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Fly Fishing, Conservation Bolster Mental Health

This story comes to us from Kara Armano in Sky-Hi News, a local outlet in Grand County, Colorado. The story details how fly fishing and conservation bolster mental health. With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, this is a timely, and well-done story. You can read it in full here.

Podcast: Beavers and Trout

Tom Rosenbauer sat down on a recent podcast to talk about the relationship between beavers and trout with Ben Goldfarb. Ben wrote a book about beavers, and adds a ton of great insight into a creature that's integral for trout survival. Listen to the podcast below. See All Orvis Learning Center Fly Fishing Podcasts

St. Croix Returning to Fly Fishing

St. Croix has always been a big name in fishing. For a while, they were serious contenders in the fly fishing world. That changed a decade ago when the company decided to focus on its conventional gear, with the intention to return to fly fishing at a later date. That later date is fast approaching, according to Chris Hunt. In this story for Hatch...

Approaching New Water

Phil Monahan, over at Orvis, put together this great story where he interviewed guides about how they approach new water. Deciding on how you'll tackle new-to-you water is a tough question new anglers have to face, but the advice of these guides helps lessen that learning curve. You can read the story here.

Is New York's Delaware River Public or Private?

Beau Beasley put together this great story on the land use issues plaguing the Delaware River in New York State. While we're used to squabbles over land ownership here in the West, it's not a problem unique to us. The gist of it is that land owners along the Delaware River in New York State are laying claim to centuries-old ownership agreements that, in...

Leader 911

Louis Cahill put together this story over at Gink & Gasoline that goes into detail on how to handle leader emergencies. I'm sure we've all been there, whether it's broken leader or running out of 5x during a spring blue-wing hatch. You can read Cahill's story here.

Fast Leader Changes

Dom Swentosky, over at Troutbitten, put this set of tips together to help you figure out how to quickly change leaders. Switching leaders is a pain, and it takes away from time spent on the water. This article, though, should help you cut down on the time you spend tying knots. Read Dom's story here.

Story: Untying

This is a fun story from David N. McIlvaney in Hatch Magazine. The general premise is that the author doesn't tie flies, but can certainly untie them when the situation calls for it. Read the story here.

Podcast: It Always Come Down to Casting

Dom Swentosky just put out this episode of his Troutbitten podcast, discussing why success always seems to come down to fly casting. As a decidedly average caster myself, I'll concur that Dom's right on this subject, as he usually is. You can listen to the podcast here.

Mental Health Highlighted in TROUT Magazine

I had a conversation this week with a guide friend of mine who's the father of two great kids. He's amazed at how little his kids' friends - all of whom live in a fishing town in rural Utah - get outside, and the impact that's having on the mental health of kids throughout his county. Then, I saw this piece from Angling Trade, and knew I had to share it...