Summer Reading: The Contemporary Sportsman

Contemporary Sportsman Summer 2011

The new issue of The Contemporary Sportsman is
almost 300 pages of fishing, shooting, and cooking

Fans of online magazines should check out the new issue of The Contemporary Sportsman and feast on an astonishing 292 pages of content, including articles on steelheading in British Columbia, casting for tigerfish in Tanzania, and lots more. I like the nice, clean design and the easy-to-read format. The same company will soon be launching a fly-fishing-only title called Backcast, as well. You do have to sign up to read the new issue, but it’s well worth the effort.

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Tying a Simple Foam Bass Popper

During the dog days of late summer, many trout rivers are running low and warm (although this year’s runoff has Western trout streams in perfect shape), so fly fishermen often turn to warmwater species. Few anglers would argue that the most exciting and fun way to fish for bass and panfish is with a surface pattern, which allows you to see the strike. Traditionally, . . .

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Take our Poll: Trout Fishing in a Climate-Changed America

Jim's brookie taken on a #16 caddis

Some like it hot, but brookies don’t. Are days like this numbered due to climate change?

Entering into an already heated debate, a recent study on the potential impact of climate change on trout has chilling news for cold-water fisheries.

In a moderate plan for a warming climate drawn up by the researchers, brook trout would lose more than three-quarters of their range in the West in the next 75 years. Brown and cutthroat trout would lose about 50 percent of theirs. Rainbow trout would fare the best, losing a little more than a third of the miles of stream in which they can thrive.

The rest of the article can be read on the New York Times Environment blog here.

What do YOU think? Take our poll below on how you feel trout populations could be impacted and leave your feedback in the comments section.

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Tom’s Top Ten Tippet Tips

For this week’s podcast, the title is “Tom’s Top Ten Tippet Tips”, or just 5T for short (but no short jokes please).  In this episode, I review tips on knots, types of tippet, how to attach tippets, when to shorten or lengthen a tippet, how to avoid kinky tippets, and a bunch more.  

For the “Fly Box” section of short tips, I talk about some cool, new terms and tips I learned from fishing guides in Colorado and Montana over the past two weeks.

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Tuesday Tip: Fixing Tailing Loops

Welcome to our eighth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” starring our own Peter Kutzer, who works at the Manchester, Vermont, Fly Fishing School. A couple months ago, we asked you to post some questions about your biggest fly-casting problems. Reader “Phil A.” wrote, “I have a problem with power casting and a tangled mess of leader/flies. . .”

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Fly Fishing Week in Review 08.15.11

Welcome to our new weekly roundup of news from across the world of fly fishing. Every Monday, we’ll bring you up to speed on interesting stories, new records, important conservation news, and anything else we think you should know about.

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Friday Film Festival 08.12.11

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection features plenty of gorgeous footage of anglers catching everything from big trout to huge bonefish to monster carp. But what you’ll be talking about are the two short videos of angling events you’ve never seen before. Remember, we surf so you don’t have to. But if you do stumble upon something great that you think is worthy of inclusion in a future FFF, please post it in the comments below. See you next. . .

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Tying the Yellow Stimulator

Most folks think of Randall Kaufman, famed West Coast angler and shop owner, as the inventor of the Stimulator dry fly, but the question seems up for debate. The fly’s true originator may be Jim Slattery, who claims that he first tied the stonefly pattern to fish the Musconetcong River in central New Jersey in 1980. Based on the Sofa Pillow, Slattery’s fly was originally called the Fluttering Stonefly, but he renamed it the. . .

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