THE SWOLLEN RIVER ISSUE

The Health Collection: Baja

Wed May 20th 2020
Video thumbnail

Located in northwest Mexico, the Baja Peninsula features one of the world’s most diverse and fantastic saltwater fisheries. On any given day, there’s no telling what kind of fish you’ll be able to tempt with a fly.

But the real draw here is a finely coiffed fish with flaring dorsal fins and an attitude to match: the one and only roosterfish.

Join the Capture Adventure Media crew on an epic Baja adventure in The Buffet Series: Baja.

The Health Collection: The Hidden

Fri May 15th 2020
Video thumbnail

Iceland is, at once, both starkly beautiful and amazingly inviting, with rugged landscapes as far as the eyes can see. Rivers, waterfalls, and lakes abound across the countryside, providing habitat for some of the strongest brown trout in existence.

The Hidden, the latest addition to the Health Collection from InTents Media, explores the land of fire and ice, providing an awe-inspiring look at one of the world’s most interesting places to fish.

Four friends travel to Iceland in search of giant, wild and native brown trout and arctic char. Phil Tuttle, Cortney Boice, Spencer Higa, and Derek Olthuis team up with Kristjan and Gunnar of Fish Partner as they travel around Iceland in an adventure-based fishing film. Winner of the 2017 International Fly Fishing Film Festival’s Film of the Year. Edited and Produced by Phil Tuttle. Filmed by InTents Media (formerly Western Waters Media).

The Health Collection: Chrome

Wed May 13th 2020
Video thumbnail

There is nothing in this world quite like a steelhead fresh from the sea. Its colors radiate and shimmer in unreal streaks of silver and green. Its resplendent leaps are powered by the one primal instinct it can’t overpower: survival.

The very idea that a small, trout-sized fish could survive in the ocean for several years and then return to its home as a broad-shouldered, silvery missile is impressive. That it does this in order to spawn and continue its species is inspiring, especially now.

Join the Capture Adventure Media crew on a celebration of wild steelhead in The Buffet Series: Chrome, a short film that takes you to the wilds of the Olympic Peninsula in search of steel.

The Health Collection: Mako

Mon May 11th 2020
Video thumbnail

Imagine the world getting back to normal. What does that look like now? Does it still involve anglers catching sharks on the fly? It had better, because we’re not sure we want to live in a world without something so singularly unbelievable, heart-pumping, and just plain awesome.

If your quarantine needs a little pick-me-up, you might want to strap in for our next offering: “Mako”

Courtesy of Angler’s Eye Media, this adventure searches out one of the strongest, most aggressive fish on the planet: the mako shark. Off the coast of southern California exists one of the world’s top mako fisheries. With speed, strength, and what may be the most acrobatic aerials of any game fish in the ocean, the mako will test not only every bit of gear and knowledge available, but also the will and determination of any angler that sets out to find—and catch—these world-class apex predators.

Living and Writing the Outdoor Life

Wed May 6th 2020
Weekend Writing Workshop with Jim McLennan
When: Aug. 21-23, 2020
Where: York Creek B & B, Crowsnest Pass, AB
What: A weekend for new or aspiring writers, discussing what you need to know to write for magazines, blogs, websites, brochures, v-logs. We’ll talk about both the why and the how of writing. Some topics will include how to start, how to stop, writing an effective query letter, understanding your market,
the importance of re-writing, the importance of authenticity, and additional resources to use.
For Whom? This weekend will be for people of any age who are interested in writing, and learning more about it. Time will be spent in the group, talking, discussing and learning from Jim. There will also be time allotted to the solitary aspect of writing, which is – well, writing. We’ll critique, edit and
re-write some words together.
Cost: $855 plus GST, (double occupancy)
What’s Included: two night’s accommodation, meals from Friday evening to Sunday lunch, all instructional materials
What’s not included: travel, gratuities, alcohol
 
visit mclennanflyfishing.com for more information
Jim has been active as an outdoor writer for over 
40 years. He writes the Water Marks column in Fly Fusion and is the author of four books on 
fly fishing.
“Not many writers can achieve Jim’s level of authenticity. Fly fish a mountain stream with him and you’ll hear the same voice that comes through in his writing. He is as skilled with the pen as he is with the fly rod.” 
Derek Bird – Founding Editor of Fly Fusion Magazine.
 
“Students who take this workshop will learn from one of the best. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the writer within while honing the skills you need to effectively tell your stories.” 
Bruce Masterman – Author and Journalist

The Health Collection: Surface

Tue Apr 14th 2020

Sometimes, the way a situation presents itself isn’t obvious at first—in both fly fishing and in life. There are challenges, obstacles, and a fair amount of frustration. Occasionally, however, the dark curtains open up to reveal something so unexpected and rewarding that we’re simply left in awe.

Next in our Health Collection lineup: Blown Away, by Fly Fusion Films.

“Surface” is a film about extraordinary adventures that create life-long memories. Derek Bird of Fly Fusion Magazine and Ross Purnell of Fly Fisherman Magazine team up to search for large native rainbows on a remote stream in British Columbia’s Cariboo region. After a floatplane trip through the rugged and towering Cariboo Mountains, the anglers float down a nearly inaccessible glacial stream. What they experience along the way is nothing short of unforgettable.

Video thumbnail

The Health Collection: Blown Away

Mon Apr 6th 2020
Video thumbnail

Sometimes, the way a situation presents itself isn’t obvious at first—in both fly fishing and in life. There are challenges, obstacles, and a fair amount of frustration. Occasionally, however, the dark curtains open up to reveal something so unexpected and rewarding that we’re simply left in awe.

Next in our Health Collection lineup: Blown Away, by Fly Fusion Films.

“Blown Away” sees the Fly Fusion hosts show up on a favorite stretch of river just as major windstorm blows down the valley. They set up the rods in hopes that the wind will push terrestrials onto the water. When the wind finally dies down, their persistence is rewarded with a number of spectacular trout.

The Health Collection: Laplanders

Fri Apr 3rd 2020
Video thumbnail

As the world continues to evolve amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we here at Fly Fusion and the International Fly-Fishing Film Festival just want to share some good vibes. And for us, that means taking our minds off of everything else and focusing on fly fishing. At least for a little while.

For the next installment of the Health Collection, we share a story about anglers in northern Sweden: “Laplanders” by Hooké.

“Laplanders” traces the portrait of those who live by the rivers of Lapland in Northern Sweden. Their quest for the Baltic Salmon is one every fisherman can relate to: an ever-going search for the next fish, and the only certitude is the efforts that will be needed to reach it. This film is an immersion into the life of those who chase, document and protect the salmon in the land of the midnight sun.

The Health Collection: Secrets

Wed Apr 1st 2020
Video thumbnail

Straight from our archives, this is one of our favorites from the Fly Fusion Series. Sit back, enjoy, and be sure to practice social distancing as much as possible as we present the next installment of the Health Collection: Secrets, by Fly Fusion Films.

With over 7 billion people on the planet, it’s difficult to find places where the water runs cold and clear and where the human footprint is nearly non-existent. Jim McLennan, Derek Bird, and Paula Shearer helicopter into one of these places, and what they find far exceeds their expectations. In fact, the fly fishing is so good they can’t help but keep it a secret.

The Health Collection: Gold Fever

Mon Mar 30th 2020

We know that you’d rather be out fishing right now. So would we. While we may not be able to make that happen, hopefully this might help. The International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) and Fly Fusion Films have opened up our video vaults to provide you with some excellent fly-fishing films to help get you through these trying times.

Keep your eyes peeled every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for another film from the archive. Now for today’s featured film: “Gold Fever” by Burl Productions.

Gold Fever is when you get the taste of gold and you will stop at nothing to get more. Jobs, relationships, obligations are disregarded. The only thing you can think about is another nugget. In this case those nuggets are huge wild brown trout from the heart of the Mother Lode in the Sierra Foothills of California.

Editor's Choice Awards | Best Buy

Thu Mar 19th 2020

Best Buy: Blue Coolers 50L Ice Vault Cooler

If there’s one thing we’ve seen an influx of the last several years across the outdoors industry, it’s heavily engineered, nearly indestructible coolers. What we haven’t seen is one as affordable as Blue Coolers’ 50L Ice Vault. With all the features and functions of the higher-priced models—roto-molded construction, lockable lids, non-slip feet, insulated walls, just to name a few—at a fraction of the price, Blue Coolers may just be on to something here. The performance alone makes this cooler worth hundreds more than its MSRP, and it’s refreshing to find a high-end cooler that doesn’t cost as much as a car payment.

Check out all cooler and accessories available at Blue Coolers today!  www.bluecoolers.com

Featured Video: How to Fish an Attractor Pattern

Sat Mar 14th 2020

In this episode of RIO’s “How To” series, RIO ambassador Phil Rowley talks about how to fish attractor patterns in a lake using sinking lines. Attractor patterns (called “lures” in Europe) are flies that irritate and annoy trout; triggering bites from non-feeding fish. There are plenty of times an angler will get to a stillwater and find fish are not visually, or obviously, feeding, and on days like this, knowing how to fish such attractor flies can turn a bad trip into a very successful day on the water.

Phil talks about why and when you would fish attractor patterns, which retrieves to work with, what gear to use and explains about key fishing tactics like “Fishing The Hang” and “The Washing Line” – two deadly lake fishing techniques.

Video thumbnail
Subscribe today and receive North America’s premiere fly fishing magazine, PLUS save up to 40% AND get FREE trout flies!