Fly-Fishing Week in Review


Written by: Phil Monahan

Cover of the Latest flymage magazine

The cover of the latest issue of flymage.

Welcome to our new weekly roundup of news from across the world of fly fishing. Every Monday morning, 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 Looks like two state records fell last week. First, the New York certified as a state record the whopping 5-pound, 8-ounce brook trout caught by angler Dan Germain on June 15th. Germain was fishing on South Lake, in the southwestern corner of Adirondack Park, when he hooked the big brookie. Meanwhile in Idaho, Mark Adams was fishing American River Reservoir, when he laid into something enormous, which turned out to be a 34.74-pound rainbow trout. The new Idaho state-record rainbow may, in fact, be the largest rainbow ever caught in the lower 48. 
 
fish icon Anglers who fish the Columbia River below Chief Joseph Dam in Washington State may enjoy a banner month in August. A 17-mile stretch of river has been opened for the harvest of  triploid rainbow trout, which escaped from commercial net pens upstream. Because triploids are sterile, they grow much faster than regular rainbows, which means many of these fish will be in the 4- to 5-pound range. Catching and killing these trout will actually serve a public service because, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the triploids will compete with steelhead for the same forage.

 

fish icon Fans of online magazines take note: the latest issue of flymage is now online. With features on fishing for barbel, an important story on rock snot, and a great selection of images and video, there’s plenty to entertain here.

 fish icon After an incredibly long runoff season, it looks like rivers in the Rocky Mountain West are starting to heat up. According to the Billings Gazette, fishing-dependent businesses in Wyoming suffered through July, with bookings way down and few available places to cast a line. But now rivers across the state are offering prime fishing in clear, albeit fast water. In Montana, many old-timers remember this kind of runoff from days gone by. A story from NBCMontana.com says that fishing conditions are looking up in Ennis, which should mean great water levels for August and September.

fish icon Ever wonder how fish get stocked in high mountain lakes? Here’s a cool story about the Oregon Department of fish and wildlife helicopter-stocking 345,000 trout in 500 lakes in the Cascades.

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