what a charming, lovely find. much more than just a fly fishing movie, this very rich one hour film divided in four chapters gives us a view of a not-so-far past on southern england chalk streams, their ecosystems, their habitants, flies, gorgeous under and above water film and photos studies of insects and fish and all sorts of other goodies.
i’ll pass on the ‘educated trout’ aspect but greatly applaud their somewhat early adoption of catch and release. give yourself an hour to kick back, forget the week-end stress and allow yourself to be emerged in these beautiful streams. enjoy !
thanks Alun !
“To find their way back home across thousands of kilometers of ocean, salmon imprint on [i.e. learn and remember] the magnetic field that exists where they first enter the sea as juveniles”
“So Putman and colleagues hypothesized that salmon were using variations in the Earth’s magnetic field to figure out where “home” was. If this was true, then the researchers could see if a salmon’s ability to navigate changed over time with small, naturally occurring variations in the global magnetic field.
Putman and colleagues used 56 years of fisheries data to study a group of sockeye salmon that spawned in the Fraser River in British Columbia and spent much of their adult lives in and around Alaska‘s Aleutian Islands. The researchers studied the likely routes the salmon took in transit between these two locations and compared it to data on the strength of the Earth’s magnetic field at the time.”
fascinating stuff and something i’ve always wondered about. for more of this groovy-magnetely delicious-fishy study click the pic above and to find out how these fish sound and know all about their food preferences click below. enjoy !
far more important than base uses such as keeping warm, preparing pasta, chasing away zombies or using it to signal your presence when lost, fire,
the second most important element to the fly angler (after water) is there for us to stare at and conjure up images of enormous leaping trout (or insert your favorite fish here) and keep the dream alive when we’re not actually fishing. one of the most important aspects in survival situations is to keep the hope and as such, these joyful images we all long for and dream about wil keep us going and going and going when the going gets rough !the title may at first seem a little contradictory and we’ll notice that lady fire-starters will have to show a bit of ingenuity for this to work but it works, it’s fun, messy and will for sure bring up an enormous “Ah-Ha ! I did it !!!” afterglow when achieved, all the elements that make for a great day on the water. enjoy !
one hell of a lot more important than any casting, tying or fishing tip, here’s one that might save you, a friend, a stranger. to report an accident, a fire and whatever else you might want to announce to any emergency service: police, medics, firefighters, rescue teams, etc.
as fishers we spend a lot of time in areas where phone coverage is either poor or inexistent. buy paying careful attention to the video below we’ll find out how the international 112 number works and how to increase your chances of getting through when we can’t make a ‘normal’ call. as seen on the videos comment box, the list of countries that offer this service has since grown from 70 to 200, including 32 of the World’s biggest GSM providers.
this one’s a keeper, be sure to pass this on to all your friends and family. click on the image for more info and an updated list of countries where this service is in operation.
a big thanks to Mike Barrio for bringing this video to our attention.
a stunning fish painting by Britt Freda i originally found on Tumblr via Moldy Chum via Patagonia Fly Fishing and now via The Limp Cobra !
in the end, it doesn’t matter where it comes from: as the fish portrayed so beautifully, they travel, they’re always on the prowl, they’re where they belong, they’re free.
be sure to check out more of Britt’s work by following the link. enjoy !
by Louis Rhead 1916 it’s hard to tell how much humor was originally intended by the author but here’s an amusing 177 page blast from the past with all sorts of goodies such as: Trout flies in April- When insects first appear Why it is best to copy nature Shiny Devils and Artificial frogs that wiggle their legs and float
once past the silly giggles we’ll notice that Rhead was quite the modern and even avant-garde angler, completely understanding the successful fly fisher will not solely fish with surface flies but also larval and nymphal imitations and that typical ‘trout-insects’ aren’t the only food item our slimy friends like to eat.
he also didn’t have any qualms criticizing his peers when need be and thought that sticking needles into insects wasn’t the best way to study a living creature.
a really nice informative and entertaining read, click either image to access the complete e-book on internetarchive.org.
Stonefly exoskeletons (order: Plecoptera) found near a french Pyrenean river. it’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly but i believe them to be of the Leuctra ariega species even if they seem to be a bit too big for that particular bug.
whatever they are they’re beautiful and i know the trouts like them too…
i could sit here for hours and attempt to explain why you, me, we, anybody should get involved in this or any other conservation project around the world but that doesn’t work, the call has to come from within and not from some guy on the other side of the planet. here’s hoping this video might wake up that call.
“Casting a Voice” is a fly fishing conservation film, using the perspective of anglers to examine the risks facing one of British Columbia’s most precious resources – wild fish. The proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project would run through some of the most abundant wild salmon and steelhead waters left on the planet. The Skeena River and its tributaries remain a rare stronghold for healthy populations of anadromous fish, while wild fish stocks have declined elsewhere.