Monthly Archives: April 2015

Beyond the bubbling brooks: Where to cast a fly

Fly fishing is usually associated with fishing in mountain streams and local small river systems. While flies are indeed one of the best ways to catch fast-moving upstream fish like trout and salmon, these lures also magnetize other species of fish. In reality, fish of all kinds can be caught using flies from local ponds and slower-moving rivers and even in oceans close to shore.

Effective fly fishing in a given body of water is dependent on an understanding of the fish’s ecosystem and the nature of their environment, which helps pinpoint the best spots to cast the line and the best time to do so.

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Lakes and rivers

Fishers in ponds, lakes, and slow rivers will usually look for pan fish, such as crappie, sunfish, and bluegill. They are best caught in shallow, weedy areas with slow water currents, which are their natural habitat and hunting grounds. They can also be found in certain underwater structures such as piers and depressions and frequent the shorelines during spring, where they breed. They may also find bass and pickerel, which feed on pan fish.

Coldwater fish by nature, trout can also be found in lakes and rivers, though lake-dwelling trout behave differently from their riparian counterparts. They also frequent weed beds but can also be seen close to the surface looking for food.

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Stream fish are frequently fish of cold water, and include trout and seasonal salmon. When feeding, trout are drawn to eddies and other places where the current allows the food to come to them.

The ocean

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Fly fishing works best closer to the shallower areas near the intertidal zone. Shore fish come and go with the tide, along with the bait fish that they prey on. The tides affect what kind of fish anglers will catch.

Brian Eliason, the President of Northern Fisheries, landed a 51 lb permit on a Raghead Crab fly in 2003. Visit this website for more on his company’s products.


Protein for all: The sustainable seafood standards

Australia celebrated Sustainable Seafood Day in March with the online campaign #ForTheSea. The objective was to boost interest of consumers in ocean health and sustainable seafood. During the celebration, consumers learned about overfishing as well as the destructive practices that are threatening marine life and the health of the oceans.

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Balancing consumers love for tasty seafood and doing right for the ocean is creating noise over the urgency and the importance of understanding how consumer preferences impact the ecosystem. By mandating environmental safeguards, concerned organizations aim to arrive at solutions for all generations to continue enjoying the ocean’s riches.

Among these safeguards are methodologies that assess the sustainability of seafood species. By identifying best choices, excellent alternatives, and species to avoid, consumers are guided in their options. Furthermore, they are encouraged to make a difference by making the right choice, learning about the sources of seafood, and spreading the news to encourage people to support the preservation and proliferation of marine life.

More specifically, the call to support sustainable seafood is reaching out to various entities including:

1. Chefs who continually createsustainable seafood recipes and organize trash fish dinner events;

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2. Smartphone users who can download applications that make it easier for them to get the latest recommendations for seafood and sushi, and locate businesses that serve sustainable seafood;

3. Seafood lovers who have access to online petitions associated with seafood sustainability campaigns; and

4. Fisheries are striving to get certified to supply markets where environmental credibility plays an increasing role in purchasing decisions.

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The increasing demand for seafood worldwide is causing a strain on marine life. Addressing this concern lies in the hands of consumers who, in opting for sustainable seafood, are making responsible choices for the future.

Brian Eliason’s Northern Fisheries only buys products that come from a verifiable sustainable source, and puts it trust in laws that help ensure the sustainability of the products. Learn more about the seafood options that Northern Fisheries offers here.