- “Fly fishing is, at its heart, about our connection to something far greater and more perfect than modern existence,” writes Todd Tanner in a recent piece urging anglers to action to protect fisheries. Via Hatch Magazine.
- The muskellunge is a top predator and gamefish and has rightly earned its nickname, “the fish of 10,000 casts.” Learn more about the behavior and range of the elusive muskie from Phil Monahan on the Orvis blog.
- The Great Bear Rainforest on the Pacific coast of Canada depends on runs of salmon to bring nutrients up rivers from the sea when they spawn. A recent film short on the BBC features ecological economist Pavan Sukhdev, The Nature Conservancy’s lead scientist Dr M Sanjayan, and camerawoman Sophie Darlington talking about the important role salmon play in fertilizing the forest.
- Norman Maclean Companion Paperback by Robert Gale is a collection from Maclean’s life and work. Widely known for the classic A River Runs Through It and Young Men and Fire, Maclean authored a number of other works as well. Included in this Companion are chronology, literary discussions, commentary, and a complete bibliography. Word Association Publishers (February 4, 2014).
- Fly Fishing the Sierra Nevada: Revised and Expanded Edition by Bill Sunderland with photography by Rick E Martin, details where to go and how to get to the numerous creeks, rivers and lakes of the Sierra, as well as recommendations for what techniques and equipment to use. An essential guide to the area. Mosca Locca Books (January 29, 2014).
- Islamorada (Images of America) by Brad Bertelli and Jerry Wilkinson chronicles the development of “Isla Morada.” And “While Islamorada has always been known for its fishing, these islands boast some serious history, too.” While not fishing-focused, Bertelli and Wilkinson gather stories and photographs for a fascinating look into a place lauded by anglers. Arcadia Publishing; Images of America Series (February 10, 2014).
- The Complete Book of Fly Tying by Eric Leiser provides detailed instructions for all levels and includes beginners through expert. Including step-by-step illustrations by Dave Whitlock and photographs by Gus Nevros, patterns ranging from dry flies for trout to deer hair bugs for bass are presented in an approachable format. With preface by Jack Gartside and foreword by C. Boyd Pfeiffer. Skyhorse Publishing; Second Edition edition (February 4, 2014).
- From dead drifts to skating the fly, learn more about tenkara techniques with ten tips from Jason Klass via Tenkara USA.
- The rivers Test and Itchen, famous for their fly fishing history, are suffering from high chemical levels in their waters, with scientists saying phosphorus runoff from dishwasher tablets could be to blame.
- Fishing plans often change when the intel does. Mike Sepelak writes about just such a day on the cold salt flats, looking for redfish, Stacked Up Like Cordwood. Via Hatch Magazine.
- Head over to the Sage blog for an overview of two-handed fly rods and techniques, from defining terms to explaining the difference between a skagit and scandi setup, by Mark Raisler, owner of Headhunters Fly Shop.
- To help gather data on the dynamics of the tarpon fishery in the Florida Keys, the Florida Keys Initiative and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust are asking for the help of anglers and guides. If you fish these waters often, help with the survey to help increase awareness and understanding of these great fish.
- Does success rely on the fly itself or the faith the angler has in it? On banner days does he “kill it” on the water “because of the fly, or because of external factors beyond his control?” Read more thoughts on the subject from Michael Gracie.
The first annual Fly Tying Marathon sponsored by the Quantico and Fort Belvoir Project Healing Waters programs will be held February 22 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps from 9 AM to 5 PM. The event is expected to bring in 150 guest tiers, who will then donate their patters to Project Healing Waters programs nationwide.
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- Legendary rod maker Glenn Brackett gives a fascinating interview in a recent talk with Mark Huff, on everything from art and authors to sourcing bamboo and saltwaters.
- No matter how it looks in your vise, a fly that doesn’t ride right in the water will limit success. So take the advice of Kent Klewein and do some swim testing first, because “there’s nothing worse than showing up at your fly fishing destination with a fly box full of flies that are not going to swim correctly in the water.” Via Gink & Gasoline.
- The water level of the Great Lakes rises and falls on a 13-year cycle, yet its seen a downward trend in recent years. In research published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, seventy years of data has been analyzed and will give climate scientists important historical scope.
In this week’s featured fly-tying video, Matt Grobert ties a Blue-Winged Olive Quill Nymph with a bright orange hot spot for improved visibility. The svelte nature of this fly along with the weight of the tungsten bead allow it to sink with little resistance and quickly get down deep.
During the Miocene to Pliocene eras in the Pacific Northwest, a salmon measuring over 6.5 feet long swam the waters. Recent scans of a saber-toothed salmon skull found near Madras, Oregon are featured in an online gallery of The Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon. Via Moldy Chum.