Tippets: California Drought, Stalking Large Trout, How Many Fish in a Glass?

January 21, 2014 By: Erin Block

  • The governor of California, Jerry Brown, has officially declared a drought emergency for the state and called on Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 20 percent. Reservoirs have dipped to historic lows after “the worst drought that California has ever seen since records (began) about 100 years ago.”
  • Kirk Deeter takes an in-depth look at stalking large trout in eddies, drawing from a recent trip to Argentina. “Even though trout may be only a few meters apart in a given run, they can have completely different personalities and characteristics,” Deeter writes. “Understanding this, and adjusting your fly selection and approach accordingly will help you get the most out of the waters you fish.”
  • New research published in the journal  PLOS ONE reveals that one glass of water can reveal up to 13,000 fish living in the larger body of water from which the sample was taken. “It might be unpleasant to think about when going for a swim in the ocean,” says lead author Ryan Kelly of the University of Washington. “But the water is a soup of cells shed by what lives there.”