Video Hatch: “Grayling”

This short film from Joonas Vinnari features fly fishing in the northern part of Finland.
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New Fly Fishing Books

  • Famous Fly Fishers: Profiles of Eminent and Accomplished People Who Love the Quiet Sport by Norm Zeigler highlights accomplished anglers who are also household names, and connects the common dreams among anglers: “pursuing big fish in wild places; of making a perfect cast at just the right moment; of holding a brilliant, numinous, evanescent creature for a brief, magical instant before it slips away back into the flow.” West River Publishing [Hardcover] (July 26, 2017).
  • Tying Small Flies by Ed Engle is a great guide for the fly tier. The book covers small-fly history, tying tools, and materials, as well as tips on fishing techniques that “come from Ed Engle’s 30 years of experience fishing small flies on the South Platte River.” Stackpole Books; Reprint edition [Paperback] (August 1, 2017).
  • Fishing Small Flies by Ed Engle  is a complete handbook of presentation and tactic for small-fly fishers. Engle covers strike detection, fishing hatches, water conditions, and gear. Stackpole Books; Reprint edition [Paperbac] (August 1, 2017).
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Video Hatch: “Mental Baby Poons”

This short film from RepYourWater highlights how healthy habitats create great days on the water. Via LIVITFILMS.
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Tippet: Profile of Lefty Kreh, Tying the Griffiths Gnat

  • One of the most influential personalities in the fly fishing world, Lefty Kreh has certainly left his mark. Covering everything from his army days to becoming a prolific author, King Montgomery writes about Kreh in this article via In-Fisherman.
  • The Griffiths Gnat is a classic dry fly pattern known for its effectiveness. Learn how to tie the pattern in this tutorial from Son Tao via Franken Fly.
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Tippets: Comment on Rollback of Clean Water Act, Moffat Tunnel Expansion Project, Declining Steelhead Populations in British Columbia

  • The comment period on the EPA’s proposed rule, which would rescind protections for America’s headwaters, is now open through August 28, 2018. Take time to voice your concern.
  • Denver Water has been given the green light on the Moffat Tunnel Collection System expansion project would divert an estimated 4 billion gallons per year from the Fraser River to the Front Range. “River conservation advocates say Denver’s plan is an expensive boondoggle and will further dry up the Colorado and some of its key mountain tributaries that have already been severely depleted,” writes Bob Berwyn via Project Earth.
  • A new study published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences shows that survival of young steelhead trout in ocean environments is in precipitous decline. “Declining numbers of steelhead in the rivers flowing through British Columbia, Washington state, and Oregon are troubling fishers and fisheries managers alike.” Via Phys.org.
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Video Hatch: “Fishing for Change”

This film trailer highlights a conservation story deep in the Guyana Rainforest. Via Outside.
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Tippets: Fly Fishing Beaver Island, Tenkara Rod Testing

  • In this recent article David Karczynski writes about fly fishing for carp and smallmouth bass on the flats of Beaver Island in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. “But carp are only part of the reason why some of the best, most ambitious anglers across the whole country fly into the little airport in Traverse City every year,” writes Karczynski, “The other part is Beaver Island itself.” Read more about the fishery and unique culture of the island, via My North.
  • This instructional video from the folks at Discover Tenkara outline the qualities to look for when shopping for a tenkara rod: from action and recovery to price point and craftsmanship.
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Video Hatch: “Fly Shop Strong”

Local fly shops are at “the heart and soul of fly fishing.” This short film from Rajeff Sports and ECHO Fly Fishing highlights the connection and community they provide.
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Tippets: Flies for Guyana, Tenkara Techniques

  • In this video, Oliver White and Shun Alvin talk about the different types of flies they use when fishing the rivers in the jungles of Guyana. Learn about the patterns and their design elements via Outside Magazine.
  • From the difference between fluorocarbon and nylon to getting a proper dead drift, Dr. Paul Gaskell writes a great piece on tenkara technique and tactics via Discover Tenkara.
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Video Hatch: “Jewel of the Smokies”

This trailer features a look at the upcoming documentary about native brook trout in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the anglers who chase them.
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