First Casts 02.15.13

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.

  • An article in the Missoulian focuses on several veterans profiled in the film “Not Yet Begun to Fight,” which is playing the festival circuit these days. The film follows retired Marine Col. Eric Hastings, founder of Warriors and Quiet Waters, and five veterans on a fishing trip on the Gallatin and Yellowstone rivers.
  • According to an article on the National geographic website, the mystery of how salmon navigate to their natal water has been solved. It turns out that sockeye salmon use the Earth’s magnetic field to find their way home.
  • The effort to restore Atlantic salmon runs to the rivers of Maine has so far been a struggle, with few successes to show for decades of effort. However, a new technique for “planting” salmon eggs directly into the gravel in good spawning habitat has biologists waxing optimistic. Read about it here.
  • On the Gink & Gasoline blog, Kent Klewein uses a great Alaska story to explain the importance of importance of woody debris to both fish and fishermen.
  • The Miami Herald‘s Susan Cocking pens a fine profile of South Florida fishing guide Jack Allen, who is known as the “King of Pops” because of his love for bass-bug fishing.
  • Writer Robert DeMott’s thoughtful essay on taking a dunking while fly fishing, on, is an entertaining read that sneaks in a couple of important messages about anglers and their egos.

Researchers believe that they now understand how salmon navigate across thousands of miles.

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