New eBook: Chris Santella’s “The Tug is the Drug”

Well-known for his “Fifty Places” series of books, author Chris Santella’s first-person accounts of the places he has traveled, fish he has chased and characters he has met along the way can now be read in a new compilation of essays titled The Tug is the Drug, which was just published by MidCurrent and Headwater Books.

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Josh Graffam Joins Umpqua Feather Merchants

Umpqua Feather Merchants has announced that Josh Graffam, guide and current member of Fly Fishing Team USA, will be joining their team as key account and international accounts manager.

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Court Rules That Elwha Hatchery Releases Violate NEPA

In a huge win for wild fish, hatchery programs approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that plan to release over 7.5 million hatchery raised fish into the Elwha River, have been ruled a violation of the National Environmental Policy Act.

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First-Ever Fly Fishing Sex Survey

Researchers have just released significant new data on the potential impact of fly fishing on human sexual behavior.  As Scott Bowen writes in his MidCurrent exclusive report, the results are somewhat surprising and may arouse further research.

The Federal Institute of Human Sexuality and Sexual Health (FIHSSH) surveyed 2 million American fly fishers.  The study, often conducted streamside, asked four basic questions and did not select for gender or sexual preference: 1. How satisfied are you with your sex life? 2. How often do you engage in sexual activity with a partner? 3. What would you change about your sex life? 4. What is your main fly-fishing endeavor? The results were collected over a period of four years and are reported for the first time this morning.

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Video Hatch: “Short & Sweet”

Topwater takes are always fun and impressive, as proven in this footage of fishing for Australian Bass in the Orara River from Stu Murphy.

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Tippets: Spring Spawning, Streamer Tactics, Exporting Asian Carp

  • Tread lightly when fishing this spring, and be aware of spawning redds in the gravel underfoot. Read more about what to look out for via The Current Stream.
  • From knot preference to patterns and depth, Tim Romano offers advice on streamer tactics and techniques for early spring streamer fishing via Field & Stream.
  • A processing plant in western Kentucky is taking the Asian carp invasion into their own hands, and are capitalizing on a market for the fish in China. As it stands, “Almost all federal funding for Asian carp management goes to the Great Lakes,” explains Whitney Jones on NPR. “Meanwhile, officials in Kentucky are looking for their own solutions — including adding another processing plant.”
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Fishing Hall-of-Famer Passes on Kype Magazine Publishing Torch

George Douglas of the online fly fishing magazine “Kype” has announced Aileen Lane as new publisher/owner. “I believe Aileen is an up-and-coming star in the fishing industry and I am proud that “Kype” will run that course with her,” says Douglas.

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How to Tie Art Flick’s Classic Red Quill

Matt Grobert ties Art Flick’s Classic Red Quill in this week’s featuring fly tying video.  It’s a great pattern to have in the box for those early spring Hendricksons that are only a couple of weeks away.

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World Fishing Network to Air “Fifty Best Places to Fly Fish” Series

The World Fishing Network has announced a series based on the books Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die and Fifty More Places to Fly Fish Before You Die by author Chris Santella. The episodes will be hosted by Conway Bowman and will include profiles of premier fishing destinations as well as insight from local anglers.  Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die will air beginning in January 2015. 

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Water Flows in Colorado River Delta for First Time in 50 Years

The gates at Morelos Dam on the Mexico-Arizona border were opened on Sunday March 23, allowing water to flow into the Colorado River Delta for the first time in over fifty years. “It took a long time for the institutions that manage the Colorado River to make this happen,” writes Jennifer Pitt on National Geographic NewsWatch. “Now we have the chance to see how long it takes the river to move downstream, and how far it goes.”

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