Tippets: Mastering the Sweep, Sawfish Virgin Births, Gear for Spring Floats

June 5, 2015 By: Erin Block

  • Elements of a good spey cast include: lift, sweep, set, circle up and pull to the target. Whitney Gould writes about the fundamentals of “the sweep” in a recent article on Gink & Gasoline.
  • Smalltooth sawfish are on the verge of extinction. But recently, females have been observed to have “virgin births” in the wild. “The scarcity of mates prompts animals to sometimes do remarkable things to survive,” writes Abby Phillip. “But that shouldn’t necessarily be a source of comfort.” Via The Washington Post.
  • From hydration to tow trucks, Matthew Copeland writes about essential gear for any spring float trip. “Spring in the Northern Rockies brings dynamic, often challenging, conditions to the river. A little forethought and planning, though,” he writes, “can help ensure a safe and comfortable outing, no matter what comes your way.” Via Stalking the Seam.