- Planning a saltwater trip can be overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time fishing flats. However Rod Hamilton has done some research for you and presents some great strategies for do-it-yourself bonefishing. “Nothing replaces time on the water and most of the early lessons are going to result in fishless days, but let me see if I can ease the pain and help shorten the learning curve with some basic strategies for the DIY fisherman,” he writes.
- Biologists are studying summer run steelhead in the Snake River to learn more about their movement patterns. “Our goal with those fish is to primarily understand where the fish spend the winter,” says Chris Caudill, an assistant professor in the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources. “A relatively large portion of them do spend time in the Columbia and Snake mainstems and move into tributaries in the spring.” Via Idaho Statesman.
- Even when conditions aren’t right for sight fishing you can still find fish, writes Chris O’Byrne, by “limiting the search area and, like a good chess player, thinking a few moves ahead.” Via Florida Sportsman.
- Colorado’s waterways attract people and thus revenue to the state. A recent report commissioned by Protect The Flows found that if the Colorado River was a company, it would rank 155th on the 2011 Fortune 500 list. Sarah Tory takes a look at the “river economy” in a recent article on Adventure Journal via High Country News.
- While there aren’t many hard-and-fast rules for being out on the water, there are a few, and it’s always good to be reminded of good stream-side etiquette. Bill Cairns goes through the Dos and Don’ts in a recent piece via Orvis.
- Specific skills are needed for landing fish on a fixed-line rod such as those used with tenkara. In a recent article, Anthony Naples outlines details from rods to rigging and “a few key concepts that will help you build big fish skills, regardless of how you choose to define “big.” Via Casting Around.
- New research from Concordia University published in the journal Evolutionary Applications shows that within 5 to 11 generations (about 25 to 50 years), “fish populations previously bolstered by hatchery stock are, genetically speaking, indistinguishable from purely wild populations.” Via ScienceDaily.
- In a recent post on The Fiberglass Manifesto, Cameron Mortenson outlines 8 pieces of essential camping gear. From coffee press to merino wool base layers, check out his tested choice gear picks.
- For the first time in over fifty years, razorback suckers are spawning in their native Colorado River, specifically in Grand Canyon National Park. Read more about this discovery and species recovery via Summit County Voice.
- Steven Brutger poignantly reminds us that the most important decisions in any fishing trip is not what gear to take or even where to go, it’s the people who come along with. Via Stalking the Seam.
Levi Old reports on the status of bull trout, a federally threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, in Trapper Creek. Thanks to work of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Trout Unlimited, the population is holding steady.
A new initiative by Trout Unlimited called “TroutBlitz” aims to encourage the participation of anglers in science projects in their local areas. TroutBlitz allows anglers to enter geolocated photographs of fish they catch, with a goal of cataloging the diversity of native trout throughout the country and to learn more about the condition of their habitats and how they change over time. Matt Barney has more information via a recent post on the Trout Unlimited blog.
TrueFlies Clothing has announced their sponsorship of El Pescador Lodge’s 40th anniversary celebration to be held November 13th to the 17th. The event will include the unveiling of a renovated main lodge with invited guests from the fly fishing industry.
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