Category Archives: Science

Anti-Anxiety Drugs Impact Fish Behavior

As mounting evidence of the problem of pharmaceuticals in water sources, a study published in a recent issue of the journal Science found that fish living in waters testing positive for traces of anti-anxiety drugs had altered behavior—including anti-social and … more

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Magnetic Fields Lead Salmon Home

The migration of salmon has always been inspiring, and new research published February 7 in the journal Current Biology sheds some light on how they manage to navigate seas to reach their river of birth: magnetic fields.  “To find their … more

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On the Question of Pain

Debate over the ethics of recreational fishing is long-running, and its practice and participants often called inhumane. But the research of University of Wisconsin professor of zoology and physiology Jim Rose recently published in the scientific journal Fish and Fisheries might … more

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Fish Science: From Water to Land

In a paper published in a recent issue of the journal Developmental Cell, scientists from the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain have reproduced the evolutionary substrate of fish growing legs; recording limb alteration in zebra fish by gene … more

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WSJ: “Fish Flies” Invade Tony Michigan Towns

It’s worth checking out the Wall Street Journal‘s reportage on the annual hexagenia hatch just for the picture of the guy with the snowblower clearing the “foul smelling” fish flies off the sidewalk.  The reporter note at one point that … more

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Rod Design: Innovation and “Stuff”

Matt Ridley writes in this morning’s Wall Street Journal about the common thread (or fiber) in the design of modern fly rods: the belief that technology and advances in materials science have taken over from an emphasis on tapers and … more

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Spider Silk’s Biothermal Magic

OK, we’re writing about this today just because we love bugs, occasionally fish spider patterns, and think this is very cool.  Scientist Xinwei Wang, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State, has discovered with the help of two associates that … more

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Happy Holidays: The Short Days Are Over (Again)


Every year we find ourselves marking the winter solstice and the end of the shortening of days.  That might be because years of guiding trained us to love fishing in light.  And every fourth week of December there’s the promise … more

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Barracudas: They Start Young

The behavior of baby barracudas is largely shrouded in mystery, in part because the fish’s larvae drift in the open ocean (much like they do for bonefish, tarpon, and other species).  But researchers at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of … more

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New Sunscreens Could Use Natural UV-Blockers in Coral

“Researchers at King’s College London have discovered how coral produces natural sunscreen compounds to protect itself from damaging UV rays, leading scientists to believe these compounds could form the basis of a new type of sunscreen for humans,” ScienceDaily reported … more

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