New Protections for Headwaters

Headwater streams were once protected under the Clean Water Act, until the 2000s when a U.S. Supreme Court ruling left them vulnerable to development. This year though, things might change, with a proposed rule that would once again protect these delicate and important ecosystems. Chris Hunt explains the details and ways you can help (including a public comment period) in a recent article on Hatch Magazine.

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Video Hatch: “Hank Patterson’s 8 Steps To Better Nymph Fishing”

Hank Patterson is back on the river in this film short, where he shares always amusing tips and tricks for nymphing.

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Tippets: Mending Line, Yukon River Salmon, Cases of Art

  • Line mending is important not only for achieving good drifts, but also as a tool for giving lifelike movement to flies. Phil Monahan explains the technique in a recent post on the Orvis blog.
  • The Chinook salmon fishery of the Yukon River has suffered decline since 1998. “There’s been some great efforts to increase money and manpower for research projects,” says Stephanie Schmidt, fishery research biologist. “But if we’re going to understand the broad picture on the Yukon, we’re going to need more.” Read more from Ben Goldfarb on High Country News.
  • In a recent interview, bamboo tenkara rod case maker Richard Kolodny talks with Jason Klass about the process and design that goes into his detailed work. Via Tenkara Talk.
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Tippets: Summer Trout, Ocean Acidification, Storm Safety

  • Come summer, fish in pressured fisheries become educated and wary. Kirk Deeter has some sage advice on strategies for catching big trout mid-summer. Via Field & Stream.
  • Ocean waters are seeing rising acidity levels, caused by rising rates of carbon dioxide. This change is killing shellfish and could cause neurological changes in fish populations as well, say scientists. But there is good work being done to fight the impacts and help species adapt and recover. Via Pacific Standard.
  • Severe weather often hits while out on the water, and Mike Sepelak has a timely reminder about lightning: don’t mess with it. “Live to fish another day.” Via Hatch Magazine.
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Video Hatch: “Tall Tails”

This preview for “Tall Tails: Legend of the Gurgler” features some great footage of chasing redfish on the flats outside Charleston, South Carolina. Via Flyline Media.

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Tippets: Traveling Tenkara, “Good” Invasive Species?, Choosing a Tarpon Line

  • Founder and CEO of Tenkara USA Daniel Galhardo talks travel in a recent interview on YouInc.
  • New research published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences suggests that even “beneficial” non-native species, such as the grass carp, can be detrimental to specific ecosystems. Via Conservation Magazine.
  • Don’t miss the most recent film from RIO Porducts, with Zack Dalton explaining the features of RIO’s three tarpon line series and which line is right for your needs.
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“Conservation Means Sharing”

The recently launched Regional Conservation Partnership Program by the United States Department of Agriculture is a new effort towards an old problem: sharing resources. With growing populations and drought conditions across the West, that means expanding partnerships to boost investments in clean water, soil and wildlife conservation projects. Continue reading

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Video Hatch: “Viking Pathways”

This beautiful film short from Vaidas Uselis explores Sweden off the beaten path, its many rivers and small streams.

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Tippets: Striking Silver, Value of Wetlands, Crowded Out

  • Tosh Brown details how to nail the hook set for tarpon: don’t trout set. Especially if you are new to saltwater fishing, read his sage advice for “striking silver.”
  • Whether it’s used for a shopping mall or bird nesting ground, wetlands have monetary value, and new research points to their clear worth as an intact ecosystem. “Wetlands do vital work,” writes Sandra Postel. “They recharge groundwater, keep rivers and lakes clean by filtering out pollutants, and provide habitat for birds and wildlife.”
  • Popular rivers become so for specific reasons: the fishery, the landscape, the locale. In a recent post on Gink & Gasoline, Louis Cahill writes about how to successfully fish crowded waters.
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Tippets: Line Management, Hatchery on the Au Sable, Five Stages of Growth

  • In an instructional short film from Fly Fisherman, Joe Mahler demonstrates line management techniques, without the use of a stripping basket.
  • Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality issued a permit to allow a fish hatchery operator to increase production along the Au Sable River, despite concerns from anglers that increased phosphorus discharges from the hatchery could harm the watershed. Via The Detroit Free Press.
  • Todd Tanner explains the “Five Stages of Fly Fishing,” from simply catching to tracking size. Eras each one of us will go through, “at least if we stick around long enough to move up the ladder.”
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