Tippets: Catch & Release, Corps to Monitor Pollution, Beaver Island

  • Mid-summer, when fishing is often at its best, is also one of the most vital times for proper catch-and-release techniques. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources shares best practices via The Fishing Wire.
  • After a lawsuit filed by a conservation group over oil spills from dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers in Oregon and Washington, a groundbreaking legal settlement ruled that for the first time in its history the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have to disclose the amount of pollutants its dams are sending into waterways.
  • In a recent post on Fishing Poet, Matt Smythe recounts a recent trip to Beaver Island and his first time chasing carp with a fly rod.
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Video Hatch: “Somewhere in the Everglades”

Here’s a film short that features guiding legends and longtime friends Steve Huff and Paul Bruun fishing together in the Everglades. Via Nomadic Waters.

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WorldCast Anglers Announces New Additions to Management Team

WorldCast Anglers has announced the promotion of two members of their management team: Mike Dawkins to Vice President and C.G. Sipe to Chief Operating Officer. Both have “a strong track record of managerial and operational leadership, robust business performance, and are committed to exceptional angling service for our clients,” says Mike Dawes, President.

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Tom Morgan: In Pursuit of Perfection

Legendary rod maker Tom Morgan has battled Multiple Sclerosis for many years, yet it hasn’t diminished his passion for the craft. “You’d think since I couldn’t go fishing that I might lose interest in it, but it’s always been a pursuit of perfection,” he says.  View a recent video piece on Morgan, his wife Gerri, and their fly rod company, Tom Morgan Rodsmiths, via CBS News.

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Tippets: It’s a Fly Life, Tailings Breach, One Thousand Casts

  • Is it any coincidence that the states scoring the highest for “Best Places to Live” in a recent Gallup poll also have some of the best fishing in the United States? Chad Shmukler has more via Hatch Magazine.
  • A tailings pond breach at the Mount Polley Mine near Likely, BC is no doubt an environmental disaster. And while the immediate damages are evident, the long-range implications are severe. Via Global News.
  • Covering everything from rods and leaders to fly lines and flies, Bill Sherer of We Tie It fly shop in Northern Wisconsin begins a two-part series on how to catch musky on a fly, via the Hammer Creek Fly Fishing blog.
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Video Hatch: “Marquette Michigan: Superior Beer from Superior Water”

Brewers and anglers both share a need for water. This short film from Marquette County Visitors Bureau features the people, beers, and famous waters of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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Video Hatch: “Renewal”

This short documentary narrated by Robert Redford tells the story of the hard work of returning historic flows to the Colorado River—and for the first time in 50 years, watching the river flow to its delta.

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Painters and Paintings

“Even though it may be akin to asking a parent to name his favorite child,” he writes, Doug Olander recently asked 14 marine artists to pick their favorite paintings. The results and reasons are interesting, and are also a beautiful feast for the eyes. View the gallery on Sportfishing Magazine.

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Video Hatch: “Dead Flies Don’t Swim”

This film short features footage of mid-summer dry fly fishing on the Missouri River in Craig, MT. Via Scumliner Media.

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Tippets: Lake Huron Salmon, Weed and Water

  • Howard Meyerson reports on the Lake Huron Atlantic salmon program in a recent article on The Outdoor Journal. While success is coming slow, “Our program is still young,” said Todd Grischke, Michigan DNR’s Lake Huron Basin coordinator.
  • Marijuana grow operations in northern California are threatening Central Coast Coho salmon, and a recent bust near Bonny Doon highlights what’s at stake. “Illegal marijuana growers steal substantial amounts of water, exacerbating our severe drought conditions,” explains Brian Naslund, Fish and Wildlife assistant chief.
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