Fishing

SOMERSET, Penn. – The Fly Fishing Show, idle for more than a year due to the international COVID-19 pandemic, will be back in 2022 with a cornucopia of new rods, reels, clothes, fly tying and casting demonstrations, seminars and vacation destinations at six venues, announced Ben Furimsky, President and CEO. Fly Fishing Shows will begin
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Announcing Stripers In Our Hands,  a new grassroots effort to empower recreational anglers to better protect striped bass. Keep Fish Wet, Confluence Collective, and Soul Fly Outfitters  have collaborated to highlight how people can safely play, handle, and release a striper to improve its chances of survival after it swims away.  The challenge:  The striped
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This is a short story, but it’s worth mentioning because we’ve seen this problem so often in the past year and a half – folks aren’t respecting our resources. According to Fox 13 out of Salt Lake City, Utah Lake State Park may shut down all docks to fishing if anglers don’t quit leaving hooks
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When I saw this excerpt from Home Waters in Field & Stream, I was pretty surprised. I didn’t know there was a companion to A River Runs Through It in the works. This book, written by Norman Maclean’s son John, chronicles his relationship with fly fishing, his father, and the Big Blackfoot River. This excerpt is fantastic, and has me eagerly
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It hit 90 here in Salt Lake City this week – an unfortunate sign that a hot, dry summer isn’t just coming, but finally arrived. Thankfully, that means my usual wet wading season has been expanded substantially. If you’re new to wet wading, or just want to upgrade your gear, this piece from Phil Monahan
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By now, we’re all aware of the need for sustainability in our use of the earth’s natural resources. No one wins – in the long term – if we overuse what we currently have at hand. That’s the main focus of this piece by Josh Nicholas in The Guardian. In it, he details how China regularly claims
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I love fishing for bass, especially on a fly rod. I don’t get to do it enough, and according to this story, my chances of catching a fish like Josh Rogers did are slim to none. Rogers caught a largemouth bass that was entirely gold in color. Think golden dorado yellow. It’s a gorgeous fish,
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On one of the more recent episodes of my podcast – Spencer Durrant: Unhooked – I sat down with author Michael Tougias. We talked about his fantastic new book The Waters Between Us, and a myriad of other fishing related topics. Of particular note is the story Tougias shares with us about the time took someone else’s
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Fly fishing isn’t a huge industry in Nebraska, which isn’t all that surprising. Nebraska certainly isn’t a mecca for trout fishing, but that hasn’t stopped angler interest in the sport. In fact, its popularity is growing so much that the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is extending dates for events during their Discover Fly Fishing
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Dom Swentosky, over at Troutbitten, wrote on a topic that’s near and dear to my heart – because it’s how I fish 99% of the time. His latest story on different styles of dry-dropper setups is a great primer if you’re not used to fishing this way, or if you’re looking to refine your technique. Read it
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The United States Women’s Fly Fishing Team (USWFFT) has announced the initial six members of the National Team from which a World Team will be selected to represent the United States in the first ever World Ladies Fly Fishing Championship, scheduled for July 2022. Women’s Fly Fishing is now sanctioned by the Confederation Internationale de
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The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) announced today that Lucas Bissett has been hired as the Executive Director of the organization.  Bissett has been an AFFTA Board member for four years, serving on the executive committee for the last three, and will assume Executive Director responsibilities on June 1st, 2021. “As a fellow member
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Rarely in fisheries management do we think about taking an active role in managing baitfish. It’s not a popular thing to spend money on, and game and fish departments ultimately answer to the public. But the public is behind a new initiative to manage menhaden, a bait fish that’s critical to the entire Atlantic Ocean
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The BBC recently ran this piece about the carbon footprint associated with eating fish. According to their statistics, commercial fishing emits as much Co2 annually as the airline industry. I find that difficult to believe, but the nugget of wisdom in the BBC story is when they knock the effort it takes to drag nets
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As reported by Tom Keer over at Field & Stream, there is significant progress in talks to reopen the US – Canadian border. It was closed, of course, in response to the pandemic, and that meant a lot of hunting and fishing was off-limits to travelers. Now, though, it looks as if we might be able
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In this great in-depth review of fish-fighting tactics, Dom Swentosky of Troutbitten explains why side pressure is more effective in fighting fish than simply holding your rod tip up. As a guide, I find this interesting because I’m always reminding clients to keep the rod tip up. But when you have a big fish on the line – or
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If you’ve ever wondered whether fly fishing is as therapeutic, relaxing, and helpful as all of us claim it is, look no further than this story from WSLS News in Roanoke, VA. Most of us are familiar with Project Healing Waters – the group that helps veterans handle PTSD and other trauma through fly fishing
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I had a bunch of fun putting this story together recently for Hatch Magazine. In it, I detail an effort to curb brook trout populations by utilizing sterile tiger muskie. It’s an interesting tactic that’s shown promise in reducing stunted brook trout, and increasing the number of larger, healthier fish available for anglers. 
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The name of this product is a bit on the nose – EZ-P. It’s an addition you can add to your waders to make it easier to reliever yourself while fishing. But does an aftermarket zipper really work well? Henry Koltz, over at Angling Trade, goes into detail on this really interesting piece of gear. Read what
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May 18, 2021 Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Welcomes Three New Board Members  Miami, FL – Business leaders Evan Carruthers and Ambrose Monell have joined the Board of Directors of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT), along with renowned Florida Keys fishing guide Captain Rick Ruoff. “We are honored to welcome Evan, Ambrose, and Rick to the Board of Directors,”
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Henry Danzig, of Tavernier, Florida, was arrested in May 2020 after he came home from the Bahamas with over 500 pounds of illegally harvested fish. The most surprising part of the story, though, is that Danzig won’t face any jail time for the harvest. You can read more about the story here.
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Sam Lungren, over at The Meat Eater, poses a great question in a recent story – what’s the world’s most difficult sportfish? We all know muskies and pike are the fish of thousands of casts. Steelhead are hard to catch because they just don’t exist in large number anymore. Lungren’s answer won’t really surprise you, but
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Back in February, you might remember that we shared a story about public input for a new management plan for striped bass on the East Coast. Well, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) went ahead and took quite a bit of information from the public in their newest management plan. Specifically, ASMFC rejected one
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According to the Pine Journal, it’s rare to find a fly shop in Minnesota that’s been around for a long time. However, Front 20 Outfitters, owned and operated by husband and wife team Doug and Roxanne Harthan, just celebrated their 10th year in business. Read more about the shop here.
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The Klinkhammer is one of my favorite flies, because it works so well year-round. But early on in the season, it’s a fantastic mayfly pattern. Barry Ord Clarke, of The Feather Bender on YouTube, shows us how to tie one for this week’s edition of Tying Tuesday. [embedded content]
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After it was put on hold last year due to the pandemic, the 29th Fly Rod Striped Bass Tournament will be held this June in Martha’s Vineyard. The event features some unique changes to competition format, in order to facilitate higher survivability rates among caught-and-released striped bass. Read the rest of the story here.
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