Fly-Fishing Week in Review 08.08.11


Written by: Phil Monahan

This is Fly Aug/Sep 2011

The cover of the latest issue of This is Fly.

Welcome to our new weekly roundup of news from across the world of fly fishing. Every Monday, we’ll bring you up to speed on interesting stories, new records, important conservation news, and anything else we think you should know about.

fish icon The latest edition of everyone’s favorite freakout fly-fishing magazine, This is Fly, has hit the virtual newsstand. Lovers of our Friday Film Festival will be excited to hear that the new issue features an article by Rolf Nylander, our frequently seen Scandinavian filmmaker. But if you’re expecting a standard “how-to” story on catching fish in the Great White North, then you don’t know Rolf very well.

 
fish icon Most striped-bass anglers hope to catch a “keeper,” a fish large enough to take home for dinner. Connecticut’s Greg Myerson, who is known for bringing whoppers back to the dock, may have landed the mother of all keepers last Thursday when he weighed in a potential world-record 81.88-pound behemoth. If certified by the IGFA, Myerson’s striper would beat the old record, a 78.8-pounder caught in 1981, by a stunning three pounds. Although Myerson wasn’t fly fishing, anyone who has ever felt the power of a big striper can dream of trying to subdue such a monster on a 9- or 10-weight.
 
fish icon Desmond Butler writes in the Arizona Star about his recent fishing trip to Montana’s fabled rivers, in which he ignores his mentor’s advice to reschedule because of high water and ends up having a fantastic time anyway.

 fish icon Two tragedies shook the fly-fishing world in the last couple weeks. First, longtime Livingston, Montana fishing guide Chester Marion and his close friend Sheldon Goldberg drowned after a rafting accident on the Boulder River on July 28. Then, on Saturday, a man and a woman suffered a similar fate on British Columbia’s Cheakamus River. According to witnesses, the woman fell into the water after hooking a fish, and the man jumped in after her. Their identities have not yet been released. Both accidents highlight the dangers of floating rivers still high from runoff caused by last winter’s massive snow pack.

fish icon As a graduate student at New Jersey’s Rutgers University in the mid 1990s, I spent plenty of time casting for trout on the Musconetcong River outside Hacketstown. On NJ.com, J.B. Kasper profiles one of the Garden State’s best trout rivers, explaining why the habitat is so good and what measures are being taken to ensure the health of the river continues to improve.

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