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Today, I’m sharing items from The Potomac Conservancy, Field & Stream, and Orvis Company Stores.
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While most anglers and the general public are aware of the problems caused by invasive species, certain culprits garner more attention than others. Northern snakeheads are scary because they are toothy (definitely), can move on dry land (kind of), and eat puppies (doubtful). Silver carp will knock you out of your boat, so they are piscis non grata. Blue catfish? They’re just catfish. Right? Wrong. The Potomac Conservancy highlights some of the real dangers that these big and hungry (and tasty!) predators are causing on the watershed.
I love being wordy as much as the next writer. But sometimes you just need a quick tip to either educate or spur you to further research. This less than one-minute read from Field & Stream is a perfect quick primer on the different things you see trout do on the surface. A “rise” isn’t always a rise. Ever wonder why fish are splashing left and right and not taking your dry? Although it is hardly an exact and perfect science, there are telltale signs that can help you figure out exactly where a fish is feeding.
Orvis – Store Instagram Accounts
One of the great things about Instagram is, to a certain degree, the ability to curate your own content. If you’re in it for local fly fishing pics and info, and there is a store or two in the area, Orvis’ company stores have accounts that can be good. I follow the Northern Virginia stores: Tysons Corner, Leesburg, Woodbridge, Arlington, & more. There is a networking component if you’re an avid Instagrammer, and you’ll probably get word on sales if all you want is a deal on a new fly rod. I’m not an expert on the social media algorithms, but it seems like following the stores’ accounts also pushes more local content to your recommendations – which I think is a good thing.