[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.]
- Fly Fisherman magazine has published an important article by some of the biggest names in fly fishing—Tom Rosenbauer, Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews, and Todd Tanner—about the effects of climate change on the health of rivers and angling opportunities. The money quote: “Either we tackle climate change while we still have the chance, or we watch everything we care about turn to dust and ashes.”
- The US Youth Fly Fishing Team is currently in first place after three sessions of the World Youth Fly Fishing Championships in Poland, and The Boston Globe offers a profile of the team’s young star, Cam Chioffi, who is attempting to become the first US angler to repeat individual and team gold.
- On the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks site, you can read a fascinating interview with Dick Vincent, the fisheries biologist whose big idea to stop stocking trout led to the state becoming the wild-trout paradise that it is now.
- The Australian fly-fishing magazine Fly Life is running a series called “Important Women in the History of Fly Fishing.” So far, they’ve profiled Scottish fly tier Megan Boyd, writer and photographer Cathy Beck, and conservationist and world-record chaser Dotty Ballantyne.
- Over on the Gink & Gasoline blog, Louis Cahill answers a bunch of questions from fans–covering topics as diverse as rod length, introducing kids to fly fishing, and the “coolness” factor in fly fishing.
- Finally, if you’re looking for a nice piece of property out West, perhaps you should consider Jane Fonda’s Forked Lightening Ranch, near Santa Fe, which is on the market for a paltry $19.5 million. You can have 3.5 miles of the Pecos River all to yourself. Check out this video description of the property.