Help save Bristol Bay! Tell the EPA you Support full Protections for Salmon

Courtesy of Scott Hed, Director, Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska

 

For over 8 years, the threat of North America’s largest copper and gold mine has loomed over the communities located around the headwaters of the two major rivers flowing into Bristol Bay, AK. If built, this ill-conceived project would directly impact the world’s largest and last great sockeye salmon run, putting in jeopardy 14,000 commercial fishing jobs, a 10,000 year cultural tradition of subsistence, and a huge recreation economy.

Photo courtesy of Pat Clayton.

Photo courtesy of Pat Clayton.

All told, the proposed Pebble Mine would threaten an existing long-term sustainable economy valued at over $1.5 billion annually, for a short-term mine. The EPA has the power to ensure restrictions are in place that will not threaten the fishery. Under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, EPA has the authority to restrict or deny a permit that will have adverse effects on this fishery.

EPA took a justified step in February to start the process of restricting or denying any large-scale mining permits in the Pebble copper and gold mining deposit. Now EPA is asking the public to review their proposed determination before making a final decision to protect the fishery.

We have this one final opportunity to have our voices heard, and encourage EPA to follow the science and stop Pebble Mine once and for all.

 

For more information, please visit: bristolbayunited.com/savebristolbay/

Habits of Highly Effective Anglers- Deneki Outdoors

The gang over at Deneki Outdoors have compiled some of their best tips on what makes an angler “highly effective.” Below are some of their top suggestions, but check out the full post, “13 Habits of Highly Effective Anglers,” and learn how you can sharpen your game and most importantly, have a more enjoyable time on the water.

Photo by Flip Pallot, TFO Advisory Staff.

Photo by Flip Pallot, TFO Advisory Staff.

  1. Check your knots.  Every single time they tie a knot, effective anglers give it a good tug to make sure it’s strong and seated correctly.  Every time.  It is very unusual for a really good angler to ‘break one off’.
  2. Keep your hooks sharp.  Almost any time he touches his fly, a great angler will check its point to make sure it’s sharp.  If it’s not, he’ll sharpen it or replace it.
  3. Organize your gear.  It’s kind of obvious when you say it this way, but having the right gear for the situation, organized so you can find what you need, helps a lot.  If you look inside the gear bag of an effective angler, you don’t see a big pile of doo doo.

For the complete list, visit: deneki.com/2013/07/13-habits-of-highly-effective-anglers

Recap- Hardly, Strictly Musky – The Southern Classic

 

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The 2014 Hardly, Strictly Musky – The Southern Classic was a great success this past May, as dozens of anglers bounded upon McMinnville, Tennessee.

Jim Shulin of TFO was on hand not only to fish with Advisory Staffer Blane Chocklett (Oh, and TFO’s Bob Clouser also fished the tourney!), but, also to unveil the new TFO Esox Series.

Photo courtesy of Blane Chocklett.

Photo courtesy of Blane Chocklett.

Here is a link to a short write-up by Pile Cast Fly Fishing.

There was also a great write-up on the event by Dave Hosler in the latest edition of American Angler Magazine.

Check out their Facebook page: Hardly, Strictly, Musky-Southern Classic for some bad ass photos from the weekend.

Team TFO of Blane Chocklett, (left) and Jim Shulin (right) prepping for a weekend of slinging big flies.  Photo by Jim Shulin, TFO.

Team TFO of Blane Chocklett, (left) and Jim Shulin (right) prepping for a weekend of slinging big flies.
Photo by Jim Shulin, TFO.

Check out this first Texas Council of Fly Fishers Expo this weekend!

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Starting on June 13, the first ever Texas Council (International Federation of Fly Fishers) will be holding their Fly Expo, in New Braunfels, Texas.

Join TFO, fly vendors and fly fishing enthusiasts on June 13-14, in New Braunfels at the Civic Community Center, and Cypress Bend Park.

The expo will be in multiple locations, so fly anglers can take full advantage of classroom and on the water situations.

Photo illustration courtesy of the Texas IFFF.

Photo illustration courtesy of the Texas IFFF.

Cypress Bend Park will be the location we use for the Casting Programs, Certifications, and on the water classes being offered.

There will be plenty of free parking available and a shuttle service will take you back and forth to the Civic Community Center.

Thursday night the 12th, there will be a Welcoming Dinner to get to know each other, and set the stage for the days to come. Friday night the 13th, we will be hosting the Fly Fishing Film Tour. Saturday, June 14, there will be an Awards Dinner, Auction with BIG Time Raffles and a Special Guest Speaker.

The main Fly Fishing Expo will be on the 13-14.

For more in formation on the Expo, please visit: txflyfishexpo.com.

 

Joey Nania Takes First in Mark’s Outdoor Annual Tournament

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Angler Joey Nania of Cropwell, Ala. overtook 486 anglers and several Elite Series pro’s this past weekend in the Mark’s Outdoor Annual Tournament on Logan Martin Lake.

According to Nania, the pair (along with co-angler Kolby Tishler) went directly to structure offshore and caught a small limit.  Nania landed most his fish on 8-pound fluorocarbon, a 3/16-ounce shakey head and the TFO Shakey Head GTS rod. 

Nania finished the day with 20-pounds, 7-ounces.

The anglers combined for over 30 fish during the one-day tournament.

Photo courtesy Joey Nania.

Photo courtesy Joey Nania.

Nania’s day was further complimented by his finish over some of the Elite’s Series top anglers. Pitted against seasoned anglers like: John Crews, Brandon Palanuik, Hank Cherry, Mark Davis, Randy Howell, Bill Lowen, Mike McClellan and several other Elite Pros.

The duo edged out Elite Series angler John Crews by 1-ounce, who caught all of his on a frog.  Hank Cherry finished the day at No. 3.

Fly Rods and Ferrules

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 Courtesy of Ray Schmidt and Kate Smith

 

Because of the strain and pressure placed upon fly rods during a cast, rods must be manufactured to exacting standards, especially the joints (ferrules) that hold them together.

When rod sections become unseated, fly rods can break. When failures like this occur, they are typically seen at the joint near the loose ferrule.

It is recommended that anglers assemble rods by putting sections together with what is referred to as, a “twist lock.”

Exposed blank on the Professionall II Series fly rods.  Photo by Temple Fork Outfitters.

Properly secured ferrules on the Professional II Series fly rods.
Photo by Temple Fork Outfitters.

This is done by intentionally miss-aligning the rod sections as they are pushed together to seat the sections. By setting the guides apart, at a 90-degree angle, then twisting the sections into alignment an imperceptible seal or “lock” will form, keeping the sections together.

To disassemble the rod, simply twist the sections so the guides are oriented at a 90-degree angle, than pull apart.

With heavier weight rods, the same process should be utilized.

With long, two-handed rods or big streamer rods, casting heavily weighted lines and shooting heads can twist rod sections while under load. Although, the argument can be made for taping ferrules, the best remedy is to follow the “twist lock,” method and regularly check rod sections to ensure they are tight.

If multiple failures occur, than it may be best to use surgical or electrical tape on the ferrules to secure their fit.

TFO on the Situk River in Alaska

TFO By Robert Jones for Temple Fork Outfitters

 

TFO rep (Rockies/West) and owner of Glade Park Associates, Bobby Jones, recently returned from a steelhead trip in Alaska.

Below is his report from fishing the Situk River in Southeast Alaska.

“Water flows hovered around 100 CFS on the Situk, about half of what would have been optimum flows.

Bobby Jones with a nice steelhead from the Situk.  Photo by Bobby Jones.

Bobby Jones with a nice steelhead from the Situk.
Photo by Bobby Jones.

With the lack of rain and mostly sunny days, conditions were not the best, but, we still managed to catch some fish.  Because of the low water, we were not seeing  fresh fish moving up into the river from the estuary each day, although some were coming on the high tide during the night.

Early morning and late evening was the best of it when the sun was behind the trees and the water was shady. It was getting light at around 5 a.m. and not getting dark until around 9:30 p.m.

The deeper pools held the most fish which made it more challenging for fly fishing around all the sweepers and snags in the pools, so, our group ended up catching a good number of fish in these buckets on gear, both spinning and baitcast. We used jigs under floats and some spoons in the holes.

I spent a good amount of my time with the fly rod and quickly found out that the fish holding on the gravel just above the tail outs in very low sunny water were incredibly spooky and were very difficult to get to eat.

I had the best luck using a Teeny Mini-Tip line with a single yarn egg pattern with dumbell eyes or some variation of that with some maribou and estaz in pinks and purples and black, orange and red combos. line was 8-pound P Line CFX fluorocarbon.

I was using the 8-weight Mangrove mostly, with some time on the 8-weight BVK. My reel of choice as the BVK III.  Both were perfect outfits for this type of fishing in some tight water.

It started raining the second to last day and the water tinged up to a more stained color, which improved conditions a little.”

Pontoon rigged and ready to float the Situk. Jones fished the Mangrove series fly rods as well as the four-piece TRS/TRC rods.  Photo courtesy Bobby Jones.

Pontoon rigged and ready to float the Situk. Jones fished the Mangrove series fly rods as well as the four-piece TRS/TRC rods.
Photo courtesy Bobby Jones.

 

 

Gearing up for the Situk. Jones fished both fly and conventional gear throughout the several day float. Despite low water conditions, Jones and the group managed to land a few fish.  Photo courtesy of Bobby Jones.

Jones fished both fly and conventional gear throughout the several day float. Despite low water conditions, Jones and the group managed to land a few fish.
Photo courtesy of Bobby Jones 

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