3 Good Articles

Kids Fly Fishing
We're with #1 - get them out there!

More good articles about fly fishing on the internet!

  1. Take Kids Fly Fishing Contest.  We think there’s nothing more important than getting kids out on the water, so we’re glad we found this contest via Compleat Thought.
  2. Bonefish Handling Week.  Bonefish on the Brain ran a series of articles about the proper handling of bonefish.
  3. Under the Banner of Going Fly Fishing.  Skate the Fly with a great piece about showing folks the experience.

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Spotting Trout by Louis Cahill Photography
Looking for Mr. Trout in Alaska. Photo: Louis Cahill

Our series of links to good articles about fly fishing marches on!  Here are three good, quick, recent articles from around the internet.  Have a look.

  1. Savlen Paints Some FIBFest Goodness.  Bonefish on the Brain passes some actual fishing fine art.
  2. Don’t Walk Through The Fish! Tom Larimer talks trout and stoneflies and advises us not to wade too deep.  Scott Baker-McGarva, head guide at BC West, has mentioned this too in a different way
  3. Down Goes Fraser!  Down Goes Fraser! Moldy Chum talks Fraser River, Pebble Mine and science.

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A guy fishing in Alaska. Photo: Louis Cahill

In the past week we came across three fishing articles on other web sites that we thought you might be interested in.  Have a look.

  1. Hatchery Programs Come Front and Center in Debate Over Wild Salmon. The Native Fish Society and the Pacific Rivers Council are suing over hatcheries on the Sandy River in Orgeon, and the Osprey’s blog ran a nice summary of the issues.
  2. Florida Keys Chronicles: Relentless.  Flatswalker wrote up a great story that you really need to read if you care at all about tarpon fishing.  Via Bonefish on the Brain.
  3. Birds of a Feather.  Kirk Werner does some field work related to the totally preposterous hackle-in-the-hair phenomenon.

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Fishing for Science

Fishing for Science
Dr. Stromsness, hard at work in the lab.

Bjorn Stromsness is the angler behind Bonefish on the Brain, and he also got in on the fun at Andros FIBFest 2011 last month.

Bjorn’s been a big supporter of Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, and at Andros South he ‘took one for the team’ and helped out with bonefish research.  He’s here today to tell us all about it.

Fishing for Science

While out stalking the phantom of the flats, it turns out you can do more than just catch and release. You can fish for science!

Sure, conservation of bonefish may start with good Catch & Release practices, but if you are interested, you may be able to contribute even more. At Andros South there are two avenues available to you to go beyond C&R. One such path is largely guide-dependent and the other is in your court.

Some of the guides at Andros South are very keen on tagging bonefish. The tags are inserted just below the skin and the details (when, where and fish length) are recorded. When that fish is caught again the same information is written down. Tagging tells the scientists at the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust all sorts of important information like growth rates and distances traveled. It was from a tag planted in Biscayne Bay and recovered in the Middle Bight of Andros that we now know bonefish sometimes cross the Gulf Stream. All of the sudden we’re not talking about isolated populations, and that has some big implications in terms of conservation.

The day I fished with Andros South guide Norman he wanted to tag every fish we caught. One fish managed to wiggle off the hook before that happened, but every other fish was tagged and may some day be recaptured.

Fishing for Science
Fin clips headed for BTT. Photo: Bjorn Stromsness

Another bit of science work you can do involves contacting Bonefish and Tarpon Trust and asking for a fin clip kit. Clipping fins is exactly what it sounds like. You get a kit with very easy to follow instructions, a pair of scissors, a tape measure, a piece of paper to record data and vials for the small bits of clipped fins. The fins grow back and the fin matter is analyzed by the scientists at Bonefish & Tarpon Trust to give more information about the genetic diversity of bonefish populations.

You may not need another reason to go bonefishing, but now you can add “I need to fish for science” to the list of possible justifications.

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FIBFest is Back

FIBFest 2011
We'll be doing some of this, probably. Photo: Louis Cahill

We had such a good time with it last year that we had to do it again.

It’s Deneki FIBFest!  It’s an in-person gathering of folks who write online about fly fishing.  FIB stands for Fishing Industry Bloggers, and FIBFest is the most cleverest name we could come up with.

Starting on March 26th, a small group of us will spend a week at Andros South.  We’ll catch bonefish.  We’ll write about it online.  That’s the program!

Here’s the current lineup for Andros South FIBFest 2011 – in alphabetical order of course.

  • Rebecca Garlock writes The Outdooress, and created an incredibly successful platform for outdoor bloggers called the Outdoor Blogger Network.
  • Michael Gracie is an alumnus of FIBFest, and cranks out some of the most intelligent writing about fly fishing online at michaelgracie.com.
  • Kyle Perkins writes Compleat Thought, a blog on conversation, education and new media in fly fishing.  He’s also done a bunch of marketing consulting work for a variety of fly fishing causes.
  • Eric Rathbun is one of the masterminds behind Moldy Chum, a fly fishing blog that’s busier than Times Square.
  • Bjorn Stromsness – if there’s one guy who’s the right guy for FIBFest at Andros South, it’s Bjorn.  He writes Bonefish on the Brain, a blog about nothing but bonefish.

We’re going to do our darndest to give you a bunch of different viewpoints on what a week on South Andros is all about.  If you want to follow along with us during the week, you’ll have plenty of chances.  Don’t worry, we’ll give you a reminder or two when the event is about to start…

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