First Casts 08.15.14

They’re garrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr-eat!.
Photo by Jess McGlothlin/Fire Girl Photography

[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.]

    • The Los Angeles River is usually depicted as a trickle running through a concrete channel (think the drag-racing scene in Grease), but extensive conservation work has been done in recent years. A growing cadre of anglers is finding some decent fishing in the oft-maligned waterway, so much so that a first-ever LA River Fishing Derby will take place on September 6.
    • A profile of my friend, Lori-Ann Murphy, turned up in the unlikeliest of places, The Huffington Post, written by the unlikeliest of authors, Marlo Thomas. But it’s a great read, telling the story of how a well-regarded nurse with wanderlust became the fishing manager of El Pescador Resort in Belize.
    • A sobering article by Bob Unnasch, director of science for the Nature Conservancy, discusses how climate change may be affecting Idaho’s trout, with a focus on famed Silver Creek.
    • On the Chi Wulff blog, our own Jess McGlothlin writes about a gar-fishing trip to Lake Champlain with a couple of colleagues. The accompanying photos are great.
    • Most anglers are constantly trying to improve their casting technique, and over on the Gink & Gasoline blog, Louis Cahill teaches you how to limit your false-casting as a way to make your fishing more efficient.
    • In the first annual Big Wood Single Fly competition in Idaho earlier this month, Orvis vice chairman Dave Perkins and his partner Justin Petty took top honors. The TU blog has the story and photos.

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