How to Tie the Brahma Bugger

The Brahma Bugger is the subject of this week’s featured fly tying video.  As tier Tim Flagler says, “They’re a little more time consuming to tie than a standard Woolly Bugger, but to me, are well worth the effort.”

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Casting with Robin Williams

After the recent passing of Robin Williams, Jack Dennis remembers teaching the great actor and comedian how to improve his fly cast. The lesson is as funny as it is kind, as one would expect, and can be read via The Drake.

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B.C. Mine Disaster a Wake-Up Call

The recent Mount Polley Mine disaster in British Columbia is a sobering reminder of what’s at stake in Bristol Bay. “It’s a tragedy, but a tragedy we can learn from,” writes Chris Hunt. “It should give us the perspective we need to finally put the ill-conceived Pebble Mine proposed for Alaska’s salmon-rich Bristol Bay drainage to rest, once and for all.” You can read Part One, Part Two and Part Three in a blog series via the Trout Unlimited blog.

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Video Hatch: “Hooké à Gaspé!”

This film short features footage from a six-day trip on the York, Dartmouth and Saint-Jean rivers searching for Atlantic salmon. Via Hooké.

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Tippets: Streamer Presentation, Rising Temps & Small Streams, Extended-Body Mayfly Tying

  • Even if you’re drifting a streamer, presentation matters. Louis Cahill outlines why in a recent post on Gink & Gasoline.
  • Climate change is impacting small streams and trout feeding behavior. Bob Unnasch, director of science for The Nature Conservancy, writes a piece in Idaho Nature Notes on his observations of Silver Creek and Redband trout in rising water temperatures and what anglers should do in light of these changes.
  • Extended-body mayflies are beautiful but can be intimidating to tie. Matt Grobert of Tightlines Productions recently put together a helpful instructional tying video for an Extended-Body Light Cahill pattern that is approachable and easy, without compromising on looks.
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Video Hatch: “The Easy Road”

This short film from Waist Deep Media features spectacular shots of the fish and scenery of Washington state.

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Tippets: Largemouth Bass Tips, Conserving Household Water, Backcountry Confidence

  • From biology to suggested flies and tactics, Phil Monahan’s covers the bases in a recent article about largemouth bass. Perfect information for mid-summer.
  • A study published in the journal Environment examines well-researched solutions for conserving water in your home. From upgrading technology and appliances to changes of behavior and habit, we can all do our part to help keep water in rivers and reservoirs. Via NewsWatch, National Geographic.
  • Remote backcountry waters can be a refuge from the crowds and picky fish of large western rivers.  “ In my experience,” writes Grant Alban, “there is no better place to boost your confidence, to make you feel like you deserve your own Simms sponsorship than in the backcountry.” Via Backcountry Hungers & Anglers.
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Desert Dust & Oceans

New research out of the University of South Carolina is shedding light on iron levels in the world’s oceans, revealing that “life in the deep ocean depended on an annual delivery of fertilizer from one of the world’s emptiest and most parched regions”: the Sahara Desert. And at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, researchers are linking bacteria and minerals in dust from the Sahara desert to the Bahama Banks ecosystem. Via Adventure Journal and New Scientist.

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Video Hatch: “The Russian River: The Value of an American Watershed”

This short film from highlights the conflicts and challenges of the Russian River watershed in California wine country.

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New Fly Fishing Books

  • 101 Favorite Nymphs and Wet Flies: History, Tying Tips, and Fishing Strategies by David Klausmeyer is a book for the beginner to experienced angler, and compiles detailed pattern recipes and photos, along with historical information and techniques for fishing wet flies and nymphs. Skyhorse Publishing (August 5, 2014).
  • The Book of Fly Patterns: Over 1,000 Patterns for the Construction of Artificial Flies by Eric Leiser is a compilation of classic and contemporary patterns from some of the most innovative fly tiers. Including flies for trout to bass and dry flies to baitfish patterns, this book is a great reference for fly tiers of every level. Skyhorse Publishing (August 5, 2014).
  • Along the Battenkill by William A. Cormier provides a historical look at the famous Battenkill River, which has drawn anglers to the area since the 1800s. Cormier combines photography with stories and legends from the region, into an interesting book for anglers and non-anglers alike. Arcadia Publishing, Images of America (August 4, 2014).
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