Highly Contagious Virus Found In Majority of Clayoquot Sound Salmon Farms

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Salmon at a majority of Clayoquot Sound fish farms are infected with the Norwegian strain of a highly contagious virus, according to an investigative report released Wednesday.

The report by Clayoquot Action, a Tofino-based conservation society, says feces, flesh and scale samples from 14 out of 15 farms tested positive for the piscine orthoreovirus.

LINK (via: The Narwhal)



Brooke Belohlavek is an artist and educator in small town, Wyoming who found a love for fly fishing one day after an ascent atop Grand Teton. Before long, her newfound passion made its way to her canvas. Today Brooke paints trout for folks all over the country who want to enjoy a beautiful reminder of their fly fishing experiences.

Join @brooke__april_art for this uniquely Western journey of art and fly fishing.  From @blufflinemedia and available only at the 2020 MTFFF.


Florida’s war on weeds is killing fish and supercharging red tide

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On any given day, helicopters and an armada of airboats fan out across Florida’s freshwaters to spray tank after tank of poison. Without the millions of gallons of herbicide poured into rivers and lakes, officials say, the state would be choked with weeds.

But a growing chorus of fishermen and hunters, naturalists and activists disagree.

LINK (via: CNN)


New Jersey Protects Trophy Striped Bass, Implements Slot Limit for 2020 Season

We’ve been covering the plight of the Atlantic Striped Bass closely since the ASMFC opened up a comment period on proposed regulations to protect the future of the fishery, and since the ASMFC has set a target to reduce the harvest of Stripers by 18%. One thing is for certain, Striper stocks are hurting and they need these regulations to give them an opportunity to bounce back.

According to NJ.com, “An ASMFC decision in October set a coast-wide standard regulation for striped bass at one fish between 28 inches and less than 35 inches, but states were given the chance to create their own regulations if those alternatives were projected to reach the target 18% reduction.

The new rules allow anglers to keep one fish between 28 inches and less than 38 inches long, per fishing trip. The rule is what is known as a slot limit because it sets a minimum size and maximum size for fish that can be kept.”

These new rules will now be sent to the ASMFC for final approval, and if ASMFC deems them unsatisfactory, New Jersey will be required to adopt ASMFC’s coast-wide regulation measures.

The new NJ regulations are sort of a mixed bag as they also include provisions for the creation of 27,000 bonus permits, allowing permit holders to harvest an additional striped bass within the slot limit.

For more information on the new New Jersey regulations, check out this article from NJ.com!

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Fly Fishing On a College Budget

Whether you’re a college student who’s tight on money, or just getting into the sport, there are a lot of awesome deals to be had if you know where to look. This article will serve as a guide to building a complete fly fishing setup with affordability in mind. Just because you are trying to save money doesn’t mean you always have to sacrifice quality. There are a bunch of brands that offer affordable, high-performance options with the warranty to back it. Here are some of my favorite tips, tricks, and options for building your fly fishing set up on a college budget. 

Our favorite high-performance, affordable fly fishing gear:

Temple Fork Outfitters Pro II 

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Temple Fork Outfitters offers a variety of well priced high performing fly rods. Their Pro II 5wt is the perfect rod for anglers of all skill levels. At $169.95 this is an outstanding value. The Pro II is a medium action rod that offers a smooth and powerful yet forgiving cast. 

Ross Reels Colorado LT

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This is one of the pricier items on the list at $295 but the extra cost is well worth it. With so much going on in the water around you sometimes the simpler the better. Ross’s Colorado LT is just that, a simple, bulletproof reel that allows you to focus on the fishing rather than fumbling with your reel. It uses a metal click/pawl mechanism which is a smooth nonadjustable drag system perfect for any trout fisherman. Another great performing yet more affordable option is Orvis’s clearwater reel which comes in at $129, this makes it a great bang for your buck purchase. 

Scientific Anglers Mastery Trout Line 

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Scientific Anglers’ Mastery Trout line is a great all-around line that will allow you to chase trout using dries, nymphs, and even streamers. Coming in at $79.95, this an awesome high-performance line at an affordable price point.  

Dr. Slick Co Mitten Scissor Clamp

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I was originally introduced to these plyers on a float trip in Jackson Hole and since then they have been a mainstay in my fly pack. They do everything from cutting tag ends to clearing the hook eye of that stubborn fly. They can be found for as low as $16.33 on Amazon, which at that price and functionality, make them an absolute no brainer for the fiscally concerned fly angler. 

Fish Pond Slings 

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Fishpond offers a wide range of packs at all price levels. Their summit sling pack is the perfect pack for the angler on a college budget coming in at $99.95. It is durable, comfortable, and packed full of features and storage for all the gear you’ll need for a day on the water. The summit sling even includes a slot for your water bottle to keep you hydrated all day. 

Rio and FishPond Tippet Holder 

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FishPond, in collaboration with Rio Products, has created an affordable tippet holder that comes pre-loaded with Rio’s 2x through 6x Powerflex Tippet. For $40 you get a tippet holder and five spools of tippet.  


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This cheap $24 essential can save your day. Whether it’s keeping you from getting bug bites, or saving your neck from an awful burn, Buff’s are a no brainer essential for every angler’s fly kit.

Patagonia Tropic Comfort Hoody II

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This simple yet versatile hoodie is an essential piece of clothing perfect for any day on the water. With its fast-drying and moisture-wicking properties, it is ideal for a frigid morning or a hot afternoon. In conjunction with a buff, the hood can offer great sun protection. The Patagonia Tropic Comfort Hoody comes in at $59.00.   

Gas Station Sunglasses 

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Sunglasses can often be expensive, and until you can afford your dream pair of Costa sunglasses, gas station polarized sunglasses can be a great alternative. The beauty of cheap sunglasses is if you break them or even lose them, there is often another gas station close. If you have some extra money to spend, be sure to check out Costa Sunglasses “Sunset Specials” category for deeply discounted frames!

Reddington Waders and Boots 

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Reddington offers a really reasonable price point on wading gear that comes with a lifetime warranty. Their Escape Waders coming in at $229.99, are a durable and high performing wader that will withstand all your falls, spills, and snags. Just like the Escape Waders, their Forge Boots are a durable workhorse that offers comfort and an affordable price at $149.99. 

Additional Tips: 

tThere are some awesome websites such as Steep and Cheap, Moose Jaw and Sierra Trading Post that offer great deals on high-quality fly fishing brands such as Patagonia and Simms. If you watch closely, you can often find a lot of steals on all things fly fishing. Another tip is to sign up for fly fishing brands mailing lists so you know when their sales happen and you can be sure to hop on them.

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Spring Bass Fishing Gear Review!

Bass are starting to bite! Spring is just around the corner and the fishing industry has created all kinds of new gear for 2020. Take a look at some of our favorite crankbaits, ned rig worms, keitechs, terminal tackle, and tools in this early Spring gear review for bass fishing!

The criteria for this review is simple: If a product helps us catch a pile of fish, makes our life easier, or shows serious innovation, we’re going to share it. Beyond that, any fishing related item could appear in our reviews. Its impossible to choose a “favorite” from today’s video because of how important all of these items have become to our fishing. 

If you want to try something new this Spring, all of these are solid options. Big fish guys, check out the Owner Ultra rings and the Vatalion. Bank guys, be sure to try that Spro squarebill. Boaters, the T-H Propeller Stop is going to save you time and storage space. No matter who you are, these are items you can use with confidence this Spring. Below is a breakdown of all the items shown in the video including our favorite colors and sizes. 

The Gear…

-Megabass Vatalion: http://bit.ly/367AOxD

Favorite Colors- Gill, Gin Buna, Wild Gill

-Owner Ultra Split Rings: http://bit.ly/3bQgswL

( Compare to Hyperwire Split Rings: http://bit.ly/2aTH3f1 )

-Split Ring Pliers- Texas Tackle X-Large: http://bit.ly/2uf2Jio

-Missile Baits Ned Bomb: http://bit.ly/2XCOGwd

Favorite New Colors- Blutonium Green Pumpkin Core, Watermelon Red Core

-Spro Baby Fat John 50 Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2V03giW

Favorite Colors- Matte Shad, Citrus Shad, Honey Shad

-T-H Marine Prop Master Propeller Stop: http://bit.ly/2P1N64L

-T-H Marine Prop Master Prop Wrench: http://bit.ly/2gcaTk5

-Keitech TW Exclusive Fat Swing Impact: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Favorite Color: TW Ghost Shad

-Keitech TW Exclusive Easy Shiner: http://bit.ly/2bxJK6H

All New Colors: TW Ghost Shad, TW Pro Blue, TW Black Blue and Green Pumpkin, TW Green Pumpkin and Watermelon

-Swagger Tungsten Tie-On Dropshot Weights: http://bit.ly/37AVcrx

Favorite Sizes: 3/16, 1/4 oz.

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie: http://bit.ly/2TwBWs7

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie: http://bit.ly/2FVD9Rs

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt: http://bit.ly/2TvFMBD

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt: http://bit.ly/38cVi9G

Top 5 Finesse Swimbaits For Spring Bass Fishing

Can TINY swimbaits catch BIG bass? You better believe it! Learning how to use small swimbaits as part of your finesse fishing arsenal is a key to consistent success during the ever-changing Spring fishing season. With rain storms, flood waters, and cold snaps, Spring brings a lot of challenges for bass fishing but if you know how to turn to the finesse swimbait, a lot of the struggle can be avoided. 

In recent years the market has been flooded with tiny swimbaits. Every brand makes one and many brands make 2 or 3. How do you know which baits are worth your time? In today’s video we narrow it down to a few select baits. These are the baits that are consistent producers and that provide unique actions you won’t find in most of the swimbaits on the market. 

Knowing exactly which swimbait to throw on a given day will require some practice but remember that the softer the bait, the more likely it will continue to kick well in cold water. The harder the bait, the more likely it will provide a strong vibration in warm water. Below is a breakdown of the heads, baits, and colors that we use when we’re finesse swimbait fishing. 

The heads… 

-TacticalBassin Finesse Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/2Pqrq3n

-Dirty Jigs Guppy Head (1/0 hook): http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS

-Cool Baits Down Underspin (3/16 oz): http://bit.ly/2boS7QA

-Megabass Okashira (both sizes): http://bit.ly/2EpluSA

The baits… 

-Keitech Fat Swing Impact: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

(Pro Blue Red Pearl, Electric Shad, Chart/Blue)

-River2Sea D Walker 100: http://bit.ly/2NwqBmz

(PB Red, Shamrock Shad, Silverside)

-Xzone Swammer: http://bit.ly/2PogV0q

(Tennessee Shad, 210, 309)

-Megabass Spark Shad 3″: http://bit.ly/2XcLZk4

(Purple Haze, Royal Gill, Silver Shad)

-Megabass Dark Sleeper 3″: http://bit.ly/2TyR1GT

(Donko, Haze, Wakasagi)

Alternate Colors To Try… Chartreuse/Blue, Morning Dawn (Pink), All White, Yellow. 

Casting Combo For Mid Size Finesse Swimbaits… 

Rod- Shimano Expride 7’2″ Medium Light +: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Shimano Curado 150 DC: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Line- 30 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 10 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Budget Spinning Combo For Finesse Swimbaits… 

Rod- Shimano Intenza 7′ Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2s7kaQn

Reel- Shimano Nasci 2500: http://bit.ly/2g278cC

Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- 6 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

High-End Spinning Combo For Subtle Bite Detection… 

Rod- G Loomis Conquest 902S SJR: http://bit.ly/2BiGUNi

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV

Line- Power Pro Braided Line 10 lb: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- Sunline Sniper 5 lb: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie: http://bit.ly/2TwBWs7

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie: http://bit.ly/2FVD9Rs

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt: http://bit.ly/2TvFMBD

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt: http://bit.ly/38cVi9G

Top Secret! The Eel Rig

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Mike Iaconelli

OK, this is a great rig for when the bite is a little slow and they’re short striking your lure. Basically it’s a cross or a hybrid between a Neko rig and a chicken rig. That sounds crazy, I know. But as you read on and figure out what I’m doing it’ll all make sense to you. 

Here’s what you’re going to need to build one:

  • A snap swivel or a snap and a swivel.  I use VMC Crankbait Snaps for this. They’re a little wider so they work a little better. And I like black. It’s less intrusive.
    VMC Crankbait Snaps
    VMC Crankbait Snaps
  • A drop shot sinker, any style or shape. The main thing here is that it must have a round, closed eye on top. Do not use one with a pinch style connector on top.
  • A short — 2 feet — piece of 15 to 30-pound-test braid. I like 20-pound-test for my eel rigs. Color doesn’t matter because it’ll be inside the plastic.
  • A Neko hook with a bait keeper on the shank. The VMC Finesse Neko Hook is perfect. I carry sizes between a No. 2 and a 1/0. I switch them around depending on the size of the bait I’m using. The main thing about this hook is that it has a bait keeper on the shank. That really helps hold the plastic in place.
    VMC Finesse Neko Hook
    VMC Finesse Neko Hook
  • A straight tail worm or a plastic stickbait. The perfect bait for this is the Berkley Powerbait Flute Worm, and I like both sizes. The thing here is that it has o-rings on it that help you measure where you want the hook to come out. 

Here’s how we’re going to build one:

We’re going to do this in a step-by-step process, but before we do I’m going to tell you what you’re building so you have an idea what’s happening.

When you’re done, the eel rig will have a sinker attached to the snap on the swivel. A piece of braid will come off the snap and run through the worm to a Texas rigged hook about two-thirds of the way back into the plastic.

  1. Start by tying a barrel swivel or snap swivel to your main line with a Palomar knot. Attach the snap to the swivel if that’s necessary.
  2. Then clip your drop shot weight to the snap — not to the swivel.
  3. Once you’ve done that attach a short piece of braid to the snap. Tie it right in the crotch of the snap. Keep your line away from the swivel. I like a Palomar knot for this. You can measure how much length you need by using the plastic as a guide and then adding enough line to make your final knot.
  4. Almost last, tie your hook to the far end of your line. I snell this connection. A Palomar is doable but a snell will give you better hooksets.
  5. The real last, run the hook through the bait but instead of pulling it out right away like you usually do go two-thirds of the way back through the worm. Basically you’re going to thread the braid through the worm. Pull it out and Texas rig it like you would any other bait. It’ll take you a time or two to get the length of the braid right and to pull the hook back that far but it will happen.

Here’s how you’re going to catch fish with it:

When you’re done you have an eel-like lure with a weight hanging off the bottom at the head. The worm stays flexible and the hook is in the back part of the worm. Beyond that it’ll drop down like a Neko rig before you snake it along the bottom.

And, you can change the weight and the rate of fall as the conditions change — in a matter of seconds. All you have to do is take the old weight off and clip the new one on.

I’m telling you fellow bass-heads, the eel rig is the real deal. Practice building it this winter so you’re ready to go this spring. You won’t be sorry.


Listen to Mike walk you thought the process:

The Eel Rig
The Eel Rig

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Spring Tackle Organization Tricks! Save Time and Money!

Overwhelmed with destroyed tackle after last season? Tim has some quick tips that will help you get organized and geared up for Spring fishing. Don’t wait until the last minute, get your rods, reels, and lures in order before the bite starts and you’re left at the dock. From waterproof boxes to line spooling hacks, Tim will help you cut your tackle preparation time in half. 

Getting your tackle organized is a huge job! If you have multiple anglers in your household, fish as a co-angler, or fish a variety of lakes, tackle prep and organization can seem like a never ending task. Getting ahead of the problems, keeping your gear fresh, and eliminating rust in your tackle, will save you headaches later. 

Tim has so many hacks and tips for how he preps his tackle, this video jumps around quite a bit. Below you’ll find links to some of his favorite boxes for organization, key hooks we always keep stocked up, favorite lines, as well as some of the accessories that make fishing easier throughout the year. 

Favorite boxes and bags…

-Plano Edge 3700 Box: http://bit.ly/2t3uHMR

-Plano Waterproof 3700 Deep Box: http://bit.ly/2xjccls

-Plano Waterproof Open Deep Box: http://bit.ly/2WWIrU9

-Bass Mafia Money Bags: http://bit.ly/2P059cO

Favorite Lines… 

Fluorocarbon- Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Monofilament- Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Heavy Braid- Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Light Braid- Sunline SX1: http://bit.ly/2tn8EzQ

Leader Material- Sunline FC100: http://bit.ly/2O4UElB

Hooks and Protectors… 

Light Trebles (1X)- Owner ST-36: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw

Heavy Trebles (3X)- Owner ST-56: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

Split Rings- Owner Hyper Wire: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Worm Hooks- Gamakatsu EWG Superline: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

Treble Hooks Caps- http://bit.ly/2Q3GaTL

Line Spooler and Remover… 

Spooler- Spoolin Buddy: http://bit.ly/2YDUaZ3

Remover- Berkley Line Stripper Max: http://bit.ly/2US5zVw

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie: http://bit.ly/2TwBWs7

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie: http://bit.ly/2FVD9Rs

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt: http://bit.ly/2TvFMBD

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt: http://bit.ly/38cVi9G