Tippets: Magic of Soft Hackles, Native Amazon Fishing Toxins, Tips for Instagram

September 30, 2014 By: Erin Block

  • 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 studying fish diversity in remote Amazon rivers are partnering with local tribes to use a traditional fishing technique that involves using barbasco root, which emits a toxic substance similar to electroshocking fish populations. “These people know so much about the way animals work in the forest and the rivers,” says University of Chicago graduate student Sebastian Heilpern. “Fishing is in their blood and they are born with a net in their hands. It makes sense for researchers to work with them and act as a bridge to bring their knowledge to the scientific community and vice versa.” Via NewsWatch, National Geographic.
  • If you use Instagram to share fishing photos, don’t miss a recent article on Gizmodo on how to better use this social media tool.