First Casts 02.26.15

One of the keys to successful cold-weather fishing is staying warm. It could save your life.
Photo by Zach Matthews

[Editor’s Note: “First Casts” is an occasional feature that highlights great fly-fishing content from around the Web—from how-to articles, to photo essays, to interesting reads.]

  • If you’re looking for some advice for getting out on the water this time of year, Zach Matthews offers up “Ten Cold Weather Fishing Tips“—everything from how to stay warm to what to bring to how to protect your gear—over on his Itinerant Angler site.
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  • Fans of Felt Soul Media—creators of Running Down the Man, Red gold, and DamNation—should check out the great, in-depth interview with filmmaker Ben Knight on the Music Bed site. There are lots of great photos and video clips accompanying the piece, as well.
  • Among our fishing Presidents, Calvin Coolidge doesn’t get much press, but Wisconsin Public Radio’s WXPR recently ran a fascinating story about how Coolidge moved the Summer White House to the banks of the Brule River. You can read and listen here.
  • Moving east to Michigan, a “Through My Eyes” news segment by True North Trout guide Brian Kozminski takes viewers winter fly-fishing on the Boyne River. Along the way, you learn a few things about Koz that make him kind of an inspirational angler. Click here to watch.
  • Speaking of guides, the Missoulian website offers up an article on Neale Streeks, one of the more revered guides and authors in Big Sky Country. The recently retired Streeks has seen a lot of changes in his time on the water.
  • Finally, the BBC serves up a story about a new way to help ensure the survival of the Atlantic salmon: by entertaining the fish while they’re in the hatchery. Yes, you read that right.

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