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New SPOT X 2-way Satellite Messenger

Globalstar has announced the release of SPOT X, “a 2-way satellite messenging device which combines proven S.O.S. emergency notification technology with new text messaging functionality.” Read more in the press release below.

YETI Celebrates Ten Years of Tundra with Multi-Stop Film Tour

YETI is celebrating the ten year anniversary of its iconic Tundra cooler with a multi-stop film tour. “YETI will be hitting cities across the nation, showcasing a selection of YETI Presents films, appearances from brand ambassadors, and raffles with exclusive YETI … more

RIO Delivers Two-Handed Anglers its ConnectCore Metered Shooting Line

RIO Products has announced the new ConnectCore Metered Shooting Line. The line features a short front taper and color change every 10 feet to easily gauge length of each cast. Read more in the press release below.

Dr. Slick 2019 Highlights: Razor Sharp Scissors, New Pliers

Dr. Slick has announced their upcoming product releases for 2019, including a set of three new fly tier’s Razor Scissors and heavy duty anglers’ pliers with replaceable jaws and cutters. Read more in the press release below.

MIDCURRENT Giveaway: New Mystic Outdoors JXP Fly Rod

NEW GIVEAWAY!  Sign up today for your chance to win a Mystic JXP Fly Rod, the new high-performance rod that is built by hand in the company’s Colorado headquarters.  You could also win one of two other great prizes.

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How to Tie a Freestyle Fall Favorite

Dave McKenna demonstrates how to tie his Freestyle Fall Favorite, a takeoff on a popular salmon and steelhead pattern that’s been around for decades.  As videographer Tim Flagler notes, this pattern has “fooled not only kings but cohos, steelhead and brown trout as well.”

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Tippets: Making Tenkara Leaders, Hatch Magazine Barracuda Tournament

  • Jason Klass draws from a diverse background of fishing styles to create his tenkara leader. “My tenkara line formula is simple, easy to remember, and easy to make with just two blood knots,” he explains. “It’s also very cost effective–you can tie many lines with just one spool of each diameter.” Read more and watch his video tutorial via Tenkara Talk.
  • The Hatch Magazine Inaugural Barracuda Tournament will be held Dec. 30, 2018-Jan 5, 2019 at Bair’s Lodge on Andros Island, The Bahamas. The tournament will help to raise money for the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust. There are spots for 10 anglers and they will fill up fast, so check out Hatch Magazine for more information.
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Tippets: DIY First Aid Kit, Catch and Release Best Practices  

  • A well-stocked first-aid kit is an essential for anglers spending time in remote areas. In this article, Emily Reed writes about the how-tos of DIT kits: “ building out your own kit allows you to tailor the contents to whatever activity you’re embarking on and ditch items you probably won’t use,” Reed advises. Via Outside Online.
  • On the most recent episode of the Orvis Fly Fishing podcast, Sascha Clark Danylchuk, science adviser for KeepEmWet Fishing, joins Tom Rosenbauer to talk about catch and release techniques. Listen here.
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Fly Fishing with Henry Winkler

A recent winner of an Emmy for his performance in the HBO series “Barry,” Henry Winkler is also an accomplished angler. He talks with Jim Dobson about his passion for the sport in this article via Forbes. “Henry Winkler has learned that his seasonal fly fishing trips throughout American rivers are not just about catching trout,” writes Dobson, “They are about adopting the proper perspectives on life.”

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Tippets: Strategies for Small Streams, Tying Jason’s Hopper

  • In this two-part series, Elliot Barnes from Bow River Troutfitters in Calgary, Alberta, outlines tips and techniques for fishing small streams. From why featureless water can still hold trout, to high-sticking to achieve a drag free drift. Learn more here.
  • Perfect for late-season topwater fishing when grasshoppers are plentiful, learn how to tie and fish Jason’s Hopper. “Unlike more realistic patterns like Dave’s Hopper, mine is decidedly impressionistic,” explains Jason Klass. “It’s a blue-collar quick and easy tie that will cover a lot of water and hold up against the most savage attacks.”
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Tippets: Big Fish on Small Flies, Fishing with Kids

  • In this recent post, Louis Cahill examines the flies in his box that have historically caught the biggest fish. “Without exception they were small, natural and traditional,” he observes. “I realize that this is in no way a scientific sampling or or even a thoughtful conclusion. It’s more of a forensic discovery. Rationally I’m struggling with it, but I can’t argue with the proof in my hand.” Read more via Gink & Gasoline.
  • “Ignore the baby registry that your expectant loved ones send to you,” advises Domenick Swentosky. “Instead, get them a Kelty Kid Carrier. It’s arguably the best gift we received at the baby shower, because of this: it gave me a way to bring my boys to the places I love most.” Read his post about fishing with kids, via Troutbitten.
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Video Hatch: “Pheasant and Gold Fly Tying Tutorial”

In this great tutorial from TaleTellers Fly Fishing, learn how to tie a classical style pattern that “sinks fast, maintains a balanced drop in the water, and captivates both angler and fish.” Continue reading

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Tippets: Killer Whales Starving for Salmon, Study Finds Larger Fish Produce More Offspring

  • “The southern resident killer whale, as the apex predator of our Salish Sea, is the canary-in-the-coal-mine of our local waters,” writes Dylan Tomine. There are only 75 southern resident killer whales left, and part of their dwindling population can be tied to salmon populations. “If we want to save the last of our southern resident killer whales, we need both short- and long-term solutions. In the short term, simply put, the whales need more king salmon to eat. Right now.” Read more via Hatch Magazine.
  • New research published in the journal Science reveals that bigger fish produce more offspring pound for pound than smaller fish. These findings of reproduction “could reinforce the importance of marine protected areas, where fishing is limited or banned. And where it’s been shown that fish live longer and larger,” reports Christopher Joyce via NPR.
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