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Carp Pose Flight Risk

Big news from the New York Times this week: Carp are officially gaining as a “fly-fishing favorite.” According to an article by carp promoter Chris Santella, this so-called trash fish is providing treasured opportunities because carp “are a species you can sight cast to with a fly rod without traveling to the Caribbean.”

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Blog Speak

The bloggers have spoken… again. Blood Knot Magazine just released its 2nd Annual Blogger Issue, a tribute to the click and scroll cosmos. The online powered collection features ultra-tidy images from Jay Morr, art by Derek DeYoung, focus on Gink & Gasoline, words by Jazz & Fly Fishing, and more.

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South Platte Still Oozing

DENVER—For those who live in northeastern Colorado and/or the Denver area, your taps are most likely linked to the South Platte. Remarkably, almost two months after the Suncor spill first made headlines, toxic benzene from the refinery is still seeping into the river at a rate 48 times above the limit for safe drinking water.…

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Costa Donates Fish Art

On ocean flats, backyard ponds, and river environments we typically think of sunglasses first for spotting fish. Costa Sunglasses recently flipped the switch, taking objects of our visual lustings and recreating them out of lenses, hinges, frame arms, nose pads, side shields, and retainer cord segments as mounted fish sculptures—featuring a tarpon, blue marlin, and…

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Keystone Pipeline: A Reject

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration will announce today it is rejecting TransCanada’s application for a permit to build and operate a massive oil pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border. The so-called “shovel-ready” project would cost $13 billion to link Canadian crude with the largest refining markets in the U.S. Opponents say it would contribute to greenhouse-gas emissions and…

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Surface Film, Part Deux

DENVER—The Greenbacks of Trout Unlimited recently announced the second coming of their successful Surface Film event. Surface Film 2 will showcase top professional flyfishing photography from across the country at the Anthology Fine Art gallery (635 Santa Fe Drive Denver, CO 80204) on Thursday February 2, 2012. Similar to last year’s event, framed prints will…

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This Wiener’s a Winner

Over the past several years we’ve spent an inordinate amount of hours scouring the globe for the next hot species on the fly. Today we found it. Forget extravagant permit, colorful peacock bass, mirror carp, hard-pulling GTs, and ginormous pellet-fed rainbows. Enter the aloof and ever-so-stoic wiener dog. Angler Jeff Ryan takes us into the…

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B-day Donuts and Mad Decent Movies

The 2012 flyfishing film season is officially official—with the International Fly Fishing Film Festival debut in Denver last weekend and the Drake sponsored Fly Fishing Film Tour about to launch later this month in Ventura, CA. (Two completely separate entities, in case you were wondering.) Get your tickets and get in on the fresh goods.…

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Gold Medal Blues on the Blue

What makes a river “gold medal”? A proliferation of beefy trout, for sure. But little more than that it seems. Colorado’s Blue River near Silverthorne has been a designated gold medal river for years. It’s been re-channelized and “stream enhanced” by professionals. It houses large rainbows and browns—sustained thanks to stocking efforts. But it’s what…

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S. Platte Drinking Water Warning

DENVER, CO—An anonymous tip from a Suncor Energy employee alerted state health officials to contamination in tap water on the refinery property near the South Platte River late last week. According to Denver Water authorities the situation appears to be isolated to Suncor’s private system: “Benzene has not been detected in our system. But we are doing…

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North Santiam Steelhead Recovery

This week, Western Rivers Conservancy (WRC) purchased 160 acres of critical steelhead habitat along Oregon’s North Santiam River—a vital Willamette River tributary. Historically, the North Santiam was the largest producer of winter steelhead in the Willamette basin and is the source of approximately one-third of its spring Chinook salmon. Today, fish in the basin are…

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Castro’s Salty Legacy

60 Minute’s Anderson Cooper recently traveled to Cuba’s The Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina), where he swims with socialist sharks, documents a global model for underwater habitat preservation, and briefly highlights Avalon’s flyfishing operation there. We imagine it’s worth watching… if you can stomach through Phil Mickelson’s minute-long psoriatic arthritis commercial.

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Drake Fan Tattoos Face

Ever since we were birthed by an 8-pound Jackson Hole cutthroat named Stella back in the late ’90s we’ve been dreaming of this moment. Because nothing says “You have arrived!” like a wicked “DRAKE” tat right across your freakin face. Now that’s commitment right there friends. Who’s next?

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Finding Oregon Vs Tomato Time-Lapse

There are plenty of uninspired time-lapse videos making the rounds these days, including this rotten one: Tomato time-lapse. Filmmakers Ben Canales, John Waller, Steve Engman, and Blake Johnson of Uncage the Soul Productions, however, skip the low-hanging fruit and tackle a 1,600 mile road trip across Oregon—delivering the Columbia River Gorge, Mt Hood, Mt Jefferson, the…

Video Blitz: Striped Bass Gamefish

Stripers Forever is a non-profit internet-based conservation organization, seeking game fish status for wild striped bass on the Atlantic Coast, while optimizing sustainable public fishing opportunities for anglers from Maine to North Carolina. The org’s new video drives home compelling arguments for enhanced recreational, conservation-based measures along the Eastern Seaboard. If you’re a fan of…

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Oil Spills in Real Time

BP’s Grand Oily Shitshow of 2010 may have lost its media legs, but spills on domestic turf are happening a lot more frequently than you might think. See all those little red dots on the blue and green map? Yep, right there. Right now. Over at Stop the Drill an online tool created by Oceana and Skytruth…

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Copi Vojta at Lo Fi Fly

Here’s a little tidbit of morning trivia for you: Who was the first and only photog to sail from Antarctica on a Viking ship for 99 days across a pitching Southern Ocean, landed in Jersey City, and then hitch-hiked across the country to find Tom Bie’s couch and intern at world famous Drake Enterprises before…