tourism and Recreational Activities.” Phil Monahan reports on the hearing via Orvis: “Together, sportsmen and –women represent a powerful constituency that can push hard for change, and the industries that support these outdoor pursuits bring economic clout to the argument, as well.”          
  • Fisheries managers in Olympic National Park have confirmed the first salmon in 102 years have reached the upper stretches of the Elwha River. “They found three adult Chinook salmon, all between 30 and 36 inches long, in the former Lake Mills, between Windy Arm and Glines Canyon.” Via The National Park Service.
  • Unusually warm sea surface temperatures in the North Pacific Ocean is having serious effects on salmon populations. “Federal research surveys this summer caught among the lowest numbers of juvenile coho and Chinook salmon in 20 years, suggesting that many fish did not survive their first months at sea. Scientists warn that salmon fisheries may face hard times in the next few years.” Via The Spokesman–Review.
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New Fly Fishing Books

  • The Best Bass Flies: How to Tie and Fish Them by Jay Zimmerman is a cutting edge guide for the growing popularity of fly fishing for bass. The Best Bass Flies features 18 patterns for largemouth and smallmouth bass with step-by-step photos tips and techniques for fishing the patterns effectively. Stackpole Books [Paperback], (October 1, 2017).
  • Modern Steelhead Flies by Rob Russell and Jay Nicholas is a comprehensive resource on fly patterns and fishing tips from West Coast and Great lakes steelheaders. “Features in-depth analysis on topics such as important fly design characteristics, unconventional wisdom at the vise and on the water, and tying and fishing the popular style of fly known as Intruders.” This book includes 14 patterns and over 400 step-by-step photos. Stackpole Books [Hardcover], (September 30, 2017).
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Winston & Bauer Announce Dave Chouinard as SE Sales Rep

The R.L. Winston Rod Company and Bauer Fly Reels have announced the welcome of Dave Chouinard to their teams as Southeastern Sales Representative.

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Tippets: Revive Magazine Final Issue, Tying the Davy Knot

  • After a seven year run, Revive magazine has published their final issue. Including pieces ranging from fly  fishing Norway to taking a stand against mining in the Pacific Northwest, read freely online here.
  • There is no shortage of knots to use when rigging, but in this article, Domenick Swentosky profiles one in particular: the Davy knot.I use the Davy Knot because it’s super quick to tie, it wastes no material, and it has a small profile that allows for more movement of the fly.” Via Troutbitten.
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2017 AFFTA Board Election Update

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association has announced Jen Ripple as a newly elected board member following Michael White’s decision to not accept a board seat following the 2017.

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