Everyone Can Find a Community in Fly Fishing

Christine Hill, a campaign director with Sierra Club, fell in love with fly fishing on a trip to Alaska. She spends her summers in Alaska now, fishing for the big salmon that return to the state’s rivers each year. The rest of the year she works in DC, lobbying for conservation causes. She sought out women to fish with, eventually joining a women’s fishing group and making close friends. She also connected with fellow anglers through the Brown Folks Fishing social media feeds. Her community has expanded through fishing, as it does for so many.

LINK (via: The Adventure Journal)

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Pebble Final EIS Won’t Analyze Tailings Dam Failure

Watch this video of the aftermath of the Mount Polly Mine tailings pond breach then wrap your head around this news coming out of the Pebble EIS process.

Despite requests from agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Pebble Mine, an Army Corps leader says the EIS will not include an analysis of the impacts of a tailings dam failure.

LINK (via: KTUU)

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Mayfly Populations Have Dropped 50% Since 2012

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Insect populations around the world are plummeting. The latest indicator of the insect apocalypse is the sharp decline in the number of mayflies. These dropping populations are significant because the insects are an important source of food for fish, birds, and bats.

LINK (via: National Geographic)

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YETI 2020 Film Tour: Stories From The Wild, For The Wild

The Yeti Film Tour is coming back to a theater near you in 2020!

From Yeti Coolers:

STORIES FROM THE WILD, FOR THE WILD

At YETI, we talk of the wild. We explore it. We live for it. Hell, every product we make is “Built for the Wild®”. This is why our stories not only come from the wild, but all profits from ticket sales go toward preserving the wild. Each stop will feature seven unreleased films that capture the unbreakable human spirit, ambassador visits, and raffles for YETI products. Tickets on sale now.

GET IN. GET GEAR.

General Admission and VIP ticket packages are available. In addition to show entry, GA tickets include a custom Rambler® 18 oz. Bottle, while VIP tickets include a custom Rambler® 18 oz. Bottle, two drink tokens, and a limited-edition YETI hat.

Jan 29, 2020 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom – Tickets!

Feb 8, 2020 – Orlando, FL – Plaza Live – Tickets!

Feb 11, 2020 – Charlotte, NC – McGlohon Theater – Tickets!

Feb 21, 2020 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works – Tickets!

Feb 26, 2020 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall – Tickets!

Feb 29, 2020 – Jackson, WY – Center for the Arts – Tickets!

Mar 7, 2020 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall – Tickets!

Mar 10, 2020 – Santa Barbara, CA – Lobero Theater – Tickets!

Mar 19, 2020 – Toronto, Canada – TBD

Mar 25, 2020 – Somerville, MA – Somerville Theater – Tickets!

Apr 9, 2020 – Austin, TX – ACL Live – Tickets!

Apr 23, 2020 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – TBD

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How to Tie: Galloup’s Sex Dungeon

In this week’s how to tie video, The Slide Inn brings us a segment from the creator himself, Kelly Galloup, as he teaches us how to tie Galloup’s sex dungeon.

Learn About This Fly:

Difficulty: Advanced 

Note: tying portion of video begins at: 3:44

In this week’s how to tie video, we have Kelly Galloup himself providing an extremely in-depth video on how to tie his world-famous creation, the Galloup’s Sex Dungeon articulated streamer. Originally tied to be swung through the strong rivers of Montana, this fly has become one of the most popular streamers amongst anglers looking to catch huge trout. If the draw of this fly’s name isn’t enough to get you interested in tying one, its fishing results will be.

The sex dungeon is the pinnacle of what many articulated flies strive to be. Meaty enough to drive fish crazy, yet simple enough to exhibit a natural, unencumbered swim, the sex dungeon capitalizes on its versatility, and ability to elicit reactionary, as well as predatory strikes from stubborn underwater monsters.

Something great about large streamers such as the sex dungeon is the fact that it’s in no way limited to a single color. While fishing white and tan versions of the fly can be a great way to bring in fish on a sunny day, darker patterns such as black, purple, and brown are also highly effective. In deeper water, feel free to get creative and throw some bright green or yellow patterns in order to spark the curiosity of hunkered down fish. For small creeks and rivers, feel free to tie on an olive, or earthy toned sex dungeon in order to imitate sculpin, crayfish, or even larger baitfish. For tiers, this can be a tricky project, however, once you get the hang of it, it becomes one of the most fun flies one can tie.

Ingredients:

  • Rear Hook: Daiichi 2460 #2
  • Tail: White Marabou
  • Flash in Tail: Silver Flashabou
  • Body: Pearl Ice Dub or UV Minnow Belly
  • Hackle: White Schlappen –
  • Rib: UTC Ultra Wire (Brassie Silver)
  • Legs: White/Pearl Flake Barred Crazy Legs
  • Optional Wing: White Marabou
  • Connection: AFW Surflon Micro Ultra Wire-19 Strand w/ 1 red bead
  • Front Hook: Daiichi 2460 #1/0
  • Skirt: White Marabou and Silver Flashabou
  • Body: Pearl or UV Minnow Belly Ice Dub
  • Hackle: White Schlappen
  • Rib: UTC Ultra Wire (Brassie Silver)
  • Legs: White/Pearl Flake Barred Crazy Legs Optional
  • Wing: White Marabou
  • Eyes: Large Double Pupil Lead Eyes (Red/White/Black)
  • Head/Collar: White Deer Belly Hair

Now you know how to tie Galloup’s Sex Dungeon!

Video and ingredients courtesy of TheSlideInn

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5 Things Any Outdoorsy Person Should Have In Their Wallet

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I’m clumsy as can be. It’s so bad that if we were to become friends, I would immediately leapfrog your clumsiest buddy. And it wouldn’t even be close, we’re talking a landslide victory.

Whether it’s a lack of general coordination or a series of continuous oversights – there is something about me that is accident-prone. I don’t even like holding babies until their toddlers. Carrying an infant feels like holding a caseless iPhone while standing on a latter. Just way too much could go wrong.

Anyways, This past weekend I tried to open the backdoor of my aunt’s house way to aggressively and I ended up gashing the knuckle on my thumb. I assumed the door was open (it wasn’t), and my hand slipped as I tried to turn the handle. I ended up bashing my hand against a protruding edge on the door. Another bonehead move by this guy.

After a few choice words, I went looking for a first aid kit but since this wasn’t my house, I struggled in my search. After my third lap around the kitchen, my dad hollered at me from across the room.

”What are you looking for?” – He chirped without looking up from his John Sandford novel.

”A bandaid” – I replied

”I’ve got two in my wallet, you can have one. Or you can have both if you need two” – My dad said back

”I just need one. Thanks.”

My dad is one of those people who keeps a knife and lighter in his pocket at all times. He lives for that moment when someone asks for a lighter at a birthday party or a knife when trying to open a box.

Inspired by my father – here are 5 things that any outdoorsy person should carry in their wallet.

Band-Aid

Slip a few bandaids into the back of your wallet and forget about them. They’re lightweight, handy as heck, and they don’t expire. This little hack comes in extra helpful if you have kids.

Toothpick

Another hack straight from my dad’s playbook. A toothpick comes in handy when in the woods snacking on a sack of jerky or when you’re back in town gearing up for that big date.

Paper Clip

There are so many functions for this little tool and they take up virtually no space in your wallet. Repair glasses, seal bags of chips, or accomplish countless other life hacks with a simple paper clip.

Tape

One of my scoutmasters once had me wrap duct tape around my water bottle about ten times before we set off on a big trip. This way, I could carry a useful amount of tape into the woods without needing to haul the entire roll.

Take an old gift card and make 8-10 wraps with either duct tape or electrical tape and carry that in your wallet. One day that little piece of tape may save your butt!

Cash Money

There aren’t any ATM’s out in the woods. Carrying cash can help you or someone else get themselves out of a jam. Fold up a twenty and stash it away somewhere in your wallet. Chances are you won’t remember it’s there until you really need it.


Blade Bait Tricks For Cold Winter Bass ( A Day On The Water )

Today we’re on Clearlake throwing Blade Baits for Winter Bass. The blade is deadly in cold water and the bass on Clearlake don’t know what hit them! If you’re looking to catch more fish this Winter, take note as Matt teaches about the different baits, colors, and equipment to be effective with this awesome technique!

The blade bait finds its roots in cold water smallmouth bass fishing but its effectiveness reaches far beyond its original purpose. Big largemouth can’t resist a blade, even in warmer water temps. If your bass have gone deep for Winter but you don’t want to reach for finesse tackle, the blade is your best option to elicit a feed response.

With all of the new blades on the market in recent years its hard to know where to start. Which baits work the best? Why are there so many different colors? And what do you do with those stock double hooks? Matt is catching a ton of fish on the blade today but he still stops to answer all these questions and more along the way. Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment he used in the video.

Today’s baits… 

-Megabass Dyna Response (Jerking Gill): http://bit.ly/2R7FlvL

-Jackall Keeburn (Silver): http://bit.ly/2or8sy0

-Damiki Vault (Black Holo): http://bit.ly/2rnO7e2

Other Great Blade Baits… 

-Silver Buddy: http://bit.ly/2AcTelj

-Blade Runner: http://bit.ly/2XMNoQj

-Binsky Vibrating Blade: http://bit.ly/2mR2Vwe

Matt’s Favorite Blade Bait Combo (jerkbait combo)… 

Rod- Shimano Expride 6’10” Medium: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Aldebaran 50 MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8

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

Matt’s Braided Line Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 812 JBR: http://bit.ly/2QurcHi

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 20 lb: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 10 lb Mono: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Hook Upgrades… 

Split Rings- Owner Hyperwire Size 2: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Split Ring Pliers- Texas Tackle: http://bit.ly/2fT4Qw0

Hook- Owner ST-36 Size 6: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw

Hook- Gamakatsu Finesse Nano Treble Size 5 and 6: http://bit.ly/2dWWAut

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-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

What is Float and Fly Fishing – How, When, and Best Setup Bass Fishing

The first time I heard about the float and fly I asked myself, “what is float and fly fishing all about?” After several years of experimenting with the technique, I can honestly say it is one of my favorite ways to catch bass. Whatever it is about the float and fly bass really seem to dig it. Here in this article we will do a deep dive into what is float and fly fishing. This post includes how to set the float n fly up for optimal results, when it can work well, and the best tackle to use for the float and fly. Get Stoked!

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The Chicken Rig

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The chicken rig is basically a weedless version of the Neko rig. It’ll let you fish this deadly bait setup in almost any type of cover no matter how thick or nasty.

The parts I use to build it are simple and straightforward. I start with a VMC Finesse Neko Hook.  I like the No. 1 or 1/0 size with the bait I’ll recommend in a minute but you can go up or down depending upon the size of the bait you’re using.

VMC Finesse Neko Hook
VMC Finesse Neko Hook

The Finesse Neko Hook is perfect for a chicken rig. It’s super sharp, the shank is just the right length and it has a couple of fluorocarbon barbs on it to hole the bait in place.

VMC Half Moon Wacky Weight
VMC Half Moon Wacky Weight

My weight is a VMC Half Moon Wacky Weight. It’s a nail weight with a kind of nub on the end. I generally prefer the 1/16-ounce size, but if I’m fishing deeper I’ll go as heavy as 3/16-ounce. It just depends. Stick it in the fat end of the Flute and push it into the dimple. Make sure it’s straight into the center of the worm. This’ll make the weight flat with the plastic.

Berkley Powerbait Flute Worm
Berkley Powerbait Flute Worm

A Berkley Powerbait Flute Worm is my go-to bait. It’s fat on one end and has a thin, straight tail on the other. It also has a series of three ribs on it that’ll help you rig a chicken rig correctly. It comes in three sizes. I usually start with the 5 .7-inch size and then go down or up as necessary.

My color choices vary. I try to match the hatch as much as possible but I also make sure that the fish can see the bait. They don’t have a lot of time to strike it so I want to help them as much as possible.

The Chicken Rig
The Chicken Rig

I thread the hook about two-thirds of the way down the worm and Texas rig it. I use the ribs as a marker. It’s important to keep the hook in line with the bait. You can twist the worm around the shank of the hook to help. A perfectly straight, in-line hook placement will give you a natural action and help avoid line twist.

This rig will drop the plastic down at an angle, but no two falls will be exactly the same. When it’s on the bottom the worm will stand straight up. Just a little rod shake will make the tail wiggle.  It’ll look exactly like the real thing.

I’m not going to cover tackle right now because so much of it varies by where you’re fishing and how big the fish are that you expect to catch. That said, this is a finesse presentation so I use spinning tackle. And, as you know by now, I use Abu Garcia rods and reels exclusively and I never use any brand of line other than what’s made by Berkley. I’m a professional. I only use the very best.

Abu Garcia IKE Finesse Series Spinning Rod & Abu Garcia REVO IKE Spinning Reel
Abu Garcia IKE Finesse Series Spinning Rod & Abu Garcia REVO IKE Spinning Reel

It’s a little difficult to make things clear about the chicken rig in a blog so I’ll give you one more tip. Go to my YouTube channel and watch the video I filmed in the shop. That’ll help with the details. (Subscribe while you’re there, so you get all the good stuff automatically.  It’s free.)

There’s really not much else to say about the chicken rig. Like I said before, it’s a super effective, weedless version of the Neko rig. Try it the next time you want to fish one in heavy cover. You’ll be amazed at how efficient it is under tough conditions.

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Ike In The Shop - The Chicken Rig
Ike In The Shop – The Chicken Rig

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