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The Salmon Equation

Forget everything The Lion King ever taught you. The circle of life is actually a rainforest phenomenon that starts and ends with annual returns of wild Pacific salmon. According to Salmon Nation, at least 137 species rely on these anadromous fish populations as part of their diet. And when you add tiny soil critters, booming…

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3D Printed Fly Reel

When Michael Hackney set out to build the world’s first biodegradable plastic 3D-printed fly reel his simple criteria included a low parts count, a click check, clean aesthetics, and it had to catch fish. Two years later, Version 5 designs not only look the part but have all the basic attributes—from foot to spindle to ported…

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90 Miles

90 miles is the physical distance between Cuba and the US. Culturally, and in many ways from a fisheries management standpoint, the two countries are lightyears apart. WorldANGLING’s “90 Miles” explores the relationship between the Florida Keys and Cuba—from a flyfishing POV. “Flats fishing for tarpon, bonefish, and permit is big business in the Florida…

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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…