Video Hatch: “Fly Fishing for Wild Kamchatka Rainbow Trout”

In this short film, Tailwaters staff photographer Matt Jones and crew joined Oliver White, Christiaan Pretorius, Greg Kennedy, and others for some of the best fly fishing for trout in the world located in eastern Russia.
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New Fly Fishing Books

  • Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table by Langdon Cook tells the story of an iconic fish, and perhaps the last great wild food: salmon. In Upstream, Cook covers all sides of the issue, from sport anglers to tribal fishermen, and writes a detailed view about “how these beloved fish have nourished humankind through the ages and why their destiny is so closely tied to our own.” Ballantine Books, Hardcover (May 30, 2017).
  • The Orvis Guide to Hatch Strategies: Successful Fly Fishing for Trout Without Always Matching the Hatch by Tom Rosenbauer is a comprehensive guide to one of the most intimidating aspects of the sport: understanding hatches. Chapter topics include: entomology, how trout feed, how currents affect trout, how to read the water, how to predict hatches and find trout feeding on them, as well as information on fly patterns and selection. Universe, Hardcover  (May 23, 2017).

See all the new fly fishing books in the MidCurrent Store

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How to Tie the Last Walt’s

The Last Walt’s is a fly that can imitate just about anything, from a caddis larva, to scuds, sow bugs, cranefly larvae, even mayfly nymphs. “When the fly gets wet,” says tier Tim Flagler, “the bright thread wraps become even more visible beneath the fur, giving the fly a unique and natural look.”  Watch him demonstrate how to tie this versatile pattern.

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Tippets: Getting the Most from Fly Reels, Runoff in the Rockies

  • Setting the drag correctly to the species of fish you’re targeting can help you be more efficient on the water. Louis Cahill writes about how to get the most out of your fly reel in this recent article. “In the old days, fly reel drag did little more than help prevent backlash, but today’s reels are effective fish-fighting machines designed to land fish efficiently.” Via Gink & Gasoline.
  • Runoff in the Rockies can create difficult fishing conditions. Dave Brown of Dave Brown Outfitters outlines tactics and techniques for managing challenging and changing spring conditions in this article via Orvis.
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Video Hatch: “Here to Stay”

This film from Max Romey features the breathtaking scenery of fishing Puget Sound.
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Tippets: Tips on Buying Waders, Top Sowbug Patterns

  • From material to fit and form, choosing waders can be an overwhelming task. This article from Wading Lab helps sort through factors to weigh in your decision. “This buying guide will give you the basic outlines of the popular types and variations and will point out which waders perform best under different conditions, no matter if it’s fly fishing or duck hunting.”
  • Sowbugs provide a consistent food source for fish in tailwater rivers and spring creeks. In this recent article Steve Galletta of the Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Lodge outlines some of the best sowbug patterns to have in your box. Via Orvis.
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Video Hatch: “A Day’s Work”

This short film from Bryant Patterson provides great footage of a full day on the water chasing smallmouth bass.
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Tippets: Fishing the Grand Slam in Belize, Fly Tying Starter Kits

  • Jon Gluck writes about his pursuit of the elusive Grand Slam, “catching three of the sport’s most coveted prizes — bonefish, permit and tarpon — in the same fishery, on the same day or trip.” One of the best places for such a feat are the waters of Belize at El Pescador Resort. Read more via The New York Times.
  • If you are looking to start tying your own flies, don’t miss this great article by Sara Golden, which outlines the tools and resources you will need, as well as compares standard beginner kits on the market. Via Wading Lab.
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Video Hatch: “Journey On”

In the summer of 2015, filmmakers Aimee Savard and Chase Bartee packed up their belongings, moved into their 1985 Volkswagen Westfalia, and left their home in Massachusetts. The goal? To make their way to Montana, and spend as much time as humanly possible exploring, fly fishing, and documenting their travels. Continue reading

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Tippets: Buys that Give Back, Interview with Richard Franklin

  • In this article Hilary Hutcheson highlights fly fishing gear from companies that give back to worthy causes. From public land access to wild steelhead, Costa’s Kick Plastic campaign to Casting for Recovery, check out a list of gear and apparel you can feel good about buying. Via Gear Junkie.
  • In a recent Fly Fishing Consultant Podcast, host Rob Snowhite talks with Richard Franklin, a self-described trout bum and expert angler, who shares stories and secrets to success on the water.  Listen to the conversation via iTunes.
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