Tippets: Shorelines with April Vokey, Sharpen Up Your Angling Skills, Tenkara Winter Series

  • The first episode of April Vokey’s “Shorelines” can now be viewed freely online via The World Fishing Network. The series chronicles Vokey’s journey as she researches the evolution of steelhead and salmon fishing, “the people, the places, the stories,” in preparation for her lifelong goal of authoring a book on the subject.
  • From learning new casting techniques to acquiring savvy internet searching skills, Kip Vieth of Wildwood Float Trips outlines pointers for improving all-around as an angler.
  • Hosted by Zen Fly Fishing and held in Loveland, CO, the second “Tenkara Winter Series” will be held March 21, 2015. The event will feature fly tying, casting and product demos, along with featured speakers and Q&A sessions.
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BSA Fly Fishing Merit Badges

As part of the 2015 Virginia Fly Fishing Festival, free Boy Scouts of America Fly Fishing Merit Badges will be offered at the event. The BSA merit badge program is helped funded by a larger outreach program geared towards children through a sponsorship by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing Program. For more information, visit the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival website.

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Video Hatch: “Foggy Bayou, FL”

See some stunning shots of fly fishing for redfish on foggy spring days in this short film from Shallow Water Expeditions.

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Tippets: Family Fishing, “The Current,” Gill Lice on Brook Trout

  • Spending time with your family on the water can be a great experience. However, it can also take some convincing. Ryan Newman of Rocky Mountain Outfitters writes about how to get your children interested in and hooked on fly fishing in a recent article via Orvis.
  • Trout’s Fly Fishing shop recently released a new online publication. The first issue of “The Current” features work from John Gierach, Louis Cahill, Tom Rosenbauer and Jim Klug, among others.
  • Gill lice are being found on brook trout at an ever increasing rate, and warmer stream temperatures could be to blame, explains senior scientist at Trout Unlimited Jack Williams. Read more on what you can do to help researchers monitor brook trout populations, via TU.
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How to Tie a Wally Wing Rusty Spinner

Bruce Corwin ties the featured fly pattern of the week, a Wally Wing Rusty Spinner.  The Wally Wing style of tying wings, developed by Canadian Wally Lutz, is ideal for imitating the spinner stage of the mayfly.

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Video Hatch: Kelly Galloup Talks Leaders for Streamer Fishing

Streamer expert Kelly Galloup gives the lowdown on what kind of leader to use for what type of fly line when streamer fishing. Continue reading

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Video Hatch: In Conversation with Thomas McGuane

Tom Brokaw recently interviewed author Thomas McGuane about his newest collection of short stories, “Crow Fair.” The conversation took place and was filmed at Strand Bookstore in New York City. Continue reading

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Tippets: Catching Wild Trout, Benefit of Beavers, Casting Sink Tips

  • Stocked fish and wild fish behave and feed differently. In a recent article Zach Matthews outlines ten good strategies for stalking wild fish, whether cutthroats in the West or brook trout in the East, via Itinerant Angler.
  • The science is in, writes S. Chris Hunt, and beavers are beneficial for trout. And while historically it hasn’t always been agreed upon, “It’s good to see that science, agriculture and recreation are coming around to the beneficial impacts beavers can have on watersheds, both for the good of the environment and the good of the fishing,” writes Hunt. Via Hatch Magazine.
  • In a recent video from Rajeff Sports, Dec Hogan demonstrates techniques for better management of sink tips to improve sustained anchor casting. View more here.
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Video Hatch: “Diaries Of A Musky Addict”

This short trailer features teasers from the upcoming documentary from Austin Green Photography about the people and culture of “Pursuing Esox.”

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New Fly Fishing Books

  • The Best Carp Flies: How to Tie and Fish Them by Jay Zimmerman is the first comprehensive book on tying flies for carp. Featuring over 20 patterns from anglers such as Barry Reynolds to Bob Clouser, Zimmerman presents a historical overview of fly fishing for carp in the United States, as well as over 600 step-by-step photos as well as technical strategies for catching carp on the fly. Stackpole/Headwater (March 1, 2015).
  • A Guide’s Guide to Fly-Fishing Mistakes: Common Problems and How to Correct Them by Sara Low is a guide through observations of the most common mistakes made by anglers. Low, a seasoned fly fishing guide, offers remedies to freshwater anglers on everything from approaching fish to casting, hooksets and seasonal strategies. Skyhorse Publishing (March 3, 2015).
  • Production Fly Tying: 3rd Edition by A. K. Best has been hailed as “a bible of invaluable secrets” by Field & Stream. Originally released in 1989, the third edition of this classic resource presents Best’s experience and knowledge to a new generation. “Production Fly Tying” offers instruction on topics ranging from tips on materials, choosing the right tools, tying techniques, and setting an efficient tying workspace. Stackpole Books; 3 edition (March 1, 2015).
  • Fly-Fish the Surf by Lee R. Baermann is an approachable distillation of the author’s over 40-years of experience. From different species you’ll encounter to finding good structure, choosing the right flies to learning new techniques, Baermann’s book covers everything you’ll need to know for finding “success out on wet sand.” Frank Amato Publications (March 9, 2015).
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