Some Spring Steel porn from the good peops at Country Pleasures fly shop. With 140 percent+ snowpack towering over them thar hills, we’re going to need a collection of similarly slutty vids to maintain wood through the run-off. Keep sending please.
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With so many hooligans up to their rogue fishing shenanigans, it’s amazing the Brits have time to focus on pressing matters such as making jelly molds and tea time. But nevermind all that, stealthy water baliffs are always up to the challenges posed by uncouth youth.
Chilean officials in the city of Coyhaique are scheduled to vote on HidroAysen’s controversial Patagonia power project today. Approval would give stakeholders an environmental license for what’s designed to be Chile’s biggest power plant.
If a casual boffing in the bush is your thing, have at it because who are we to judge. Steve Casimiro over at the Adventure Journal is on a search for scientific answers regarding the latter. He asks, “What’s Your Position on Sex in the Outdoors?” What we really want to know is, “What…
South Andros guide, Sparkles, and his bonefishing client demonstrate the exploding push-pole technique, proving the Stiffy is no match for lusty hammerheads all hopped up on bonefish.
Sad news across the interwebs this week as Kaufmann’s Streamborn flyshop bolted its Tigard, OR, doors with little explanation to longstanding customers. According to the latest from Laura Gunderson at The Oregonian, shop owner Lance Kaufmann plans to file for bankruptcy protection next week.
HELENA, MT—Earlier this week we learned that Livingston fishing guide, Dan Vermillion, would not receive a new four-year term as the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission’s vice chairman. Well, scratch that, yesterday the senate flip-flopped, renewing Vermillion’s standing.
Although a 10-piece bucket of the Colonel’s finest and reruns of The Real Housewives of Atlanta are amazingly delicious, we’ve always had a sneaky suspicion southern culture ran deeper. Enter Southern Culture on the Fly’s spring preview issue—”the thaw”—filled with grit, and grits, among other tasty morsels.
Scott Willoughby is The Denver Post’s new outdoors editor. Evidently, covering quagmires of the day—climate change, access issues, energy development, et cetera—have stymied his cake-walk visions of weekly fishing excursions, honing his sporting clay skills, and spending more time outdoors. It’s something we can empathize with… for we, too, believe it’s time to go…
DENVER—Today marks the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, and if you’re looking for something to do other than rubbing patchouli oil in your dreadlocks this weekend, go help clean-up the dirty South Platte.
This past weekend The Drake dropped into Bozeangeles, MT, to sponsor the 1st Annual Ice Out Shoot Out component of Simms’ spring 2011 Ice Out shindig.
There’s been hype about Honduras flats fishing for years—so much so that we took it upon ourselves to investigate last February. Faceless Fly Fishing, as evidenced by this wicked edit, recently heeded the call, too. Check out some bone-friendly footage after the jump.
America houses upwards of 394 National Parks—from Alcatraz Island to Zion. And Saturday marks the beginning of National Park Week (April 16-24). According to the National Park Service, this year’s focus is “Healthy Parks, Healthy People,” highlighting connections between human and environmental health “and the vital role America’s national parks play in both.” This…
“They include allowing spearfishing for permit in federal waters but not in state waters, and banning South Florida anglers from keeping them during the summer spawning months. The proposals create and/or extend state rules into federal waters, where currently there are no regulations.” Source Link
MINAM, OR—Access to one of the most beautiful river floats in Oregon was secured today, with Western Rivers Conservancy’s purchase of the Minam Store property.
NEW JERSEY—Patagonia Inc. recently pledged $2.3 million toward the purchase of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, as part of its Communities for Cultural Eternity initiative. “We’ve selected Seaside because we strongly believe it’s one of the final frontiers of contemporary Americana teetering on the brink of its last 15-minutes,” says company founder, Yvon Chouinard.
Classic “hook-and-bullet” titles such as Field & Stream have graced magazine racks for more than a hundred years, successfully cultivating readerships in the million+ range. Author David Petersen explores the wrinkled genre, operating along what he points to as a “triad of how-to, where-to and product hype.” Although The Drake does not make the…
Annual Salmonfly hatches are calendar-marked events for good reason. Punch-drunk fish smashing massive bugs? Sign us up. But in the Upper Colorado River ecosystem hatches continue to be diverted to the brink, according to a recent article in The Denver Post.
Being that we’re in the business of delivering pages lathered in words of various shapes, sizes and colors, keeping up with the constant evolution of contemporary vernacular is key. It’s shocking how quickly “coat” has recently caught on. (And we’ve found they’re great for foul-weather fishing, too.)
Yep, it’s March, and it’s bracket madness. In addition to basketball, here are two more (both somewhat fishy) to get you fired up for the season.
Here in the U.S., we’ve endured a long history of domestic overfishing abuses. According to a recent report from NOAA, management is making “good progress” toward reversing this laundry list of dwindling stocks and fishing opportunity.
A hydrophobic Deeter takes rain coat “field testing” to the next level—the carwash—and tells us it hurts. After that it was straight to the hot tub to test the latest innovations in women’s waders. We feel your pain, bro.
SMITHERS—Good news for Skeena swingers: According to the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations, B.C. has opted to maintain the current regulations in the Skeena River Steelhead Fishery for 2011-13, pending the outcome of a tourism and economic impacts study.
BUTTE—When it comes to stripping stream access rights, flyfishers—generally a peaceful group—come ready to collectively throwdown. Earlier this week more than 350 Montanans swarmed the Senate Agriculture Livestock and Irrigation Committee hearing in opposition to HB 309. The bill, carried by Rep. Jeff Welborn, R-Dillon, would allow landowners to block public access to waterways diverted for…
MONTANA—Tomorrow, Montana’s State Senate Committee meets to decide on controversial HB 309 legislation, which could threaten recreational stream access based on what constitutes irrigation ditches vs. natural waterways. Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana (FOAM) is encouraging all interested parties—in state and out—to voice their collective concerns.
Words shape how we as enthusiasts perceive our outdoor environs. Here, Drake contributing editor, Bruce Smithhammer, pits the lexicons of wildlife bureaucracy against visceral experience in a personal quest for true meaning.
Since everyone’s already weighing in on hair hackle madness (see: here), thought we’d share an excerpt from the current issue.