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Ospreys’ recovery from pollution and shooting is a global conservation success story — Environment + Energy – The Conversation

February 26, 2019

Osprey on a nesting platform in Massachusetts. Craig Gibson, CC BY-NDA hundred years ago, a person wandering the back roads of coastal New England might have come across an odd sight: at the edge of a farmyard, cheek by jowl with pigs and chickens and cows, a tall pole topped with a massive stick nest.…

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How to be a better fish photographer and help the fish via your GoPro!

February 23, 2019

I’m always concerned about the stress on the fish that taking photos can have. Sometimes the fish is out of the water too long, sometimes we hold the fish too firmly and this can injure the fish’s internal organs, especially when they squirm. The whole culture around fish photos can be detrimental to the fish we love to catch also. Have a read through this Blog Post which covered that issue. There are many ways to minimize the impacts on the fish.

This video, from TightLineVideo offers some great solutions for taking bursts of still photos with a GoPro. There’s some super ideas about how to wear or attach the GoPro in really innovative ways as well. Have a look!


Fly Friday 2/8/19 — The Northern Angler Online Fly Shop – News

February 8, 2019

Looks like Michigan has similar weather today and fly tiers everywhere are likely thinking this is a good weekend to sit at the desk, fire burning, tying their favourite flies. Or maybe some new ones, like the one featured below from The Northern Angler.

Looks like it’s going to be another beautiful weekend in Northern Michigan for tying flies. One of my favorite all-around attractor flies is the Opal Caddis. 96 more words

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Guide to fly fishing strike indicators and their best uses | Hatch Magazine – Fly Fishing, etc.

January 28, 2019

The modern indicator has become ubiquitous. Despite that technical-sounding name, let’s face the facts, an indicator is little more than a bobber. You can call it an indicator, a flotation device, or a nymph suspender. Hell, you can call it Suzanne for all I care. But, in the end, it’s just a bobber—just like the one you had on the Barbie pole that you took fishing for bluegills when you were six. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, let’s just be honest with ourselves.
— Read on

This article covers the pros and cons of various strike indicators. Excellent resource for improving Grand River fishing success.

Underwater Trout

January 1, 2019

This YouTube video may change what you think you know about how trout feed, where they are and what they feed on. The segments will change how you approach the various parts of trout streams, riffles, pools and fast water, even in streams you know well! Have a look!

The Grand River Runs Through It

July 16, 2018

Back in May, I volunteered to be a Controller for the National Fly Fishing Championships held on the Grand River here in Fergus and Elora. I was interviewed by a local videographer and this is their video.

The Grand Runs Through It

Also in the video are interviews with other leaders from various Grand River organizations such as Friends of the Grand River and Trout Unlimited.

Hooking into some great fly fishing podcasts

June 13, 2018

Are you on the lookout for some great fly fishing related podcasts to load up before heading out on a drive to your favourite river? Perhaps you just need some new podcasts to divert yourself from provincial, national or international politics and their overwhelming daily grind of bad news stories. Look and listen no further.

Here are a few regular fly fishing podcasts to add to your chosen podcast app.

The Orvis Fly Fishing Podcast– Hosted by long time Orvis fly fishing educator and ambassador, Tom Rosenbauer, the weekly podcast features a Q&A with Tom answering listeners’ questions on basic through technical fly fishing topics followed by a full length interview with an expert guest, often featuring guides who know special rivers or techniques. Tom and the guest cover everything from trout to bass to pike, and salt water fly fishing too. You can listen in to current episodes from the link above or better yet, subscribe to the podcast for new episode notifications. You can subscribe in iTunes here.

Not a week goes by when Tom doesn’t answer a question that brings new knowledge to even the most experienced fly fisher! A fascinating recent episode featured an interview with Kirk Johnson, the author of The Feather Thief, an investigation into the dark underworld of the illegal feather trade and the fringe fly tyers who trade in contraband materials.

The So Fly Podcast– this group of young fly fishers who are also photographers and media artists are spreading the fly fishing gospel with interviews with Canadian fly fishing personalities and features on local and regional fly fishing waters. Edgy but always informative, the shows feature friendly, informal conversations with guides, retailers, and fishing legends, along with news and trip reports. Subscribe in iTunes here.

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