- Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has released a map showing the parasite that led to the deaths of thousands of whitefish in the Yellowstone River is also living in portions of the Big Hole, Jefferson, Madison, East Gallatin, Boulder, Shields and Stillwater rivers. Via The Billings Gazette.
- Under the Obama administration, wilderness areas were expanded on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front, in the Boulder-White Clouds region of Idaho and Alpine Lakes in Washington. And in the south, wilderness was protected in the Pine Grove Hills and Pine Forest Range of Nevada, the Hermosa Creek watershed near Durango, Colorado, and the Columbine Hondo in northern New Mexico. “Our 44th president proved to be a true champion who pushed many conservation measures over the finish line,” writes Jamie Williams. Via High Country News.
- Invasive grass carp have reached three of the Great Lakes, posing a serious environmental risk to the lakes and surrounding wetlands. The recent study “Binational Ecological Risk Assessment of Grass Carp for the Great Lakes Basin,” concludes that “unless actions are taken to curb the invasion of the grass carp, the ecological consequences would be devastating and would be extreme in the Great Lakes Basin within 50 years.” Via Digital Journal.
Tippets: Fish Killing Parasite Detected in Montana Rivers, Expanded Wilderness Areas, Grass Carp Invade Great Lakes
- Sometimes it takes more than a good cast and right fly to get a fish to bite. Some days, writes Louis Cahill, it’s all about the twitch. “This twitching technique works exceptionally well for fly patterns that imitate big food sources like the salmonfly and terrestrials (that often kick and flop on the surface), but it has also proven to be highly effective for smaller flies and subsurface patterns.” Read more via Gink & Gasoline.
- Dave Barron of Jacquish Hollow Angler offers his top fly picks for winter fishing in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin. For tips on everything from midges to dry flies, read more via Orvis.
- Winter is often a time when anglers turn to the vise, and Travis Hall writes about good beginning tools and techniques in this fly tying 101 article via Blue Ridge Outdoors.
- New research by neurobiologist Brian Key published in the journal Animal Sentience argues that fish do not feel pain because they lack a cortex, the region of the brain associated with complex thought. “Key argues that without a cortex a fish can’t feel the pain,” writes Rafi Letzer. “Any behavior that looks like pain avoidance is really just the result of simple one-directional mental processes. Stimulus-reaction. Prick-flee.” Via Business Insider.
The secret of the Navy Diver nymph, says Tim Flagler, may be its dark blue color, which works especially well in winter. “Although they can be tied in a variety of sizes, I like them fairly small, so here I’m going to use a JF2 size 18 Lightning Strike jig hook paired with a 7/64” slotted gold tungsten bead.”
- Devin Olsen writes about his work with Fly Fishing Team USA and his conversion from indicator nymphing to Euro nymphing. Olsen outlines the pros and cons of European nymphing methods in this article on Gink & Gasoline.
- Members of the Esox genus, specifically northern pike and muskies, have become a favorite species to catch on the fly. This article by Sasha S. Doss highlights the seven recognized species in the Esox genus, from tiger muskie to redfin pickerel. Via The Fisheries Blog.
- Unless you’re fishing familiar water, wait until you’re streamside to tie on a fly. “Base your decision on your observations and experience,” advises George C. Costa, “not what the fly du jour was in your magazine subscription this month.” Via Hatch Magazine.
- In a recent installment of the Ask the Experts series from Orvis, master anglers from the industry answer the question: “What parts of a river should I focus on for winter trout?” Read more here.