Here you have it: this week’s edition of “Things Worth Reading.” We invite you to take the next few minutes to pour a nice cup of coffee (or tea, or water, whatever you prefer) and check out this cornucopia of seven articles, videos, and podcasts that we rounded up for you this week. Enjoy!
Fly Pattern Should Always Be the Last Thing You Change (Hatch Magazine, George Costa)
When you have limited time on the water (and even when you don’t), it’s wise to take time to change your tactics (drift, casting, weight, etc) before you take the time to change a fly pattern. George Costa elaborates on this topic in this Hatch Magazine article.
Split Shot vs. Weighted Flies (Troutbitten, Domenick Swentosky)
The title says it all in this latest article on Troutbitten. Which method do you prefer? We use both.
Streamer Chronicles: Erik Griffen (Fly Fishing the Ozarks, Brian Wise)
The most recent episode of Streamer Chronicles features Erik Griffen, a 17-year old high school student. He represents the next generation of streamer fisherman, and has some good things to say. From the video description: Every good experiment (like Streamer Chronicles) has to have a control. Erik Griffen is the control of Streamer Chronicles… The kid can fish, he handles the stick as good or better than most guys twice his age (and acts twice as old as most of those guys too). But bottom line—-I wanted to see what the next generation of streamer fisherman had to say–and he drops some GEMS!
Podcast: Tactical Fly-Fishing Techniques with Jesse Haller (Orvis Fly Fishing)
This podcast is interesting and informative, especially for those of you who are into tight-line nymphing. Tom Rosenbauer interviews Jesse Haller and talks patterns, techniques, and other things related to nymphing.
Video: Stand Up For Public Lands (Protect Our Public Land)
This isn’t a brand-new issue, but it’s one that’s come to the fore in recent months. While Pennsylvania isn’t one of the listed states at risk, we want to see public lands remain public all over the country. From the website: “Imagine if the places you like to hike, climb, paddle, ski, bike, fish, hunt, or camp were suddenly sold so that a state government could fix a hole in its budget. That would be a terrible loss… our shared enjoyment of American land is a way of life for our generation and the next.”
Within Moments of Taking Office… (Hatch Magazine, Chad Shmukler)
This article is important for sportsmen to read and be aware of from a conservation standpoint – and because of the impact it could have on angling and the outdoors in the United States. It includes statements from Ben Bulis (President of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association) and Todd Tanner (President of Conservation Hawks). From the White House website on inauguration day: For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.
Make Your Own Squirrel Dubbing (Fly Fish Food)
If you haven’t tried making your own dubbing, be encouraged to do so. Get a cheap coffee maker and start mixing some materials (there are a number of good videos out there as you’re starting to get into this). The guys at Fly Fish Food take it up a notch, using an electric razor to get the hair off of the hide. This recipe is pretty simple, but it gives you some basics for you to try making your own custom dubbing blend.