Editor’s Note: “First Casts” is a regular feature that highlights great fly-fishing content from around the Web—from how-to articles, to photo essays, to interesting reads.
- On the Fly Talk blog, Kirk Deeter explains why the editor of Trout magazine would write a book about fly-fishing for carp. Of course, that book is the newly released Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing for Carp. Interesting stuff in light of our ongoing Summer of Carp.
- Are you looking for a mate who likes to fly fish? An article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review describes a unique event hosted by the local TU chapter. The first Trout Trail Date Night featured casting and fishing instruction in an atmosphere that encouraged mingling. The fishing was followed by dinner for all, where the new-found skills gave folks something to talk about with potential dates.
- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is preparing to recognize the 1,000th angler to complete the Wyoming Cutt-Slam. I completed this challenge in 2004 (see above certificate) and really enjoyed the program, which requires you to catch all four cutthroat species native to the state. Orvis has donated a fly-rod combo to be given to the lucky angler who is number 1,000.
- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has approved a proposal to make tarpon and bonefish catch-and-release-only and moved forward with a proposal to modify the types of gear used to target tarpon in Boca Grande Pass. This is a huge win for those who want to ensure the health of both species for continued sport fishing.
- If you’re heading to Montana this summer and need some suggestions for what to do aside from fly fishing, Montana Matt has a great list of places to go and things to see in Big Sky Country. From the obvious (Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks) to the less well known (Lewis and Clark Caverns), there’s something here for anglers and families alike.
- Finally, the Southeast is soon to have a new fishery, as North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has stocked 162,500 hybrid striped bass into Lake Norman. These fish will replace the striped bass, which don’t seem to survive the summer as well.