AFFTA Announces New Grant Program

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association has announced a new funding arm of the organization, The Fisheries Fund, which is focused on furthering fly fishing conservation and educational organizations and programs. Grant proposals for the fund can begin being submitted immediately.

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Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Symposium and Art Fest Nov. 7-8

The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust will hold their annual International Symposium at the IGFA Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, FL. The event will feature science presentations, clinics and demonstrations, as well as an inaugural Art and Film Festival.

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In Praise of Public Lands

After family land was lost to mining development, Tom Reed discovered the importance of public land. “Our family lost the ranch in 1979. But my soul and my thirst for hunting and fishing did not die that year,” he writes. “Instead, I shifted, thrived and flourished.” Read more of his powerful essay via Trout Unlimited.

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Returning to Roots: Tom McGuane

Called the “voice of an outdoor generation,” Tom McGuane is still fishing hard and writing well after many books and decades. In a recent profile on the legendary author and angler, Chris Dorsey talks to McGuane about his return to small stream fishing and, ultimately, to his roots. Via Sporting Classics.

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Video Hatch: “Brackish Pikes”

From Denmark comes this nice short film of fly fishing for northern pike. Via Inwaders Media.

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Tippets: Bruun Interviews Morrish, Trinity Emergency Releases for Salmon, DIY Boat Box

  • From operating Flywater Travel to designing signature flies, Ken Morrish talks about his life in fly fishing with Paul Bruun in a recent article in The Jackson Hole News & Guide.
  • A federal judge has ruled that emergency water releases from a Trinity River reservoir that are helping to keep flows up to support populations of wild Klamath salmon will continue. “The court again recognized the scientific basis for the supplemental releases, and the best decision was made for the resource and the fishery,” said Susan Masten, vice chairwoman of the Yurok Tribe. Via The Times-Standard.
  • For an easy DIY boat box, check out the recent post by Ben Smith of Arizona Wanderings for step-by-step instructions.
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Flies, Films and Foam

The upcoming “Flies, Films and Foam” event will feature films from the F3T as well as never-before-seen footage. All proceeds from ticket sales as well as $1 for every beer sold at the event will go to benefit Casting 4 a Cure. Tickets for the September 25th event at Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, CO can be purchased online, as well as at the Tasty Weasel Tap Room, Laughing Grizzly Fly Shop, Rocky Mountain Anglers and Front Range Anglers.

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Tippets: Consumerism and Fly Fishing, Eel River Gone Dry, “Eggie Special” History

  • Founder of Tenkara USA Daniel Galhardo wites a thoughtful piece on consumerism and fly fishing, discussing how fly fishing and other activities don’t have to be mutually exclusive.  Read more via Gink & Gasoline.
  • Water in California’s Eel River has stopped flowing. A recent video on SF Gate shows the severity of the situation.
  • Fly patterns often have interesting beginnings as well as evolution. In a recent post on Franken Fly, Paul Beel straightens out the story and recipe for the Michigan pattern, the “Eggie Special.”
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Bonefish: “Ghost Stories” Field Work Update

Important scientific studies on bonefish behavior and movement continue to be researched in the Grand Bahamas both Bonefish and Tarpon Trust (BTT), and the Fisheries Conservation Foundation (FCF). However, what has been missing is local knowledge. The research of PhD Candidate Tom Karrow aims to fill that void and focuses on the environmental knowledge of veteran guides and elders of the area, working with together to create fisheries habitat maps and archive local knowledge. Karrow’s research will be put together in his project “Ghost Stories.” Read more in a field work update on Fly Life Magazine.

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Kayaking the San Joaquin

This summer, CNN columnist John D. Sutter embarked on a three-week, 417-mile journey down the “most endangered” river in America, the San Joaquin River in California, to raise awareness about the dangers facing this watershed in an “era of dead rivers.” As he writes, now is “a time when they’ve been so dammed, diverted and overused that many of them simply cease to flow.” Recently he completed this project and wrote a final article about trip. Read more via CNN.

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