Tippets: Top Five Streamers, Choosing the Right Rod & Reel

  • Winter is the perfect time for tying flies and re-stocking boxes for the next season. From the classic Gray Ghost to Galloup’s Sex Dungeon, Spencer Durrant runs down his list for the top streamer patterns every angler should have in their box. Via Postfly Box.
  • If you are in the market for a new fly rod and reel there are an overwhelming number of options to consider. This article by Charlie Robinton breaks down the choices available to make sure you get the best gear for your needs. Via Part Select.

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Tippets: Observing Flight Patterns, Cold Weather Catch & Release Concerns

  • Anglers are used to looking for insects in stream and on rocks, but just as important, writes Peter Stitcher, is learning to match the hatch by observing flight patterns in the air. “Although you won’t be able to narrow things down to a specific species,” he writes, “the flight patterns of the three major orders of aquatic insects–mayflies, caddisflies, and stoneflies–are distinctive enough that an angler can identify the type of insect from as far as 50 feet from the river.” Via Orvis.
  • While winter fishing conditions brings unique benefits, such as fewer anglers on the water, it also brings unique concerns for catch and release fishing. Matthew Reilly wrtites: “Just like during the hot, low water summer and fall seasons, there are some oft-unconsidered catch and release concerns specific to the frosty months that should be kept in mind when handling fish.” Learn more via Hatch Magazine.

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Tips: National Geographic River Maps, Five Tips to Tie More Flies

  • National Geographic has debuted a line of river maps for Colorado, featuring detailed information on float routes, flow patterns, and usual fishing conditions. The map series features individual sections and of the Arkansas River and South Platte River.
  • It’s easy to get distracted at the fly-tying bench, but in this article Daniel Podobed writes about strategies to keep you focused on the task at hand. Read “5 Proven Tips to Help You Tie More Flies” via Flymen Fishing Company.

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Tippets: Book Talk with Blane Chocklett, Packing First-Aid Kits

  • Blane Chocklett is known as a guide and fly designer and tier, but with his first book set to debut in Autumn of 2018, he is set to make his mark as a writer as well. In this recent interview, Chocklett talks about the book and his writing process.
  • Not every day fishing goes as planned, and if injuries or accidents happen while out on the water, a first-aid kit is priceless. “First-aid kits are sort of like nail-knot tools: Most of the time, they are buried in the bottom of your pack or hidden in a side pocket, out of sight and out of-mind,” writes Mike Tayloe of Finns West,But when you need to tie a nail knot, the tool makes everything easier.” Read more about what to pack in a first-aid kit in this article via Orvis.

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Tippets: PHWFF Partners with Jordan Spieth Family Foundation, Fly Realism vs. Movement

  • Project Healing Waters has announced their recent partnership with pro golfer Jordan Spieth and his family foundation. “Spieth, who has enjoyed fishing his entire life, went on a fly fishing trip with his brother and father late last summer. It was shortly after this unforgettable trip that he learned about PHWFF, instantly recognizing the connection between fly fishing and rehabilitation.”
  • In fly patterns, realistic movement is just as important as having a realistic look. “For me, the key to tying and picking out successful fly patterns from the bins over the years has been to always make sure a pattern incorporates equal parts of realistic features and movement,” advises Kent Klewein. “When you can find both in a fly pattern, you’ve got something special.”

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Tippets: Catch & Release Techniques, Fly Fishing from SUPs

  • “Catch and release is more than just an angling fad,” writes Charlie Robinton, “it’s a proven conservation technique that can improve the quality of a sport fishery and, when practiced correctly, ensure there are enough fish for everyone.” Read more about practicing catch and release techniques with care via PartSelect.
  • In a recent episode of the Orvis Fly Fishing Podcast, Tom Rosenbauer talks with Damon Newpher of Adventure Bound on the Fly, a guide service specializing in fly fishing from all sorts of watercraft, including stand-up paddleboards. “He advises us on why you would want one, what to look for, how to accessorize one, and how to navigate moving water.”

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Tippets: Winter Streamer Fishing, Hook Sets on the Swing

  • While small flies are often the go-to for winter fishing conditions, it is also the best time, argues Spencer Durrant, to learn streamer fishing. “Winter isn’t the only time trout act like this, but it’s the season where they’ll short strike most often; however, it’s a great way to learn how to wait for fish to fully commit to a bite before you commit to the set.” Via Postfly Box.
  • In this helpful video guide Trevor Covich outlines the best way to set the hook on a swung fly presentation. As a guide, Covich has had the chance “to watch hundreds of clients make thousands of hook sets on fish, and he has acquired valuable insight on the best way to set the hook on a swung fly presentation.”

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Tippets: Fixing Tailing Loops, Who Owns a River?

  • In this video from the Game Angling Instructors’ Association, Lindsay Moore demonstrates a common casting fault: tailing loops. Learn more here about how to identify this common casting mistake as well as techniques for improving your cast.
  • A federal lawsuit poses angler against landowner in deciding who owns the bottom of waterways. Angler Roger Hill has brought the lawsuit against Mark Warsewa, who owns land around the Arkansas River. Jason Blevins reports on the cast in The Denver Post: “If Hill wins, the Arkansas River could be open for wade fishing through private land, and the standard could apply to just about every Colorado waterway.”

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Tippets: Cataloging Fish Species of the World, Learning to Double Haul

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Tippets: How to Avoid Line Twist, Leave No Fly Behind

  • In the fourth episode of season two of RIO’s “How To” series, Zack Dalton explains the difference between fly line twist and line memory, and “teaches anglers how to untwist and uncoil line easily for both single-handed and double-handed setups.”
  • Leaving snags in trees not only loses you a fly, but pollutes the environment for other anglers and species as well. George Daniel, author of Dynamic Nymphing, writes about how to “Leave No Fly Behind” in this article via Orvis.

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