Video Hatch: “The Super Salmon”

The Susitna River in Alaska is one of the world’s largest wild salmon fisheries. But a proposed hydroelectric dam is cause for concern for the health of the watershed. This trailer shows the story of a radio-tagged king salmon that made an unexpected, unbelievable journey. Twenty minute short film coming January 2016. Via Ryan Peterson.
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Tippets: Potential World Record Muskie, Flies for Oregon’s North Coast, Flats Casting

  • Robert Hawkins, owner of Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, recently caught a potential world record muskie on a bucktail streamer. The fish measured 57 inches long, with a 26.5-inch girth, and was estimated to weigh more than 50 pounds. Read more and view video footage, via Field & Stream.
  • From sea-run cutthroat trout to smallmouth bass, the North Coast of Oregon boasts diverse fisheries. Ethan Barrow of Adventures Across Oregon outlines his top ten go-to fly patterns for targeting the multiple species of fish in the region.
  • Kent Klewein troubleshoots common casting mistakes when on the flats. Read three ways to improve your technique via Gink & Gasoline.
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Tippets: Interview with Hiaasen, Howler Brothers Giveaway, Fishing Bass Ponds

  • Bestselling author Carl Hiaasen’s writing “acts as an outlet for us, his readers, and gives us a voice,” says Monte Burke. Hiaasen talks with Burke about politics, fishing and his recurring and beloved character Skink in a recent article on Forbes.
  • Howler Brothers has kicked off a giveaway featuring a custom Howler Epic 888 rod, Topo Designs Klettersack, and a $250 gift card. Enter to win here. Winners will be announced November 20, 2015.
  • From fly size to retrieve rhythm, Kent Klewein outlines 15 tips for fly fishing bass ponds that will improve your success on the water. Via Gink & Gasoline.
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Kelly Galloup Partners with Montana Fly Company

Kelly Galloup has joined as a fly designer for Montana Fly Company. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Kelly to the team,” says Montana Fly Company president Adam Trina. “When it comes to streamers, he’s the heaviest hitter I know.

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Video Hatch: “Welcome to Iceland”

This short film highlights the landscapes and fisheries of Iceland, “a country where fish and free flowing rivers are still abundant.” Via Brothers on the Fly.
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Tippets: Fishing Without a Bobber, Choosing a Kayak, Joe Brooks on Casting

  • Kirk Deeter swore off fishing indicators for a year and writes about what he learned in a recent piece on Fly Talk. “I will strongly suggest that if you want to get really good at this sport,” he writes, “you need to take off the training wheels and really go for a ride.” Via Field & Stream.
  • Covering everything from seat style to watercraft transport, Damon Bungard of Jackson Kayak writes a two-part series on how to choose the right kayak for your fly fishing needs. Read part one here, and two here.
  • In this short piece of footage from the American Sportsman show in 1963, the legendary Joe Brooks demonstrates the double haul cast. Via Joe Brooks Documentary.
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Tippets: Guinness’s Fishy Recipe, Plastics Out to Sea, Ruling on Habitat Destruction, Op-Ed on Bristol Bay

  • The classic two century-old recipe for Guinness called for sturgeon bladders as a refining agent. Recently the company announced that in light of a growing vegetarian and vegan market they are shifting mechanical filtration. Via Gizmodo.
  • A new study published in the journal Nature finds that fibers from outerwear fabric are washing off and flowing out to sea where fish then ingest large quantities of these microscopic plastic particles. “Studies showing high quantities of synthetic microfibers in wastewater effluent and the unanswered questions around what harm they are doing to the ecosystem and public health has spurred the outdoor apparel industry to look inward.” Via Outside.
  • Three companies have been found guilty of 20 counts of destroying land and key salmon and char habitats on the British Columbia coast, through logging activities carried out in 2010. Fisheries experts say the damage could take centuries to repair. Via Vice News.
  • Michael J. Kowalski, the former chief executive of Tiffany & Company, writes an op-ed on the fight to protect Bristol Bay and the larger issue of the human and environmental cost of irresponsible mining. Via The New York Times.
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Video Hatch: “Life Beyond Walls”

In this short film the crew from Montana Wild launches drift boats down a remote, 50-mile stretch of the Bighorn River, which runs through the Crow Native American Reservation. Via Montana Wild.
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Tippets: “Dear Diary,” Fall Fishing in NYC

  • Logging the details of your fishing trips can make you a better and more knowledgeable angler. George C. Costa outlines the classic, What, Where, When, Who, Why, How, and how you can use the data to up your game on the water. Via Hatch Magazine.
  • With warm temperatures stretching into November in New York City, Monte Burke takes advantage of the weather and writes about catching late-season false albacore, what he calls “extra-inning” fish. Via Forbes.
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Video Hatch: “GEOBASS Season 2: Red Bass in Christmas Island”

In this recent episode of GEOBASS, the crew takes their around-the-world bass fishing adventure to Christmas Island and the Indian Ocean. Via Costa.
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