How to Tie the Slumpbuster

Tim Flagler ties a John Barr streamer pattern, the Slumpbuster, in this week’s featured tying video.  “The Slumpbuster is an absolutely awesome pattern for high, discolored water,” notes Flaglers, “and has a reputation for catching big fish.”

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Kreh’s Autobiography Reads True

In a recent piece on Sporting Classics, Jim Casada reviews Lefty Kreh’s recent autobiography, My Life Was This Big and Other Fishing Tales. “A genial, genteel man of fly-fishing goodwill and great wisdom,” writes Casada, “he has made lasting contributions to the sport, and his new autobiography affords a wonderful glimpse into how those came about.”

Purchase My Life Was This Big and Other Fishing Tales in the MidCurrent store.

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New App Maps Colorado’s Native and Wild Trout

Gogal Publishing Company has announced the release of Colorado Wild Trout for iPhone and iPad. The app works with or without phone service and combines detailed trout maps with comprehensive data and GPS navigation.

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Video: “I Love Guiding on the Green”

As part of the “I Love” video series from The Salt Lake City Tribune, this short film features fly fishing guide Colby Crossland and his love for the Green River. “I have the best office of anybody I know,” he says.

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Tippets: Mending Line, Bristol Bay Update, Currier’s World Travels

  • Mending your line give you a better drift, but mastering the skill to do so can be difficult. Tom Rosenbauer offers tips for achieving good drifts in a recent video and article via Orvis.
  • While the fight to save Bristol Bay from the proposed Pebble Mine has gained ground, it’s far from over.  Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska Director Scott Hed reminds anglers what’s at stake in a recent update. “Pebble is counting on its opposition to become complacent,” writes Hed. “We cannot allow that to happen.”
  • Jeff Currier is one of the most widely traveled anglers in the world. He talks about the different species of fish he has caught on a fly and conservation issues around the world, among many other topics, in a recent interview on The Venturing Angler.
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Job Opening: Store Manager, Angling Company (Key West)

The Angling Company fly fishing store in Key West, FL has an immediate opening for a store manager.  Contact Nathaniel Linville ( for more information.

Job responsibilities:

Serves customers by providing merchandise; supervising staff.

Job Duties:

– Completes store operational requirements by scheduling and assigning employees; following up on work results

– Maintains store staff by selecting, orienting, and training employees

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Tippets: Commercial Fly Tying, Northern Migrations, Tips for a New Season

  • There is still room for individual commercial fly tiers, says Charlie Craven, but you have to find a niche. Read more about what you need to know if you want to sell flies commercially in a recent interview with Craven on Sparks Fly Company.
  • As sea water temperature warms, fish are migrating farther north. And what this means for the marine system food web is a complicated topic. Read more via Conservation Magazine.
  • The beginning of a new season is a good time to re-stock standard supplies in your fishing vest or pack, as well as take note of what gear might need to be added for a new year on the water. Phil Monahan covers both in a recent article on the Orvis blog.
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Video Hatch: “#playwiththebest”

This short film from Dave Smith profiles bush pilot Dale Douglas and his backcountry work in British Columbia.

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Tippets: Long Leaders, Invasive Landmarks, Buggy Flies

  • Especially in clear water conditions, extra feet of leader/tippet is worth more than extra feet of casting distance, writes Kirk Deeter. He gives some tips on mastering building and turning over longer leaders in a recent piece on Field and Stream.
  • When invasive species move into a new area, they congregate by easily identifiable landmarks. Understanding this behavior could help in controlling population growth, say researchers. Via ScienceDaily.
  • Fly tiers want their flies to look the best they can. However, as John McKinnie of Lone Mountain Ranch writes, “trout don’t really care what your fly looks like as long as it looks buggy.”
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Public Access in New Mexico

A bill moving through New Mexico legislature would restrict access to rivers and streams that cross over private property. Voice your support for public access by contacting New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and tell her to veto SB 226.

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