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Tippets: Deschutes River Challenges, “Part Huck Finn,” Top Nymphing Techniques

Warmer water temperatures, algae blooms, fewer insect hatches are all impacting the ecosystem and fishery of the Deschutes River. Dave Moskowitz of Deschutes River Alliance talks with Mia Sheppard on Metalheads, about what is being done to monitor water quality … more

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Tippets: Strip Sets, Great Barrier Reef Sustainability, Carping on the Snake River

Keeping the tip of your rod in the water when stripping streamer will help maintain contact with the fly and detect subtle takes more easily, as well as help with strip-setting the hook. Joe Cermele explains why this technique is essential, … more

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Tippets: Considering Canoes, Susquehanna Flats Comeback

While drift boats and stand up paddle boards may receive more attention, Matthew Copeland takes time to consider the canoe, which “has been called mankind’s most perfect design,” he writes, “the pinnacle of simplicity and function.” Via Stalking the Seam. … more

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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. … more

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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 … more

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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 … more

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Tippets: Salmon Cam, Tacky Fly Box, Rivers Report

The Nature Conservancy has announced the annual return of their “Salmon Cam,” which offers a live view at the Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead trout moving upstream to spawn in the Shasta River. Jessica McGlothlin gives a first look … more

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Tippets: Learning the Water Haul, Mathematical Minds, Building Big Dams

While most anglers are familiar with the double haul, a “water haul” might be a new technique to some. In a recent installment of the “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor” series, Peter Kutzer demonstrates this technique, which uses water tension … more

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Tippets: Cleaner Water, Tying Tube Flies, Counting the Earth’s Lakes

The results of a study performed by the United States Geological Survey were published in a recent issue of the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The study confirmed that harmful pesticide levels in streams and waterways have dropped from the … more

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Tippets: On Northern Pike, Record Numbers of Salmon in the Columbia

The northern pike is an incredible fish and worthy adversary on the fly rod. Discussing everything from habitat preferences to related species and even fly suggestions, Phil Monahan writes a great article on Esox Lucius. “Because pike will eat everything … more

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