Video Hatch: “The Making of a Marlin: Costa Sunglasses and Washed Ashore”

Costa’s “Kick Plastic” campaign aims to educate consumers about the growing problem of trash in the oceans. This film features a sculpture of a jumping marlin made entirely out of washed up beach trash, commissioned by Costa to further awareness. Continue reading

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Video Hatch: “SKWALA”

This video features the great early spring hatches of Western Montana. Via PMD Productions.
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Tippets: Windy Casts, Summer Catch & Release, Family River Trips

  • From loop size, line speed and line plane, watch a recent video from Bumcast and Swift Fly Fishing on improving techniques for casting into the wind.
  • Proper handling techniques are especially important in summer months, which have warmer, less-oxygenated water, making recovery harder for fish. Read important tips for catch and release techniques, via The Fishing Wire.
  • While the miles covered might be shorter, river trips with kids in tow can be a great time for the whole family. Read strategies for a successful float via Steven Brutger on Stalking the Seam.
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Tippets: Teaching Kids to Fish, Carp Colors

  • Getting kids fishing and then holding their interest can be difficult. Paul Fersen has three good tips for how to make sure kids enjoy their time out on the water.
  • Noticing subtle differences in the coloring of carp can offer hints to how they feed and improve your success on the water. “Bright carp seem to cruise and hunt more often while their dark cousins spend much of their time mudding around in silty areas.” Read more from Third Coast Fly.
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The Legend of Lefty

Now ninety years old, Lefty Kreh is a legend in the world of fly fishing.  His popularity derives from everything from his famous “Deceiver” to his innovative casting stroke to his generosity. Read more about his life and development in the sport, in a recent article by Monte Burke in Garden & Gun Magazine.

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Yellowstone Hiker Killed by Grizzly

The National Parks Service says a preliminary investigation shows that a hiker near the Elephant Back Loop Trail, near Lake Village, was killed by a grizzly bear on Friday afternoon.  The short Elephant Back Loop is known for being an area favored by grizzlies and is sometimes closed because of bear activity.  The hiker was a Montana man and an experienced hiker who worked for urgent-care clinics in the park.

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Tippets: Saltwater Poppers, Fishing South Dakota, Trout-Inspired Airplane

  • Fishing poppers provides great fun and success on the water. In a recent series of instructional videos Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions demonstrates how to tie a classic saltwater popper. View Part 1 here, and Part 2 here.
  • A hot spot for trout fishing is in a state you might not expect: South Dakota. Colin Kearns outlines what you need to know before you go, from locations to hotels and eateries. Via Field & Stream.
  • Montana State University students Ryan Becker, Nate Peterson, Riley Daily, Matt Geulin and Nils Wahlstrom will show off their homemade, rainbow trout-inspired aircraft at the upcoming Red Bull Flugtag event in Portland, Oregon.  “I, personally, think we won’t fly far,” said team member Ryan Becker, “but I do think we will glide out a little bit.” Via The Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
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Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians Opens

The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians is now open in Cherokee, North Carolina. The museum features exhibits and videos to help visitors learn about the history of the sport in the Southeast.

Read more in the press release below. Continue reading

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Video Hatch: “Upper Parana, River of Gold & Mystery”

This short film features the search for golden dorado in the Upper Paraná river of Argentina. Via Andes Drifters.
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Tippets: Fly Shop Tips, Rigging Tube Flies, Kimmel Joins American Rivers Board

  • TCO Fly Shop manager George Costa has some great advice for how to make the most of your routine visit to the fly shop. From questions to ask and those to avoid, read more via Hatch Magazine.
  • Tube flies are a powerful and effective tool when fishing, especially for steelhead. Louis Cahill demonstrates how to properly rig these flies in an article via Gink & Gasoline.
  • Late night show host and fly angler Jimmy Kimmel has joined the board of the nonprofit American Rivers. “As an avid fly-fisherman, I look forward to working with this great organization to protect wild rivers,” said Kimmel. Via Outside Online.
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