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Tippets: How to Whip Finish, Fighting Big Fish

Whip finishers are one of the most common tools at a tying bench, and they can also be one of the most intimidating to use for beginners. In this post, Jason Klass demonstrates techniques for properly and efficiently using a whip finish tool. Via Tenkara Talk. From rod action and hook set, to reading water and landing location, Matthew Reilly writes about...

Tippets: Summer Smallmouth, Standout Fly Rods

From fly patterns and techniques to gear and water conditions, Vince Battista outlines everything you need to know to fish for smallmouth bass in the late summer season. Read more via Postfly Box. In this article, Chad Shmukler runs down the list of the top rods that debuted at the recent International Fly Tackle Dealer) show in Orlando, Florida. From odes...

Tippets: Tying Intruder Flies, Urban Angling in Washington D.C.

Learn about the designs of and techniques for tying classic Intruder flies for steelhead in this recent video from Jay Nicholas. There are plenty of urban angling opportunities around the Washington D.C. metro area and Rob Snowhite helps anglers find and fish these locales. “He’s managed to carve out a niche market among the area’s overworked and...

2017 AFFTA Board of Directors Executive Committee

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association has announced the welcome of Jennifer Lavigne of Waterworks-Lamson, Colby Trow of Mossy Creek Fly Fishing, Lise Lozelle of Maven Fly and Casting for Recovery, and Rob Parkins of JD High Country Outfitters to the AFFTA Executive Committee for the 2017/2018 season.

Tippets: Winter Fishing in the Midwest, Fly Fishing the Stop

The Midwest offers great winter fishing opportunities. A recent article on Outside Online highlights Michigan’s Upper Penninsula and Great Lakes steelhead. An important and often missed part of a good cast is the follow-through. “There is nothing more important about a fly cast,” writes Louis Cahill, “than how it ends.” Read his rules for a...

AFFTA Applauds Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association has issues a statement applauding the recent designation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, located in Penobscot County in northern Maine. The National Monument was created through a donation of 89,261 acres from the Elliotsville Plantation, Inc.

Tippets: The Case for Canoes, On Losing Fish

While driftboats are all the rage, “It occurs to me though that amid the lusty discussion of the latest and greatest, we’ve somehow lost an appropriate appreciation for the common canoe.” Read Matthew Copeland’s case for bringing back this classic via Stalking the Seam. Losing fish is a frustrating part of fishing. But from a recent article by Kyle...

AFFTA Calls for Change in Florida

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association has released a statement calling for members to contact Florida leaders and “request that they introduce and support legislation that finds long term solutions to this ongoing problem and provide fiscal and restoration relief for those affected.”

Conservation Hawks Fundraiser

Conservation Hawks will host an evening of angling and advocacy, featuring speakers Hal Herring of Field & Stream magazine, Hilary Hutcheson of Trout TV, and Todd Tanner of Conservation Hawks. The event will include screenings of the films “CHROME,” COLD WATERS,” and “THROUGH THE GUIDES,” as well as a silent auction and raffle that will...

Tippets: Sockeye Decimated by Warm Waters, Whole Foods to Sell Lionfish, Great Lakes Salmon, Smith River Mine Op-ed, Bizarre B.C. Fish Ladder

Due to unprecedented warm waters, ninety-nine percent of the Snake River sockeye salmon counted at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River near Portland in 2015 died before reaching Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley. Rocky Barker reports via The Idaho Statesman. Lionfish are coming to a Whole Foods near you. The invasive species will be sold as an edible fish at West...