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A Lowcountry Film Project

Peep the upcoming film project from Lowcountry Journal for tails in the grass and the people and places that bind us. Watch it Via Lowcountry Journal: “Over a little Hometeam BBQ what slowly began to materialize was a story I could begin to see in my minds eye. It looked amazing, and even better it…


Access on Trial: Update

On Monday, anglers and access stakeholders packed MSU Bozeman’s Strand Union building for Montana’s High Court hearing on the James Cox Kennedy v. State Stream Access Law snafu that will play a precedent setting role for future recreational river use across the state and beyond. In a nutshell: Kennedy’s lawyer, Peter Coffman, argued that Montana…

River Hope

River of Hope

Drake contributor John Larison, see “American Muddler” in the Spring 2013 issue, travels to the Oregon coast for a swing down memory lane in this short clip from Shane Anderson’s documentary River of Hope. Logging interests have slashed the once lush forest that lined the banks of this unnamed river. In the aftermath: spiked water…


Cox Blocking

This smiley guy again? You bet. The obese-pocketed Montana stream access nemesis, James Cox Kennedy, is back with his Supreme Court case waddling into a Bozeman courtroom next week. Kennedy’s Ruby River swath is set up like a Fort Knox of good trout fishing and the Atlanta media mogul doesn’t like to share, despite laws…

Rio Colorado

Most Endangered: Colorado

The Colorado River isn’t our biggest, but it’s one of the hardest working in the country. It flows more than 1,400 miles. Through seven states. And its dammed, diverted, and heavily siphoned flows sustain tens of millions of people, as well as fish and wildlife. It’s also in a world of hurt. As of this…


Frank Moore’s Return

I first met Frank Moore at his Oregon home, while steelheading on the North Umpqua River a couple of years back. As we went in for introductions, the harmless looking old-timer proceeded to grip and shake my puny hand with the crushing power of a gorilla. To say Moore is tough, is an understatement. As…


5 New National Monuments

In addition to coaxing Bo into his daily dump on the White House lawn, Obama has been busy declaring national monuments this week. Awesomely, and thanks the Antiquities Act, a President can protect public land through these designations—effectively bypassing Congressional holdups in the process. Theodore Roosevelt did it first when he protected Wyoming’s Devils tower back…


‘Squatch Watch

Steelhead and ‘squatch have something in common. They range in areas dry of major development and soaked in mystique. And those pursuing both have appetites that go way, way beyond scientific benchmarks for sanity. Sasquatch occupies wide spaces in the imagination department. Steelhead, too… but at least we’ve got more than a couple grainy old…


Public Trust (and Mistrust)

The great fishing states of Utah and Montana both saw critical public access announcements earlier this week. On the good news front, a 4th District judge rejected much of the Utah’s legal “reasoning” defending a 2010 law that restricts public access to rivers crossing private land, ruling that the public trust doctrine protects recreational use of…


Rio: Monumental Designation

TAOS, NEW MEXICO—After years of collaboration, the iconic Rio Grande del Norte area is finally slated to be protected as a national monument next week. According to TU the monument will be designated on Monday at the request of a diverse group of local interests including hunters, anglers, and traditional land users.


Conservation at a Cost

Conservation across Western public lands is not a cheap prospect, considering that what’s buried under the ground has been valued at treasure-like proportions by those intent on tapping it. But that hasn’t stopped groups from making headway in the fight to stymie drilling interests by outcompeting oil and gas companies in the race to purchase…


The Big Flush

Since Washington State’s Elwha Dam tumbled last year—part of the largest dam-removal project in history—salmon and steelhead are wriggling farther upstream than they have in more than a century. What’s flowing downstream is enough silt, sand, and gravel to carpet all of Seattle in a layer 3 inches thick.

Wild Rev

Wild Reverence

The cratering of wild steelhead populations can be attributed to everything from development, logging, and grazing to climate change, water extraction, dams, commercial fisheries, and hatcheries. Those forces, either in combination or on their own, have led to Endangered Species Act-listings in 11 out of 15 regions on the West Coast. Can the last vestiges…


Matilija Dam Update

A telling 28-foot pair of scissors and a 160-foot dotted line appeared overnight on the Matilija Dam near Ojai California in 2011. The defunct impoundment on the upper Ventura River blocks steelhead migration and generates no electricity. Over the past decade, plans to remove it have been met with across-the-board agreement, as well as debate…


Silver Lining

For millions of years tarpon have been drawn to the shallow waters of the Florida Keys. In recent times, those fish and their habitats have been steadily displaced by the economic forces of cruise ship tourism. This October, Key West powers-that-be will gamble on a $35 million taxpayer-funded bill to accomplish additional widening of Key…


Cold Blue Nights

Colorado’s Blue River through Dillon and Silverthorne is a city limits stretch complete with big rainbows, riverside outlet shopping, and a 7-Eleven across the street. The Fly Collective—a collaboration between Ivan Orsic (Yukon Goes Fishing) and Russell Schnitzer (schnitzerPHOTO)—goes covert to show a different, darker side of the scene. Just as fishy, just as cold, but entirely…