Video Hatch: “Pippa and Els Go Fishing!”

This film short from Orvis celebrates mothers in the outdoors. Share this video with the tag #LongLiveMoms and for each share a $1 donation (up to $10,000) will be given to Casting for Recovery.
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Tippets: Nature & Tarpon, Stillwater Bass

  • The “otherness” of nature is what grounds us, writes Monte Burke. Within the context of tarpon fishing he writes about why our relationship to the natural world matters in a recent piece on Forbes. “The take of a tarpon is the most elemental, most thrilling thing in the sport of fly fishing, at least in my experience. The sudden heavy pull, the incredible displacement of water and time.”
  • As with any species, techniques change for stillwater or rivers, and bass are no exception. Winston Cundiff of All Water Guides offers great advice for catching river bass in this recent article.
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Tippets: Sockeye Decimated by Warm Waters, Whole Foods to Sell Lionfish, Great Lakes Salmon, Smith River Mine Op-ed, Bizarre B.C. Fish Ladder

  • Due to unprecedented warm waters, ninety-nine percent of the Snake River sockeye salmon counted at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River near Portland in 2015 died before reaching Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley. Rocky Barker reports via The Idaho Statesman.
  • Lionfish are coming to a Whole Foods near you. The invasive species will be sold as an edible fish at West Coast locations within the next six months, with expansion nationwide expected. Via Uproxx.
  • The future for pacific salmon populations in the Great Lakes doesn’t look bright. Ryan Grimes reports on invasive species and the original plan for stocking salmon in this piece via Michigan Public Radio.
  • An op-ed written by Montana outfitters Mike Geary, John Herzer, Terri Raugland, Brandon Bodecker, and Joe Sowerby, outlined how the prosed Smith River mine would impact the river. Via The Missoulian.
  • A proposed fish ladder by BC Hydro would create an “anesthetic pool” at the base of their Site C dam, where bull trout, Arctic grayling and other species would be trapped, drugged and loaded into tanker trucks. Via The Globe and Mail.
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Video Hatch: “Carpology Part 1”

This film by Todd Moen features dry fly fishing for carp on the Missouri River. Via Catch Magazine.
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Virginia Fly Fishing Festival Sets Attendance Record

The 16th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival held recently in Doswell, Virginia set record attendance numbers. The two-day event saw upwards of a 10 percent increase in attendance over last year, which was “a great development considering the festival was in a brand new location,” adds festival director Beau Beasley.

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Tippets: Flies of History, Always Be Prepared, Make a First Cast Count

  • Durability is an important attribute of any pattern, and flies housed at The American Museum of Fly Fishing are some of the oldest on record. Read more about the Haslinger Breviary (one of the oldest texts on fly fishing) and the Harris Collection, which includes flies dating back to 1789. Via Outdoor Hub.
  • “Always be prepared” might just as well be the motto of a fly angler as it is a Boy Scout. Louis Cahill writes a piece about keeping gear ready and available for when serendipitous opportunities arrive.
  • You don’t usually get a second chance to make an important cast. Chris Dore demonstrates good line management when working upstream, in this recent post and video.
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Video Hatch: “Super Salmon”

This trailer outlines the threats posed by a hydroelectric dam on Alaska’s Sustina River. Short film coming January, 2016. Via Ryan Peterson.
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Tippets: Orvis-Endorsed Awards, Two-Hand Trout, Spring Flies

  • Winners of the 2016 Orvis-Endorsed Awards have been announced. The awards recognize excellence in sporting experiences through the Orvis Endorsed Lodges, Outfitters, and Guides Program (ELOG). Read more about this year’s winners.
  • Steven Brutger writes about fishing two-handed rods for winter trout. “Sacrilege in circles of steelhead purists and dry fly fanatics, I’m not ashamed to nymph for trout. A two handed rod is deadly in this application.” Read more via Stalking the Seam.
  • If you’re looking for great flies for spring fishing, Ryan Bunn highlights the top ten patterns for high, off color water of early season waters. Via Sierra Trading Post.
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How to Tie a Peacock March Brown Parachute

John Collins ties a Peacock March Brown Parachute in this week’s featuring fly tying video.  As videographer Tim Flagler says: “John’s a fixture at regional tying shows, a fellow member of the Regal Pro Staff and, as you will see shortly, works in the construction industry. A couple of materials used in the fly are a bit difficult to find but it’s worth the search because they so closely match the coloration of the naturals.”

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Tippets: Zimmerman Talks Carp, Summer Road Trips, Audubon’s Bullet Proof Fish

  • Author and fly tier Jay Zimmerman talks about flies and strategies for catching carp in the most recent Ask About Fly Fishing Internet Radio episode. Zimmerman also speaks about his book, “The Best Carp Flies: How to Tie and Fish Them,” as well as a forthcoming book, “The Best Bass Flies: How to Tie and Fish Them.” Listen Here.
  • Summer is the season for road trips, and if you’re headed for the Rocky Mountain West this year, don’t miss this great article from Todd Tanner on gearing up for success. Via Hatch Magazine.
  • It turns out naturalist John James Audubon was a prankster, planting sketches of fabricated “bullet proof” fish in the book of a colleague, Constantine Samuel Rafinesque. Read the story and view pages from “Medical Flora of the United States” via Hyperallergic.
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