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Oregon’s Scammin’ Plates

Drop a few extra bucks on salmon conservation plates in Oregon, and you’d expect the money you invested was going toward the fish. But according to The Oregonian, a state agency that promised to use the cash “exclusively to undo roadblocks impairing salmon streams across Oregon” has failed to deliver. “Instead, drivers have paid the salary and…

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Martin Litton Dies at 97

Martin Litton, legendary Colorado River outfitter and the conservationist involved in some of the 20th century’s biggest dam-busting battles, died on Sunday. He was 97. In addition to vehemently defending his beloved Grand Canyon, Litton pioneered wooden dory use on the Colorado and helped inspire the river subculture that spawned Kevin Fedarko’s award-winning book: The Emerald Mile:…

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Salt 365

In “Salt 365”, two lifelong surfers living in Orange County California forge a strong friendship through their shared passion for saltwater flyfishing. Peek behind the Orange curtain into the Southern California ocean lifestyle through the lives of Capt. Vaughn Podmore & Keith Munemitsu. SALT 365 is a collaboration between Tight Loop Media & Paul Pryor…

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Flies 4 Kids

Kevin McKay of maineflyfish.com started Flies for Kids to get more kids stoked on fly tying. Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop has since joined forces and, in 2014, the project raised enough money to buy 30 kits that were donated to young, aspiring bug twisters. How it works: Fly tiers from around the country donate flies…

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Delta Dawn

From its headwaters in the Rockies to its terminus in the lonely delta lying just short of the Sea of Cortez, the Colorado River, as described by award-winning photographer and filmmaker Pete McBride, is a system with “too many straws in the drink.” McBride’s film Delta Dawn chronicles his mission to reach the sea via the…

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Pushed Limits: Mongolia

Featuring new footage from Mongolia’s Eg and Uur rivers, two taimen strongholds, this short from Beattie Outdoor Productions and Simms explores the budding culture surrounding this explosive fish. “With only a small window of time to pursue one of the world’s most elusive fish species, the taimen, anglers have no choice but to fish through the…

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Be Steelheaded

From annual angler migrations to electrifying interruptions in the swing-step-swing dance, a world without wild steelhead would be a soulless expanse. That’s why this month Trout Unlimited is launching its Wild Steelhead Initiative, with the goal to protect and restore an iconic species and the fishing opportunities provided throughout its native range. “The heart of the…

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Browns Canyon Live

Watch Colorado’s Browns Canyon come alive on the façade of Denver’s McNichols Building. The recent event, called “Browns Canyon Live,” was sponsored by Sportsmen for Browns Canyon, a grassroots group committed to preserving this habitat-rich area on the Arkansas River. Check out the event recap. “Browns Canyon, on the Arkansas River between Buena Vista and…

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Colorado Floods and ‘Fixes’

In Sept. 2013, along the east-side gateways into Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, the power of water pocketed a decisive win. Biblical floods that fall gutted highway corridors, uprooting families and demolishing infrastructure. Trout in rivers such as the Thompson and St. Vrain didn’t stand a chance—other than pinning hopes to a river rehabilitation process…

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Pebble Sues EPA; Salmon Slap Back

BRISTOL BAY, AK—The Pebble Partnership, according to its latest lawsuit, is suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over nefarious actions that may lead to actually protecting the environment. “An Oct. 14 filing in U.S. District Court alleges that the EPA collaborated with anti-Pebble organizations as it prepared to evaluate the proposed gold and copper mine…

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Wild Fish Works

Fresh from the lens of current Drake cover contributor Russ Schnitzer, Wild Fish Works explores the importance of native salmon and steelhead runs as they pertain to social, cultural, and economic connections up and down the Oregon coast. Check out the teaser and stay tuned for a full-length feature slated to drop soon. Watch it “Over the…

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Snapshot: Everglades

In his new book Everglades: America’s Wetland, award-winning conservation photographer Mac Stone showcases the natural beauty and resilience of the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. In this behind-the-scenes vid, we see what it takes to capture the hard-earned cover image in a place where nature doesn’t always care to cooperate. “There is hardly a bird more…

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Sugarloaf Showdown

Keep Keys guides keeping on, and throw down for bonefish, barracuda, and permit at the catch-and-release Sugarloaf Showdown at Sugarloaf Marina on Nov. 13 to 15, 2014. The inshore tourney, hosted by the Lower Keys Guides Association, is a fundraiser for the Guides Trust Foundation. The trust provides emergency means for fishing guides in the…

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‘Frankenfish’ Fail

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill this week banning commercial production of genetically modified, hormone-juiced salmon. AB 504, authored by Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, D-Arcata, prohibits the spawning or cultivating of “transgenic salmonids” in the Pacific Ocean to all waters of the state. The hatchery production and stocking of such fish is also off-limits. “The…

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Help Rolf Nylinder!

Three weeks ago someone set fire to the house where flyfishing filmmaker Rolf Nylinder and his girlfriend were living. The young Swede escaped through the balcony. Minutes later everything he owned was engulfed in flames—including camera gear and all the footage he’s filmed over the last 10 years. “I got out in my underwear, and…

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TBT: Jack Gartside

Fly-tying iconoclast Jack Gartside passed away in 2009 after a hard-fought battle with lung cancer. Chuck Kraemer of PBS’s Greater Boston profiled the legend and his ultimate deceptions in “Forever a Boy”. Well worth a second glance. Via Jack Gartside: “I think the desire to deceive is very much a part of the human make up.…

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Tell EPA What’s Up

This Friday, the Environment Protection Agency’s public comment period closes at 8 p.m. AK time. If you dig wild Bristol Bay salmon over mega-mine contamination, send a comment to the EPA on their Proposed Determination for 404(c) action that would stop Pebble mine. Ask EPA to complete the Clean Water Act 404(c) process and protect Bristol…

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Howlin’ on the Mo’

Join Howler Brothers and Headhunters Flyshop this Sunday for the Howlin’ on the Mo’ party in Craig, Montana. The lineup includes free beer and food, live music from the Wrinkle Neck Mules, Howler Brothers giveaways, and more. “September means back to school, football, hopefully some cooler temperatures. We decided it was also the perfect time…