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Today, I’m sharing items from Wooly Bugged, Orvis, & PBS.
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Check out the links, along with my thoughts, below:
Wooly Bugged – Hatchery Visit Video
“Hatcheries are evil!” That has been the prevailing, hyperbolic rallying cry of social media conservationists for a while now. And while many hatcheries and stocking programs do have their significant flaws, there are some state agencies that do a good job of supplementing opportunities for anglers. In this video, Michael Evanko of Wooly Bugged heads to a Pennsylvania hatchery to check out an interesting initiative in the Keystone state.
Orvis – Distance or Accuracy?
“You need to be able to cast 90 feet!” Somewhere along the line, trout fly fishers started feeling the peer pressure from flats anglers to be able to lay out their entire fly line. It has impacted the fly rod and fly line market. Personally, I am of the mind that being able to cast for distance well should translate into casting close-up with precision. In their excellent post series “Ask the Experts,” Orvis shares some good insight on this question.
PBS – Do Fish Feel Pain?
“You’re torturing the poor thing!” Well, maybe not. I’m no scientist, but I’ve had plenty of interactions with scientists – ichthyologists in particular – who are quick to combat the notion that a hook through the mouth of a bass is a direct 1:1 sensory situation to a hook through the mouth of you or me. PBS takes a crack at the question that many people have thought of from time to time. Such as Kurt Cobain in “Something in the Way.”
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