The Streamer Gene, Healing a River, Mantabot Sea Exploration, Outdoor Retailer Show Report

August 14, 2012 By: Erin Block

  • You can learn a lot by studying someone’s fly tying and patterns. Like their handwriting. And when Louis Cahill travels back to his grandfather’s home, he notices the nuances and secrets left in boxes of flies and wonders: is there, in fact, a “streamer gene?”
  • In a roundabout way (as most healing processes are), the muddy water at the mouth of the Elwha River caused by sediment left from the recently removed dam, is actually a good thing, say scientists.
  • In a project funded by the Office of Naval Research, robotic creatures are being developed to explore deeper and farther regions of the seas (as well as to carry out military surveillance). And the Mantabot is the newest addition to a family that already sounds like science fiction, including the Robojelly, Robofish, and Robosquid.
  • On assignment for Troutrageous, Chase Hundley of Feather and Scale gives a report back from the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City on his favorite new products and gear, including a new pack line from Umpqua Feather Merchants, and fishing gloves from Buff.