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When Readers Are Also Writers

Richard Chiappone writes a poem about releasing fish that is published in Gray's Sporting Journal, then discovers that the words of poet Billy Collins seem a little too familiar. "'You may not be surprised to learn that I decided to give myself the benefit of the doubt. Call it relativism if you like, but in an age of false memoirs and clever best-selling novels that “re-imagine” characters from Melville and Austen, my sloppy use of a few lines of stolen imagery in a fishing poem seemed on a par with a defense contractor putting a phony quarter in a Pentagon parking meter - or so I told myself.'" From the Anchorage Press.

Waiting for Perfection

If there was a common refrain among my older fly fishing clients, it was that they were sorry they had not started earlier and spent more time fishing. Of course there were always reasons not to fish — time and money being ball and chain respectively — but without exception, it seems to me, when an angler reaches their sixties and seventies, the thing they regret most is not having had a fly rod in their hand often enough or in enough different places. Randall Sumner, who waited 30 years for a bottle of wine to reach perfection, echoes the same sentiment today in the Yakima Republic.

Stalking Red Drum

Along the U.S. Gulf coast they are called redfish, but on the eastern seaboard they're typically referred to as red drum or channel bass or even spottails. No matter: their behavior is the same and they provide great sport for sight-casting fly fishers. "By going slowly along a tidal creek, anglers find redfish before they are spooked. Sometimes the back of the fish is out of the water, sometimes the tail, and sometimes the fish brushes against grass stems to give away its presence." On North Carolina's StarNewsOnline.com.

Here's ESPN's summary on the species.

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54 Sailfish on Fly in a Day

 

Though one must apply the standard skeptical discount since the source is a press release, Jim Turner and Herbert Rosell no doubt had quite a day fly fishing for sails out of the Quinta Pez Vela hotel, in Ixtapa, Guatemala. From Florida Sportsman magazine.

Opening Day for Steelhead on Wisconsin's Brule

"As openers go, the weather was decent. A dash of snow. A splattering of rain. A kiss of mist. But mostly clouds, with temperatures up to about 40. The river was low and a little cloudy - very fishable. Snow in the woods was about a foot deep and soft." As Sam Cook notes in this article describing the scene on the Brule river, it ain't just about catching. On Mercury News.com.

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The Long Cast: Winning By Inches

 

Jim Gunderson threw a 5-weight fly line 120 feet, nine inches to beat second-place finisher Steve Rajeff by seven inches at the "Best of the West" competition held on March 19 in Salt Lake City, Utah. "World champion caster Steve Rajeff was next and passed on a practice cast of 119 feet 10 inches, needing as many casts as possible to best Gunderson's mark. Rajeff's next two casts, 111 feet 0 inches and 118 feet 8 inches were also short of the winning distance." On the International Sportsmen's Exposition Web site.

Female Fly Shop Owners & The Soft Touch

Scented candles, floral arrangements, and brightly colored fish art set a shop like Crab Creek Outfitters in Virginia Beach, Virginia apart from the norm. Owner Ann Nichols is no dilettante, though. She ties flies more furiously than you can imagine. And though they are in short supply, female shop owners are probably on to a good thing: 25 percent of all fishing licenses sold in the U.S. are purchased by women. Lee Tolliver on PilotOnline.com and J. Michael Kelly on Syracuse.com.

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Loomis's Last $32

 

We don't often hear stories of how discount retailers do good things for craftsmen. But one of the more interesting tidbits in this interview with Gary Loomis — rod-maker turned arch-conservationist — is the story of how honesty and the big-box retailer Cabela's saved his rod company from extinction. "My parents taught me to be honest and make sure what you say you'll do is the fact. It paid off when I was down to my last $32.10 with my fishing-rod company and Cabela's (the outdoor equipment catalog company) sent me a $50,000 order based on my reputation and their prior experience with me." Julia Anderson on Clark County, Washington's "The Columbian."
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Out-of-Fashion Fishing Flies

Coachmans, Bivisibles, Catskill-style dries, soft-hackles or muddler minnows, they all caught a lot of fish before anglers' techniques and tying fashions changed. J. Michael Kelly notes that some anglers still "go retro" with great success. "When trout aren't rising to a visible hatch of mayflies, it often pays to search beneath the surface with a fly that bears a subtle resemblance to more than one food form. The Professor's red feather slip tail, body of yellow floss and wing of mallard flank feathers serve the purpose." On Syracuse.com.

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All You Need to Know About Trout Fishing

 

Here's a well-packaged set of tips from veteran trout guides Terry Gunn, Tom Whitley and Tyler Palmerton, who share some uncommon sense with Kirk Deeter of Field & Stream. Terry Gunn on "the most overlooked spot in the river:" "Many anglers wade into the water that they should be fishing. Before entering the water always stop, look, and study what’s right in front of you."

Late Winter Steelhead on the Pere Marquette

Bob Gwizdz goes steelheading on Michigan's Pere Marquette and gets a lesson in fishing with indicators and ideal water temps (42 degrees) for spawning. "'I think (indicator fishing) is one of the most deadly techniques for any of the cold-water species,' said [Ed] McCoy, who has a degree in wildlife and fisheries from Michigan State and has been guiding fly anglers on the PM for five years." On MLive.com.

Hemingway's Pilar, Papers to Get Conservator's Eye

"Local watercraft preservation specialist Dana Hewson and members of the Boston-based Hemingway Preservation Foundation are heading to Finca Vigia, Hemingway's estate in Cuba, where he will photograph and examine the Pilar." (Via FishingJones.)

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Magic Heads and Wobbler Blades

 

"One of the latest ideas for imparting movement to the fly is the 'magic head', a funnel-shaped piece of plastic that is tied in to the fly behind the eye of the hook. It can be pushed forward to make the fly vacillate or it can be peeled back to create a streamlined profile." Richard Donkin talks up plastic funnels, wobbler blades and Ally McGowan salmon flies on London's Financial Times.

The Peacock's Hot Bite

Pete McDonald, scribe for the "News for Angling Addicts" blog FishingJones, recently penned an article for SportsmanGuide.com on peacock bass fishing in Florida. There's some good stuff in here on techniques and gear. "We targeted them with a 5-weight fly rod rigged with floating line and an 8-pound tippet attached to a green and white clouser. We also used a 6-weight rod with 150-grain sinking line, and a chartreuse and white baitfish pattern to locate deeper fish."

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Cane Rods as "Big Guns"

 

Joe Doggett starts out by talking about how fly rodding came to Texas but ends up giving a neat lesson in the role bamboo rods and other classic equipment played in early saltwater fly fishing. "'Orvis was a major influence because their method of impregnating the cane made it more durable in saltwater,' said Martin Keane of Ashley Falls, Mass., one of the most respected fly-fishing historians and classic tackle dealers in the country." In the Houston Chronicle (via the FishingJones blog).

Ausable River Two-Fly Championship

Those who competed in the Jackson Hole One Fly tournament might consider it cheating, but contestants in the annual Ausable River event are allowed two flies. "To be successful, contestants have to be skilled enough to read the water, figure out what (if anything) is hatching, and then go on to land and release as many fish as they possibly can before they lose the pair of flies they pick to fish with." Robert Streeter in the Albany, New York Times Union.

Permit Merkin Madness

The first Merkin Madness Permit Invitational Tournament was held last week in Key West, Florida, with angler Jon Ain and guide Doug Kilpatrick taking first place with two permit caught. (Guide Mike Guerin and angler Moe Slaton came in second, and Mike told me that their two fish were "only an inch or so short.")

Other than a politically correct definition of 'merkin,' John Geiger's article in the Florida Keys Keynoter offers the first accurate detail in print of the development of Del Brown's killer permit fly. "Then Brown saw Isley's deer-hair crab fly that had little dumbbells for eyes, which made the fly sink just like a real crab does to get out of harm's way. But Brown couldn't spin deer hair on a hook if his life depended on it. Instead, Brown figured yarn would work just as well." (Thanks to reader David Dalu for this link.)

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Fly Fishing Publisher Behind Jinxed Literary Masterpiece

 

Here's an interesting story about Stackpole Books and a current cinema release. Turns out that Adolf Hitler's lawyers were making life difficult for Stackpole back in 1940 when the book publisher came out with John Fante's novel Ask the Dust, now in theaters as a movie by Robert Towne. "The suit was over its unauthorized publication of the first unabridged English translation of Mein Kampf. Stackpole had to cut back everywhere to pay the legal judgment, according to a biography of Fante by Stephen Cooper." Dave DeKok in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Times Leader.

Great Smoky Mountains Brook Trout Policy Change

"For the first time in more than 30 years, anglers will be allowed to catch and keep native brook trout in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, officials said Tuesday." In the Maryville, Tennessee Daily Times.

The Modern Day "Sporting Club"

My how times have changed. Instead of a toiletless cabin in the Adirondacks or a membership in granddad's private hunting club, today's acquisitive sportsmen seem ready for something much more civilized — say, a villa overlooking the Greenbrier and manicured hiking trails and within earshot of the sporting clays. Nicholas Yuliko on TheStreet.com.

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Trout Unlimited Protesting Wyoming Energy Development

"The lease sale, set for April 4, is for 11 separate parcels that total nearly 20,000 acres in the Upper Green River drainage. Energy development could harm fishable mountain streams including North Horse Creek, Dead Cow Creek, Lead Creek, South Cottonwood Creek and South Beaver Creek, all of which are Green River tributaries and home to native Colorado River cutthroats, according to Trout Unlimited." Whitney Royster in the Jackson Hole Star-Tribune.

Bonefish Taking Bahamas Vacations?

As we've noted a couple of times before, bonefish roam much more widely than they were thought to 20 years ago. Doug Kelly wrote about bonefish that were tagged in Biscayne Bay and later showed up 50 miles south in the Keys, and recently a fish that was also tagged off near Miamai was recaught off of Andros in the Bahamas.

On TCPalm.com, Jim Hardie notes that longtime residents of Florida coasts far north of "traditional" bonefish stomping grounds have reported catching the fish, albeit infrequently. He also notes some anecdotal evidence of how bonefish schools travel: "Capt. Kenny Knudsen of Islamorada travels to the Bahamas in spring and summer on charters. A number of times, he had reported seeing schools of bonefish swimming at the surface and headed away from the Keys and going east toward the Bahamas."

2006 Washington State Trout Outlook

Doug Rose gives the outlook for Washington state trout fishin in 2006 in Washington-Oregon Game & Fish magazine. "Outside of Lake Washington, perhaps the best news for Puget Sound trout anglers is that the Cedar River, which opened to angling in 2004 after a nine-year hiatus to protect wild juvenile steelhead, will be open in the summer of 2006."

Doug's article "Cold Steel," on winter steelhead tactics, appears on MidCurrent.

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Carmel River's Useless Dam

 

"Far behind and below them, the exhausted steelhead clears the short fish ladder, rounds the bend and is confronted by the San Clemente Dam." Ryan Masters writes extensively about how a silted-in dam on one of California's most important steelhead rivers continues to plague fish populations. This is an important perspective on how a legacy from previous generations can persist in creating almost insoluble problems. In the Monterey County Weekly. (Thanks to reader Sherelyn Campbell for this link.)

Fly Fishing Books: The Offbeat Angler

"I can't believe I actually did that" is the thought that usually crosses my mind after I've gone and jumped a few football-sized tarpon in a golf course pond. Sebastian O'Kelly and Christopher Arelt, on the other hand, suffer no compunctions when it comes to finding fish in places that most of us wouldn't dream of fishing. (Hint: It's a different kind of "ragged edge" than the one Flip Pallot is fond of referring to.) After engaging in questionable fishing endeavors for 20 years, they decided to put the highlights in a book, The Offbeat Angler, which was published by Flat Hammock Press in January.

You can read one of their "so real it's absurd" tales — recalling an adventure in fishing south Florida canals — in "Tamiami Vices."

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All Aboard!

 

The Orvis-endorsed Cross Current Guide Service delivers a novel way for the city-bound angler to escape: enabling New York city fly fishers to hop on a train, fish the Beaverkill, and return to the city by nightfall. The only thing more you might hope for is missing the return becaused you are entranced by a hatch.

Pennsylvania 2006 Trout Forecast

Mike Bleech describes all the special regulations and stocking activities by region in Pennsylvania in Pennsylvania Game & Fish magazine.

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Sanibel's Fly Fishing Smorgasbord

 

"The Keys are more famous and glamorous. The Everglades more mysterious. But when it comes to flyfishing, Sanibel Island does not take a back seat to any other destination." Norm Zeigler details the many opportunites for fly fishers fishing from southwest Florida's Sanibel Island in Florida Sportsman.

California's Lake Amador Cutbows

Lake Amador in California is known for its hard-fighting hybrid trout, hatchery raised but bred for strength. "Amador has gained its reputation for producing giant Donaldson-strain cutbow salmonids. Lockhart says that more than 50 years of research went into producing this fish, which is 30 percent steelhead, 50 percent rainbow and 20 percent cutthroat." Don Vachini in California Game & Fish magazine.

Seasonal Changes for Colorado Rainbows

Ed Dentry gives a Colorado update in the Rocky Mountain News, including some anecdotal evidence that rainbow trout are in full-bore pre-spawn mode. "'They're getting out of the Toilet Bowl and looking for love,' said Tim Heng of the Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt."

Hike-In Fishing in Oregon

If you're thinking of fishing remote parts of Oregon or the northwest U.S. this year, check out Jim Scott's www.cascaderamblings.com, a site devoted to destinations for hikers. There's a pretty awesome amount of info here, and all of it vetted by Scott, who personally vists all of the locations mentioned.

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Fly Fishing Books: Howell Raines Memoir Coming May 9

 

A long-anticipated Howell Raines memoir is set for release May 9, according to publisher Scribners. "It is called 'The One That Got Away,' which may be taken as a reference to Raines exiting the Times after the Jayson Blair scandal, but which actually (or also) concerns fishing." You can read more about the book and an early Booklist review in Editor & Publisher.

"I Clousered My Rod"

Bob Clouser advises "throwing the line away from the rod tip" in this article about a recent clinic he held at Abingdon, Tennessee's Virginia Creeper Fly Shop. He also reveals a malady made common by the success of his Clouser Minnow. "'It got to where guys would make bad casts and they'd hit the rod tip and break it off. So they'd send it back to the factory and the factory guy would ask, "How did you break that?" And they'd say, "I hit it with a Clouser Minnow,"' said the 67-year-old Clouser...." George Thwaites in the Kingsport Times-News.

Northeast Fly Tying Competition

90 minutes is all you get to prove you have the speed, dexterity, and knowledge to be the best at this annual competition in Wilmington, Massachusetts. "'Oh, there is definitely some tension involved here,' said fly tier Richard O'Donnell of Derry, N.H. 'You're going up against people who are just as good as you or better." Tim Wacker in the Boston Globe.

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The Cabinet Beat

 

Moc Morgan talks about the recovery of The River Ebbw in southern England, Jimmy Carter, and how the Cabinet Beat of the Itchen got its name. "It happened apparently during World War I - in the summer of l917. The then Foreign Secretary (Lord Grey of Falden, I believe) invited the Prime Minister, Lloyd George, and his Cabinet to Itchen Abbas for a Cabinet meeting - because the mayfly was hatching on the river and he did not wish to be away from his fishing for too long!" On icWales.com.

We Don't Sell No Stinking Egg Flies!

"'Egg flies! We don't sell no stinking egg flies. What part of fly fishing don't you understand? A fly fisherman uses Royal Coachmans, Black Gnats, H&L Variants and Cahills. This is a fly shop, not a #&@%* bait store.'" Gary Lewis describes the general shunning of egg flies among traditionalists and points to a book — Cannibal Trout by Andrew Williams (Amato Books) — that changed the way he looked at fish food.


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Fly Fishing and Basketball

 

Most people can connect the dots between golf and fly fishing, but not everyone can say 'NCAA tournaments' in the same sentence with 'fly fish.' Mark Few, head coach of perpetual favorite college team Gonzaga, finds lots of similarities. "Today, Few's voracious appetite for the nuances of fly fishing was fed by simpler times, like when he was a kid, walking with his brother and father through sagebrush in the Cascades." Bud Withers in the Seattle Times.


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Fly Fishing Equipment: New Gear Bags for Fishermen

 

"The key is to pare down your equipment to the basic necessities and to check the weight of your bags at home before you head to the airport." Field & Stream's Peter Mathiesen talks about four new bags for traveling anglers: the Mystery Ranch Sweet Pea Backpack, the Orvis Safe Passage Clearview Kit Bag, Cabela’s Extreme Wheeled Waterproof Duffel, and the Loomis Large Rolling Cargo Bag.

New Books: J. H. Hall's "Cover Girl"

"The five little gems in "Cover Girl & Other Stories of Fly-Fishermen in Maine" will appeal to just about anyone who likes good fiction. Hall's stories are poignant, insightful - and wildly funny." Lloyd Ferriss gives high grades to J. H. Hall's recent Cover Girl & Other Stories of Fly-Fishermen in Maine on MaineToday.com.


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Bahamas Bonefish Lodge Reviews

 

"There are two differences between bonefishing here and in Florida. First, many South Florida flats are soft-bottomed and difficult to wade. Most Bahamian flats, on the other hand, are hard-bottomed and afford easy wading." John Merwin provides a primer on five top Bahamian bonefish lodges, including the Deep Water Cay Club, the Andros Island Bonefish Club, the Mangrove Cay Club, Pete & Gay Guest House, and Grey’s Point Bonefish Inn, in Field & Stream.


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World's Great Rivers Only Vestiges of Former Selves

Geoffrey Lean records the dismal perpective offered by a close look at where the world's rivers are headed &nmdash; that is, literally, nowhere. "The writer Fred Pearce, who has published a groundbreaking book on the crisis of the world's rivers, says: 'The maps in an atlas no longer accord with reality. The old geography lessons about how rivers emerged from mountains, gathered water from tributaries and finally disgorged their bloated flows into the oceans are now fiction.'" In the U.K. Independent.

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A "Silver River of Bonefish"

 

"Flash: At a chokepoint between Lovely Bay and a tidal inlet, an endless silver river of bonefish flows past like a herring boat hydraulically discharging its catch — more bonefish than anyone could ever imagine exists on the planet, never mind in one little Bahamian backwater." Gray's Sporting Journal editor James Babb spins the tale of a friend's 40th birthday spent rolicking in the Acklin Islands.

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Montana University Acquires Nick Lyons Papers

 

Nick Lyons made as permanent a mark on fly fishing literature as anyone in history, constantly publishing new titles and reviving old ones and creating a powerful list of must-read authors over more than three decades of effort. Now Montana State University in Bozeman will preserve his publishing records. "The records of Lyons' publishing and writing career were acquired from his son, Tony, in 2005. Cataloging was recently completed of the 5,000 letters, records and other miscellanea." Tracy Ellig on the MSU Web site.

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"Should Have Brought My Ice Auger"

"Any time from mid-February to mid-April, you can expect a decent run of big spawners, if only Denver Water would raise the flow to 100 cfs or more." Ed Dentry laments the current affect of low water flows on the rainbows that want to move out of Colorado's Elevenmile reservoir and into the "Dream Stream." In the Rocky Mountain News.


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"I'm Gonna Get a Big One!"

 

This story reminds me of my first few weeks of guiding in the 1980s, where in Key West it wasn't unheard of for a client to expect to catch a permit (on a crab), take it home and eat it. Though I never killed a fish, I soon figured out that I didn't have to tell a client that it was unacceptable. As soon as they said "I can't wait to eat one of these," their luck went south. Bill Barker describes a similar circumstance in this story about a friend with a large repertoire of stories and a need to eat his catch. In the Corvallis, Oregon Gazette-Times.

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Hatcheries Fish: Dumb and Dumber

 

Yep, turns out that hatchery fish aren't as smart as those raised in the wild. "While small stones at the bottom of a fish’s tank usually serve aesthetic purposes, they may actually help to increase growth of specific parts of a steelhead trout’s brain, according to UC Davis researchers." Amber Hsiao in The Daily Californian.

 

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Fly Fishing Lake Superior's North Shore Steelhead

"He asked if I would be discreet about our destination. Not a problem. First, I was lost. Second, I understood that discretion is necessary because most of the north-shore rivers are small and can’t bear much pressure." Unlike on U.S. shores, the northern edge of Lake Superior might boast as pure a strain of steelhead as anywhere in the North America. Jerry Dennis in Field & Stream.


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Lou Tabory: Fewer Stripers, Again

 

"Inshore Fly Fishing author Lou Tabory spoke bluntly in Worcester. 'I think in the last five years, the striped bass population has definitely dropped off,' he said. 'I'm noticing it in my fishing. I think fly fishermen notice it first. Plug fisherman started to notice it, and then the other anglers as well.'" John Corrigan in the Concord, New Hamshire Monitor.


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Mayflies: A Flavor Like Soft Butter

 

Why will trout completely ignore the early-season hatches of a particular fly, yet gorge themselves on the bugs after a few weeks? London Times fishing correspondent Brian Clarke guesses it's about taste, then finds that theory endorsed by the research of famed Irish guide Robbie O’Grady, who does his own "field testing."

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Reviving the Art of the Wet Fly

 

It wasn't so long ago that 'going fly fishing' meant learning to drift and swim a wet fly in front of the nose of hungry trout. John McCoy tells the story of how classic fly devotee Don Bastian helped create a resurgence of interest in the late 1990s. "Call it Newton’s Third Law of Nostalgia: 'For every innovation, there’s an equal and opposite retro movement.' In ever-increasing numbers, modern fly fishermen are learning the merits of tying and fishing the very same flies their grandfathers might have used." In the Charleston, West Virginia Sunday Gazette-Mail.

Ragged Island

It often strikes me as odd that within a few hundred miles of the overstuffed urban coastline of southeast Florida lie many islands that exist much as they did 50 or 100 years ago, though their residents now sport $8000 watches. Ragged Island in the Bahamas is the perfect example, where more than one enterprise has tried and failed to set roots. "Most recently, the Ragged Island Bone Fishing Club, a U.S.-based company which brought with it the occasional group of adventure-seeking fly fishermen, and, more importantly, their money, US dollars, has pulled out of Ragged completely and is reorganizing at the larger, more accessible Great Exuma Island to the north." Brian Blanco in the Bradenton (Florida) Herald.

Joan Wulff Rings Catskill Conservation Alarm

"The First Lady of Fly Fishing is asking her many admirers to take up pen and checkbook against developers who would despoil two of New York's most famous trout streams." J. Michael Kelly in Syracuse, New York's Post-Standard.

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Trout Have Built-In Compasses

 

Researchers in New Zealand have discovered tiny crystals in the noses of trout that allow them to sense changes in magnetic fields, perhaps explaining how trout can tell direction. "The tiny crystals are made of magnetite, an oxide of iron that has magnetic properties. The crystals are linked to individual receptor cells in the brain, allowing the trout to sense changes in magnetic fields." Magnetic nymphs, anyone? Matt McGrath of the BBC. (Thanks to reader Robert Huber for this link.)

Fly Fishing Cuba's Jardines del Rey

More anglers are familiar with the Jardines de la Reina in Cuba's southeast, but Neill Waugh fishes the Gardens of the King, north of the mainland, and finds a little bit of leftover pirate treasure. "Stretching ahead of me from Paredon Grande, with its old, black-and-ochre Spanish lighthouse, all the way across to the mangrove-shrouded island Perez called Cayo Antoine Chico, was a vast expanse of sand about the colour of good farm cream, covered knee-deep with the green waters of the Caribbean Sea." In the Edmonton Sun.

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John Gierach on Fly Fishing Trips

 

"The truth about fishing trips is that they're often more about where you go and how you get there than about what you catch. You naturally plan your trip for when you think the fishing will be at its best and try to make the most painless travel arrangements, but the earmark of every fishing trip is still uncertainty. If it weren't, why even go?"

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Bonefish Migrates from Miami to Bahamas

 

Surprising scientists who work in bonefish tagging and research, a bonefish caught by Captain Joe Gonzalez in Biscayne Bay in February 2005 was re-caught 321 days later in southwestern Andros. It's an exciting revelation for bonefish researchers, because "this distance record is more than double the previous one of 75 miles (Key Largo to Big Pine Key). It also suggests that bonefish can migrate across the Gulf Stream and perhaps mix with the Bahamas bonefish population." Press release from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. (Thanks to reader David Dalu for this link.)

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People: Cindy Garrison

 

ESPN's latest hot property is an attractive woman who was once told she could never be a fishing guide. Challenged, she became an Alaska guide and now travels around the world driving other guides crazy (watch one of the shows). "'I'm looked upon as some retarded blonde,' the gregarious 34-year-old admitted. 'It's a tough industry. No one wants you to get through as a female. But I said I'm not going to stop and I'm not going to quit. I encountered a lot of people in the industry who thought I was crazy. But I don't know anything but fishing. I don't know what else to do.'" Keith Lair in the Whittier, California Daily News.

Tarpon Trips: "Get An Hour of Sleep"

Downeaster Dave Sherwood seeks early entrance into the ranks of tarpon maniacs by rolling into the lower Florida Keys and trying to catch a big fish in February. "Night birds sang. The warm sea swelled on limestone shores -- heaving like a mass of Jell-O in the tropical night. Cuban music echoed from late-night bars." In MaineToday.com.

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