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Manufacturers Take Aim at Gore Reign

Gore-Tex has (mostly) dominated the waterproof-breathable market for the past three decades. But the competition is stepping up its game. We recently read about Columbia’s new Omni-Dry release for Spring 2011. Turns out several other rivals are poised to enter the mix: “For the past 30 years, the waterproof-breathable market could be summed up in two…


Photos: Best Euro Wildlife 2010

The European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition recently announced its 2010 award winners. Presented annually by the Society of German Nature Photographers, this year’s competition received more than 11,000 entries from more than 29 countries. Rules stipulate entrants had to live in Europe, although their photographs were taken around the world.Source Link


Palin’s Alaska: All Mouth and No Trousers

Television network TLC launched its reality show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, last week, providing a revealing glimpse into the former vice-presidential candidate’s prowess in the field. Seems the Brits aren’t too impressed, equating Palin’s “embellished” fishing skills to a ruddy pile of rubbish: “On 21 seconds, you will see Palin allegedly trying to catch salmon. Close examination…


Back in Court—Utah

The convoluted twists of Utah stream access rights are back in the press—and potentially courts. Last Friday, the Utah Stream Access Coalition, a nonprofit with a mission to preserve public access to the state’s waterways, filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Public Waters Access Act passed by the Legislature earlier this year. According…


Bieber Vs. Bonefish

SOUTH FLORIDA—Results from October’s South Florida bonefish census show plummeting numbers, the Miami Herald reports. “About 60 guides and anglers who poled across the flats from Biscayne Bay to the Marquesas Keys west of Key West on Oct. 23 counted about 200,000 bonefish—way down from the mean estimate of 339,595 over the past eight years.…


unHappy Meal

In a move that will break the hearts of 3-year-olds across the city, San Francisco’s board of joykilling supervisors voted to ban most of McDonald’s Happy Meals as they are now served in the restaurants. The ordinance would forbid restaurants from offering a free toy with meals that contain more than a set level of calories, sugar, and…


Eastern Rises Wins at Banff Film Fest

We received an e-mail from Felt Soul Media’s Travis Rummel this morning relaying some good news from Canada. Eastern Rises, Felt Soul’s Bigfoot baiting, Hog Johnson-chasing Kamchatka documentary featuring veteran flyfishers, Frank Smethurst, and Ryan Peterson, captured Best Film on Mountain Sport at the 2010 Banff Mountain Film Festival. Rummel says, “We just won an…


More Evidence: Artists are Annoying

Since Colorado’s rivers are clearly such heinous eyesores, it’s refreshing to know that genius Bulgarian “artist” Christo has some big beautification plans. Christo’s “Over the River” project targets the tragically ugly Arkansas River, and would suspend almost 7 tons of translucent, polypropylene-fabric panels across 6 miles as it courses through Bighorn Sheep Canyon, parallel to U.S.…


Tune In: Big O Saves Flyfishing

Yeah, yeah, it’s been beat to death in the media for weeks now, but Oprah and Gayle’s Yosemite flyfishing escapades—Part II, cooking by the campfire and riding mules, included—is airing today. Daytime soap fan and Field & Stream Editor-At-Large Kirk Deeter says he’ll be tuning in: “One way or the other, I’d suggest to you…


5 Tips for Adventure Filmmakers

Whether your aspirations are YouTube or feature-length, former National Geographic Television Associate Producer, J. J. Kelley, offers 5 tips for making better documentary films. From the “compelling” clip Kelley provides, he may also want to add “Include three dudes holding each other close on a motorcycle” as number 6.Source Link


Drake Wins Beck’s Magazine Poll

Seasoned photography duo Barry and Cathy Beck recently ran a poll asking fans and friends to reveal their favorite flyfishing magazine—online or paper. According to Cathy’s Facebook page: “I was in on a discussion about flyfishing magazines. A company I know did a survey of 250 flyshop employees asking what was their favorite American fly fishing…


Spearing Whitey: Barbaric But Fun

FAIRBANKS, AK—Love them or loathe them, there’s little denying that whitefish are delicious straight out of the smoker. Alaska’s Chatanika River whitefish season is open until Oct. 24. Time to get out and sharpen your spears. “Granted, prehistoric man didn’t have the luxury of neoprene chest waders and chopper mitts to combat the cold or a…


Rare Stonefly to Share Polar Bear Status

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MT—Climate change and the rapidly retreating ice fields of GNP have a new poster child. Meet, Lednia tumana—a rare aquatic stonefly about to be listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. According to reports “although the fly lacks the polar bear’s force of personality and is unlikely to capture hearts and minds with the same…


License Plate Petition for River Protection

Colorado Trout Unlimited is collecting signatures for a bill to create the Protect Our Rivers license plate. Plate production requires TU collecting 3,000 signatures from members and friends. “The plate will be available to all CO residents through a tax-deductible contribution of $25 to Colorado Trout Unlimited and 100% of the funds will be used locally to protect, conserve…


“Hazed” Goat Gores Hiker

OLYMPIC PENINSULA, WA—Let this be a (tragic) lesson to all you goat hazers out there: “Now, the rangers weren’t simply being a-holes without cause—they were evidently attempting to instill into the goats a fear of humans with the painful harassment. The hazing was intended to intimidate the goat, to make it less aggressive. The approach, however,…


McGuane: More Humor

The Salt Lake Tribune sits down with wordsmith Thomas McGuane to discuss his days as a Stanford creative-writing student, the finer points of sentence structure, and the state of contemporary literature. To the latter, he suggests we might need to lighten up a little: “I’ve really been longing for a lighter heart in American literature. Dickens,…


Flyfishing Giant Chanel Goes Snow

Back in 2008, Chanel dazzled the flyfishing community with its bargain-priced $20,000 fly-rod outfits. Designed for the “ponciest angler on the planet” the kit featured rod, reel, monochrome fly set, and an S&M-esque leather-and-chain carrying case. This season Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel go snow, keeping it ultra-shred with its signature snowboard—complete with bindings placed on backwards.…


TU Calls Bull

MISSOULA—The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expanded the designated “critical habitat” for threatened bull trout in Montana and other states on Tuesday. Montana Trout Unlimited says it’s a start but still not enough: “The group’s executive director, Bruce Farling, says while habitat is important and improvements are welcome, most Montana habitat is already perfect –…



MANCHESTER, VT—Orvis has joined the online outdoors fray with today’s launch of OrvisNews.com. Former American Angler editor and MidCurrent staffer Phil Monahan heads the team of fishing content producers. The site includes daily updates on topics such as fishing, hunting, dog training, conservation “and even insider information related to Orvis. Orvis has taken the collective experience…


Whale Turds Bolster Ocean Fisheries

ScienceDaily is reporting results from a recent study indicating that the mighty whale turd, rich in nutrients, significantly heightens the productivity of ocean fisheries. “These countries argue that whales compete with their commercial fisheries. ‘Our study flips that idea on its head,’ Roman says, ‘Not only is that competition small or non-existent, but actually the…


Daily Dog

SPOKANE, WA—Dogs have no shame when it comes to eating practically anything—including what comes out the other end. It turns out Deborah Carlson’s German shepherd, Frieda, is obsessed with chowing bugs. Carlson recently returned home to a box full of missing dry flies evidently knocked off the counter by her savvy canine. “The scans showed 15…


Stories From the Gulf

As part of its “Gulf Crisis Week” coverage, Patagonia Inc. has partnered with Louisiana Bucket Brigade (LABB) to track ongoing environmental impacts stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of Spring 2010. In its latest installment, Denise Schutte talks to local business owners and reports on birds dropping from the sky and toxic tar collected…