THE CUT TO THE CHASE ISSUE

No Pebble Devil's Canyon Wading Boot

Tue May 17th 2022

Korkers Teams Up with Trout Unlimited to Advance Permanent Protections for Bristol Bay, Alaska Korkers has designed a limited edition pair of Devil’s Canyon fishing boots with Trout Unlimited to raise awareness and support the permanent protections for Bristol Bay. A portion of profit will be donated to Trout Unlimited’s efforts to raise awareness among anglers around the threat to world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery.

For the last two decades, anglers have been part of the hardfought effort to stop the formerly proposed Pebble mine. The proposed open pit copper and gold mine was slated for the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska, home to the world largest sockeye salmon fishery and a crown jewel in the sportfishing and hunting industry.

In 2020, the key federal permit for the proposed mine was denied to the Pebble Limited Partnership as the proposal failed to meet Clean Water Act standards and was “contrary to public interest.” Now local fishing business owners, tribes and commercial fishermen are calling for permanent protections for the region to ensure Pebble- or another mining company- can’t come back in the future.

The national fly fishing industry as well as outdoor industry leaders, companies have stood behind local sportfishing leaders in Bristol Bay during the fight against Pebble and now in the effort to advance permanent safeguards for the fishery and the industries who depend on it.

Each pair of Special Edition Devil’s Canyon boots will feature:

● Vibram Sole Configuration

● Bristol Bay Informational Insert

● Free 1-Year TU Membership

● No Pebble Sticker

● No Pebble Koozie

Echo LIFT | Rod Review by Raymond Poff

Fri May 6th 2022

Bitterroot, Clark Fork, and Blackfoot – Hearing these Montana river names may elicit vivid memories of fishing experiences or re-ignite future dreams on a bucket list. These amazing fisheries are home to several species from the trout family, Salmonidae, such as: rainbow, Westslope cutthroat, cutbow (naturally occurring hybrid), brown, brook, bull, and the mountain whitefish (it really is part of the trout family)*. During a trip to Missoula last September, I spent four days giving the ECHO LIFT fly rod a workout on these three rivers. Here’s my take.

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One Water | Costa

Fri Apr 22nd 2022

Costa Films presents “One Water” — a film exploring the reality that we are all connected by water, regardless of where we live. This makes us all equally responsible for protecting the water. Costa Pros Hilary Hutcheson, Oliver White and Brandon Cyr share their unique perspectives on this shared resource and responsibility, as well as how we can all help. Start Small. Start Local. Just Start.

 

TUrnaround

Fri Apr 22nd 2022
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For the first time ever, Fly Fusion and IF4 have partnered with Trout Unlimited via the National Chapter to offer the film “TUrnaround” as a bonus feature for all 2022 Screenings of The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. This is a story of how “a group of men and women of varying ages banded together and brought an organization back”!  This group is now proving positive that TU Chapters can lead strongly into the 21st century with passionate anglers focused on the important work of local conservation and community service.

Get your tickets today!

Buffet Series Season 2 | Salmonfly Buffet

Thu Apr 14th 2022
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Salmonflies are GIANT bugs, 3-4″ in length, and they live out the majority of their lives as nymphs on the river bottom. However, each year when conditions are just right the crawl out of the water and hatch along the banks of many Western rivers here in the US. This is a hatch that both anglers and fish anticipate all year long! These bugs are big enough to turn the head of every fish in the river. We experienced some of the best dry fly fishing imaginable, and we are excited to share it with you.

Magic May Mayfly | Peter Butler

Wed Apr 13th 2022

RECIPE:

Moose mane tail
Red Polish Quill body with Gulff Thinman UV resin
Whitlocks SLF sowbug tan dubbing ball to help the wings stand up
Mandarin Duck wings
Pearl Semperfli Semperflash
Dubbing loop with Whiting’s gray Brahma hen and wood duck dyed CDC
Semperfli 12/0 brown nano silk
Partridge size 12 Ideal Dry Fly Hook
Tied on a Renzetti Master Vise

Buffet Series Season 2 | Backcountry Buffet

A lighthearted story of a father and son exploring the backcountry in pursuit of cutthroat trout and pure adventure! This is a trip that my son Andrew and I have been dreaming about for years. Backpacking and fly fishing in an amazing location with cutthroat trout willing to slam big dry flies! It was also a time for me, as a parent, to reflect on the importance of carving out time to spend with the ones I Iove before the opportunity is gone. We hope you enjoy!

Series Overview: Three years ago we launch the original Buffet Series which consisted of 8 fly fishing adventures from around the globe. We had so much fun creating and sharing those stories that we decided to create a second round of fly fishing adventure films. In season 2 we stay a bit closer to home and focus on the amazing trout fisheries the West has to offer. We invite you to join us on these adventures as we share some of our favorite experiences with you. Whether your preference is chasing trout in a cold mountain stream, bonefish on a secluded flat, or large mouth bass in your favorite warm water pond, this series has something for you!

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Buffet Series Season 2 | Winter Buffet

Thu Mar 31st 2022

We all love fly fishing in the Summer, but for those who don’t mind the cold find that Winter has some AMAZING opportunities for the fly fisher. Small midges and light tippet are the key to unlocking the river’s secrets! We hope you enjoy!

Series Overview: Three years ago we launch the original Buffet Series which consisted of 8 fly fishing adventures from around the globe. We had so much fun creating and sharing those stories that we decided to create a second round of fly fishing adventure films. In season 2 we stay a bit closer to home and focus on the amazing trout fisheries the West has to offer. We invite you to join us on these adventures as we share some of our favorite experiences with you. Whether your preference is chasing trout in a cold mountain stream, bonefish on a secluded flat, or large mouth bass in your favorite warm water pond, this series has something for you!

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Buffet Series Season 2 | Green Drake Buffet

Thu Mar 24th 2022

Green Drake Buffet highlights what could be the hatch that trout look forward to the very most, the Green Drakes. In this episode we show every life stage of the Drakes, and spend our time targeting them once the hatch picks up and the dry fly action intensifies. Exceptionally large mayflies entice even the biggest of fish to the surface. We hope you enjoy!

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Buffet Series Season 2 | Brookie Buffet

Thu Mar 17th 2022

Brookie Buffet is the first episode of the second season of the Buffet Series.  This episode features Phil Tuttle, Gilbert Rowley, and Andrew Rowley, Gilbert’s 13 year old son. Brook trout are near and dear to their hearts and weave through their life stories.  This is a tale of beginnings and how the joy of fly fishing never really fades. Enjoy the visual experience!

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Spring 2022 Issue Out Now!

Mon Mar 14th 2022

Bully For You | Bob Covey

Bull trout have been protected in Alberta for nearly a quarter-century. Why haven’t they recovered? And more to the point: are well-intentioned anglers to blame?

Crossing Paths, Complimentary Passions | Nick Trehearne, Trevor Carruthers

Living in the East Kootenays has helped reignite a partially-forgotten passion for fly fishing. A pair of friends, targeting bull trout and west slope cutthroat on a pristine waterway in one of Canada’s trout meccas, serves as a reminder of the power of teamwork on the water.

Chrome Zone |  Jason Harman

For a long time now, I have been on a quest. I’ve devoured books, podcasts and videos and if I found anyone with the slightest piscatorial predilection for mysterious, anadromous fish, I would strike up a conversation, hoping it would lead to sage sparks of wisdom.

Steel Union | Todd Penke

Wild steelhead need our help. If you put your time in offthe water, the next time you do manage to catch one, whether a summer steelhead aggressively taking a surface fly or a winter steelhead chasing an intruder swung deep, it will be the most satisfying angling experience you’ll ever have.

In Flight Meal | Danie Erasmus

Knowing when and where to imitate the different life stages of a western green drake isn’t always straight forward. But the western green drake is perhaps the most iconic mayfly in fly fishing. If you want to fool trout—particularly big trout—you need to appreciate this insect.

PLUS…

Faux Fame and Fishing| Derek Bird

Chip Shots | Jeff Wagner

Making Your Connection | Derek Olthuis

Hanging in the Balance | Brian Chan

Decoding the Chironomid | Dana Harrison

Ask the Magazine Guy | Jim McLennan

End of the Line | Howard Fischer

Cascade Muddler Variant | Félix Lamoureux

Mon Mar 14th 2022

Hook: Size 7 2051 Daiichi hook (Spey hook) Thread: Black Uni-Thread 8/0 Tail: Orange and yellow bucktail w/ a few strands of yellow Krystal flash Tag & Rib: Small silver oval tinsel Body: First half: Large silver holographic tinsel; Second half: Black Floss Throat: Brown wet-fly hackle. Wing: Black arctic fox over a few strands of black Krystal flash Hackle: Yellow hen hackle under spun orange deer body

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