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Tippets: CT Scans of Fish, Senate Passes Natural Resources Management Act, Secret Lives of Salmon

Tippets: CT Scans of Fish, Senate Passes Natural Resources Management Act, Secret Lives of Salmon

  • Adam Summers, a marine biologist working in a lab on Friday Harbour, San Juan Island, just off the U.S. state of Washington uses a CT scanner to produce detailed images of fish, revealing their intricate skeletons and inner structures.Every scan is immediately posted online for anyone to use, with Summers not asking for any credit. The project has already racked up more than half a million downloads, with everyone from scientists and engineers to artists and teachers using the images.” Via Science Focus.
  • The Senate has approved S.47, the Natural Resources Management Act, marking a huge win and bipartisan effort for public lands and waters. “In addition to the LWCF and Yellowstone Gateway protections, there are 168 additional provisions in the bill that represent some of the most pressing public lands legislation across the country. The bill now goes to the House for consideration”
  • An team of 21 scientists from Russia, Canada, the United States, Japan and South Korea have embarked on the Russian research ship MV Professor Kaganovsky for an unprecedented international expedition. “The five-week voyage will probe the secret lives of five Pacific salmon species with a massive grid search and test fishery across the Gulf of Alaska.” Via The Vancouver Sun.

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Fly Fishing Rendezvous Moves to National Western Complex

Fly Fishing Rendezvous Moves to National Western Complex

Fly Fishing Rendezvous

The Fly Fishing Rendezvous has opened registration for exhibitors. The fourth annual event is set to be held May 4-5, 2019, and this year is moving locations to the National Western Complex in Denver, CO.

Read more in the press release below.

Fly Fishing Rendezvous Moves to National Western Complex

From Fly Fishing Rendezvous:

The Fly Fishing Rendezvous has officially opened registration for exhibitors at their 4th annual Fly Fishing Rendezvous, this spring. The event, started as a grassroots effort, serves to highlight some of the “local to Colorado” fly fishing companies. It’s come together around the central mission of building a community around the sport and creating a very inclusive environment for anyone and everyone wanting to dip their toes in the fly fishing water. The Fly Fishing Rendezvous offers something for everyone; whether you are seasoned professional or guide, a true beginner, or simply an outdoor enthusiast.

Attendees will have the opportunity to browse the newest gear from the best outdoor, and fly fishing companies at great prices. Watch the best in the biz tie all the hot fly patterns in the fly tying area, or on the big screen in our fly tying theater, opt in to our casting contests, or participate in an intro to fly tying class, play a little casting pong while having a beer, and of course stop in and listen to any number of talks throughout the two days with top industry professionals.

What sets the Fly Fishing Rendezvous apart from like events is the community around it. The Fishing Rendezvous also is proud to offer free booth spaces to influential and inspiring local nonprofits with ties to the river and fishing community, and works with them to raise funds to fuel their mission at the event as well. The event is very proud to benefit official non-profit partners, Project Healing Waters and Colorado Trout Unlimited.

The new event space at the National Western Complex will offer more square footage and the ability to integrate food and drink, more fly tiers, more exhibitors, with the same incredible non-stop programming, family friendly activation’s, and a central location for attendees from all over the front range. Early bird registration for exhibitors ends February 28, 2019.

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Tippets: Catch and Release Techniques, Game Changing with Blane Chocklett

Tippets: Catch and Release Techniques, Game Changing with Blane Chocklett

  • From barbless hooks to keeping fish in the water, Patrick Blackdale of Willowfly Anglers outlines important techniques for catch and release fly fishing. “With more and more people fly fishing around the country, it is more imperative than ever to practice these techniques,” he writes. Read more via Orvis.
  • Blane Chocklett is well-known for his fly patterns for large species. Tee Clarkson profiles Chocklett’s start in fly fishing and rise in the industry in this article via The Drake.

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Tippets: Fishing Dirty Water, Paying it Forward

Tippets: Fishing Dirty Water, Paying it Forward

  • Fish where the water is “dirty,” advises Chris Hunt. “The line between clean and dirty water is, after all, “structure.” It provides cover from potential predators, but it also delivers food to the bigger body of water in the form of everything from larval insects to worms, leeches and small fish.” Via Hatch Magazine.
  • From picking up trash to sharing a good location with a fellow angler, Dan Zazworsky recently wrote a great article about paying it forward on the water. Read more via Postfly Box.

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Tippets: Podcast with Yvon Chouinard, Reviving Streamer Patterns

Tippets: Podcast with Yvon Chouinard, Reviving Streamer Patterns

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Costa Sunglasses’ Untangled Collection Honored with REI Root Award for Sustainable Innovation

Costa Sunglasses’ Untangled Collection Honored with REI Root Award for Sustainable Innovation

Costa Sunglasses

Costa’s Untangled Collected was honored with the annual REI Root Award, which recognizes industry-leading sustainable product design. The award was given during the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show this past week in Denver, Colorado.

Read more in the press release below. 

Costa® Sunglasses’ Untangled Collection Honored with REI Root Award for Sustainable Innovation

Daytona Beach, Fla. – February 1, 2019 –  Costa’s Untangled Collection received the annual REI Root Award, recognizing industry-leading sustainable product design, during the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show this week in Denver.

Each year, REI celebrates sustainability by giving a brand the award, which celebrates the most responsibly designed, innovative new product sold at the co-op. Costa collaborated with Bureo to create this sustainable collection of sunglass frames made from recycled fishing nets.

“What is so innovative about this collection is that it addresses and integrates sustainability from end to end—through the whole life cycle,” said Gregory Gausewitz, manager of product sustainability at REI.

The raw material for the Untangled Collection frames, recycled fishing nets, is sourced from Bureo’s Net+Plus recycling program. The recycling program works to prevent fishing net pollution by partnering directly with fishermen in South America to collect discarded nets at their end of life and provide funds to local communities for every pound of fishing net collected. In addition, the styles in this collection use other lower-impact materials such as recycled nose and temple pads and recycled aluminum logo detail. The Untangled Collection is part of Costa’s effort to educate consumers about the importance of protecting the oceans, while also providing an option for recycling the sunglasses when they reach the end of their lifecycle.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by REI for our efforts in sustainable product design around the Untangled Collection,” said T.J. McMeniman, Vice President of Marketing for Costa Sunglasses. “Protecting our oceans and waterways is at the core of our brand mission and we take that commitment very seriously – from product design to boots-on-the-ground efforts like beach cleanups and direct partnerships with conservation organizations.”

A leader in color-enhancing sunglass lens technology, Costa has also invested in sustainable product design as part of the company’s Kick Plastic initiative – creating awareness around the single-use plastic issue and looking at internal processes to rethink and redefine how the company utilizes plastic. In addition to The Untangled Collection frames made from recycled fishing nets, Costa offers two other more environmentally responsible frame materials – a bio-resin sourced from the castor plant and a plant-based acetate (Del Mar Collection).

The REI Root Award is an industry-wide guidepost, seeking to encourage companies across the outdoor industry to place sustainability at the center of the design process.

For more information on The Untangled Collection, visit CostaSunglasses.com/UntangleOurOceans.

About Costa
As the first manufacturer of color-enhancing all-polarized sunglass lenses, Costa combines superior lens technology with unparalleled fit and durability. Still handcrafted in Florida, Costa has made the highest quality, best performing sunglasses and prescription sunglasses (Rx) for outdoor enthusiasts since 1983, and now its product portfolio includes optical frames. Costa’s growing cult-brand status ties directly to its mission to provide high quality products with a focus on sustainability and conservation as the company works hard to protect the waters it calls home. From the use of sustainable materials to its Kick Plastic initiative, IndiFly Foundation and strong partnership with shark research organization OCEARCH, Costa encourages people to help protect the Earth’s natural resources in any way they can. Find out more on Costa’s website and join the conversation on FacebookInstagram or Twitter at @CostaSunglasses.

Media Contacts:
Heather Miller, (864) 607-7922, heatherm@gunpowderinc.com
Carie Breunig, (414) 412-9155, carieb@gunpowderinc.com

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Tippets: “The Longest Silence” Re-released, Improve Your Sight Fishing

Tippets: “The Longest Silence” Re-released, Improve Your Sight Fishing

  • Thomas McGuane’s classic book, The Longest Silence, is being reprinted this month, and in this recent article Jonathan Miles reflects on the timelessness of the work. “Twenty years is twenty years, which means thousands of otherwise literate anglers might conceivably be unaware of this masterpiece of fishing literature,” writes Miles, “might now be struggling to express streamside notions and sensations that McGuane articulated better than anyone since Roderick Haig-Brown. It deserves a refreshment of praise.” Via Garden & Gun.
  • From vantage point and colors, to teaming up with a friend as a spotter, Devin Olsen outlines great advice for improving your sight fishing game in this article via Gink & Gasoline.

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Winston Bamboo Is Back!

Winston Bamboo Is Back!

After being destroyed by a fire in May of 2017, the R.L. Winston Rod Company has announced the reopening of their Bamboo Shop in Twin Bridges, Montana.

Read more in the press release below.

Winston Bamboo Is Back! 

The R.L. Winston Rod Company is thrilled to announce that we have reopened our Bamboo Shop in a new facility in Twin Bridges, Montana.  The old Winston bamboo shop was housed in the original R.L. Winston Rod Company building in downtown Twin Bridges.  On May 7, 2017, a fire started at 3:00 in the morning, destroying the building and all its contents including bamboo rod inventory, machinery and raw materials. Despite this tragic loss, we have been determined to continue our 90-year commitment to the legacy of building the most beautiful, highest performing bamboo fly rods available.

Since the fire, we’ve worked diligently to not only find a new location for the bamboo shop, but also replace all the unique tools, and machinery. After two years of effort, it’s extremely rewarding to get back to work.

Bamboo has been at the heart of the R.L. Winston Rod Company since 1929, when Robert Winther and Lew Stoner first began innovating using split bamboo cane. Lew Stoner’s patented hollow-fluted rod design process allowed us to set numerous bamboo world distance fly casting records, and is still in use today.

We thank our customers for their patience and we are extremely grateful that Winston Bamboo fly rods will continue to set the standard for hand-crafted bamboo fly rod perfection.

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Video Hatch: “Become a Fly Fishing Guide in Bristol Bay”

Video Hatch: “Become a Fly Fishing Guide in Bristol Bay”

The short film features The Bristol Bay Fly Fishing & Guide Academy, which “merges salmon and river education, with recreation and conservation principles to educate, engage and inspire Bristol Bay young adults to become local leaders in river stewardship and prepare them for jobs based on healthy fish in their home rivers.”


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Tippets: All About Floating Lines, Tips for Taking Better Photos

Tippets: All About Floating Lines, Tips for Taking Better Photos

  • Josh Jenkins, Research and Development manager for Scientific Anglers, is the most recent guest on the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide podcast. “Floating lines are confusing because there are so many options,” explains host Tom Rosenbauer, “so Josh explains how they are made, why coatings and cores determine what kind of water they’re used in, and how tapers affect the performance of fly lines.” Listen here.
  • From composition to light and shutter speed, Louis Cahill details 12 tips for taking better photos on the water in this post via Gink & Gasoline.

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