Tippets: Tactics for Spring Bass, Jet Boat Ban on Pitt River, All About Brown Trout

  • Spring bass fishing can be as frustrating as it can be rewarding. Don’t miss great advice from Kent Klewein on everything from maps and sonar to forage and fly patters. Via Gink & Gasoline.
  • Two recent jet-boat accidents on the upper Pitt River, northeast of Vancouver, have prompted calls for a ban on power-operated watercraft on the Pitt. One of the accidents resulted in the death of a well-known fly angler of the area, Ron Hjorth. “This may upset a few people, but it’s time to have that river listed as unnavigable, just because it eats so many boats,” Kelly Davison, owner of Sea-Run Fly & Tackle. Via The Vancouver Sun.
  • From their introduction to the U.S. in 1883, to their earned notoriety for being a challenging quarry, Phil Monahan highlights the brown trout: their biology and effective fly fishing strategies for the species. Via Orvis.
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Video Hatch: “The Glory Map”

When conditions don’t cooperate the folks at Jazz & Fly Fishing opt for Plan B in this lovely short film.
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Tippets: BTT Membership Campaign, Madison River Dry Flies, NOAA Dam Analysis

  • Bonefish and Tarpon Trust has launched a campaign to encourage new memberships. The special introductory rate of $25 includes membership benefits as well as a limited edition BTT logo trucker hat, and will support the BTT’s mission to conserve and enhance bonefish, tarpon, and permit fisheries in the USA and around the globe.
  • As runoff comes to an end and temperatures rise, dry fly season has arrived. John Way of The Tackle Shop in Ennis, Montana, gives the rundown on his top dry fly picks for fishing the Madison River.
  • NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) and Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) have partnered to create a “Dam Impact Analysis Model,” which will help researchers understand how dams impact diadromous fish species and their population dynamics. Via The Fishing Wire.
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Video Hatch: “Summer Haze”

This short film from Montana Wild compiles all the glory that is summertime fishing.
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Tippets: Behind the Lens, Yellowstone Cutthroat Reintroduction, Telling Trout Apart

  • With photography, “The goal is to share a feeling, a moment, much more so than simply a person or a place,” writes Jess McGlothlin. Read more about McGlothlin’s process during a professional photography shoot, and what goes on behind the lens. Via Fire Girl Photography.
  • Yellowstone National Park, the U.S. Forest Service, Wyoming Game & Fish Department, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, are considering a management plan that would remove nonnative brook trout from Soda Butte Creek in order to reintroduce genetically pure native cutthroat trout. Public comments on the proposed plan are welcomed to June 19.
  • If you’ve ever wondered how to tell the sex of a trout, check out a recent post by Louis Cahill, on identifying characteristics between male and female.
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Lawsuit Delays Pebble EPA Protections

A lawsuit filed by the Pebble Limited Partnership will temporarily keep the Environmental Protection Agency’s effort to protect Bristol Bay on hold. “We hope this will be addressed as quickly as possible since tens of thousands of Alaskans who depend on Bristol Bay for jobs, income and a way of life continue suffer from the same uncertainty they have had to endure for over a decade now,” said Tim Bristol, manager for Trout Unlimited’s Alaska program.

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New Fly Fishing Books

  • Chasing Rumor: A Season Fly Fishing in Patagonia by Cameron Chambers is the chronicle of a journey to the rivers of Patagonia and their legendary (and forgotten) trophy trout. Yet this book is about much more than fish, as Chambers shows in his respect for the landscape, environment, and local culture. Patagonia (June 16, 2015).
  • On Fly-Fishing the Northern Rockies: Essays and Dubious Advice by Chadd Van Zanten and Russ Beck is a collection of writings ranging from introspective to ironic. Go with the authors as they wade the waters of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah, and “distill the purest truths of fly-fishing into essential, often humorous rules of thumb.” The History Press (June 8, 2015).
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Tippets: Planning a Trip, BTT Fundraiser, Nitrogen in Colorado’s Snowpack

  • The summer trip season has started, and Kaitlin Groundwater of Madison Valley Ranch has five pieces of great advice for anyone embarking on a fly fishing trip. From buying flies to clothing layers, read more via Orvis.
  • The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust will hold its inaugural Jackson Hole fundraiser June 30 at the Three Creek Ranch Golf Club in Jackson Hole, WY. Featured speakers will include Florida Keys legends Stu Apte, author of My Life in Fishing, and Bill Horn, author of Seasons on the Flats.
  • Nitrogen from agriculture is ending up in the snowpack of Rocky Mountain National Park. During runoff, this excess can end up in the park’s streams and lakes, impacting water quality for trout. Through a voluntary program that monitors wind direction and issues warnings, farmers are helping to lessen the harmful emissions. Read more via Colorado Public Radio.
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Fly Fishing Show Sets 2016 Dates, Locations

Dates and locations for the annual Fly Fishing Show have been announced for the 2016 season.

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Orvis Names New Company President

Orvis has announced the appointment of William R. McLaughlin as the company’s new president. “He fits our company culture like a glove,” says Orvis CEO Perk Perkins. “Bill’s leadership style, personal connection to the outdoors, and commitment to innovation and customer service all beautifully align to our company’s purpose, personality and guiding beliefs.”

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