World’s Best Tiers at N.J. Fly Tying Symposium

Dates and location have been announced for the 2015 New Jersey Fly Tying Symposium. The annual event will be held November 21-22 at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, N.J.

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Video Hatch: “Bonacca”

This film tells the story of a few Honduran fly fishing guides from the Bay Island of Guanaja. Via Chair 8 Media.
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Tippets: Fishing Mountain Streams, Saturated Streams, Reintroductions in Yellowstone

  • In a recent post and video on The Orvis blog, Chris Franzen offers pro tips for how to find and fish small mountain streams.
  • While too much water seems still never enough in the arid West, Colorado’s wet spring and early summer can have negative effects on rivers and fish, including increased pollution and high flows that disrupt feeding patterns. Read more via Colorado TU.
  • Grayling and westslope cutthroat trout have been reintroduced to Grayling Creek in northwest Yellowstone National Park, in effort to establish native species in the Grayling Creek watershed. Via KTVQ.
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Video Hatch: “State of the Trout”

In this short film, Chris Wood talks about the first ever State of the Trout report, recently released from Trout Unlimited.
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Video Hatch: “Big Sky PMDs”

This film from Todd Moen features great footage of epic PMD hatches and good summer fishing in Montana. Via Catch Magazine.
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Tippets: Sloppy Seconds, Gender Switching Bass, Vokey’s Gear Picks

  • Being late to a trip can not only annoy your guide but also cost you fish. Louis Cahill writes about putting time to good use while waiting on clients, in a recent article via Gink and Gasoline.
  • Researchers from Rutgers University are shedding new light on the mysterious lives of black sea bass, which are “protogynous hermaphrodites,” in which fish that begin life as females can switch gender to male. Via The Fishing Wire.
  • April Vokey shares her favorite gear and gadgets for time on the water. From super glue to a Ghillie Kettle, find more of her top picks via The Wall Street Journal.
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Catskill Museum’s Summerfest and Angler’s Market

The annual Summerfest and Angler’s Market, held by The Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum, will take place on Aug. 1-2, 2015. The event will take place on the grounds of CFFCM, in Livingston Manor, NY.

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Tippets: Reeling Hand, Cuba’s Environmental Concerns, Hatchery Kill

  • Which hand to reel with gets folks riled up about the “right way” to do things. Phil Monahan shares his fishing style and technique (casting and reeling with the right hand) and why you should do what feels comfortable to you, in a recent piece on the Orvis blog.  Also see the piece Phil wrote for MidCurrent on “Right- vs. Left-Hand-Retrieve Reels.”
  • The lifting of the decades-old economic embargo against Cuba is raising concerns about the projected increase in tourism and what effects it will have on the country’s ecosystems. Via The New York Times.
  • A single fish stuck in an intake pipe cut off freshwater from coming into the raceway at the Rock Creek Hatchery in Oregon. The lack of water resulted in the death of an estimated more than 400,000 Chinook pre-smolts. Via Outdoor Hub.
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How to Tie a Light Cahill Parachute

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie a Light Cahill Parachute in this week’s featured tying video.  In addition to the standard steps, Tim shows how to use UV-cured adhesive to form an elegant, durable post and hackle on this seasonal PMD mayfly imitation.

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Tippets: Preplanning for River Trips, Eric Estrada Art Exhibit, California Water Sharing

  • Some front-end legwork can make multi-day river trips more relaxing and leave more time for actual fishing. Check out Steven Brutger’s tips for planning, preparing and packing meals. Via Stalking the Seam.
  • Everglades National Park will host an art exhibit by Eric Estrada through the month of July, with a special artist’s reception being held on Saturday, July 25 (between 3 – 5 p.m.). The exhibit will be on display at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center Gallery in the park. Via The Fishing Wire.
  • One of the most complex (and critical) issues facing California is water sharing. A recent article by Chris Clarke, in the series “The Bay Delta Project,” highlights wild steelhead and their struggle in a state with ever-increasing water woes. Via KCET.
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