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Science In The Thorofare

The Thorofare region of Yellowstone needs no introduction in angling circles. It's a legendary place many of us hope to visit one day. If you haven't been there, but are dreaming of doing so, this recent story in Fly Fisherman Magazine may help you clear your calendar and make a trip happen. Paul Weamer wrote about the incredible science going on to track...

Podcast: Articulate Fly and Grundens

Marvin Cash, host of the Articulate Fly podcast, sat down with Curtis Graves and Jim Kershaw, the designers behind all of Grundens' gear. With their new waders hitting the market, now's a great time to hear from the product designers themselves to get a better understanding of what separates Grundens from other brands. You can listen to the full show here.

Tying Tuesday: CDL Peacock Caddis

The folks over at Savage Flies have put together a great tutorial for tying an easy beginner caddis dry fly - the CDL Peacock Caddis. As someone who's not a beginner tier but still struggles with tying an elk hair caddis (I can get elk hair to behave on a variety of patterns just fine; on a caddis, though, I can never get it to look right), this is a...

MT Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Black Butte Mine

The Montana Supreme Court issued a ruling in favor of Black Butte Copper Mine late on Monday, February 26. This ruling allows Black Butte to build an underground mine along Sheep Creek, which is a tributary of Montana's famous Smith River, per KTVH Helena. The Smith River is highly regarded in angling circles, and floating is allowed only via permit, which...

California Salmon in Trouble

When we talk about salmon and steelhead recovery, we largely focus on the waters of the Pacific Northwest - the Columbia River Basin, the various rivers draining into Puget Sound, and the rivers in coastal British Columbia. Little, if any, time is dedicated to concern about the salmon (and steelhead) fisheries located along California's coast. California...

Tom Dorsey Passes Away

Tom Dorsey, one of the founders of Thomas & Thomas Fly Rods, passed away on February 14, 2023, at his home in New Haven, Connecticut. Ross Purnell, of Fly Fisherman Magazine, wrote a wonderful tribute to Dorsey, which you can read here.

Orvis Podcast: Trout Stream Bugs

In this recent episode of the Orvis podcast, Tom Rosenbauer chats with Anna Le about aquatic entomology in trout streams. Le is an educator and aquatic entomologist, and she dishes out some great tips to help you learn to gauge the health of a river just by looking at its bug life. You can find the podcast here.

The Golden Ratio of Nymphing

In this recent story (with an accompanying video) Dom Swentosky lays out what he sees as the "golden ratio" for tight line nymphing. This ratio is the perfect distance at which to fish a tight line rig, and Dom goes on to say that "By staying within the Golden Ratio, we can trust that a perfect dead drift is possible, but casting outside of the ratio brings...

Fish Getting Smaller as Water Warms

A new study looks at one of the leading theories for an explanation as to why fish are getting smaller as waters warm around the world. The leading theory, according to this article from Phys.org, is that a fish's gills have a harder time extracting oxygen from warmer water, leading to stunted growth. That theory, however, has now been proven mostly false...

Costa Debuts New Gold 580G Lens

Costa del Mar, makers of some of fly fishing's best sunglasses, recently announced the release of a new lens - the Gold 580G. This glass lens features a rose-colored base, finished with a gold mirror, which Costa says allows for more light transmission than the beloved copper/amber lenses. "The distinctive gold mirror treatment is inspired by life after the...