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The Hook & Hackle Company encourages support of those "Wounded Warriors" who have suffered physical and/or emotional injury as a result of their service to our great country.

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Rose River Farm, Virginia's finest private water trout fishing experience, has just gotten even better. Now in addition to over a mile of private water managed for Trophy Trout (all strictly on the fly and catch and release) they have added luxury rental cabins. As an introductory special ....

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The Hook & Hackle Company highly endorses this fine bonefish, tarpon & permit fishing destination. Our recent visit there exceeded our expectations many times over.

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Nora's colorful artwork just blow's me away! Best known for her watercolors, Nora has spent time painting on location all over the U.S.

 

I recently purchased a couple of prints from her Rich Pool Series which have become instant favorites!

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From time to time, we will feature different folks who are making a difference to fly fishing, conservation, outdoor art, helping others & so on. We welcome your suggestions for this column.


Peter C. Thompson, artist, writer, fly fisher & conservationist is our current feature.

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Wilderness North – Ontario Canada’s Premier Fly-in Adventure Provider!

Deep in the heart of the Northern Ontario wilderness lies an oasis for outdoor enthusiasts and anglers seeking a definitive Canadian adventure. Accessible only by floatplane, Wilderness North offers a haven for those who want to reconnect with nature.

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Wiper or Whiterock Bass, April 2014, Fish of the Month!

A Brief Note to Our Readers:

The Wiper Bass is the fifth in our list of members of the Temperate Bass family.

Wiper or Whiterock Bass

Morone chrysops X Morone saxatilis

Local Names:

Sunshine bass, Silvers, Palmetto bass

Average Size:

15 to 20 inches

1 ½ to 5 pounds and occasionally much larger

Distinguishing Field Marks:

(See the illustration.)

North American Range:

Map to the right shows approximate range in North America.

Diet:

The young are fed appropriately graduated sizes of hatchery food. The adults feed almost exclusively on forage fishes, especially Gizzard shad.

Biology:

The Wiper is a man-made hybrid of a male White bass, Morone chrysops, and a female Striped bass, Morone saxatilis. The species is consequently dependent on hatchery rearing and stocking to maintain fishable numbers. This bass is spawned in the spring or early summer from captured wild adults of each parent species. The young are hatchery reared until they are large enough to be released and able to fend well for themselves.

Fly Fishing for Wiper or Whiterock Bass:

See range map for possible locations and search the internet for individual state locations, fishing related services, regulations, and the like.

Approach the Wiper as you would landlocked Striped bass, remembering that they are found both in large rivers and lakes. Fly-fishing for this species will be best in the cooler water temperatures of spring or fall as well as both early and late in the day (or night).

Eight weight fly fishing systems will be your best choice for this type of fishing. Carnivorous predators, Wipers will feed almost exclusively on densely schooling forage species (as mentioned above) especially Gizzard shad. Large silver/white streamer fly and large surface popper patterns will be your "go-to" flies.

Significance to Humans:

A recent addition to the list of North American game fish species, the Wiper has developed a dedicated following of anglers who find it to be an excellent fighter as well as a prime food fish.

Status:

Maintaining only through annual hatchery stocking programs.