AMFF Fly Fishing Festival

The American Museum of Fly Fishing’s 7th annual Fly Fishing Festival will be held Saturday, August 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Activities include a casting competition, fly tying demonstration and instruction, author talks and artisan vendors, among many other things centered upon angling and its history.

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Video Hatch: “GEOBASS: Nicaragua”

In this newest installment of on Costa’s GEOBASS series, the adventure moves to the jungles of Nicaragua, chasing rainbow bass on the fly.

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Trout Unlimited recently launched a campaign to use angler photos to help map wild and native fish populations across the United States. All anglers need to help is their fishing gear, GPS, and a camera. “The data could be very important on a number of fronts,” says Jack Williams, senior scientist at TU. “Anglers can help us flesh out our understanding of native trout ranges across the continent, and they can help us better understand the proliferation of non-native trout, as well. Additionally, we can use their help in locating previously unknown populations of rare native fish, like bull trout or grayling. And to help, all they need to do is go fishing.”

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Tippets: Geared Up for Tenkara, Gut Feelings, Fly Fishing World Championships

  • Daniel Galhardo, founder of Tenkara USA, shares the best basic gear, from rod and line to flies, for getting started with a Tenkara set up. Via Gink & Gasoline.
  • Microbial research reveals the more diverse a fish’s diet, the less diverse (and less healthy) the microbes in its gut. “It remains an open question whether the patterns identified in our study will also apply to humans,” says study lead Dr. Daniel Bolnick of the University of Texas at Austin. However, it presents an interesting counterpoint to the established idea that a diverse diet is best. Via Outside Online.
  • Russell Miller has a firsthand look at the World Fly Fishing Championships, recently were held in the Czech Republic . The US team brought home 5th place overall, the prestigious Team Gold award, as well as an individual gold. Read more via Sage.
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Kayaking the San Joaquin

Journalist John Sutter has embarked on a kayaking trip down the “most endangered” river in America: California’s San Joaquin. You can follow along his journey and observations via shared Tweets collected on a central trip website. “That’s why I’m out here, trying to draw attention to the water crisis,” says Sutter. Via CNN.

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Key Editorial Changes at Morris Sporting Group

The Morris Sporting Group of Morris Communications Company, has announced several editorial changes set to take place in the coming year for Gray’s Sporting Journal, American Angler, and Fly Tyer magazines.

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PHWFF Mossy Creek Invitational

The Mossy Creek Invitational was held Saturday June 7, 2014 in Bridgewater, VA. This event raised funds for Project Healing Waters and their programs nationwide. Daniel Morgan provides a report of activities and success of the day in a recent post on the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing blog. Read more here.

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Documentary Project: “Our Two Hands”

The documentary project from Bloodknots Fly Fishing ”Our Two Hands” will investigate the complex and intimate relationship of fly fishing for salmonids: “How did we arrive at this crossroads of conservation and sportsmanship and what are the creative alternatives to the currently flawed management practices for salmon and steelhead?” A Kickstarter campaign is helping to raise funds for the project, and a trailer for the film can be viewed below.

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New Trout Unlimited Report Documents Importance of Small Streams

In face of continuing threats to the Clean Water Act, TU is asking for anglers to take action to prevent congressional meddling.

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Tippets: Over-Stocked, Oil Spill on the Poudre, Staying Safe in Bear Country

  • Just like freeways in Los Angeles, “Put too many fish in a river and everything gets plugged up, and everyone starts acting weird,” writes Kirk Deeter in a recent piece on Fly Talk, explaining why over-stocked rivers are bad for fish and anglers alike. Via Field & Stream.
  • Due to spring flooding and high runoff, a caved and eroded riverbank caused a 7,500-gallon storage tank of crude oil to drop from its foundation and drain into the Cache La Poudre River, Colorado’s only designated National Wild and Scenic River, located southeast of Fort Collins.
  • In many parts of the United States, trout country is also bear country. Phil Monahan has a good piece on the Orvis blog, reminding anglers about deterrent techniques and good old common sense strategies for staying safe on the water.
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