Tippets: Loon Live, Chica de Mayo

  • At first glance the two patterns featured in a recent Loon Live event don’t have much in common. But the Pro PMD and the Swimmer Smolt have both proven their effectiveness on the water. Watch a recording here to learn more about the patterns.
  • The River’s Edge and Simms Fishing Products are will host the ladies-only 10th Annual Chica de Mayo event. Clinics will highlight ways to improve your technique on the water, and guest speakers will include Paula Shearer and Sarah Grigg. The event will be held May 5, 2018 at the River’s Edge West in Bozeman, Montana.
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Tippets: Keeping Alaska Salmon Country, Snake River Dam Releases Criticized, Pollution from B.C. to Montana

  • From native elders to commercial fisherman, and environmentalists to recreational anglers, these groups all agree that a Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay would be a disaster for their ways of life. In this impassioned article, Jenny Weis writes about the importance of keeping Bristol Bay “salmon country,” via Medium.
  • The order by a federal judge to increase water releases from four Snake River dams is being criticized by some members of Congress. “They say the water could be saved for other uses and are denouncing the spill, which began April 3, and a push by environmentalists to remove the four dams to increase wild salmon runs.” Via U.S. News & World Report.
  • For decades, pollution from Elk Valley coal mines in British Columbia have been flowing into Montana’s Kootenai River watershed. “Contamination levels measured in U.S. waters exceeds maximum concentration limits outlined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” writes Carol Linnitt, and environmentalists want to do something about it. Via DESMOG.
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New Fly Fishing Books

  • Tying and Fishing Deer Hair Flies: 50 Patterns for Trout, Bass, and Other Species by Tim Jacobs is a complete guide to selecting, handling, and tying with deer hair. The book covers patterns for species including trout, bass, and musky, and also addresses important fishing techniques. Stackpole Books [paperback] (April 1, 2018).
  • Down by the River: A Family Fly Fishing Story by Andrew Weiner is a great new book about fly fishing for kids. Follow along as Art spends a day with his mother and grandfather on a fishing trip in this book that celebrates “fishing, family, and fun.” With illustrations by April Chu. Harry N. Abrams [hardcover] (March 6, 2018).
  • A Steelheader’s Way: Principles, Tactics & Technique by Lani Waller is a classic book covering the essentials of fly fishing for steelhead. “Waller shares his techniques for swinging wets and waking dry flies, including proper approach, presentation, and his favorite fly patterns, both classic and contemporary.” With photos by Ken Morrish. Stackpole Books; 2 edition [paperback] (March 1, 2018).
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Tippets: Fly Fishing Hokkaido, Fly Rod Rentals

  • Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, is renowned for its natural beauty. In this article, Melissa Devaughn writes about visiting Akan National Park and its and fly fishing opportunities. “Lake Akan boasts char, rainbow trout, taimen, carp and cherry salmon, all of which can be fished at varying times of the year, ranging from May 1 to Nov. 30, depending on location and species.” Read more via The Japan Times.
  • Would you rent a fly rod for a fishing trip? Justin Pickett writes about a new company that allows anglers to do just that. “Owned and operated by David Moore, Rent This Rod plans to offer up top shelf rods for ten day periods for a fee of $150 with shipping to anywhere in the Lower 48 included. David is currently working with G. Loomis and Thomas & Thomas, however David plans on expanding into more brands accordingly with the market demand.”
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Video Hatch: “Life of a Guide”

This short film from Filson features the life of a guide on Alaska’s Alagnak River.

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Tippets: Flyfish Journal BahamaCon, All About Soft Hackles

  • Recently, The Flyfish Journal held its annual BahamaCon, “a casual gathering at Deneki’s Andros South bonefish lodge, to chase bonefish, barracuda and all manner of beautiful things.” From amazing video footage to great short essays, view the week via The Flyfish Journal.
  • Soft hackles are simple fly patterns that prove effective in a diversity of fishing conditions. “They are a perfect example of flies that play off simplicity, clean lines, and perfect proportions,” writes Andrew Grillos of Montana Angler. “They’re also very fun and effective flies that work both on the dead-drift and swung under tension.” Learn more about how to tie soft hackle patterns via Orvis.
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Video Hatch: “Out of Service”

In this short film, view beautiful footage of remote B.C. streams holding big bull trout.

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Tippets: BHA Podcast with Yvon Chouinard, Fly Casting in Heavy Cover

  • In the most recent episode of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers podcast, Hal Herring talks with Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia and legendary outdoorsman. “They discuss Chouinard’s roots, hunting jackrabbits with goshawks, replacing stuff with knowledge, a business born of necessity, Chouinard’s climbing crew, rugby shirts and corduroy pants, the Patagonia method of management, a cure for depression, national monuments, an agricultural revolution and the joys of simplicity.” Listen via YouTube or iTunes.
  • Often the best trout waters are in overgrown and hard to reach areas. Learn tips and techniques for how to fly cast in dense brush in this video from Dave Jensen. Via Masterclass Monday from Orvis.
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Video Hatch: “À l’aube”

This short film features footage of a beautiful early morning on a small stream. Via Julien Lgd.

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Tippets: Patagonia and BHA, Catching Suspended Trout

  • Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, attended the recent annual Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Rendezvous. “Patagonia and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) come from different sides of the outdoor recreation aisle,” writes Morgan Mason. “But with a mutual goal of protecting public lands access, an alliance could make a powerful statement.” Via Gear Junkie.
  • Fishing to trout holding mid water column can be a hard nut to crack. “These trout are usually too deep to persuade them to rise to your dry fly on the surface,” writes Kent Klewein, “yet are also holding too far up from the bottom for you to easily dredge your tandem nymph rig in front of them.” Read six great technique tips for fishing to suspended trout, via Gink & Gasoline.
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