Video Hatch: “CHROME”

This film, now released in full, features Tom Rosenbauer of Orvis, Dylan Tomine of Patagonia, Hannah Belford of Damdochax River Lodge, Kate Taylor of Frigate Travel, Tim Romano of Field & Stream and Todd Tanner of Conservation Hawks.  It highlights anglers’ responsibility to protect cold, clean waters. Via Conservation Hawks.
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Tippets: Budget Tying, Stream Punctuation, Giant Yellowstone Cutthroat Caught in Idaho

  • Tying your own flies is often thought to be more economical than buying. However, materials costs add up quickly. Alan Bulmer outlines tips for tying on a tight budget in a recent article on Active Angling New Zealand.
  • Matthew Copeland writes about the beauty and mystery of reading water in a recent post on Stalking the Seam. “But like the imperfect sentence that almost conveys an elusive bit of truth, this particular run can’t be left alone.”
  • Angler Cyndle Clift landed a Yellowstone cutthroat trout that was double the size of what is considered big for that species. The fish measured 28 inches and weighed an estimated 7.9 pounds, and was caught in the South Fork of the Snake River in Idaho. Via GrindTV.
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Video Hatch: “Fish or Die”

This trailer features footage from the premier of “Fish Or Die,” a new series from MOTIVFISHING which follows anglers to some of the remote waters on earth. Via Animal Planet.
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Tippets: How to Read Water, High vs. Low Line Speed

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Tippets: Interview with Lucas Carroll, Meat Whistle Variant, Swinging Streamers in Deep Water

  • Photographer Lucas Carroll talks about his passion for photography as well as technique tips and some of the stories behind his shots in a recent interview on Stalking the Seam.
  • Chris Morris of Arkansas Drift demonstrates his unique take on John Barr’s classic Meat Whistle streamer. View the fly tying tutorial here.
  • From gear to technique, Kent Klewein thoroughly outlines tactics for fishing streamers in deep water. “Always remember persistence usually pays off with streamer fishing. Remember every cast made with a streamer is one closer to a hook up. The key is to streamer fish hard all the way through the day.”
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Tippets: Eradicating Aussie Carp, Chesapeake Bay Shows Improvement, Farmed Fish & Hearing Loss, Streams in Winter, Ocean Acidity

  • In Australia, a strain of herpes virus will be released into the Murray-Darling river system with the goal to eradicate European carp. Research from CSIRO has shown the virus to have no impact on humans. Via ABC News.
  • Annual monitoring of underwater grass by the Chesapeake Bay Program shows a 21 percent increase, the highest level in thirty years, and a hopeful sign that efforts to reduce pollution in the Bay are working.
  • Half of the world’s farmed fish may suffer hearing loss, says new research published in the journal Scientific Reports. The earbone deformity “could help explain the underperformance of some fish conservation programs, which breed fish in captivity so they can be released into the wild.” Via Discovery.
  • New research published in the journal Ecology and Evolution examines how stream-resident fish survive over winter. Using PIT tags, researchers were able to follow fish in ice-covered waters. Via Science Magazine.
  • The world’s oceans are becoming more acidic and their oxygen levels are dropping as they absorb carbon dioxide released from increased burning of fossil fuels and forests. This makes it harder for shellfish and crabs to form shells, and poses threats to fisheries that depend on the food source. Via The Sydney Morning Herald.
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Tippets: Fly Fishing with Lefty, Fishing in Bear Country, Stalking the Hex Hatch

  • In a recent short film from Baltimore Magazine, angling legend Lefty Kreh talks about his beginnings and life in fly fishing, and how fly fishing technique has evolved through the years.
  • If you’re fishing in bear country this summer, don’t miss this recent article on bear behavior and how to use deterrent spray. Read “Bear Spray 101” via Gear Junkie.
  • “This isn’t a mayfly,” Tom Davis writes, “It’s Godzilla.” Read more about fishing the legendary Hex hatch, via Hatch Magazine.
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Gogal Publishing’s New Stream Map of the West

Gogal Publishing has announced the release of a Mountain West edition of Stream Map USA, with complete watershed maps of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.

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Video Hatch: “Spring Fly Fishing”

Filmed in Texas and Arkansas, this short film features some good early season footage. Via Robbie Zudock.
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Tippets: Fishing Against Wind, Hierarchy of Trout, Low-water Salmon

  • Spring brings great fishing opportunities, but it also brings early season winds. Luke Lowery of The Tackle Shop offers suggestions for gear and techniques for finding success on the water.
  • Domenick Swentosky writes about the hierarchy of trout in Pennsylvania in this recent article. “It’s part of human nature to categorize,” he writes. “We place a value on everything — this is better than that; I like this more than that. Simple judgments.” Read more on wild vs. stocked via Troutbitten.
  • Salmon and steelhead can become dormant in low or warm water. But in an article on Fly Fisherman, Simon Gawesworth details flies and techniques to use to catch these fish.
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