Video Hatch: “Home Waters”

Agricultural development is threatening the world famous fisheries of New Zealand. This short film from The Trout Diaries features a veteran angler of the country’s rivers, Dave Witherow, urging action to be taken to protect trout habitat.

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Tippets: Good Presentation, Groundwater Management, Clean Water Protections

  • From casting stroke to line speed, Peter Kutzer addresses how to make a delicate presentation of your fly to fish, via Orvis.
  • In anticipating a drier future, Andrew Revkin looks towards conservation and recycling of rain and wastewater as well as groundwater management. “Hoping for the best works fine if it’s combined with planning for the worst,” Revkin writes in The New York Times.
  • A new national poll confirms a majority of small business owners are in favor of increased protections under the Clean Water Act. “ Small business owners place a high value on clean water because they are concerned about potential damage to the economy from water pollution,” says Richard Eidlin, Director of Policy for the American Sustainable Business Council. “They also believe that government regulation is needed to safeguard clean water.”
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How to Tie Charlie Craven’s Mole Fly

Charlie Craven’s Mole Fly is the subject of this week’s featured fly tying video.  As videographer Tim Flagler points out, “You’ve got to love a pattern that’s so simple but does such a great job representing a mayfly in its most vulnerable state.”

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“A River Reborn”

In a recent piece on Patagonia’s The Cleanest Line blog, Dylan Tomine writes about floating the Elwha River for the first time after the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam, seeing a free river and renewed salmon fishery.

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Tippets: Catch & Release, Corps to Monitor Pollution, Beaver Island

  • Mid-summer, when fishing is often at its best, is also one of the most vital times for proper catch-and-release techniques. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources shares best practices via The Fishing Wire.
  • After a lawsuit filed by a conservation group over oil spills from dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers in Oregon and Washington, a groundbreaking legal settlement ruled that for the first time in its history the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have to disclose the amount of pollutants its dams are sending into waterways.
  • In a recent post on Fishing Poet, Matt Smythe recounts a recent trip to Beaver Island and his first time chasing carp with a fly rod.
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Video Hatch: “Somewhere in the Everglades”

Here’s a film short that features guiding legends and longtime friends Steve Huff and Paul Bruun fishing together in the Everglades. Via Nomadic Waters.

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WorldCast Anglers Announces New Additions to Management Team

WorldCast Anglers has announced the promotion of two members of their management team: Mike Dawkins to Vice President and C.G. Sipe to Chief Operating Officer. Both have “a strong track record of managerial and operational leadership, robust business performance, and are committed to exceptional angling service for our clients,” says Mike Dawes, President.

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Tom Morgan: In Pursuit of Perfection

Legendary rod maker Tom Morgan has battled Multiple Sclerosis for many years, yet it hasn’t diminished his passion for the craft. “You’d think since I couldn’t go fishing that I might lose interest in it, but it’s always been a pursuit of perfection,” he says.  View a recent video piece on Morgan, his wife Gerri, and their fly rod company, Tom Morgan Rodsmiths, via CBS News.

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Tippets: It’s a Fly Life, Tailings Breach, One Thousand Casts

  • Is it any coincidence that the states scoring the highest for “Best Places to Live” in a recent Gallup poll also have some of the best fishing in the United States? Chad Shmukler has more via Hatch Magazine.
  • A tailings pond breach at the Mount Polley Mine near Likely, BC is no doubt an environmental disaster. And while the immediate damages are evident, the long-range implications are severe. Via Global News.
  • Covering everything from rods and leaders to fly lines and flies, Bill Sherer of We Tie It fly shop in Northern Wisconsin begins a two-part series on how to catch musky on a fly, via the Hammer Creek Fly Fishing blog.
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Video Hatch: “Marquette Michigan: Superior Beer from Superior Water”

Brewers and anglers both share a need for water. This short film from Marquette County Visitors Bureau features the people, beers, and famous waters of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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