International Trout Congress Call for Art

In partnership with the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture, the International Trout Congress will curate two exhibits during the event set to be held in Bozeman, Montana, October 2–6, 2016. “The goal of this gathering is to explore and celebrate the intersections of trout with the arts, literature, education, socio-economics, science and conservation.” Artists are asked to submit their work for opportunity to be included in the shows. Find more information and application forms at the Emerson Center website. Application deadline is July 25, 2016

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Susitna Dam Project Shut Down

Alaska Governor Bill Walker recently announced he was “shutting down the Susitna Watana project.” This is a monumental win for the Susitna River and the salmon, wildlife and communities it supports.

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Tippets: BioLite Stove Review, Tips for Fishing Two Flies

  • The BioLite CampStove burns wood, pine needles, or other combustible organic material, all while producing electricity on the side. Amy and Dave Freeman put it through rigorous testing on a three month Boundary Water trip and report on their review of the product on Gear Junkie.
  • Choosing one fly can be difficult and two can seem impossible to get right. Kent Klewein writes about a few strategies for simplifying the decision and choosing the most effective flies via Gink & Gasoline.
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Video Hatch: “Anchor Point”

In this fourth installment of Yeti’s “My Old Man” video series, JT, the oldest son of Townes Van Zandt, talks about the legacy of his father and finding his own passion for fly fishing and the outdoors.
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Michael White Joins Winston Field Advisor Team

Winston announced that Michael White has joined the Winston Field Advisor Team. An accomplished angler and caster, White will work closely with the Winston design team.

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Video: How to Tie a Light Cahill Parachute

Just in time for those warm mid-summer evenings, Tim Flagler shows the steps for tying a Light Cahill Parachute in this week’s featured tying video. Tim’s technique includes using UV-cured cement to secure the post and hackle—a foolproof method that keeps the underside of the fly clean and makes for a very durable fly.

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Tippets: Tying Poppers Made Easy, Fishing Tandem Rigs

  • Paul Beel offers a look at the new popper body from Flymen Fishing Company. The “Double Barrel” is an innovative soft-foam popper body that can be tied on with the cup facing forward to create popper flies, or tied on in reverse to create slider, diver, and Sneaky Pete style foam flies. Via FrankenFly.
  • To maximize your odds of a catch, utilize a tandem rigging. “Do away with the notion of a ‘standard’ rig,” writes Phil Monahan, “and use your ability to read water and your knowledge of trout behavior to fashion a two-fly system that will give you the best chance to hook up.” Read more here about the best knots and fly pairings.
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Video Hatch: “Trout Season”

This short film from Sage features the landscapes of where trout are found, and they do live in beautiful places.
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Tippets: Bristol Bay Guide Academy, Catching Tailwater Brown Trout

  • The 8th Annual Bristol Bay River Guide Academy was recently held at BBNC’s Mission Lodge in Aleknagik. Local youth ages 14 through 24 “learned the ins-and-outs of the fly fishing industry, everything from boat safety and biology, to fly-tying and customer service.” Via KDLG.
  • From gear to retrieve techniques, Blane Chocklett writes about how to find and catch big brown trout in tailwaters. “While most fly fishers set their watches to the hatch, another cadre of big-fish hunters keeps close tabs on releases and flows to give them the opportunity to catch a unicorn.” Read more via Fly Fisherman.
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Dates Set for International Fly Tying Symposium

The 26th Annual International Fly Tying Symposium will be held November 19-20, 2016 at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ. The event will feature demonstrations, classes, new products, and more.

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