Tippets: Podcast Interview with John Gierach, Tips on Largemouth Bass

  • Author John Gierach is the guest on the most recent Orvis Podcast. Don’t miss host Tom Rosenbauer’s conversation with the legendary fly fishing writer.
  • Mike Hodge calls upon the expertise of Debbie Hanson, a guide and sport fishing advocate and blogger, and Shaw Grigsby, Jr., a professional bass tournament angler, for advice on fly fishing for largemouth bass. From rigging and presentation to flies and finding good water, read more via Hatch Magazine.
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Video Hatch: Save Bristol Bay

President Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt have removed barriers that were preventing the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay. In this short film, Mark Titus, director of “The Breach,” urges anglers to act in response. Call EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt and voice your concern: 202.564.4700.
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Tippets: Steelhead on the Skagit, Fishing Runoff Conditions

  • “Even subtle signs of life are significant in conservation work… and in steelheading,” writes Liam Gallagher. “Especially here on the Skagit river.”  Read his piece about searching for steelhead on the Skagit, with accompanying photos by Copi Vojta and Josh Duplechian, via The Flyfish Journal
  • Runoff conditions make waters high and off-color. But they still present good fishing opportunities. In this article, Johnny Spillane writes about tips and techniques for fly fishing spring runoff. Via Gink & Gasoline.
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How to Tie a Muskrat Nymph

The Muskrat Nymph is the focus of this week’s tying video.  “The Muskrat Nymph is one of those patterns I’d almost forgotten about until a friend mentioned it a while back,” says Tim Flagler. “What exactly it’s supposed to imitate, I don’t know. All I can tell you is, for me, they work like a charm, especially unweighted and in smaller sizes.”

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Bittersweet Victory on the Chuitna River

Sam Weis was on the front lines of fighting PacRim’s proposed coal mine at the headwaters of the Chuitna River in Alaska. He was also fighting leukemia. “The stakes were high and the odds were long. A wild Alaskan paradise, a frontier community and a tribe of Alaska Natives hung in the balance, their fates inextricably linked to the colossal coalfield beneath the headwaters of the Chuitna River and the coal barons who owned it. Unfortunately, for Sam Weis, the fight to save the Chuitna wasn’t the biggest battle he was facing,” writes Paul Moinester in “A Bittersweet Victory.” Via Patagonia’s The Cleanest Line.

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Video Hatch: “A Steelhead Quest”

In 2015, Terry Myers spent the year on a mission to catch wild steelhead on a different river each month of the year. This film explores the beauty of wild steelhead and the environmental challenges they face. Via REI.
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Tippets: Understanding Fish Vulnerability, Tying a Bimini Twist Loop Knot

  • Some fish species and individuals are more likely to be caught by anglers than others. “While some of the factors that influence fish vulnerability are in an angler’s control, many are not,” writes Sascha Clark Danylchuk. “Thinking systematically and using this mechanistic approach to vulnerability just might help you have more success the next time you are on the water.” Read more about how to put scientific review papers to work for you on the water via Finsights.
  • This instructional film from Aardvark McLeod demonstrates how to tie a bimini twist loop knot to use as the loop on the end of your backing.
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Video Hatch: “Mr. Whiskers”

This film short features Rick Mikesell, General Manager of Trouts Fly Fishing, fly fishing for carp in the Denver Metro.

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Tippets: Fly Fishing the Himalayas, Maintaining Thread Control

  • In a recent feature article, Etta Meyer writes about fly fishing for mahseer in the glacial rivers of the Himalayas. “India is a long way to go for a fish, but as any angler will tell you, it’s never just about the fish, anyway.” Read “Fly-Fishing Through India’s Final Frontier” via Vogue.
  • Thread control is not often discussed, but is vital for speed and efficiency at the fly tying desk. Kelly Galloup talks about how to establish thread control and improve your tying technique, in this instructional video. Via Slide Inn.
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Video Hatch: “The Color of Coral”

This film features Håvard Stubö from “Jazz and Flyfishing,” and focuses on fly choices, hell, heaven and jazz. Via Rolf Nylinder.
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