Despite increased awareness, care, and legislation, over-fishing continues to devastate ocean fish populations. This documentary presents an engaging look at what’s at stake.
- Guide and owner of Linehan Outfitting Co. Tim Linehan highlights three tips for improving your backcast—which will in turn improve your overall casting skill and success on the water.
- After a recent Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission meeting, Charles Witek details the decisions and concern over decrease in the striped bass population, and “and what may—or may not—happen in the future.” Via Surfcaster’s Journal.
- Wild steelhead are one of the most vulnerable species of fish, at risk from threats both natural and man-made. And recently, biologists discovered disturbing evidence that when catch and release anglers let fish go, they don’t necessarily survive. Read more about what the researchers discovered to improve survival rates, applicable to all fish species, via Gink & Gasoline.
A special screening of “Kiss the Water,” a documentary on the life of Atlantic Salmon fly tier Megan Boyd, will be shown at the ArtsQuest Center’s Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas in Bethlehem, Pa., on Dec. 17, 7:15 p.m, in partnership ArtsQuest and the Lehigh Valley’s Trout Unlimited chapters to raise funds for local streamside habitat improvement.
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Fort Collins, CO-based Pig Farm Ink took a cue from the Food Network and is hosting a series of “Iron Fly” events. “With more drinking and lots of yelling,” writes Geoff Mueller, “contestants are presented with mystery ingredients from which they craft flies to be scrutinized and judged.” Read more about these unique events and their plan to go nationwide via The Drake.
Some of the best places are the hardest to get to and in this case require a helicopter drop, as shown in this film short from Brothers on the Fly.
- Trophy fish are tempting keep as just that, trophies. Davin Ebanks examines the reasoning for letting the big ones get away. Via FlatsWalker.
- Christopher Joyce reports on an unlikely alliance in western Montana: fly shop owner and conservationist Kathy Schoendoerfer, and cattle rancher Randy Mannix. Both battling changing climate and dwindling water resources. Via NPR.
- As autumn draws large brown trout out of reservoirs and lakes into inlets to spawn, the annual string of anglers follow. Some recent photos posted by a Front Range Colorado fly shop have resulted in a serious discussion of ethics and how we chase our quarry. Ben McGee lays out the issue on the Front Range Anglers blog.
- Tenkara flies are tied with a distinct reversed hackle. Recently, Daniel Galhardo took some time to explain the reason behind the design on Tenkara USA.
- Results from recent surveys conducted by biologists on the Elwha River reveal the largest run of Chinook salmon in decades. Read more on the Kitsap Sun.
- Lawyers representing The Professional Tarpon Tournament Series are back in court, attempting to force Florida Sportsmen, a popular outdoors forum, to release names and other personal information contained in its corporate database. Via Save the Tarpon.
The prairies of the Great Plains are being transformed to farm fields for biofuels. But this grassland conversion to corn and soy is at great expense to wildlife habitat and wetlands, states a new report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. Bob Marshall details the impacts on Field & Stream, and Chet Brokaw and Jack Gillum explore the issue in a recent piece in Time Magazine.