Tippets: North 40 Fly Shop eMag, Habits of Successful Anglers

  • The latest issue of the North 40 Fly Shop eMagazine features great articles ranging from floating Montana’s Smith River to tying with UV light, as well as the announcement of the return of the Montana Trout Spey Clave hosted on the Missouri River April 14th and 15th.
  • There are many things to fuss over before making a cast. But the best anglers, writes Chris Dore, fluff about less. They practice often, “cover the essentials and make it instinctive, then you’ll hit more targets.” Via Gink & Gasoline.
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Trump Orders Review Of Clean Water Rule

President Trump has taken action to roll back environmental regulations protecting waterways, ordering a review of the Waters of the U.S. rule, which specifies the streams and wetlands that the federal government can protect. Making new rules or undoing the current one could take years, says Michael Wara of Stanford University, and “There will be the opportunity to comment on the rule. There will be the opportunity to challenge the rule in court.” Via NPR.

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Tippets: Op-ed on Pebble Mine, Grass Carp Reach Great Lakes, Fish-Killing Parasite Identified in Big Hole River, Obama’s Wilderness Expansion

  • “Presidents and politicians come and go,” writes Danielle Stickman, “but the Pebble mine will always be the wrong mine in the wrong place.” Read Stickman’s op-ed about the long-term risks of the mine and the overwhelming oppositions to the mine from Alaskans. Via Alaska Daily News.
  • Invasive grass carp have reached three of the Great Lakes, posing a serious environmental risk to the lakes and surrounding wetlands. The recent study, “Binational Ecological Risk Assessment of Grass Carp for the Great Lakes Basin,” concludes that “unless actions are taken to curb the invasion of the grass carp, the ecological consequences would be devastating and would be extreme in the Great Lakes Basin within 50 years.” Via Digital Journal.
  • Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has released a map that shows the parasite that led to the deaths of thousands of whitefish in the Yellowstone River is also living in portions of the Big Hole, Jefferson, Madison, East Gallatin, Boulder, Shields and Stillwater rivers. Via The Billings Gazette.
  • Under the Obama administration, wilderness areas were expanded across the country. “Our 44th president proved to be a true champion who pushed many conservation measures over the finish line,” writes Jamie Williams. Via High Country News.
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Video Hatch: “For the Love of the Deschutes River”

The Coalition for the Deschutes is seeking filmmakers and storytellers to help the Deschutes River and document what it looks like when you “turn off” a river.

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Tippets: Bonefish Body Language, Targeting Winter Redfish

  • Being able to anticipate the next movement of a fish can help increase your rate of success on the water. In this article Owen Plair writes about how to read the body language of bonefish. “A few simple movements to look for go a long way towards knowing you got the bite.” Via Gink & Gasoline.
  • From finding fish in low water and colder conditions to techniques for presentation, Ben Duchesney writes about chasing redfish during the winter in his article “How to Become a Master of the Marsh,” via Postfly Box.
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Video Hatch: “A Smith River Story”

This short film from The North 40 Fly Shop features a float trip on Montana’s legendary Smith River.
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Tippets: Fly Rod & Reel Angler of the Year, Casting on the Flats

  • Brian Chan, “British Columbia’s soft-spoken and affable stillwater magician,” has been announced as Fly Rod & Reel’s 2016 Angler of the Year. Read more about Chan in this profile by Dana Sturn.
  • Based on his own experience as a beginner on the flats, Kent Klewein writes about three strategies for improving your cast: “Newcomers to saltwater should pay close attention to and practice before they head down on a maiden fly fishing trip to the salt,” Klewein writes. Read more via Gink & Gasoline.
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How to Tie Ken’s Crystal Worm

Tim Flagler ties Ken Walrath’s Crystal Worm in this week’s featured tying video. “I think it’s the little bit of mottling and shimmer that together make this pattern look so lifelike,” notes Flagler.

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Tippets: Communicating in the Backcountry, Shadows and Sunlight

  • Having a communication device in remote locations can save your life. From cell phones to emergency beacons, Joe Jackson outlines some of the best on the market in this recent article via Outside Online.
  • We can’t always choose the optimal time to be on the water, but in a recent article Domenick Swentosky writes about how to use different lighting conditions to your advantage. “In all seasons, watching the angles of sunlight and looking for shadows is an important part of the fisherman’s strategy while on the water.” Via Hatch Magazine.
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Tippets: Taimen Fundraiser, Expert Tips Roundup

  • An auction and raffle event, Taimen: A Party and a Cause, will be held Febraruary 17, 2017, at Harper Studios in Seattle, WA. The event will feature food and drinks, and music by South Sound Tug and Barge. All proceeds go to benefit the Taimen Fund.
  • In a recent poll and article, over 80 experts in the fly fishing industry share the 3 most important things they wish they had known when they started fly fishing. From proper presentation to the right gear, read more via Epic Wilderness.
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