In the Loop 02.15.11

Salmon carcass

Although unsightly and smelly, salmon carcasses provide vital nutrients for
young salmon. Biologists are learning to “fertilize” rivers that lack these
nutrients to help salmon fry grow faster.

photo by Phil Monahan

Once a salmon run has dipped below a certain number or disappeared altogether from a watershed, the ecology of the system is drastically changed because of the missing nutrients that rotting fish carcasses provide each year. This makes restoring salmon populations more difficultbecause the young salmon must survive in less fertile habitat. Biologists in British Columbia seem to have found a solution: a method of fertilizing rivers to add the missing nutrients. The initial data suggest. . .

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The Confidence Game

One August afternoon on a southern Colorado river, my guide handed me one of the more godawful dry flies I’d ever seen—an abomination constructed entirely of foam, rubber, and synthetic fibers. Although hardly a purist, I do appreciate at least a nod to fur and feathers in a fly, and this thing looked like a science project. Seeing the look of horror on my face, Jason assured me that the fly was his favorite hopper pattern for the water and a pattern on which he had taken. . .

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In the Loop 02.11.11

Henry's Fork Rainbow

A beautiful winter rainbow from Idaho’s Henry’s Fork
photo by Mike Dawes

We’re buried in deep snow here in the Northeast, so fishing seems like something far off in the future. But Mike Dawes of World Cast Anglers took advantage of a break in the weather around his shop in Jackson, Wyoming, so he ran up to the Henry’s Fork to scratch the winter itch. He’s got . . .

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast- An Urgent Message from Tom Rosenbauer

This is the most important episode we have ever recorded. The time is NOW to stop Pebble Mine and Tom is going to tell you WHY that is the case and HOW you can help. He also interviews Tim Bristol of Trout Unlimited on why action is so urgently needed and how you can help.

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Bristol Bay Film Festival

Red Gold | trailer from felt soul media on Vimeo.

Given the exciting news for those of us engaged in the fight against Pebble Mine (see below), I thought I’d post a few films that explain in more detail the issues involved—the value of Bristol Bay as a natural resource, the potential for disaster in a mine of such incredible proportions, . .

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Action Alert: The Time to Save Bristol Bay is Here!

“The break we’ve been looking for is here!” — Perk Perkins, CEO, The Orvis Company

We’ve just learned the EPA plans to assess the Bristol Bay watershed to understand how future large-scale development may affect water quality and Bristol Bay’s salmon fishery. This is a pivotal step toward protecting this pristine region from the proposed Pebble Mine. Frankly, it’s a step that may not have happened if not for partners like TU and The Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska, and sportsmen and women such as yourselves working non-stop to help protect the area.

Part of the EPA’s process is to get public input. We encourage you to click the TAKE ACTION image below to let the EPA know the value you place on the wild resources of this magnificent region. It takes all of thirty seconds to help protect a national treasure forever.

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Tying a Dropper Knot

How to Tie the Instant Dropper Knot from Zach Matthews on Vimeo.

Here’s another how-to video from Zach Matthews, who taught us how to set up a fly reel two weeks ago. This time, he describes a quick, neat method to tie the clinch knot required to attach a dropper line to the bend of a hook. Years ago, I learned a different method from a guide on Utah’s Green River. (See below.) Either way, the ability to make this knot quickly means you’ll get your flies. . .

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Friday Film Festival 02.04.11

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Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Fest, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. We’ve got a lucky set of seven videos to keep you warm for the weekend (or, if you can’t wait, at lunchtime today). Every day brings us closer to the opening of trout season in the north, and I’m starting to get the itch to wade into the Battenkill. Until then, watching others fishing in spectacular locations will have to do. Enjoy!

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Take Tom Rosenbauer’s Trivia Challenge!

This week’s Trivia Challenge is all about fly fishing in the winter, a time of year that requires a whole different approach. I think it’s a fun one. Click the Read More link below to take it. Good luck!

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Early Spring in Montana

It’s now February. According to my calendar, next month will be March, which means that despite the snow and cold temperatures currently slamming most northern states, early-season fly fishing is right around the corner.

Early spring is a time when a lot of Montana guides hit the water hard. Our schedules are pretty wide open, and we’ve been cooped up all winter, so we are more than ready to get after it. So are the fish. Especially the BIG fish. For the most part, they’ve been relatively dormant since the fall, making them hungry and willing to be aggressive. This combination can produce some. . .

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