The Health Collection: Blown Away

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

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

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.

Featured Video: How to Fish an Attractor Pattern

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.

Featured Video | Dry Fly Fishing in Cranbrook, BC

We live and work in one of the most beautiful little corners of the world and are blessed to call these waters home.  Special thanks to Fishing BC and Kelly & Karen Laatsch for perfectly showcasing the dry-fly fishery located right in our own backyard!

“We can run our business on the premise that we are dry-fly specialists”, Kelly evokes a level of certainty when he describes the fact that Westslope Cutthroat will often dodge other sub-surface insects to attack a dry fly.

“People travel the world, they come to this river to see the beautiful nature, the Rockies, we are so lucky to have it in our backyard; It’s one of a kind.”

@stmarysflyshop @fishingbc

Featured Film | Querencia

With support from Chevron Mining, Inc., the LOR Foundation, Trout Unlimited, and dedicated village leaders, Questa is building an economy based on outdoor recreation, traditional agriculture, and light industry. And though the finish line may be a ways off, the right pieces are falling into place, including a vibrant arts scene, the opening of a Questeño guide business and the Questa del Rio Colorado News, a monthly paper featuring creative takes on local events.

Before it could sell the world on its unique appeal, Questa has had to sell that appeal to itself. In restoring its church, Questa has remembered the vital importance of its traditional culture and the need to cherish and protect it as its economy evolves. Questa has rediscovered its mountains as cultural artifacts. The Rio Grande cutthroat trout that have fed its families and will generate tourism, the liquid snow that has darkened its alfalfa for cows, lambs and cabritos, these are culture too.

This is the Questa that Questa wants to be, for those will visit and the sons and daughters who’ll come home.

Featured Video | Reset: A Fly Fishing Story

We believe that the best part of this sport is the stories behind those that are passionate about fish on the fly.  Jacob Mogler’s film Reset is one we are looking forward to seeing on the big screen in April!

 

Using A Sighter When Fishing A Tiny Dry Fly

This week’s RIO Fly Fishing Tip is bought to you by RIO ambassador Rob Parkins. In this video, Rob talks about the different types of dry fly floatant there are, and when to use each one for different fly types.

Local | Andrew Reichardt

It’s funny to think about how I first got involved with Trout Unlimited. It wasn’t on a beautiful brook trout stream in the mountains of western Maryland or a meandering limestone creek in the valleys of Southern Pennsylvania. It was sight fishing for carp on the muddy waters of the C&O Canal just outside of Washington DC.

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