How to Tie the Ray Charles Sow Bug

Tim Flagler ties the Ray Charles Sow Bug in this week’s featured fly pattern video.  As Tim says, this is “a great little pattern that’s super easy to tie and has proven itself just about everywhere, particularly on the Bighorn River in Montana. It’s usually fished subsurface and I’ve found it especially effective trailed behind a weighted nymph, like a bead head hare’s ear.”

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American Rivers Reports on Dam Removals

This last year was a success for wild fish and free waters, reports American Rivers. Across the United States, 72 dams were removed in 2014, restoring more than 730 miles of streams for the benefit of fish and ecosystems.

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AMFF Announces Deborah Pratt Dawson Conservation Symposium

The American Museum of Fly Fishing has announced the dates for their first annual Deborah Pratt Dawson Conservation Symposium. The event will be held on March 14th and 15th at the Orvis Fly Fishing School in Manchester, Vt. and will focus on the use of new technology in aiding conservation efforts.

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Video Hatch: “Salt365”

This film features the friendship of two lifelong surfers, forged through a mutual love of saltwater fly fishing. The full film can be seen on tour with the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour. Via The Noble Lab.

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Tippets: Learning a Loop Knot, Clean Up Runoff, Linehan Interview

  • A loop knot is an essential part of any saltwater flats rig, as well as for many warmwater fishing situations. In this short instructional video from Fin Lovers, Ed Truter demonstrates an easy-to-tie (and remember) loop knot.
  • Water runoff from storms can be toxic to aquatic life. Recent research found that coho salmon fry couldn’t survive in the water from the first five storms of the season. However, there is a solution: running the water through dirt to filter out impurities. The study was recently published in the journal Chemosphere. Via The New York Times.
  • As the owner of Linehan Outfitting Company, Tim Linehan unarguably lives a fly fishing dream. He talks about his start in the industry and life as a professional guide, in a recent interview with Phil Monahan, posted on the Orvis blog.
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“Misadventures in Musky Country” on Display in Springfield, MO

A fishing trip to Wisconsin and Minnesota will be featured through the photography of Aaron J. Scott. The upcoming show, “Misadventures in Musky Country” will be on display at the Coffee Ethic in Springfield, MO, Feb 6- March 31.

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Tippets: Tying Tenkara Flies, Colorado Think Tank, Facts on Bluegill

  • A recent video series from Tenkara USA will help anglers tie specific tenkara flies. Begin with this episode hosted by Malcom Daly.
  • The newly established Colorado River Research Group is made up of ten of the most knowledgeable experts on the science, law, and water policies of the Colorado River Basin, and is described as a “think tank” for the future of the river. Chair of the CRRG, Doug Kenney of the University of Colorado, recently sat down for an interview with Brian Richter on National Geographic.
  • While often thought of as easy “first fish,” bluegill can be “as wary and hard to catch as any trout.” Read more about this widespread species in a recent article by Phil Monahan via Orvis.
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The 2015 March Merkin Invitational Permit Tournament

The annual fly-only permit tournament, The March Merkin, will be held March 15-19, 2015, at the Key West Harbor Yacht Club. Proceeds from the tournament go to help the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust for furthering permit research.

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Senate Upholds Protections for America’s Backcountry Lands

Recently the U.S. Senate voted to reject an amendment to the Keystone XL Pipleline bill that would have removed protections from designated backcountry and wilderness areas across the United States.

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Video Hatch: “Mayflies”

This film short features some beautiful footage of mayflies and rising trout. Via TØRT Fly Fishing.

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