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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Video Hatch: “In the Loop: Avoiding Spawners”

In this episode of Redington’s new series “In The Loop,” host Bob Frankfurter “goes over the signs of spawning fish and how to avoid them, to help maintain a healthy fish population in your favorite body of water.” 

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Tippets: Getting Started with Fly Fishing, Interview with R.A. Beattie

  • For anyone just getting started in fly fishing, this series of three videos from Brian Flechsig of Mad River Outiffters is a great place to begin. Flechsig covers “the six things you need to start fly fishing, how to understand fly-rod sizes (weights), and how to choose the right rod for the kind of fishing you want to do.” Watch via Orvis.
  • In this interview, R.A. Beattie talks about a host of issues including his start making fly fishing films, travel tips, favorite species and his day job in the music industry. Read the conversation via Venturing Angler.
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Video Hatch: “Grayling Paradise”

A small stream and large grayling come together in this beautiful short film. Via FMAO Productions.

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Tippets: JT Van Zandt on Texas, Teaching Trout

  • JT Van Zandt, a fly-fishing guide and son of the late singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt, sits down for an interview with Texas Monthly. He “talks about the beauty and protection of the region’s wild treasures that are hiding in plain sight.”
  • In this article, Todd Tanner writes about being an effective communicator and how to inspire students of fly fishing to continue their education on the water. Read “Teaching Trout” via Hatch Magazine.
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Jeff McGowan Joins Scientific Anglers as National Sales Manager

Scientific Anglers has announced the hiring of Jeff McGowan as national sales manager. “Jeff brings with him more than a decade of selling experience, customer care, and sales management in the action sports and outdoor industry,” said president Brad Befus.

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Tippets: Patagonia Takes on Federal Government, Colorado River Faces Record Low Runoff, Puget Sound Salmon on Drugs

  • Patagonia has always been outspoken in their support of environmental causes. But since the beginning of the Trump administration, the company has increased their activity in messaging about the environment. From Yvon Chouinard as an unlikely CEO, to the recent lawsuit Patagonia filed against the federal government, read more in this article by Rosecrans Baldwin in GQ.
  • According to projections from federal forecasters, the Colorado River Basin faces one of its driest spring runoffs in the past 50 years. “Scientists at the Salt Lake City-based Colorado Basin River Forecast Center say current snowpack conditions are set to yield the sixth-lowest recorded runoff into Lake Powell since the lake was filled more than 50 years ago.” Via KRCC.
  • Washington State Chinook salmon in Puget Sound are absorbing our prescription drugs at alarming and harmful rates. “The metabolic disturbance evident in the fish from human drugs was severe enough that it may result not only in failure to thrive but early mortality and an inability to compete for food and habitat.” Via The Seattle Times.
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Video Hatch: “Study to be Quiet”

This short film features beautiful footage of a trip to Maine’s Moosehead region to fly fish for brook trout. Via Tight Loops. Continue reading

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Tippets: Filming with Todd Moen, Top Guide Flies

  • Todd Moen has traveled the world in pursuit of some of the best fly fishing locales. However, he “can more likely be found behind a video camera filming somebody else fishing,” writes Mark Morical, “or in front of a computer editing his video and photos, than with a fly rod in hand.” Read more about Moen and his film work via The Bend Bulletin.
  • From nymphs to terrestrials, Brian Kozminski shares his top fly pattern picks in this recent post on True North Trout. “I find that my favorite flies are often the ones that I am using most,” he writes, “which also seem to produce because I have faith in them; hence, using them more, so on and so on.”
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