Smithsonian on Saving Skagit Salmon

The Skagit River watershed is home to five species of wild Pacific salmon: chinook, chum, pink, sockeye and coho, as well as steelhead. However, all are facing a threatened future due to climate change, invasive species and habitat degradation. “The controversies surrounding salmon are complicated,” writes Priscilla Long in a recent article on the human impact to salmon populations. Yet she sees reason for hope and a chance to save these icons of the Pacific Northwest. Read more via Smithsonian Magazine.

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Video Hatch: “Browns Canyon-Colorado”

This film from Trout Unlimited shows the importance of protecting Browns Canyon with National Monument status.

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Tippets: Strip Sets, Great Barrier Reef Sustainability, Carping on the Snake River

  • Keeping the tip of your rod in the water when stripping streamer will help maintain contact with the fly and detect subtle takes more easily, as well as help with strip-setting the hook. Joe Cermele explains why this technique is essential, especially for muskie and pike, via Field & Stream.
  • The Australian government recently issued a report called the “Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan.” It addresses threats to the Great Barrier Reef from climate change and provides a framework for conserving the ecosystem and habitat. Via The New York Times.
  • Providing history along with suggested flies and tips on technique, a recent chapter excerpt from “Fly Fishing Idaho’s Secret Waters” by Chris Hunt highlights carp fishing on the Snake River. Via Hatch Magazine.
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The Fifth International Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Symposium

The fifth annual International Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Symposium will be held November 7-8, 2014 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The two day event will feature top scientists and research as well as technique instructors and clinics.

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How to Tie a Devil Bug

The Devil Bug can be tied in a variety of styles and colors.  This week Tim Flagler shows how to tie a version that is pretty close to Gary Borger’s orginal design, conceived as an adult caddis imitation but useful in many different situations. “To me,” says Flagler, “one of the most attractive things about a Devil Bug is how many ways it can be fished. It floats like a champ and produces well when dead-drifted.”

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New Fly Fishing Books

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Jean-Paul Lipton Joins Umpqua’s Team of Distinguished Signature Tyers

Umpqua Feather Merchants has announced that fly designer Jean-Paul Lipton has joined their team of signature tyers. “He is an authority on carp and other sub terminally mouthed species,” says Brian Schmidt, Fly Manager for Umpqua. “His innovative designs strengthen Umpqua’s impressive selection of warm water fly patterns.”

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Tippets: Considering Canoes, Susquehanna Flats Comeback

  • While drift boats and stand up paddle boards may receive more attention, Matthew Copeland takes time to consider the canoe, which “has been called mankind’s most perfect design,” he writes, “the pinnacle of simplicity and function.” Via Stalking the Seam.
  • After disappearing due to damage from Tropical Storm Agnes more than 40 years ago, the Susquehanna Flats of Chesapeake Bay have experienced and comeback. The area’s underwater grasses are vital habitat for juvenile fish. “It’s a powerful example of how organisms in ecosystems once given a chance can make themselves resistant to stresses and changes,” says Donald Boesch, president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Via ScienceDaily.
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Sugarloaf Showdown Targets Bonefish, Cuda and Permit for C&R Fundraiser

The Lower Keys Guides Association will host the Sugarloaf Showdown, which is a catch and release fishing tournament that will raise funds for the the Guides Trust Foundation. The event is set to take place at Sugarloaf Marina, Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 13 – 15, 2014.

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Tippets: DIY Slinky Indicator, Studying Archerfish

  • Using items you probably have at home, Johnny Spillane teaches you how to make a “slinky indicator,” via Gink & Gasoline.
  • The archerfish hunt insects by shooting a jet of water at the bug, making it fall into the water. New research from the University of Bayreuth focused on training archerfish so the scientists could analyze the water jet, which they found could be controlled and sped up or slowed down by the fish. Via The New York Times.
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