In this week’s featured fly tying video, Tim Flager ties the Caddis Emerger, which he describes as a “guide’s fly version of LaFontaine’s Sparkle Emerger.”
- When in doubt, set the hook. Sure it might be a rock or twig, but you’ll catch more fish if you don’t take that chance. Read a good article on nymphing by Chad Shmukler.
- A study commissioned by the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust reveals the impact of sport fishing and the Florida Keys flats fishery on the local economy. With an annual economic impact of over $427 million, it presents a strong case for the conservation of this environmental resource even for non-sportsmen.
- Late-spring storms can play havoc with time planned on the water. Recently, a Montana angler was fatally struck by lightning while fishing for muskie in central Illinois, a reminder to be cautious even once storms have passed.
- Lake sturgeon are survivors. But after overfishing, dams, and pollution, they are getting a much needed helping hand from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources with stocking and habitat restoration. Read more via National Geographic.
The recent film short “sea swallow’d” drew from the work of William Shakespeare, shedding powerful light on the people and culture of Bristol Bay. And Taryn Kiekow takes the aphorism further, with more environmental lessons from the 12th century, applicable today. Via Natural Resources Defense Council.
- From density to core and coating, Buzz Bryson simplifies the process of choosing the right fly line for your fishing style and usage on Fly Fishing in Salt Water.
- When veteran Josh Williams lost his right arm in an accident in Fort Hood, Texas, he gained a new sport and outlook on life: “Fly fishing does more for me than all the medicines on the market,” Williams said in a recent profile piece by Bill Cochran in The Roanoke Times.
- Thanks to the work of TU, BLM, and the Relief Ditch Irrigation Company among others, the diversion dam on the Gunnison River is being modernized, replacing the push-up dam with a permanent diversion structure and improvements that will remove the fish barrier and improve habitat, while making it safer and more accessible for recreational boating as well.
Legendary angler Lefty Kreh is still hard at it, teaching, guiding, and chasing the most difficult fish species. Yet increasingly his focus has turned to conservation issues, helping to found conservation groups such as the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, “to make sure there are some darned fish left for our grandkids to catch.” Via City Paper.