Video Hatch: “Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary”

Frank Moore has been fly fishing for more than 80 years and has dedicated his life to conserving and protecting his home waters, the North Umpqua River.
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Tippets: Flies and Lures, Fly Fishing Iceland

  • The increasing amount of fly materials means an increasing amount of creativity in fly patterns. Alan Bulmer writes about tying flies that mimic conventional lures in a recent article on Active Angling New Zealand. “The advances in fly tying technology are leading to a blurring of what is a fly and what is a lure,” writes Bulmer. “Rather than bother to try and separate the two, let’s embrace both and create more hybrid designs that fish find irresistible.”
  • Ross Purnell writes about a recent fly fishing trip to Iceland and the country’s protection of its Atlantic salmon populations. “Because of Iceland, at least we know there is an oasis of wild salmon out there in the North Atlantic. In Iceland, these great fish have a shot at persisting, and if you’ve got the time and the money, they are there for you, waiting with sharp eyes in clear, cold rivers.” Via Fly Fisherman.
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How to Tie the Foam Beetle 2.0

Tim Flagler demonstrates the steps for tying an improved version of a classic fall pattern, the Foam Beetle 2.0.  As Flagler says, “this one uses very thin rubber leg material, as opposed to hackle fibers, to represent legs, and I really think they help. Like all good beetle patterns, this one lands on the water’s surface with a nice little plop and floats right in the film with its iridescent peacock herl underbody shimmering below.”

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Tippets: Bristol Bay Songwriting Contest, Reading a River

  • The advocacy group Musicians United has announced a songwriting contest to rally more artists to help protect Bristol Bay. “We’re looking for people to send original songs that tell the story of the bay, or the fight to protect it from the destruction of the proposed Pebble Mine,” says coordinator Paul Nagle. Via KDLG News. Read more about contest rules and application via the Musicians United website.
  • Knowing where trout hold and feed in a river will set you up for success. “One of the first keys to mastering trout fishing is knowing where to cast your flies,” writes Phil Monahan. Also view an instructional video where Tom Rosenbauer explains what to look for when approaching moving water. Via Orvis.
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Video Hatch: “Alpine Rises”

The new episode in Redington’s Find Your Water series features the beauty of alpine lakes and cutthroats sipping dries.
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Tippets: Wilderness Fishing, Tactics for Strike Indicators

  • Ecologist Jono Winnel writes about his endless search for wilderness in this piece on The Adventure Handbook. Follow his journal entries and amazing photographs here. “Today I returned to a river I haven’t seen for 12 years,” Winnel writes. “This place made such an impression on my 16-year-old self, that I feel like it influenced much of my life choices afterwards.”
  • In a recent article and short video, Ian and Charity Rutter of R&R Fly Fishing demonstrate tips and tactics for fishing with nymphs and strike indicators in small streams. “High-sticking with an indicator is a great method for the beginner fly fisherman as it aids tremendously in detecting strikes that may otherwise go unnoticed.” Via DIY Fly Fishing.
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Video Hatch: “Rollercoster River”

This video from Dryflyliving highlights the emotional roller-coaster of fly fishing, from the high of a hook-up to the disappointment of loss.
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Tippets: Missed Opportunities, Basics of Dubbing

  • Fishing trips can be about more than just the fish you catch or even accompanying friends. Sometimes meaning is made through whom you meet once you get to your destination. Mike Sepelak writes about a trip to Reindeer Lake in Saskatchewan, and about his guide Daniel, a man with many stories to tell. Via Mike’s Gone Fishin’.
  • The amount and variations of dubbing options are overwhelming. But Bob Reece explains different materials, techniques, as well as tools to use in a recent article via Gink & Gasoline. “Creating beautiful, well proportioned flies is a skill which takes time and practice to master,” writes Reece. “One of the least intuitive steps in the process is working with dubbing.”
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Tippets: Bear Creek Porter for Native Trout, Tying Foam Hoppers

  • Pikes Peak Brewing Company has created a new beer, the Bear Creek Porter, named for the home of the greenback cutthroat trout. The porter was created to spark conversations about native trout through beer and is a cooperative mission with Cheyenne Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
  • Late summer is prime time for terrestrials. Ben Duchesney of PostFly demonstrates how to tie a standard foam hopper in a recent instructional video. “Ask any fly fisherman and they’ll tell you that the king of summer flies is the hopper,” writes Duchesney. “Fat, juicy hoppers are one of the very few patterns that are enough to draw a trout outside of the shade.”
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AFFTA Applauds Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association has issues a statement applauding the recent designation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, located in Penobscot County in northern Maine. The National Monument was created through a donation of 89,261 acres from the Elliotsville Plantation, Inc.

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