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 effects of climate change on Rocky Mountain trout is the subject of an excellent article on the USGS “Science Features” page. There is more and more data available to researchers, which means that the models keep improving. But we’re a long way from a complete understanding of all the interconnected phenomena.
- Photographer Louis Cahill offer great advice on how to care for your camera in salt water on the Gink & Gasoline blog. If you bring your SLR on any kind of fishing trip, you can learn a few things here. (Hat tip: Tom Rosenbauer, who sent this to me.)
- On Midcurrent.com, Dave Karczynski waxes rhapsodic about his new Orvis Guide Sling: “To make a too-long story short (told you I’m no minimalist) this is a great, great tool for the serious itinerant trout angler, and a must-have for anyone who does a lot of wading for steelhead or smallmouth.” Read the whole review here.
- The battle to keep the Colorado Front Range from sucking the state’s western-slope rivers dry continues. The latest salvo is a video about a homeless trout (see above), created by the Colorado Headwaters Initiative. Read the story behind the video on the Denver Westword blog.
- A fond remembrance of fly-shop owner Jerry “Red” Montgomery in the Twin Falls Times-News describes an angling life well lived.
- Finally, for bamboo-rod enthusiasts in the Northeast, the 10th annual SuperBoo event will be held on Super Sunday, February 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Fairfield, Maine. Anyone and everyone who is interested in casting cane rods or just casting tales is welcome. Admission is free. You do not have to bring bamboo to take part, but any and all split cane rods are welcome; the generosity of anglers in sharing their cane is what makes this such a great event.
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