Sugarloaf Showdown Targets Bonefish, Cuda and Permit for C&R Fundraiser

The Lower Keys Guides Association will host the Sugarloaf Showdown, which is a catch and release fishing tournament that will raise funds for the the Guides Trust Foundation. The event is set to take place at Sugarloaf Marina, Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 13 – 15, 2014.

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Tippets: DIY Slinky Indicator, Studying Archerfish

  • Using items you probably have at home, Johnny Spillane teaches you how to make a “slinky indicator,” via Gink & Gasoline.
  • The archerfish hunt insects by shooting a jet of water at the bug, making it fall into the water. New research from the University of Bayreuth focused on training archerfish so the scientists could analyze the water jet, which they found could be controlled and sped up or slowed down by the fish. Via The New York Times.
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US Forest Service Chief Responds to Commercial Filming Directives

A statement has been released from the U.S. Forest Service clarifying their position on a proposed directive for rules regarding commercial photography and filmmaking in designated wilderness areas. “The fact is, the directive pertains to commercial photography and filming only – if you’re there to gather news or take recreational photographs, no permit would be required,” explained Chief Tom Tidwell. “We take your First Amendment rights very seriously.”

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Tippets: Antifreeze of the Antarctic, River Bass, Water of the West

  • Fish species of the Antarctic manufacture proteins that simulate “antifreeze” and help them survive the extreme temperatures. New research shows that the antifreeze protein-bound ice crystals inside these fishes do not melt as the temperatures rise. Via Science Daily.
  • Casting to bass in a river system can involve different strategies than traditional bass fishing techniques. Winston Cundiff of Texas-based All Water Guides explains more in a recent article outlining “The Habits of Highly Successful River-Bass Anglers,” via the Orvis blog.
  • The water level of Lake Mead, which provides water from the Colorado River for seven states and parts of Mexico, has hit its lowest level since the Hoover Dam was completed in the 1930s. New research from NASA and University of California present an analysis of groundwater depletion and the danger looming for the west. Via The Huffington Post.
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OWAA Statement on U.S. Forest Service Directive for Commercial Filming in Wilderness Areas

The Outdoor Writers Association has come out in strong opposition to a recent U.S. Forest Service proposal that would require media outlets to pay for special-use permits before they taking film or photography in federally designated wilderness areas.

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Video Hatch: “Fly Fishing Somewhere in Lapland”

This film short from Silvo Leinonen offers some wonderful footage of the waters and fish of Lapland.

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Tippets: Magic of Soft Hackles, Native Amazon Fishing Toxins, Tips for Instagram

  • Likening soft hackles to sharks, both the “oldest of their ilk,” Louis Cahill writes about the effectiveness of soft hackle flies. For tying recipes as well as techniques for fishing, check out his recent article on Gink & Gasoline.
  • Researchers studying fish diversity in remote Amazon rivers are partnering with local tribes to use a traditional fishing technique that involves using barbasco root, which emits a toxic substance similar to electroshocking fish populations. “These people know so much about the way animals work in the forest and the rivers,” says University of Chicago graduate student Sebastian Heilpern. “Fishing is in their blood and they are born with a net in their hands. It makes sense for researchers to work with them and act as a bridge to bring their knowledge to the scientific community and vice versa.” Via NewsWatch, National Geographic.
  • If you use Instagram to share fishing photos, don’t miss a recent article on Gizmodo on how to better use this social media tool.
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Video Hatch: “Something Got Me”

This film short from Henrik Malmland has beautiful footage of scenery and trout fishing in Norway.

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The Company You Keep

Perhaps the best advice on how to improve your skills on the water is to fish with anglers who are more accomplished and knowledgeable than yourself. “Successful fishing begins in your head,” writes Matthew Copeland. “What’s in there is influenced by the folks around you. Paying attention to that fact, and actively harnessing it can go a long way.” Via Stalking the Seam.

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How To Tie an October Caddis Soft Hackle

Marking the beginning of the end of big bug season, the October Caddis or Great Autumn Brown Sedge gives fly fishers one more opportunity to tie and fish a larger, colorful pattern.  Tim Flagler shows how to tie an October Caddis Soft Hackle in this week’s featured video.

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