Video Hatch: “Fly Tying Legend Jack Gartside, Forever a Boy”

Journalist Chuck Kraemer profiles fly tying legend Jack Gartside in this film from Greater Boston PBS.

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Video Hatch: “Wild Fish Works: Oregon Coast (Official Trailer)”

This film from Russell Schnitzer and Alan Moore shows the importance of wild fish to not only anglers, but to the environment, culture and economy. The full-length film will soon be released and available via Wild Fish Works.

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Reading Hemingway’s Fishing Logs

Along with a team of US researchers, John and Patrick Hemingway, grandsons of author Ernest Hemingway, are on a tour of Cuba to encourage closer ties between the two countries. They had hoped to gain access to Hemingway’s detailed  fishing logs, which scientists see as a potentially valuable source of knowledge about the Cojimar area’s predatory game fish populations. And while Cuba’s National Cultural Heritage Council refused access to the closely guarded writings, they stated they “will work to let researchers see them eventually.”

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Video Hatch: “Northern Fly Fishing”

From planning a trip to its culmination and reflection, this short film from Whip Fly Fishing captures the thrill of chasing pike with a fly rod.

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Tippets: Magic of Rivers, Landing Solo, Comment on Oregon Scenic Waterways

  • Even when life is good, writes Jess McGlothlin, rivers can make it better. And when work and stress pile up, rivers can carry that all away. Read more of McGlothlin’s essay via ChiWulff.
  • Landing a large fish without a net or the help of a fishing partner can be challenging, to put it mildly.  Ross Purnell goes over the “slip-and-grab” technique for just such occasions in a recent post on Fly Fisherman.
  • The open comment period on the 2014 Scenic Waterways Assessment, which would designate segments of the Molalla, Chetco and Grande Ronde rivers into Oregon’s network of Scenic Waterways, will be held until October 15, 2014. Take action to show your support for these rivers.
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Umpqua Names Luke Wennik Marketing Manager

Umpqua Feather Merchants has announced the promotion of Luke Wennik to marketing manager. Wennik has been an instrumental member of the Umpqua team through the recent implementation of their new logo, packaging, and packs and bags line launch. “We’re fortunate to have someone with Luke’s experience and skills on our team,” says Umpqua President and CEO Jeff Fryhover.

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Tippets: Deschutes River Challenges, “Part Huck Finn,” Top Nymphing Techniques

  • Warmer water temperatures, algae blooms, fewer insect hatches are all impacting the ecosystem and fishery of the Deschutes River. Dave Moskowitz of Deschutes River Alliance talks with Mia Sheppard on Metalheads, about what is being done to monitor water quality and fish populations.
  • Author Ron Rash looks back on his journey to becoming a writer and his childhood in the Blue Ridge Mountains and its trout streams, which was “part Huck Finn and part Fern Hill,” he writes in a recent piece on Garden & Gun.
  • From changing flies to placement on the river, and turning over stones to line control, Martha Goodrich goes over some important techniques and tactics for nymphing.
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Scott Hed Named FR&R’s Angler of the Year

Scott Hed, director of The Sportman’s Alliance and one of the key leaders in the fight against the Pebble Mine, has been named Angler of the Year by Fly Rod & Reel magazine.  He was selected “For his dedication and perseverance in the protection of millions of acres of critical fish habitat, for standing nose-to-nose with the titans of industry and never blinking,” writes Zach Matthews for Fly Rod & Reel.

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Smithsonian on Saving Skagit Salmon

The Skagit River watershed is home to five species of wild Pacific salmon: chinook, chum, pink, sockeye and coho, as well as steelhead. However, all are facing a threatened future due to climate change, invasive species and habitat degradation. “The controversies surrounding salmon are complicated,” writes Priscilla Long in a recent article on the human impact to salmon populations. Yet she sees reason for hope and a chance to save these icons of the Pacific Northwest. Read more via Smithsonian Magazine.

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Video Hatch: “Browns Canyon-Colorado”

This film from Trout Unlimited shows the importance of protecting Browns Canyon with National Monument status.

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