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New Jersey State Council March Flytying Madness

New Jersey State Council March Flytying Madness

Rahway River Trout Unlimited will host the 7th Annual Fly-Tying Madness event, set to be held March 24, 2019. The event welcomes “all ten chapters of Trout Unlimited in the state of New Jersey and any other interested parties to tie and donate flies to worthy organizations.”

Read more in the press release below.

New Jersey State Council March Flytying Madness

On March 24, 2019, Rahway River Trout Unlimited will be hosting the 7th Annual Fly-Tying Madness event. Sponsored by the New Jersey State Council of TU, the event will welcome all ten chapters of Trout Unlimited in the state of New Jersey and any other interested parties to tie and donate flies to worthy organizations. Tiers will be contributing to:

Casting for Recovery, which helps women whose lives, have been profoundly affected by breast cancer.

Project Healing Waters, which is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military personnel and disabled veterans through fly-fishing.

And, finally, the Trout Unlimited Veteran Service program which also assists veterans in rehabilitation of physical and emotional injuries through the unique therapeutic value of fly-fishing and conservation work.

All three are worthwhile organizations, which serve cancer survivors, veterans and the greater community. This event has donated over 12,000 flies since its inception in 2012.

Last year’s event donated over 1500 flies in total and saw over 50 fly tiers attend, contributing to the overall success of the event.

Your support and/or donations to the event will act as door prizes to encourage a great turnout and greater output. Every year, all companies and individuals that made donations were advertised prominently in the room and print media outlets covered the event. Any donations made were displayed prominently alongside a sponsorship banner thanking each contributor to the event. Donations were appreciated by all tiers in attendance.

Contact:

Jason Warner, Board Member
Rahway River Trout Unlimited
2096 Kmak Place
Rahway, NJ 07065
(732) 221-1986
mrwarner2176@yahoo.com

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Video Hatch: “Coastal Cutthroat Coalition”

Video Hatch: “Coastal Cutthroat Coalition”

In this short film Shane Anderson at North Fork Studios highlights the conservation efforts of the Coastal Cutthroat Coalition.


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Tippets: Declining Insect Populations Threaten Ecosystems, Fish Pregnancy and Swimming Speed

Tippets: Declining Insect Populations Threaten Ecosystems, Fish Pregnancy and Swimming Speed

  • According to a global scientific review published in the journal Biological Conservation, the world’s insect populations are in severe decline, posing catastrophic consequences for ecosystems. Declining insect populations poses a great threat to trout populations as well, as Caddisfly, Mayflies, and Stoneflies are species reported to have declined over the past decade. Read more via The Guardian.
  • Recent research published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface examines how pregnancy might affect a fish’s swimming speed and its ability to escape predators. “Researchers made 3D-printed models of expectant livebearers in their lab, whose ballooning bellies increased their size by as much as 43% during pregnancy. They then measured the drag forces the models experience in water flowing at various speeds.” Unsurprisingly, reports Erika K. Carlson, “swimming was much harder for the bigger models.” Via Science Magazine.

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Podcast Episode: Fighting For Water Quality in Florida

Podcast Episode: Fighting For Water Quality in Florida

Emily Mauri, director of angling outreach at BullSugar.org, and Marshall Cutchin, publisher of MIDCURRENT and board member of BullSugar.org, are guests on a recent episode of the Fly Fishing Journeys podcast hosted by Rob Giannino. They discuss both the challenges and the progress being made with the water quality issues in Florida. Listen here.

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Third Annual Texas Fly & Brew Returns to Plano

Third Annual Texas Fly & Brew Returns to Plano

The third annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival will be held at the Plano Event Center, March 23-24, 2019. New at this year’s event includes a series of advanced courses for experienced anglers.

Read more in the press release below.

Texas Fly Fishing & Brew FestivalThird Annual Texas Fly & Brew Returns to Plano

Looking forward to spring fishing? Who isn’t? Fortunately for those of us still stuck in winter, the Third Annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival returns to the Plano Event Center on March 23-24, 2019.

Unique to the Texas Fly & Brew is a focus on microbrewery beer. With their paid admission, festival attendees 21 years and older receive tasting tickets to sample a variety of locally handcrafted brews. Breweries selected to participate in this year’s event include Four Corners Brewing Co., Oak Highlands BreweryReal Ale Brewing Co., Sweetwater Brewery, and Tupps. All of the participating breweries will have personnel on hand to explain what sets microbrewed beer apart, why and how certain ingredients yield different flavors, and how to brew and taste different types of beer. The festival’s microbrew component has become so popular that a waiting list now exists for breweries that wish to participate.

New at this year’s event is a series of advanced courses for experienced anglers. “Folks know us because we reach out to complete novices–to folks who have never picked up a fly rod in their lives,” says Fly & Brew Director Beau Beasley. “Our event draws scores of children, and we have about six times the national average for women’s participation, compared to other fishing events. This year, we’re stepping up our game to draw experienced anglers, too, with unique, highly specialized courses taught by national experts.”

“Introduction to Wilderness First Aid” by Mike Tayloe of Finns West teaches anglers how to respond to medical emergencies on the river.

Author Mac Brown leads “Casting for Instructors,” a daylong advanced fly casting course for casting instructors.

“Casting Big Flies for Big Fish” by renowned guide Blane Chocklett schools students in casting and fishing large fly patterns.

Aquatic biologist Peter Stitcher teaches “Mayflies and Microbrews,” in which students enjoy a Texas microbrew while they learn to rapidly identify aquatic insects.

In addition to these specialty classes for experienced anglers, the Texas Fly & Brew features fly angling experts offering tips and tricks suitable for everyone from the merely interested to the absolutely passionate. Headliners include Jason Randall, Ed Jaworowski, Dave Whitlock, Landon Mayer, Brian O’Keefe, Geri Myer, Joe Mahler, Steve Dally, Jerry Hamon, Fishy Fullum, Fred Hannie, and Matt Bennett.

The Texas Fly & Brew kicks off on Friday, March 22 with a “Bass Bugs & Brews Night,” sponsored by the International Fly Fishing Film Festival. Group fly tying sessions will run from 5:30-7:30 PM at Tupps Brewery in nearby McKinney. Bass Bugs & Brews Night marks the first showing of an exciting IF4 movie in the Lone Star State: Special guest Cory Routh, producer of the award-winning movie Back Bay, will be on hand to share an exclusive, previously unseen excerpt of his movie featuring Lefty Kreh, believed to be Kreh’s last film interview. The excerpt represents Lefty at his best. The first 100 viewers will also receive the latest issue of Fly Tyer magazine. The evening will also feature a free raffle, with products from popular companies like Hardy, Umpqua, TFO, Snowbee, American Angler, and Norvise.

Major sponsors of the Third Annual Texas Fly & Brew include Dallas-based fly rod manufacturer Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO), the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), Fish Partner, and Tailwaters Fly Fishing; additional sponsors include Gordy & Sons Outfitters, Reilly Rod Crafters, and the Texas Council of Fly Fishers International. A portion of the proceeds will be given to support Project Healing Waters programs in Texas. For more information, visit www.txflyfishingfestival.org or call 703-402-8338.

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Tippets: Winter Gear Maintenance, Flies for February

Tippets: Winter Gear Maintenance, Flies for February

  • Winter months are a great time for gear repair and maintenance. In this post from Angling Trade, Heidi Allen of Nikwax, shares tips for keepingfishing apparel in great shape.
  • In this video, Tanner Smith and Zeke Hersh outline the best flies for February fishing conditions. “Although we’re getting closer to spring, it’s those tiny patterns that are going to produce best during the shortest month.”

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RIO Releases New Creek Line

RIO Releases New Creek Line

RIO Products has announced the release of the new Creek Line, designed specifically for fishing small creeks, streams and brooks.

Read more in the press release below.

RIO Releases New Creek Line

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO (February 1, 2019) – RIO, manufacturer of fly lines, leaders, tippets, accessories and more for anglers the world over, delivers a line created specifically for small creeks, streams and brooks with its new Creek Line.

The Creek Line loads a rod at particularly close range to allow anglers to make ultra-short casts of about 10-15 feet with ease. It is ideal for dry flies, nymphs, and small streamers, and has enough body and head length for occasions where a longer cast is needed.

Each line is built with a supple, coldwater core resulting in tangle-free performance in weights ranging from WF0F through WF4F in a green and yellow color. It also features RIO’s MaxFloat Tip to ensure the tip does not sink, and front and back welded loops makes for easy, fast rigging. Find one at your nearest RIO dealer for $79.99

Learn more with this video.

RIO’s Creek Line from RIO Products on Vimeo.

About RIO Products: 

RIO is a pioneer in developing fly lines, leaders and tippet material to enhance fly fishing experiences across the globe. Offering premium fly lines for both freshwater and saltwater fishing applications, RIO consistently utilizes field experience and scientific testing to create the best products on the market for anglers. Founded 20 years ago in the mountains of Idaho, RIO continues to develop innovative products, design revolutionary tapers and refine performance-driven fly line technologies. For more information about RIO Products, please visit www.rioproducts.comConnect with us through FacebookInstagram, and Vimeo.

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Tippets: Tying The Stranger Thing, Keeping a Clean Desk

Tippets: Tying The Stranger Thing, Keeping a Clean Desk

  • The Stranger Thing is a simple yet effective streamer designed by Andrew Grillos. Riding hook point up, this streamer is useful for a variety of species and fishing conditions. Learn to tie the pattern in this tutorial via True North Trout.
  • Keeping a clean tying desk is more than just appearances, writes Bob Reece. “I am huge believer in the fact that organization is the foundation of maintaining cleanliness on my tying table.  When those two factors coexist, the number of flies that I am able to tie significantly increases.” Read more via Gink & Gasoline.

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Video: How to Tie John Barr’s Meat Whistle Streamer

Video: How to Tie John Barr’s Meat Whistle Streamer

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie the venerable Meat Whistle streamer, a pattern authored by John Barr to replicate the effectiveness of the jig-and-pig lure that conventional-tackle bass anglers found so effective. “During my trip to Patagonia last year,” says Flagler, “the Meat Whistle and variations of it were the preferred choice for hammering the banks and dredging deeper pools. The results were hard to argue with.”

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Tippets: Mapping Watersheds, Three Dry Dropper Rigs

Tippets: Mapping Watersheds, Three Dry Dropper Rigs

  • Hungarian cartographer Robert Szucs combines his expertise in GIS with a passion for beautiful maps in a recent project displaying the world’s watersheds. “The streams are shown in the Strahler Stream Order Classification, which uses width to indicate the hierarchy of streams. Watersheds (a.k.a. drainage basins or catchment areas) are grouped together by color.” View the works of art via Big Think.
  • Fishing a dry dropper rig offers anglers a higher possibility of success on the water. In this article on Troutbitten, Domenick Swentosky explains three different dry dropper set ups: the light dry dropper, bobber dry dropper, and tight line dry dropper.

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