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Blood in the Water

Late-summer in the northern gulf marks a murderous phenomenon involving lightning-fast false albacore in a head-on collision with a glut of blood minnows (aka, bay anchovies). “Blood in the Water” showcases the Tarantino-esque blowup. Watch it. Via Shallow Water Expeditions

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Blessing of the Boats 2013

It’s time to bless your drift boats, heathens. If you’re anywhere near Baldwin, Michigan, on August 2-3 Stealthcraft’s 2nd Annual Blessing of the Boats promises brews, good eats, live entertainment, and a karmic river clean-up on the Muskegon. Of course, all makes of boats are welcome. “To launch our new production facility and to get some…

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Trash Fish Ruins Perfectly Good Day

Since carp become the raison d’être for fly anglers across the country, nobody really gives a shit about trout anymore. Case in point, earlier this week a pair of anglers targeting a pod of scum-blitzing cyprinids on Montana’s Bighorn Lake were really down-in-the-dumps after accidentally hooking and landing a 28-inch brown trout on a cicada dry…

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Liquid Gold

Sierra Nevada’s Volcano Creek is home to what experts believe is the world’s first golden trout—”protogolden” as it’s been dubbed by CalTrout’s Craig Balenger. Today less than two dozen protogoldens remain. The short film Liquid Gold is being created to raise awareness “of this magnificent fish, its habitat, and its plight.” The adventure starts in the…

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Kings of Vegas

Las Vegas—the city of we can’t quite remember all the details—ushered in the 8th Annual Drake Video Awards last week with an emceeing Elvis, a showgirl named Andrea, and the best flyfishing films of all time at its namesake hotel, the LVH. Leading the Best New Film charge was South African filmmaker Jako Lucas’ The…

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There’s Always a Hatch Somewhere

In this “some sort of 20 min recap from our trip to slovenia this spring…” snus-sponsored filmmakers Rolf Nylinder and crew search for dry-fly munching marble trout. Along the way we learn about the evils of indigenous maple trees and that strong coffee is vital to good trouting, as well as fighting STDs. Watch it “Over the…

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Tongass Plan Axes Salmon from the Equation

In 2010 the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the Forest Service, pledged to put a rapid end to large scale old-growth timber harvest in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The idea was to emphasize second-growth management, with a new focus on regional economic bright spots such as fishing, tourism, and salmon. On Wednesday, however, any notion…

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Former NFLer Sues FlyFishing TV Host

This guy is not suing his hairdresser. He is, however, seeking $300,000 from Curtis Fleming and the “Fly Rod Chronicles” TV show for misappropriation of his name and likeness. According to The Courthouse News Service, former Redskins running back John Riggins is accusing Fleming and Fly Fishing Expeditions in Fairfax County Court of misusing footage of Riggins…

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Most Americans Hate Pebble Mine

That’s right, America. Land of the free. Home of people who hate environmentally exploitive mines. According to the EPA’s Bristol Bay public comment periods, which officially closed over the weekend, 70 percent of you told the agency that Pebble Mine can suck it. PR Newswire is calling the result a “decisive victory for Bristol Bay”…

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Missouri & Metal

June was so last month. We’re ushering in July today with some metal and Missouri River fishing via those crazy kids at scumliner media in Craig, MT. Watch it “A quick day of flyfishing on the Missouri River, Montana with Mark Raisler (Squeeky Oar Lock – or – SOL) from Headhunters Fly Shop. A fishing…

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Warning: Dangerous Decisions Ahead

This Sunday marks your last chance to help the Environmental Protection Agency decide who’s boss in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region: Salmon or the schmucks who want to dig a MASSIVE open pit mine and leave pristine habitats for dead. After receiving more than 200,000 responses in the lead-up to its early June deadline, the EPA extended…

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Florida Keys Catch & Release

Flats fishing was born in the Florida Keys, with roots dating back to the first ’poon caught on a hook and line in the 1880s. Today tarpon and bonefish are vital components of a recreational fishery that bolsters the state’s bottom line with annual cash infusions of more than $6 billion. In order to maintain…

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Tuesday 2-For

From the Colorado to the Henry’s Fork high water and big bug season is upon us. The crew over at Henry’s Fork Anglers go slammin’ for salmonflies. Check out the invasion. “This is a short film of the epic salmonfly fishing on the Henry’s Fork River in Idaho. A few of the guides hit the…

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What if transgenic salmon bred with trout?

The neighbor’s randy Chihuahua, Sven, with a hankering for your lower leg? Doesn’t really count. BUT interspecies liaisons are the real deal, with real-world repercussions. Think ligers, zonkeys, pizzly bears, and Donald Trump. In the underwater world, Atlantic salmon will mate with browns. And the frankenfish Cinderella story of the future, according to scientists, could…

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Melancholic Dodding

Thinking about New Zealand makes us miserable. Mostly because it seems so far away. And we’re not there fishing it. Watch the video and prepare to ache. Via Frontsidefly: This video is made of scraps from a trip in 2011/12 to New Zealand. I’ve felt so depressed over the winter that edits such as this…

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Forget Me Knot

One hundred miles from Dillingham, Alaska. One hundred hours of filming during the summer of 2012. Camille Egdorf delivers a short film spanning a trout- and salmon-rich season on the Nushagak River. “The summer of 2012, I dedicated over 100 hours to filming and documenting the experiences that not only I had but also of…

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A Jackson Saga

The can-of-worms transactions and transitions between former Snake River Float Trips/ Jack Dennis Fishing Trips and the new Grand Teton Fly Fishing shop in Jackson has finally come full circle in the form of a new website, guiding business, and miniature retail outlet in the Dave Hansen Whitewater building at Broadway and Milward. Paul Bruun details the saga…

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6-Pack and Salmon with Guido Rahr

Guido Rahr was raised from smolt to adult by flyfishing-obsessed family members in Portland, OR. Tying flies and fishing were his passions. He went on to work for the Nature Conservancy, completed grad school, and eventually migrated back to his homewater on the Deschutes. At that time, in the early ’90s, salmon faced hard times.…

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Keys: Economies of Scales

What’s a Florida Keys flat worth? Or how about healthy populations of tarpon, permit, and bonefish that frequent its shallow-water habitats? The answer is big bucks, according to a new study from the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. BTT states that flats-fishing is a significant money generator in the Keys, contributing more than $249 million to local…

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Grizzly Eats GoPro

Alaska-based scientists come closer to curing grizzly bear halitosis thanks to the recent introduction of mint-flavored GoPro cameras. Via Brad Josephs: “When using a GoPro to capture unusually close footage of grizzly bears for the Great Bear Stakeout for BBC, I had a young bear actually chew on the camera. Amazingly there was no damage…

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6-Pack With Paul Puckett

Replace Tony Montana’s coke smeared machine gun with a big brown. Substitute a Big Lebowski pistol grip with fish slime and fins. And swap Eastwood’s smoking barrels with a ballistic redfish and you have a good sense of fishing artist Paul Puckett’s mindset. Puckett recently moved from Atlanta, where he was working at The Fish…

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FishHead App

Clinching second place next to Beer Pong HD at the esteemed “2013 Drake App Awards” the FishHead Mobile App ($6.99) delivers real-time beta on tides, moon phases, and weather, as well as river flows, gauge heights, and water temps. Points off for not vibrating when you catch a fish. You’ll need to download Koi Pond for…

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Sea-Swallow’d

Via filmmaker Ryan Peterson: “The Clean Water Act grants the EPA authority to protect these salmon and the 14,000 jobs that depend on them, by disallowing the Pebble Mine to go forward. You can help give voice to Bristol Bay, Alaska by submitting a comment in SUPPORT of the US EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment.…

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Why Pebble is the Pits

Bruce C. Switzer is the former head of environmental affairs for Cominco Ltd.—the company that sold Pebble Mine to Northern Dynasty for “peanuts” in 2001, citing environmental worries and the low-quality ore available at the site. In his column “Compass: Pebble Can’t Work for Alaska” he details a bogus permitting process and the risks associated with this…