Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from across the world of fly fishing, featuring interesting stories, new records, important conservation news, and anything else we think you should know about.
Who’s the biggest guy you’ve ever seen casting a fly? Check out the video above from last week’s Matt Light Celebrity Shootout
in Rhode Island. Light, an offensive left tackle for my beloved New England Patriots, hosts the event each year to raise money for outdoor education to help children become responsible adults. This year, nose tackle Vince Wilfork showed up to try his hand at fly fishing. At 6’2″ and 325 pounds, Wilfork spends most Sundays filling the holes that fullbacks try to run through, but here he enjoys some quiet time casting a “Willy Burger.” His competitive streak rears its ugly head when a young man lands a fish nearby, though.
Over the weekend, Rich Paini, owner of the Trouthunter fly shop in Island Park, Idaho, was attacked by a grizzly bear
while bowhunting for elk. A posting on the Trouthunter Facebook page said, “TroutHunter would like to thank everyone for the sincere support. The hundreds of calls, texts, emails, and personal visits have been heart felt. . .Rich suffered from a broken right-arm and puncture wounds, and his left hand was mauled pretty badly. He did lose his left ring finger. He is in stable condition and his release has yet to be determined.” We wish him a speedy recovery.
In the Los Angeles Times
, Louis Sahagun writes about the ongoing battle between ranchers and conservations
in the high country habitat range of the golden trout. “‘I want the wilderness to stay cow-free forever,’ said Todd Shuman, a Sierra Club member. ‘Cows are not wild. They don’t belong in a wilderness. They are a weedy species — exotic, invasive and destructive.'”
Last week, we posted about the amazing resurgence of Atlantic salmon in eastern Canada. Now, word comes from Scotland that salmon anglers there are landing “supersize” fish, the likes of which have not been seen for decades. “The monster fish are believed to have stayed out in open-sea feeding grounds for longer than normal because of changes to the ocean environment. Fishing groups say these super-size catches are enticing anglers from across the world to Scottish rivers, generating much-needed income for the sector.”
Finally, don’t forget to buy that fishing permit. Two potential winning fish in this month’s Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby were disqualified because the anglers who caught them did not hold a valid Massachusetts saltwater fishing permit.