Tippets: Winter Fishing in the Midwest, Fly Fishing the Stop

  • The Midwest offers great winter fishing opportunities. A recent article on Outside Online highlights Michigan’s Upper Penninsula and Great Lakes steelhead.
  • An important and often missed part of a good cast is the follow-through. “There is nothing more important about a fly cast,” writes Louis Cahill, “than how it ends.” Read his rules for a “good stop” via Gink & Gasoline.
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Video Hatch: “Waiting Too Long”

In this short film, Geoffrey Barber and Jason Langevin fly fish for largemouth bass in waters of Quebec, Canada. Via Inveterate Film.
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Tippets: Fishing New Water, Small Water Streamers

  • Fishing new water can be tricky. But following the advice on Casting Across for three things not to do when fishing new water can help up your game. “Overcoming the unfamiliarity of new water often means getting back to basics.”
  • Streamers are often thought of as big water flies, but they can be just as effective on small streams. From downstream mending to dead-drifting, Phil Monahan outlines great techniques for fishing streamers in small waters. Via Orvis.
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Umpqua Celebrates 45 Years in Business by Launching the Umpqua Tongass Initiative

Umpqua Feather Merchants has announced an initiative in partnership with Trout Unlimited and the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska to raise $45,000 to help conserve and restore key salmon and trout habitat in “America’s Salmon Forest,” located in southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The Umpqua Tongass Initiative marks 45 years in business for Umpqua.

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New Fly Fishing Books

  • Keystone Fly Fishing: The Ultimate Guide to Pennsylvania’s Best Water by Henry Ramsay, Mike Heck, Len Lichvar, Gary Kell, and Dave Rothrock is a definitive, up-to-date guide to Pennsylvania’s best fly fishing waters. Keystone Fly Fishing includes information on over 200 rivers and streams across the state alongside color photographs, accurate maps (created with GIS), and over 200 local fly patterns. Headwater Books (February 1, 2017).
  • Trout Culture: How Fly Fishing Forever Changed the Rocky Mountain West by Jen Corrinne Brown examines how trout fishing as a quintessential experience of communion with nature misrepresents the sport’s long history of environmental and cultural manipulation. “Brown demonstrates that the majestic trout streams often considered a timeless feature of the American West are in fact the product of countless human interventions adding up to a profound manipulation of the Rocky Mountain environment.” University of Washington Press; Reprint edition, paperback (February 11, 2017).
  • Flyfisher’s Guide to North Carolina & Georgia by Nick Carter is a new and complete guide to the waters of the two states. The book combines full-color photography and Wilderness Adventures Press maps that show public land, access roads, campgrounds, parks, boat ramps, hand launches, parking and picnic areas, driving directions and GPS coordinates for access points. Wilderness Adventures Press, Inc.; 1 edition (January 9, 2017).
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How to Tie Koga’s Bonefish Shrimp

Tim Flagler demonstrates the steps for tying Peter Koga’s Bonefish Shrimp in this week’s featured tying video.  “A gifted tier, he’s a fixture at fly fishing and tying shows throughout the country, yet still manages to regularly sneak off to Hawaii and elsewhere to chase bonefish on the flats.”

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Video Hatch: “Getting Out There”

This short film follows an off-the-grid fly fishing trip in Norway. Via Water’s Edge Media.
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Tippets: Variations on the Clouser Minnow, Spey Casting Tips

  • In this article Justin Hanson explores different options for tying the classic Clouser minnow pattern. “The beauty of this fly is in its simplicity. This simplicity allows you to adapt the pattern to make it even better for your particular fishing situation.” Via ToFlyFish.
  • When spey casting, “landing the cast straight is always better than making a long cast,” writes Louis Cahill. Read more about adjusting technique and priorities, via Gink & Gasoline.
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Video Hatch: “Straight Outta Carptown”

In this short film Jamie Priest, Ben Foster, and Jono Jones spend a day on the mudflats chasing carp on the fly. Via Cast EMag.
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Tippets: Raising Roosters with Tom Whiting, Nymph Rigging for Deep Water

  • In this short film Tom Whiting, owner and founder of the Colorado-based poultry genetics and production company Whiting Farms, talks about raising roosters for specialty feathers. Via Great Big Story.
  • Winter fishing conditions call for getting your fly down to the level where fish are feeding and holding. Louis Cahill outlines three different rigging techniques for nymphing in deep water, via Gink & Gasoline.
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