Tippets: Craven’s Screaming Banshee, Tenkara Tips, Pebble Auctions Equipment

  • Learn how to tie Charlie Craven’s Screaming Banshee fly with an instructional video on FrankenFly, as well as a detailed step-by-step tutorial via Charlie’s Fly Box. The skating caddis pattern is designed in the style of classic steelhead skater patterns and offers great attractive movement on the water.
  • At the 2015 Fly Fishing and Wine Festival in Waynesboro, Virginia, professional guide Tom Sadler demonstrated techniques and tips for tenkara fly fishing. Alan Alborn offers up a video of Sadler’s presentation on stream in a recent post on Trout Bum VA.
  • The Alaska Daily News reports The Pebble Partnership is auctioning surplus equipment due to “depreciating in value while sitting idle,” while waiting for another investor partner and approval of their proposed Pebble Mine. The quiet beginning to the season is good news for salmon.
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How to Tie a Wood Duck Scud

Ask the average beginning fly fisher what trout foods are most important to their quarry.  If you hear “scuds” in their answer it will probably come far down the list.  But in many waters scuds are a key part of the trout diet.  And they are found year-round.  This week Tim Flagler shows how to tie a Wood Duck Scud, a quick and easy pattern that should be on any list.

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Tippets: Tying a Clinch Knot, Literary Treasures, Support Wild Fish in Washington

  • Will Sands of Colorado’s Taylor Creek Fly Shop demonstrates how to tie a “speed knot” in an instructional video posted via Gink & Gasoline.
  • A recent post on the Orvis blog features William G. Tapply’s commentary on the literature of fly fishing, and the books that stayed with him over the years, “These are books that I have read many times with undiminished pleasure and interest, and I’m not done with them yet.”
  • NOAA is backtracking on wild fishery protection by withdrawing their draft Environmental Impact Statement on Puget Sound steelhead hatcheries. This would enable the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife to proceed as planned with the release of hatchery raised steelhead into the Puget Sound watersheds. Read more about the issue and sign a petition in support of wild and native fish.
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Tippets: Artificial Drifts, Adaptive Fly Rod, DIY Bonefishing

  • When fishing large lakes and reservoirs, especially in the spring, there’s rarely a still day. However, the wind can be used to an angler’s advantage, writes Jon Kleis. Read more about the principle he calls “artificial drift” in a recent article in The Gazette.
  • Students at Mosinee Middle School in Mosinee, Wisconsin are working to adapt a fly fishing rod for their principal after he was paralyzed in a ladder accident.  Read more about the project in The Wausau Daily Herald.
  • For DIY bonefishing it’s all in the “short game,” writes Rod Hamilton. Read some great advice for planning trips and success on the water in a recent article with information from Hamilton’s recent book co-authored with Kirk Deeter, “Do It Yourself Bonefishing.”
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Video Hatch: “Spring on the Lower”

This short film features great fishing advice and observations of Montana’s Madison River, accompanied by beautiful footage on the water. Via Brickhouse Creative.

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Tippets: Repairing Gear, Tippet Material Study

  • What’s old is new again, with some common sense tips from the folks at Patagonia. Sean McCoy of Gear Junkie talks with Dominique Buncio, a repair tech with the Patagonia Worn Wear Tour, about how to repair old clothes.
  • Using  MSU and WCU materials labs, Mac Brown examines different tippet material, their performance and benefits, in a recent article via Mac Brown Fly Fishing.
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Video Hatch: “The Dirty South”

This short film from LivitFilms features some great footage of “bank hopping” to catch peacock bass on the fly.

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Tippets: Fishing the Potomac, Inside Cold Waters, Trick to Long Casts

  • The Potomac River attracts just as many anglers as it ever has, but now “The frying pan has been replaced by fly-fishing and spinning gear,” writes Fred Barbash in a recent article. Read more about this D.C. area treasure via The Washington Post.
  • As part of the recent film “Cold Waters,” Todd Tanner writes about the impetus for the film and the inside view during its creation, in a recent post on Hatch Magazine.
  • Long casts can be intimidating, but are not by any stretch impossible. Louis Cahill writes about some of the most important things to keep in mind and to practice in a recent article on Gink & Gasoline.
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Video Hatch: “Find Your Water: Cutties & Couloirs”

The second episode of Redington’s video series, Find Your Water, combines fly fishing and skiing, following the water cycle in Wyoming’s backcountry.

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TCRP: Anglers Remain Engaged in Gulf Restoration Efforts

Five years after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, recreational fishing community and conservation groups remain committed to restoring habitat and management of the Gulf of Mexico’s fisheries.

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