[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.]
- The effects of hot water and hot weather on trout have been popular topics in the news. On the Field & Stream Fly Talk blog, Tim Romano discusses when it’s time to stop fishing to give trout a break, and an article on Mashable discusses how record temperatures across the West are the result of a “heat dome,” which saw 465 temperature records broken or tied in the last week. This is obviously a problem for trout rivers, and the fires spawned by the heat could negatively impact fish habitat.
- Writing on Outside Online, Kelly Bastone offers “6 Anglers’ Escapes,” including such destinations as the Driftless Area of Wisconsin and Colorado’s Taylor River.
- Fly Fishing Team USA rocked the recent World Fly Fishing Championships in Jajce, Bosnia. The Team took the silver medal, and Devin Olsen won the individual bronze..
- The Green Mountain State’s top news station, WCAX, did a great report on the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont.
- Bass-bug master Pat Cohen is the subject of a great article by Gerry Bethge on the Outdoor Life site. If you love chucking deer hair for largemouths, you gotta read this.
- Yellowstone National Park’s Grayling Creek is home to a resurgence of native fish species, including arctic grayling and westslope cutthroats according to a report from KTVQ in Billings.
- Meanwhile, in the mountains of Virginia, wild trout are threatened, but there’s still hope for recovery, according to Bill Cochran, writing in The Roanoke Times.