Tippets: Blind Casting, River Economy, Stream-side Etiquette

  • Even when conditions aren’t right for sight fishing you can still find fish, writes Chris O’Byrne, by “limiting the search area and, like a good chess player, thinking a few moves ahead.” Via Florida Sportsman.
  • Colorado’s waterways attract people and thus revenue to the state. A recent report commissioned by Protect The Flows found that if the Colorado River was a company, it would rank 155th on the 2011 Fortune 500 list. Sarah Tory takes a look at the “river economy” in a recent article on Adventure Journal via High Country News.
  • While there aren’t many hard-and-fast rules for being out on the water, there are a few, and it’s always good to be reminded of good stream-side etiquette. Bill Cairns goes through the Dos and Don’ts in a recent piece via Orvis.
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Video Hatch: “River Snorkel: Continuation”

This underwater footage gives an up close view of spawning Chinook salmon.

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Tippets: Fixed-Line Fish Landing, Fish Integration

  • Specific skills are needed for landing fish on a fixed-line rod such as those used with tenkara. In a recent article, Anthony Naples outlines details from rods to rigging and “a few key concepts that will help you build big fish skills, regardless of how you choose to define “big.” Via Casting Around.
  • New research from Concordia University published in the journal Evolutionary Applications shows that within 5 to 11 generations (about 25 to 50 years), “fish populations previously bolstered by hatchery stock are, genetically speaking, indistinguishable from purely wild populations.” Via ScienceDaily.
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Video Hatch: “The Hooké Vibes 2014”

From Patagonia to Québec, 2014 has been a good year of fly fishing for the folks at Hooké.

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Tippets: Essential Gear, Native Fish in Colorado River, In Good Company

  • In a recent post on The Fiberglass Manifesto, Cameron Mortenson outlines 8 pieces of essential camping gear. From coffee press to merino wool base layers, check out his tested choice gear picks.
  • For the first time in over fifty years, razorback suckers are spawning in their native Colorado River, specifically in Grand Canyon National Park. Read more about this discovery and species recovery via Summit County Voice.
  • Steven Brutger poignantly reminds us that the most important decisions in any fishing trip is not what gear to take or even where to go, it’s the people who come along with. Via Stalking the Seam.
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Video Hatch: “Bull Trout: A Species at Risk”

Levi Old reports on the status of bull trout, a federally threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, in Trapper Creek. Thanks to work of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Trout Unlimited, the population is holding steady.

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Trout Unlimited’s “TroutBlitz”

A new initiative by Trout Unlimited called “TroutBlitz” aims to encourage the participation of anglers in science projects in their local areas. TroutBlitz allows anglers to enter geolocated photographs of fish they catch, with a goal of cataloging the diversity of native trout throughout the country and to learn more about the condition of their habitats and how they change over time. Matt Barney has more information via a recent post on the Trout Unlimited blog.

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TrueFlies Clothing to Sponsor El Pescador Lodge 40th Anniversary

TrueFlies Clothing has announced their sponsorship of El Pescador Lodge’s 40th anniversary celebration to be held November 13th to the 17th. The event  will include the unveiling of a renovated main lodge with invited guests from the fly fishing industry.

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Video Hatch: “Those Moments”

Selected as a feature film for the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour, this trailer previews the stories of guides from Alaska to the Bahamas, fly fishing on their days off. Via Kokkaffe Media.

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Tippets: Korker Gear Review, New Irrigation on the Columbia, Makings of an Angler

  • Featuring swappable soles and a BOA closure system, the new Devil’s Canyon Wading Boot from Korker’s has a lot to offer. Steve Graepel has a first look and detailed review on Gear Junkie.
  • A new irrigation system is being put into the Methow Valley, near Twisp, Washington. It will allow an estimated nearly 7,000 gallons-per-minute of water back in the Methow and Twisp rivers and is great news for the endangered spring-run chinook, the threatened Upper Columbia River steelhead, and the Columbia River bull trout. Via KPLU.
  • Anglers tend to philosophize and analyze everything. From wind gusts to the meaning of life, being out on the water fosters introspection, writes Austin Orr. In his own analysis, Orr outlines a list of “respectable traits” of an angler. Via Salt 396.
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