In the Loop 01.11.11

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Former Fly Rod & Reel editor Joe Healy displays a nice fly-caught striper. Unfortunately, a recent survey points to a marked decline in the size and number of stripers.

Photo by Tom Rosenbauer


The Conservation organization Stripers Forever. has released the 2010 results of its annual fishing survey, and things don't look so good. A record 73% of anglers indicated that the quality of fishing for stripers was worse or much worse than the previous year. In 2003, this number was just. . .

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Fish Pic of the Week

Orvis Fly Fishing Contest - Provo winter


Photo by Steve. A great winter shot. It's not all about the fish.
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Overcoming Obstacles



Josh Williams, of Franklin County, Virginia, isn't your average fly fisherman and fly tier. After surviving a tour in Iraq with the U.S. Army in 2004-5, he returned home, only to suffer grave injuries when a driver ran a stop sign and slammed into Josh's motorcycle. He lost his right arm and ended up at Walter Reed Medical Center, with other wounded vets, wondering what his future held. he was 22 years old. Enter Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, an organization devoted to helping veterans heal physically and emotionally through fly fishing. According to the organization's founder, Ed Nicholson: . .
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2011 Resolutions: Fly-Fishing Guide Edition

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Simon Perkins helps out a new angler.
Fly-fishing guides come in all shapes, sizes, colors, personalities, and temperaments. Some of us are commanding and aggressive, others more passive. Some of us are articulate, some of us mumble. Some of us are patient, some of us get tense with enthusiasm and anticipation (or in other words, are “impatient”). But we are human, and what do humans do this time of year? We make New Years resolutions. I reached out to a handful of freshwater guides around the country and asked them what they would change in the upcoming year. So without further ado, I present to you the following collaborative list: “2011 Resolutions—Fly Fishing Guide Edition”. . .

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Friday Film Festival



As the snow flies here at the Home Office, the closest we'll come to fly fishing this weekend is watching some of the great video available online. This three-pack of YouTube videos runs the gamut from the contemplative life of Izaak Walton to the raw power of a violent tarpon strike. Since it's a work day, we'll run them in order of shortest to longest. You may want to save James Prosek's. . .
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New issue of “Catch Magazine”

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The latest issue of Catch Magazine is online now. Photographer Brian O'keefe and his partner Todd Moen continue to find great images and videos of fly fishing. The highlights of this issue include photo essays on Louisiana redfish, tarpon fishing in Cuba, and. . .


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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast- The First Thirty Feet

Casting out that first thirty feet of line can sometimes be tricky. Tom has some easy-to-follow tips from for the advanced and beginner angler alike. Take a listen and learn to false cast less and fish more.
Tom also asks if you would like to hear some more advanced, "black diamond" podcasts. Let us know in the comments.

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Let the Fur Fly

Tying a Let The Fur Fly from Tightline Productions on Vimeo.

This is a great tying video—produced by Tightline Productions—which shows how to tie an interesting nymph using layers of rabbit fur for the abdomen to give the pattern the same wiggly motion as the natural. The video begins with underwater footage of the nymphs you're trying to. . .
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