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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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Tippets: SPOT GPS Review, Bringing Back Coasters

If you often venture to remote streams or backcountry waters, take some time to check out a recent review of the SPOT GPS Messenger system by Mike Sepelak. “Being able to keep my wife informed and comfortable that I was … more

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Tippets: Flyanthropy, Pikeminnows Move Up the Colorado, Fly Fishing Life Hacks

Flyanthropy flies from Innate Fly Fishing Company use high-quality materials to tie flies to extremely high standards, while providing high paying jobs and benefits to the community of Trat, Thailand. See more about where and how to support and order flies … more

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Tippets: Bull Trout Rush Back Up Dam-Free Elwha, Don’t Let Rod Action Change Your Stroke

Bull trout have already made their way up the Elwha River past the recently demolished Glines Canyon Dam. “We always knew the fish would return once the dams were removed,” says superintendent Sarah Creachbaum, “but these four fish passed through … more

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Tippets: Persistence on the Dean, Warm Waters Reroute Salmon, Tenkara USA Water Filter

On the Dean River “Confidence is key,” writes Steven Brutger, “but after several days without touching a fish it is hard to hold onto.” Persistence does pay off though, and you can read more about his trip (and success) via … more

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