Tippets: Spring Tease, Fishing with Dynamite, Rigging for Muskie

  • For anglers seasonal change brings along with it reasons for hope, which are also often dashed, writes Mike Sepelak: “Spring is a tease.” Read more of Sepelak’s essay via Mike’s Gone Fishin’.
  • New York Times journalist Kate Galbraith reports on the practice of “fishing” with dynamite, still used in some countries around the world today, to the detriment of the fishery and horror or tourists and environmentalists alike.
  • Muskie present unique challenges for tackle and rigging. From big rods to bite tippets, find out everything you need to know for chasing muskie on the fly in a short instructional video from Tight Lines Fly Shop. Via Franken Fly.
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Video Hatch: “Aerial Reel”

This short film presents some impressive footage of fly fishing the waters of the Palometa Club in Ascension Bay, Mexico.

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Tippets: Analyze Your Cast, Netted Discovery, Photo Contest

  • Dirk le Roux presents video and still images overlaid with line graphs of motion of some of the world’s top distance casters in a recent post on The Limp Cobra. Anglers of all levels can learn a lot from this article.
  • A partial skull pulled from the sea in Taiwan by a fisherman’s net points to a new species of ancient humans dating from the Pleistocene epoch. See more via The Weather Channel.
  • The annual Gink & Gasoline photo contest is now underway. All photo entries must be submitted by midnight EST on Feb 20th 2015. Check out this link for more information and contest details.
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Mark Harbaugh Joins AFFTA Board

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association is welcoming Mark Harbaugh, Global Sales Manager of Fish for Patagonia, as a board member of AFFTA. “He is incredibly seasoned in our industry and will bring immense insight and leadership to the AFFTA board,” says board chairman Tucker Ladd.

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How to Tie the Infamous Pink Worm

The Infamous Pink Worm–a remarkably quick-to-tie combo worm and fly pattern–is the focus of this week’s featured tying video.  “Scoff if you like, but you can’t argue with this fly’s ability to catch fish,” says tier and videographer Tim Flagler.

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Fly Fishing for World Peace

From “frumpy old farts” to “hippy bros,” fly fishing is developing an increasingly diverse demographic base. And as James Joiner walks the Fly Fishing Show in Marlborough, MA, he wonders at how varied people and their opinions on the sport congeal on one issue: the hope of catching a fish. “Is it ridiculous,” Joiner writes, “that something so seemingly trivial could transcend stereotypes and norms? Maybe. But it’s also kind of beautiful.” Read more via The Daily Beast.

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Video Hatch: “Xboundary”

The recent tailings dam failure at the Mount Polley Mine heightened concerns about pit-mining in British Columbia and its downstream effect on watersheds in Alaska. This upcoming film from Salmon Beyond Borders looks at the community and environmental impacts of losing great salmon fisheries.

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Tippets: Being a Good Guide, Bozeman Reels

  • From certifications to barbless flies, Jason Klass writes about what it really takes to be a good fly fishing guide. Via Tenkara Talk.
  • The Bozeman Reel Company, started in 2008, combines “a scientific approach with a Montana ethos: a handshake is as good as your word and there’s value in doing things right the first time,” writes Christine Rogel in a recent article about the company and its owner, Dan Rice. Read more via Big Sky Journal.
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Video Hatch: “TEDx Talk: Salmon Strongholds”

In this TEDx talk, Wild Salmon Center President Guido Rahr presents information on the healthiest salmon ecosystems across the North Pacific, and the importance of salmon as a keystone species.

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Tippets: Story Behind the Shot, Oil in the Yellowstone, Knowing Knots

  • The story behind a photo is sometimes even better than the shot itself. Louis Cahill writes about just such a shot, probably now familiar to many anglers, recently on Gink & Gasoline.
  • Traces of benzene from the pipeline spill that leaked oil into the Yellowstone River have been found in the drinking water of Glendive and surrounding towns. Read more via The New York Times.
  • Learning knot patterns can be a frustrating endeavor. But Tim Romano points to a resource that can help: the website Animated Knots. Via Field & Stream.
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