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Well known fly rod designer Sam Drukman.

Scott Fly Rod company, one of the most respected names in the industry, is attempting to raise funds to help pay for the medical expenses of rod designer Sam Drukman, who was recently diagnosed with acute leukemia. Drukman, a former rod designer for Scott Fly Rods and R. L. Winston fly rods, was recently diagnosed with leukemia while lacking health insurance benefits. Current treatments for leukemia are very expensive, leaving Drukman and his family facing an uphill financial battle.

As a result, Scott Fly Rod -- who describes Drukman as someone that has "contributed greatly to rod design and to many positive experiences for anglers around the world" -- is hoping to raise a significant amount of money to help fund Drukman's battle against the disease. To do so, Scott is selling raffle tickets. The winner of the raffle will have his or her choice of any Scott graphite or glass rod. Tickets are $20 each and there is no limit to the number of tickets each individual can purchase.

Drukman is the designer of the incredibly popular R.L Winston BIIx line of fly rods.

They slide easily for a reason. Adjust your indicator throughout the day. Pictured: Air-lock strike indicators.

Many beginner anglers have an aversion to rigging up their fly rod. As a result of a general lack of experience and the dexterity that comes with such, common tasks like dealing with streamside tangles, rebuilding shrinking leaders, switching from a nymph rig to dry fly rig or even simply changing flies can either seem daunting or simply downright annoying. Even those of us that are more accustomed to standing streamside and tying nots and swapping leaders would still rather have our flies in the water than in our hands. However, fishing a rig that's improperly setup for the conditions at hand is likely, at best, to decrease one's chances of success.

Adjust Your Strike Indicator

So while making sure that all the aspects of your rig are setup properly for the conditions is important, chances are many of you will simply avoid adjusting your rig because of the perceived unpleasantries of doing so. When nymph fishing, one part of the rig that even the clumsiest knot tier in the world can't excuse him or herself from ignoring is the position of the strike indicator. Why? For one, because there's virtually no work involved in adjusting it. Regardless of the style of strike indicator you prefer (foam, bobber, yarn, etc), virtually all of today's strike indicators simply slide up and down your leader via one very simple adjustment method or another. However, more importantly, the position of your strike indicator shouldn't be ignored because it's crucial to successful nymph fishing.

Save Bristol Bay Hearing to Be Held in Seattle, WA

This Thursday, the EPA will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. It is the only public hearing on the topic that the EPA will hold outside of the state of Alaska, making it one of the few opportunities for opponents of the proposed mining project in the lower 48 states to show their support for the Bristol Bay region and its fishery in person.

Save Bristol Bay Seattle Meeting

According to SaveBristolBay.org, "this is one of those times where you can truly make a difference. Please attend this event and let the EPA know how much Bristol Bay matters to Washington state, through the many jobs and businesses it supports; its lure as a world-class sport fishing destination; and the delicious, sustainable fish that graces our restaurants and dinner plates."

Hawaiian fisherman harvesting a large number of bonefish using nylon netting.

Recently, the picture seen below -- which depicts Hawaiian fisherman net harvesting bonefish from Hawaii's waters -- has circulated around the internet and has stirred up a long running debate regarding the practicality of harvesting bonefish as a commercial catch.

Opponents of net harvesting of Hawaiian bonefish, known locally as o'io, are attempting to have these fish placed under gamefish status by Hawaii's governor. Once under gamefish status, killing bonefish would not become illegal, but Hawaiian bonefish would be harvestable only when caught by rod and reel, thus ending the ability of local fisherman to harvest large catches of bonefish via netting.

It was very early into my time as a fly fisherman that I realized that buying machine-made, extruded leaders (typically labeled as "knotless tapered") leaders was a big fat waste of money. Especially as a beginner, given the increased frequency of lost flies, wind knots and the all-too-frequent rat's nests, leaders get chewed up quickly. At anywhere form around $10 to $20 per two-pack of leaders, this starts to add up fast. And, while I've known fishermen who can make a two pack of leaders last an astonishingly long time, that's because those individuals are perfectly adept at rebuilding leaders their leaders with tippet material, thus making their purchase of pre-made leaders relatively pointless.

Despite the nagging suspicion that I was throwing a lot of money down the drain, I wasn't certain of an alternative. Instead of seeking one out, I lazily continued to drop what likely amounted to $100 per year on leaders. A couple of years later, I was turned onto furled leaders. If you're not familiar with furled leaders, take the time to check them out. They offer an excellent alternative to pricey, relatively disposable extruded leaders and they last forever. Though I found several seasons of respite from the extruded leader money pit in furled leaders, I ultimately decided that they weren't for me. Most furled leaders I tried at the time provided a excellent durability and a still unmatched level of streamside convenience, but lacked the sort of stiffness in the butt section that I prefer. To be fair, it's been several years since I've used one and I certainly never tried them all, so things certainly may have changed. Regardless of this one minor perceived shortcoming, furled leaders still stand out as a preposterously more sane alternative to knotless tapered leaders.

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