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Rio Fly Lines How to Perfect Your Forward Cast

Even if you've been flyfishing for many years, it's good to occasionally go back and re-visit the basics--both for our own imperfect casting, and for your ability to articulate it to friends who may be asking for advice. If videos like this were available 20 or 30 years ago, maybe many of us would never have picked up our bad habits to begin with.

Texas Trout Streamer Guadalupe River

Texans tend to claim that things are bigger in the Lone Star State. That claim seems to hold true when it comes to trout. Starting in November of each year, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department begin dumping some 300,000+ rainbow trout into waters around the state as part of their annual Winter Trout Stocking Program. Most of these fish range between seven and twelve inches, but this year, the Guadalupe River is receiving some true trophy fish.

Did you know that a bonefish's chance of living to inhale another Borski slider or EP shrimp decreases by as much as sixfold when it's been overly fondled or gill-fingered by an angler? True story, says the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, which hopes to increase fish survival odds with its latest series of Bahamas-based educational vids. Join BTT Initiative Manager Justin Lewis, here on the flats of Grand-Bahama, as he demonstrates some textbook tips for better bonefish handling.

New regulations for Florida Keys permit would heighten protections during the spring-spawn timeframe 

To ramp up safeguards for spawning permit on the prowl, Florida Fish and Wildlife commissioners will consider adding the month of April to the preexisting no-take closure inside the state's Special Permit Zone (SPZ)—the waters south of Cape Florida in the Atlantic and south of Cape Sable in the Gulf.

Grande Ronde River institution has been a steelheaders' hub since the 1940s

Boggan’s Oasis, home base for anglers fishing Washington’s Grande Ronde River, burned to the ground last Saturday night. Situated at the bottom of the circuitous Rattlesnake Grade along Highway 129, Boggan’s is the only semblance of civilization for miles. It's been a hub of fishing activity since the '40s.

Salsa Cycles Blackmorow Fat Tire Flyfishing

Though mountain bikers and flyfishers often overlap in their choice of craft beers and flannelwear, for the most part these two subcultures have adopted a "separate but equal" mantra. Salsa Cycles aims to bridge that gap with their new Blackmorow Fat Bike. In their video, "Touching The Sun," Hansi Johnson and Mike Reimer load their aluminum work horses to the brim with fishing and camping gear and head into the woods of Northern Minnesota. 

British Columbia's Thompson River has this fall seen steelhead trickle in at the lowest numbers ever recorded. With roughly 250 spawners projected for 2018, the fishery is on the brink. That's why four groups—B.C. Wildlife Federation, Steelhead Society of B.C., B.C. Federation of Fly Fishers, and B.C. Federation of Drift Fishers—are calling on Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the provincial government to recognize the crisis and to develop a plan to get us out of it. You can help by signing the petition, below.

Our good friend Gray Struznik—this guy—is more than just a fisherman, he's also an unbelievable mathemagician. He's been crunching numbers and has come up with a solution to limit his and his clients' footprint on Olympic Peninsula steelhead rivers: something called the Slow Down. Check out what Struznik's been up to, and don't forget to please support your local steelhead conservation organizations. Via Sage.