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Video Hatch: “Birds Nest Caddis Fly Tying Tutorial”

Video Hatch: “Birds Nest Caddis Fly Tying Tutorial”

In this tying tutorial from The Fly Fiend, learn to tie the Birds Nest Caddis.

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Petition to Help BTT Protect Fishing in Florida

Petition to Help BTT Protect Fishing in Florida

Good fisheries depend on good habitat, and the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust is working hard to restore coastal habitat in Florida. Help them by signing this petition and express your support for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to collaborate with Bonefish & Tarpon Trust to create a new way to manage fisheries that focuses on habitat.

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Miss Mayfly Women’s Fishing and Wading Gear

Miss Mayfly Women’s Fishing and Wading Gear

Miss Mayfly Women’s Fishing and Wading Gear makes gear exclusively designed for women. On June 14, 2019 they are launching an Indigogo crowd-funding campaign to bring additional products to the women’s consumer market. To learn more about the fundraising campaign and products, visit their project site.

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New Study to Explore Perceptions of Recreational Fishing

New Study to Explore Perceptions of Recreational Fishing

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are looking for survey participants to help gather information about what people think of recreational fishing and catch-and-release practices. The survey includes questions as well as responses to catch-and-release images from social media. Survey participants will be entered in a drawing to receive a Patagonia Stormfront Roll Top Pack. For more information on participating in the survey, click here.

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Brown Folks Fishing is Breaking Barriers in the Fly-Fishing Industry

Brown Folks Fishing is Breaking Barriers in the Fly-Fishing Industry

Orvis has announced Tracy Nguyen-Chung, the founder of Brown Folks Fishing, as the winner of the 2019 Breaking Barriers Award. “This award is given to an individual who has gone above and beyond to bring new people into the sport of fly fishing,” remarked Simon Perkins, Orvis COO, who presented the award.

Read more in the press release below.

Brown Folks Fishing is Breaking Barriers in the Fly-Fishing Industry

From Orvis:

Orvis is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Breaking Barriers Award, Tracy Nguyen-Chung, the founder of Brown Folks Fishing (BFF), a national angler-led initiative that cultivates access, conservation efforts, and community for Black, Indigenous, and people of color in the sport of fishing. Nguyen-Chung and fellow Brown Folks Fishing ambassadors came together on Fri., April 26, 2019, at the Orvis Guide Rendezvous to accept the award.

“This award is given to an individual who has gone above and beyond to bring new people into the sport of fly fishing,” remarked Simon Perkins, Orvis COO, who presented the award. “Their mission to build capacity, access, resources, visibility and a solid community for anglers of color makes the sport stronger and we are honored to be working with them.”

Nguyen-Chung remembers learning how to fish from her father, a Vietnamese refugee who grew up fishing. She caught her first rainbow trout at the age of six but stopped when she entered her teens. It wasn’t until she moved from Portland, Oregon, to Los Angeles, California, that she picked the sport back up. The deeper she became involved, the more she recognized the need to diversify the face of fishing.

“Fishing was a way for my father to connect back to a homeland that, for a long time, he didn’t know if he could see again. Through him, I’ve come to understand that fishing has always had deep and complex roots in our communities. We tell stories because we are aware of the complexities and power dynamics that impact which storytellers and audiences we most regularly see and validate,” stated Nguyen-Chung.

Since its founding in 2018, the BFF team has created a collective following of more than 30,000 on Instagram alone. Their goal is to use media including photography, documentary film, and social media to build a community and change how individuals are represented in the sport. Conservation is also a key focus for BFF, which will be launching a fellowship to support new anglers in creating local projects at the intersection of fishing and conservation.

“Getting more diverse folks together and on the water is really a gateway to conservation,” added Nguyen-Chung. “The more people we can get out on the water the more power we’ll have to protect it.”

Orvis created the Breaking Barriers Award in 2015 with the goal of celebrating individuals who have gone above and beyond to break down barriers and introduce new audiences to the sport of fly fishing. Past winners include Whitney Milhoan from Casting for Recovery (2018), Jess Westbrook from The Mayfly Project (2017), Nelli Williams from Trout Unlimited and Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy (2016), Chad Brown from Soul River Runs Deep (2015) and Lori-Ann Murphy from Reel Women Fly Fishing (2015). Orvis will soon be accepting nominations for 2020 and is looking for those who are engaging new anglers, feeding the sport and approaching things maybe just a bit differently.

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Gear Essentials for Small Streams

Gear Essentials for Small Streams

With spring storms and runoff, small streams can still hold good fishing opportunities. In this article, Dan Zazworsky outlines gear essentials for fishing these smaller waters. Via Postfly Box.

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Skagit River Steelhead Season in Jeopardy

Skagit River Steelhead Season in Jeopardy

Due to Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife budget cuts, the popular catch and release steelhead season on the Skagit river may be cut. “Sustainable angling is a powerful tool for building support for conservation,” said Rich Simms, Wild Steelhead Coalition co-founder and boardmember. “While we recognize the difficult budget situation the Department faces and strongly support Olympia ending the underfunding of our fish and wildlife, we believe WDFW should do everything possible to keep the Skagit catch and release steelhead fishery open.” Read more via the Wild Steelhead Coalition.

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Video Hatch: “Fly Fusion Cast Like a Pro Series: #8 Hauling”

Video Hatch: “Fly Fusion Cast Like a Pro Series: #8 Hauling”

In this episode of the Cast Like a Pro series from Scientific Anglers and Fly Fusion Magazine, Bruce Richards demonstrates how to haul line and expand the reach of your cast.

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Nymphs Every Angler Should Know

Nymphs Every Angler Should Know

Not only is it a cool feeling to be able to flip over a rock know what fish are feeding on, “but it can also be the difference between a slow day of fishing and a fish-after-fish day,” writes Dan Zazworsky. Read this article on nymphs every angler should know how to identify, via Postfly Box.

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Video Hatch: “Sara and Henry”

Video Hatch: “Sara and Henry”

This film from Orvis Presents and Two Fisted Heart Productions shares the story of father and daughter, Sara and Henry, and how sharing time on the water can bring people together.

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