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Fly Gear Guide Website

A new website, Fly Gear Guide, is a fly fishing gear-dedicated site that enables readers to make informed decisions about which gear is best suited to their needs. With three new gear items reviewed weekly, “Each piece of gear is … more

Reilly Rod Crafters Announces Debbie Hanson Signature Rod Series

Reilly Rod Crafters, in collaboration with guide Debbie Hanson, has announced a new signature fly rod series. The Debbie Hanson Signature Series is a 7-weight rod, perfect for a diversity of fishing conditions. Read more in the press release below.

RIO Makes the Trout Spey Game Simple

RIO has announced new line series designed specifically for spey fishing for trout. Read more in the press release below.

News from Winston

From reviews of the new PURE rod series to new accessories for 2019, R.L. Winston announces what’s new at their headquarters in Twin Bridges, Montana. Read more in the press release below.

Tippets: Big Win for Santa Clara Steelhead, Barks of Piranhas

  • Conservation groups claim a huge win in a legal case against United Water Conservation District after a federal court judge ruled the water agency had failed to adequately protect endangered steelhead trout in the Santa Clara River. “A coalition of environmental groups had sued the United Water Conservation District, charging that the Vern Freeman Dam on the Santa Clara River restricts steelhead movement between the ocean, and their habitat. A judge agreed, saying the district could be doing more, and that the lack of action violated the federal Endangered Species Act.” Via KCLU.
  • By contracting muscles near their gas bladders, piranhas are able to make a “barking” noise. Professor Francis Juanes of Canada’s University of Victoria studies and catalogs these unique sounds for species identification and research. He will present the results of his study at the Acoustical Society of America’s 176th Meeting in Victoria, Canada. Via News Atlas.
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Video Hatch: “Anthony”


In this short film, learn about Anthony, probably the only grayling with a name. “Learn why this fish is so unique and why was given a name.” Via Black Fly Eyes.

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“Simple Fly Fishing” Second Edition


The second edition of Simple Fly Fishing will feature a new cover design by artist Dwight Hwan, eight new fly designs in full color, added stories and instructional illustrations by renowned fish artist James Prosek, plus a quick setup guide for tenkara. The revised 2nd edition lands in Patagonia stores in December and will include a limited number of autographed copies. It will be sold nationally in fly shops and bookstores starting January 19, 2019.

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Video Hatch: “Bears, Grayling and Dry Flies”


In this short film from InTents Media, Cortney Boice, Phil Tuttle, Tim Meikle and Derek Olthuis head north to catch big arctic grayling on dries on a remote river.

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Tippets: Interview with John Gierach, Questions About Tippet

  • John Gierach is the guest on a recent episode of Ask About Fly Fishing Internet Radio. Gierach talks about his writing, developing stories, and of course, fly fishing.
  • Talk about tippet often focuses on the attachment to the leader. However, in this article, Domenick Swentosky outlines three important questions about tippet: “What type? (Nylon vs Fluorocarbon.) What size? (How thick of a diameter is best?) And how long should your tippet section be?” Via Troutbitten.
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How to Tie a Wood Duck Heron

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie a Wood Duck Heron in this week’s featured tying video. “This is one of those patterns that gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling whenever I tie or fish it,” says Flagler.  “And it helps remind me just how beautiful and simple truly effective flies can be.”

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New Fly Fishing Books

  • The Brown Trout-Atlantic Salmon Nexus: Tactics, Fly Patterns, and the Passion for Catching Salmo, Our Most Prized Gamefish by Matthew Supinski a complete historical, scientific, artistic, culinary, and practical guide to understanding and appreciating these remarkable fish. From history to tactics and techniques accompanied by more than 150 stunning photos, The Brown Trout-Atlantic Salmon Salmo Nexus is a must-have for every passionate fisherman, admirer, artist and culinary naturalist connoisseur to enjoy. Skyhorse Publishing [hardcover] (November 27, 2018).
  • Wyoming Mountains & Home-waters: Family, Fly Fishing, and Conservation by Bradley Johnson explores how fly fishing and conservation converge in protecting what makes the Rocky Mountains a unique and beloved landscape. “Yellowstone grizzly bears, wilderness, wolves, and majestic trout all connect in Wyoming’s mountains.Youthful fishing adventures in remote streams combine with conservation science to tell the story of Wyoming’s incredible wildlife and ecology.” Sage Creek Press, LLC [paperback] (August 6, 2017).
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Video Hatch: “Stories from the Fountain”

This film from Matteo Moretti “depicts the 3-week long fishing-research journey of four passionate fly fisherman/aspiring environmentalists and one doctoral student across the state of Pennsylvania. Their mission? To understand and give voice to the story behind native brook trout from the perspective of fishermen, scientists and conservationists.”

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Tippets: Talking About Trigger Fingers, Feathers 101

  • The “trigger finger” is an integral and often overlooked part of casting. In this article, Domenick Swentosky writes about tips for improving your technique. “The trigger finger becomes intuitive if you train it in the basics from the beginning,” he writes.
  • From hackle saddles to biots and quills, this feather tutorial from Dan Zazworsky will be helpful for both beginning and experienced tiers alike. Via Postfly Box.
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Video Hatch: “Snow and Trout”

In this short film from Jackson Kayak, Justin Powell, Fishing Manager at Orvis, and Drew Ross, Orvis Ambassador, hit the water for an epic day of snow and trout.

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