A wonderful short film about our nations Wild & Scenic Rivers (well, mostly the ones in Oregon). Just another reason to keep our public lands public.
This video is a bit older, but it’s appropriate right now as I’m currently working on a presentation for the Red Stick Fly Fishers for their upcoming Red Stick Day Fly Fishing Festival that is taking place Saturday March 3rd at Perkins Road Park. I’m going to be talking about bluelining North Georgia and shed a little light on what is probably the closest wild and native freestone trout water to Louisiana. The event is free so if you’re in the Baton Rouge area and you’ve got any interest at all in fly fishing come check it out.
If you have a spare 30 minutes this is worth a watch, I actually found it on Amazon Prime. It’s amazing to see what fly fishing can do for a community. The people of Rewa, Guyana knew they had a special fish with the arapaima and wanted to make sure it was around for future generations. They decided to protect the fish, establish an eco-lodge, and try to become a tourism destination. Costa sent a few anglers down to figure out how to reliably catch these fish on the fly, which may have never been done before.
A friend of mine has written a book on the subject of redeye bass. Here is the teaser on Amazon:
“Do you like fishing secluded, flowing streams that involve hiking and climbing waterfalls to catch native fish? Fly fishing for redeye bass is similar to fly fishing mountain streams for native brook trout. They are actually referred to as “The Brook Trout of Alabama.” Fly Fishing for Redeye Bass is a complete book on redeye bass and how to catch these beautiful fish throughout the picturesque of the southeastern United States. Learn about the rivers they call home, the dangers that threaten those waters, and why some species of redeye bass need our immediate help. Understand how to read water and locate optimum redeye bass habitat, what food they eat, and how to best imitate that food with flies. After reading, you will have a firm understanding of why they are the perfect fish for the adventurous fly fisherman.”
I haven’t had the chance to read it yet, but knowing his passion for the species I know it will be a must-have for any Southern fly fisherman. It’s currently available on Amazon, but be on the lookout for it in fly shops across the South.