Video: Using Hackle Guards

Phil Monahan put this piece together for the Orvis blog a few days ago, and it's definitely worth sharing. If you've never used hackle guards, they can be a great help when working on flies in the vise. Read the story and watch the video here.

IGFA Permit Invitational 2021

The folks over at the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) are hosting their second annual Permit Invitational. It's slated for Sep. 28 - Oct. 1, 2021, based out of the Stock Island Yacht Club in the Lower Florida Keys. The tournament features a who's-who cast of anglers, and all proceeds from the tournament will directly benefit IGFA conservation...

Tying Tuesday: Orange Head Mary

This variation on a pheasant tail nymph is a productive fly, especially in the fall months. The folks over at Fly Fish Food produce some fantastic tying videos, and the Orange Head Mary is a great example of how easy their videos are to follow.

Loon Debuts New Ergo Quick Release

Loon isn't letting up on the gas for releasing new, exciting products for this year's fall 2021 collection. Their latest addition is a new Ergo Quick Release tool, designed to allow you to release fish without ever touching them. In today's world of conscientious fish handling behavior, a tool like this is pretty useful. You can learn more about it here.

5 Old-School Striper Patterns

With the fall run of striped bass fast approaching, you're probably spending some time at the tying vise to get ready. But you don't need to focus on finding the latest hot new fly. According to the folks over at Field & Stream, you just need five classic patterns. You can view the list of patterns here.

Grundens Releases Fall 2021 Products

Grundens, one of the world's leading fly fishing apparel and gear companies, has recently released new products for Fall 2021. Among them are an expanded lineup of GORE-TEX products, along with footwear and outerwear. You can view the fall collection here.

Podcast: The Orvis Guide with Sasha Danylchuk

Tom Rosenbauer hosts the Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing podcast, and recently had Sasha Danylchuk on. Sasha is the executive director of KeepFishWet, the conservation organization that's done so much to help raise awareness about handling trout. You can listen to the podcast here.

Rare Minerals More Prevalent Due to Low Flows

This is an interesting story that will likely have impacts on fly fishing and water usage in Colorado. Per a new report, scientists have discovered that there's a significantly higher level of rare earth minerals present in Colorado's Snake River, due directly to low flows. You can read the full story here.

High on the Fly Releases Fall 2021 Collection

High on the Fly, a lifestyle fly fishing brand based out of Utah, has recently released newly designed mugs, just in time for the fall 2021 season. The mugs feature original artwork by Stacey Weaver, and are some of the nicest looking fly fishing accessories I've seen. View the entire collection here.

Skeena River Steelhead Returns Abysmal

2021 is the year of terrible steelhead returns, and the Skeena River hasn't escaped that trend. The British Columbia Federation of Fly Fishers recently announced that, as of August 31, only 5,280 adult steelhead have returned to the Skeena. That's a paltry 23% of the average run size. Closures are being enacted, and all anglers are asked to refrain from...