History of Women in Fly Fishing

Taken in part from the “Graceful Rise” exhibit that was housed at The American Museum of Fly Fishing and the book of the same name by Catherine Comar, Fly Life Magazine is currently publishing a series of online articles highlighting important women in the history of fly fishing. Recently, Cathy Beck and Megan Boyd were featured, among others.

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Tippets: Climate Change and Lakes, Photography Tips, Record Setting Dobsonfly

  • From water levels to algae growth, a warming climate is having clear impacts on European Lakes. Lisa Borre highlights research and strategies in a recent article on National Geographic NewsWatch.
  • Photographer Jess McGlothlin  of Fire Girl Photography details the top 5 things you can do to take your photography skills up a notch. From filters to accessibility, there’s something for every level. Via Hammer Creek Fly Fishing.
  • An insect with a wingspan of 8.3 inches has been found in China, and is being called the largest aquatic insect in the world. The reported Dobsonfly usurps the previous record held by a damselfly with a wingspan of 7.5 inches.
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Video Hatch: “Backcountry: North Island”

This short film trailer follows six anglers as they explore the incredible backcountry waters of New Zealand. Via Gin Clear Media.

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Video Hatch: “GREAT DAYS 9: Fishing below the border”

The newest release in the “Great Days” video series from Smith Optics, features a group of Idaho anglers traveling to the sea of Cortez in pursuit of the prized roosterfish.

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A Hunter’s Eye

Unarguably the greatest living American landscape painter, Russell Chatham makes his home in Montana’s Paradise Valley and draws upon the region for his work.  “Once you’ve seen Chatham’s paintings of the Beartooths and Absarokas and Yellowstone River country,” writes Rick Bass, “you realize the power of his art.” In a recent piece on Field & Stream, Bass spends a day and makes a meal with the master artist, philosophizing everything from elk hunting and  fading winter light, to fishing in the Florida Keys.

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Video Hatch: “The Forgotten Salmon”

Lake Ontario once held a thriving population of Atlantic salmon. However, due to overfishing and environmental degradation we lost them.  A new proposed documentary, “The Forgotten Salmon,” will tell the history and continued story of this unique species, including what efforts are now in motion to bring them back. Check out the current fundraising campaign for this film on Indiegogo.

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Tippets: Mayfly Millions, Skeena Land Rights, New Katadyn Filter

  • Massive summer mayfly hatches are reaching “Biblical proportions” in Wisconsin. They’re causing traffic accidents and even appeared on a meteorology radar as a rain squall. Check out some incredible photos of the insects via The Week.
  • Sport anglers are being evicted from fishing the famous Skeena River over land rights claims of First Nations. Any anglers planning trips to British Columbia should pay close attention, as government officials and wildlife managers try to determine to what extent the ruling will impact angling access and the sport fishing economy.
  • For this summer’s camping and backpacking trips, get a first look at a new water filter from Katadyn, which uses gravity (instead of pumping) to move water through the purification system. Via Gear Junkie.
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When Montana Went Wild

Beginning in 1974, the state of Montana stopped stocking trout in waters that held populations of wild trout. What was a bold move at the time turned into a proven management strategy, and the health of those fisheries have dramatically improved. In a recent article, Montana Outdoors talks with fisheries biologist Dick Vincent, whose research on the Madison River in the late 1960s and early ’70s led to that decision.

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EPA Drafts New Safeguards for Bristol Bay

On the heels of the EPA’s decision to increase watershed protections for Bristol Bay, Trout Unlimited is urging all anglers to continue to voice the importance of protecting Bristol Bay during an open comment period on a draft of the new safeguards.

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Video Hatch: “Permit Satellite Tagging: Costa’s Project Permit”

“Project Permit” is a joint effort between Bonefish and Tarpon Trust and Costa Sunglasses to address challenges facing the permit species. The new catch and recapture data will inform researchers on permit movements in Florida waters and help to inform management decisions.

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