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Other News

Simms to Sell Direct to Consumers

In what should be good news for consumers, Simms will begin selling direct to the public with the launch of their new Web site later this summer.  We spoke with Simms CEO K.C. Walsh this morning.  He filled us in on the changes and what they will mean for both customers who currently buy Simms gear at their local fly shop and those who might prefer to buy...

The New Daily Gear Coverage from MidCurrent

Beginning this month, MidCurrent and Angling Trade begin bringing you regular daily gear news on MidCurrent.com and a new twice-monthly Fly Fishing Gear newsletter, which will begin publication next week. We've thought long and hard about how best to do gear coverage, and after several years of publishing the most comprehensive annual guide to new gear...

MidCurrent's RSS Feed Has Changed

The Internet is a complex beast, and one that requires staying on top of even the most minuscule bits. As a result, when we introduced the new MidCurrent, we also had to change some other services to comply with the "rules" our web overlords provide us - one of those services is RSS feeds. You may have previously subscribed to an RSS feed that ended in...

Restoring an Au Sable River Guide Boat

Angling buddies Ron Barch and Paul Eberhart bought the wrecked hull of a 22.5-foot Au Sable River guide boat for $500, got busy with modern epoxies, and are turning it into a floating bit of history, reports Aaron Ogg in the Grand Rapids Press.  "These boats have a rich history in Michigan and on the Au Sable, so it’s easy to romanticize the prospect of...

The New MidCurrent

After several months of planning and development, our staff flipped the switch on MidCurrent’s redesign this morning.    Our many thousands of news items, stories, features, videos, and podcasts are presented in a more accessible page layout, and we’ve greatly expanded our art and photography galleries, as well as our video offerings.   The new...

"Reprimanded on a Technicality"

Weekly Standard senior writer and humorist Matt Labash says that if his friends are going to make fun of him for throwing Wal-Mart issue Leland darts with pink and white heads, he'd just as soon fish alone. "When I fish alone, I don’t have to argue fishing theory, I can just catch fish. Of course, the same mates will throw a dumbbell-eyed Clouser without...

Tippets: American Angler's Gear of the Year, Gear of the Year 10,000 (BC), Gear of the Future?

American Angler magazine publishes their "Gear of the Year - 2011" on AmericanAngler.com. Gear of the Year 10,000 BC: scientists find 12,000-year-old fishing tools in the Channel Islands off of southern California. Michael Gracie packs for the Bahamas FIBFest, toting mostly the essential non-essentials (including an iPad with RSS reader, photo editor, FTP...

Tippets: The World's Best Axe, The World's "Warmest Hat," Mysterious Mechanics of Spider Silk

Dan Carlons says you'll pay more for the Gränfors Bruks Small Forest Axe, but it is well worth the price. Stephen Regenold says he doubts the Black Rock Gear’s Original Down Hat is any warmer than some others he's worn, but it weighs only one ounce and is a "quality piece." We sense a brand name in the making: German scientists say they are beginning...

Tippets: Buffs on Golfers, Carter "Fly Fishing Fantasy," Permit Tagging, Grass-Fed Fish

We could scarce believe our eyes when we saw professional golfer Martin Kaymer -- who just clinched world #1 ranking -- wearing a Vaughn Cochran Black Fly Buff in Sunday's Match Play Championship. Golfers, buy your new required gear here. Former President Jimmy Carter's weekend auction of a "Fly Fishing Fantasy" trip with him in north Georgia netted $70K...

Tippets: Carl McNeil Interview, Treated Water, John Muir, Grasshopper Explosions

Costa Del Mar's "Watery Rave" blog interviews filmmaker Carl Mcneil. Even "treated" wastewater stresses out trout because of remaining contaminants, Canadian study finds. Video: PBS's new "John Muir In the New World" will air in the U.S. on April 18. Nation's longest-running grasshopper study aims to stop $1.5 billon dollar problem, but finds "no single...