American Fly Fishing Trade Association Elects New Board Members

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association has announced four new board members. Larry Barrett of Farbank (Sage, Redington, RIO), Ben Kurtz of Fishpond, Michael White of Blue Ribbon Reps and Shawn Combs of Orvis will each serve three-year terms, to help promote sustained growth for the fly fishing industry.

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Call to End Trophy Fishing of Threatened Species

The authors of a new research study published in Marine Policy present evidence in support of a halt to the International Game Fish Association’s practice of awarding weight-based world records for fish species threatened with extinction. “If the IGFA stopped issuing records that implicitly require killing the fish for IUCN Red List Threatened species, it would immediately reduce fishing pressure on the largest individuals,” the authors write. “So long as there are incentives to catch the largest, oldest, most fecund and fittest individuals within a population, recreational fishing pressure will continue to target these fish and likely exacerbate population declines.” Via Science Insider.

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Video Hatch: “Small Streaming”

This beautiful short film of three brothers reunited on the water reminds us to make every season and moment with family count. Via Brothers on the Fly.

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Tippets: Fatten Up Flies, Fish Listener, Forest Service Called Out on Groundwater

  • Traditionally, soft hackle Tenkara flies are tied with slim bodies for a sleek, attractive profile. But Jason Klass re-examines the practice and gives us four good reasons to fatten up our flies.
  • Harun Muhammad is one of Malaysia’s last “fish listeners.” However, his skills and commercial fishing work is becoming harder after decades of overfishing in the South China Sea. “When you listen, it is like through a looking glass,” says Muhammad. Via
  • While it’s a good first step, the newly proposed Forest Service “Directive” doesn’t go far enough to protect groundwater supplies. Marcus Griswold explains the details and what you can do to comment on the proposal, via NRDC’s Switchboard.
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Video Hatch: “GEOBASS: Botswana”

In this fifth episode in Costa’s GEOBASS series, the adventure ranges from surviving hippo attacks to incredible footage of African tigerfish and golden bass.

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Tippets: FishSens Magazine, Tailings Cleanup, Michigan Flies

  • The new web site FishSens Magazine provides in-depth information on current fisheries science and management issues, and “aims to keep professional anglers and fishery researchers up to date on developments in their industries.”
  • Cleanup from Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley tailings disaster could cost up to $500 million. And while the company is responsible for that amount, concerns are rising about their ability to pay. Via The Vancouver Observer.
  • With a recent vote of confidence as the top fly fishing state in the nation, Chuck Hawkins of Hawkins Outfitters outlines the ten best flies for fishing Michigan waters in a recent post on the Orvis blog.
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Brent Bauer Named Director of Product Management at Umpqua Feather Merchants

For the past 14 years, Brent Bauer has worked as director of operations and production for Umpqua Feather Merchants and will now be taking on a new role as director of product management for the company.

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How to Tie a Clouser Minnow (Saltwater Version)

In this week’s featured fly tying video Tim Flagler shows how to tie a saltwater version of the venerable Clouser Minnow on a size 2/0 hook. “If I could have only one fly to fish in saltwater,” says Flagler, ”this would be it and nothing else even comes close.”

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Bristol Bay River Academy

The Bristol Bay River Academy teaches local students essential skills of how to become fishing guides. “The Academy opens the door for local kids to pursue sport fishing jobs in their communities, and enables them as future Bristol Bay guides to share local culture and river conservation challenges with visitors to the region,” said Nelli Williams, with Trout Unlimited’s Alaska Program.

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Snake River Waterkeeper to Host Community Screening of “DamNation”

A community screening of the documentary “DamNation” will be hosted by Snake River Waterkeeper on Tuesday, September 2nd, in Jackson Hole, WY. Funds raised will go to support the recently formed Snake River group that is part of the larger international Waterkeeper Alliance.

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