Fly Anglers to Gather in Smokies for Wilderness Wild Life Week

Wilderness Wild Life Week will be held January 24- 31st the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. 2015 marks the second year a fly fishing program was added to the lineup of classes and activities, which includes a diversity of programs ranging from raptor rehabilitation to fly tying.

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Video Hatch: “Superstition”

Stalking muskies on the fly is an exercise in patience, persistence and passion, as shown in this short film from David Goodrich.

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Recovering from “The Bends”

Known to divers as “the bends,” a condition called barotrauma also affects deepwater fish, occurring when the fish is brought from deep water to the surface too quickly. Chris Lowe, a marine scientist at California State, Long Beach, discovered that the mortality rate of fish with barotrauma is drastically lowered when they are released with descending devices. Lowe and The Sportfishing Conservancy are working on angler education about these devices and their implementation to protect catch and release fish and bycatches. Via NPR.

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Video Hatch: “Red Tide”

This short film from Casting Tales features some great footage of chasing redfish on the fly on the Upper Texas Coast.

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Tippets: Tips for Winter Steelhead, Identifying Suitable Streams, Fishing for India’s Mahseer

  • From where to look to how to wade, Tom Larimer details tips for success with winter steelhead in a recent piece on Hatch Magazine.
  • A new model developed by researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will help identify stream sections suitable for native brook trout. The model is based on data collected by state fisheries managers, and is linked to GIS maps of streams from Maine to Georgia. Via Science Daily.
  • A report from Justin Witt on fly fishing for mahseer in India will have you anxious to plan a trip to the Himalayas. Via Just Another Day in Patagonia.
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How to Tie a Hi-Vis Coachman

Tim Flagler ties a pattern authored by Phil Monahan in this week’s featured tying video. Phil’s Hi-Vis Coachman is the perfect fly for tumbling freestone streams.  Tim includes some excellent tips on using deer hair and large and small hair stackers.

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New Fly Fishing Books

  • Spey Flies & How to Tie Them by Bob Veverka is an essential reference book for spey anglers. Veverka gives detailed step-by-step instructions with color plates, pattern recipes, tying techniques, tips for choosing materials, as well as the history and background on classic spey patterns. Stackpole Books (January 15, 2015).
  • Tying the Founding Flies by Mike Valla is a detailed book on the rich heritage of fly patterns and the early designs that revolutionized the sport in America. Valla includes step-by-step instructions and photo tutorials for 21 classic patterns, as well as tips for fishing these historic flies today. Stackpole/Headwater (January 15, 2015).
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Video Hatch: “Mongolia”

The newest film from RA Beattie is shot in the wilds of Mongolia and will premiere in the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour.

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15th Annual Islamorada SailFly Championship Results

Fly anglers gathered in Florida on January 7-8 for the 15th Annual Islamorada SailFly Championship. Scott Lund and Justin Maker aboard Captain Alex Adler’s Kalex took home first place in the fly-only championship.

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Bruce Chard and Kelly Galloup Join Airflo Design Team

Airflo has announced Bruce Chard and Kelly Galloup will join their Design Team in 2015. Both Chard and Galloup have new lineseries available in the 2015 product lineup.

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