LOUISVILLE, CO — Forty-five years ago, Umpqua Feather Merchants opened its doors to anglers and shops in search of high-quality flies and unmatched variety. Now it’s wrapping its anniversary celebration around a good cause, collaborating with Trout Unlimited and the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska to raise $45,000 to help conserve and restore key salmon and…Details
Bristol Bay, Alaska, is counting on an explosive year. At least when it comes to fish, with more than 40 million returning sockeye salmon in the 2017 forecast. But it could also be a big year for dusting off backhoes thanks to a new administration that, according to Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., now has “a…Details
David Mangum likes tarpon. So much so that he built himself a paraglider to scout new locations. And so much that he deploys a skull for a buoy to mess with interloping boats. Keep your distance, he’s earned that spot. 120 Days from Felt Soul Media and YETI succinctly captures the dedication it takes to…Details
As inauguration day looms (tweet, you’re it Trump), the Obama admin has been blazing toward its finish line signing into effect an ambitious list of environmental protections. The latest pen stroke is being hailed as a win for Oregon and California salmon and steelhead, cementing a 20-year ban on any new mining across more than…Details
Once upon a time, northwestern California’s Eel River was a heavy-hitter when it came to wild salmon and steelhead production. Today, it’s been heavily hit by a thirsty marijuana industry and usual suspects including logging, mining, damming and more. Despite the damage, experts believe the Eel represents the best opportunity to restore historic fish abundance in…Details
Tallahassee, FL—Hustling in the shadows of top fly tyers like Charlie Barr, Stevie Ray Merkin, and that guy who made worms sparkle isn’t easy. So when 42-year-old vise jockey Jimmy Proctor exchanged his bobbin for an embroidery hoop, no one was too surprised.
Central Oregon’s Crooked River has all the trappings of a flyfishing utopia, complete with a rugged Wild and Scenic stretch that back in 2013 held as many as 4,000 redband rainbows per kilometer. As of today, however, its booming trout population has gone bust. Biologists are also saying ‘goodbye’ to its once prolific whities.
The tempestuous case for public stream access in Utah is headed back to the state Supreme Court on Monday. And following a multi-year long battle between the Utah Stream Access Coalition (USAC) and private entities, a finish line now appears to be within reach.
In 2005 Ilya Sherbovich, owner of Russia’s Ponoi River Co., assembled a tight-knit crew to investigate Siberia’s untouched taimen fisheries, including remote rivers in Yakutia province. Eleven years later, he came back. This time with a yacht, helicopter, and better music. In Yakutia Capt Jack Productions chronicles that ten-river search for taimen, lenok, grayling, monster pike, and…Details
Alaska’s proposed Pebble mine hit a last-minute hiccup heading into the New Year as permits that were set to expire and be redrawn have instead been extended for ninety days—leaving the future of the project in limbo. The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) called for the delay in order to field a flood of…Details
This much is for certain. Flats fishing in the Bahamas is relatively big business. A recreational fishery with an annual economic impact exceeding $140 million. (About what “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” pocketed during its opening weekend.) How that business is conducted, however, will soon change thanks to new flats-fishing regulations that have been on…Details
The U.S. Forest Service this month finalized an amendment to its Tongass Land and Resource Management plan that will help conserve more than 70 salmon and trout streams within Southeast Alaska’s 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest. The decision helps safeguard fish thanks to provisions that transition the Tongass timber program from old-growth logging to one based on…Details
Anglers All has good energy. Natural light shines from the two-story windows. Railroad Earth and a snoring dog provide the soundtrack. Employees greet customers with a firm handshake and a “What can we do for ya?”
At the end of a Kamchatka rainbow? Trout eating magically delicious mice for breakfast and salmon running in the hundreds of thousands. Here, the latest pro-Russia trailer from dynamic filmmaking duo Peter Christensen and Rolf Nylinder. At the End of a Rainbow is one of several new films set to headline the 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour, which…Details
About two million coho salmon once stormed the rivers of the Oregon Coast. Industrial-strength fishing and leave-nothing-behind logging through the 1900s would be their downfall, underscored by dismal returns in the 1980s—with total numbers of spawning adults dropping below 15,000 fish. NOAA Fisheries listed the lingering coho as threatened in 1998. Last week the same…Details
I woke to the sound of slaughter. Several times a night this happened. The noise was caused by a pair of prehistoric animals hunting beneath my bed at Brazil’s Uakari Lodge, a floating eco-resort nestled along a protected stretch of the Amazon River, about 400 miles west of Manaus. Guests are advised to sleep with…Details
WHEN IT’S TOO HOT TO FISH, Yakima River guide Nate Rowley snorkels his favorite trout water. He’s been snorkeling a lot lately. On a scorching August afternoon at a coffee shop in downtown Cle Elum, Washington, he reports his findings from a stretch of the Teanaway River, one of the Yakima’s more significant tributaries, protected…Details
AFTER GETTING WORD that I’d be next in line for the continuing Ride with Clyde saga, my fishing and social life took on a strange, A-list vibe. Clyde is a rock-star rig, and I suddenly became a kind of social agent for this over-forty hunk of Detroit steel.
IT’S NOT DIFFICULT to imagine the tiny community of Forks, Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula, kindling the kind of small-town restlessness that prompts its sons and daughters to move elsewhere. But Gray Struznik, born into this land of tall trees and deep puddles, was never struck by that desire to bounce. Instead, he stayed and…Details
GLASS AND RUSTED METAL on the beach. The deafening sound of planes landing. And a steady striped-bass bite. The mussel beds and grungy shores of Boston Harbor may not be pristine, but they reliably produce fish—stripers, bluefish, carp, even the rare bluefin. When I tell people I fish here, they scoff, laugh, or plain don’t…Details
IN MARCH OF 2016, C1 films released a permit movie called t. Falcatus Ch. 1: Day of Days. The film opens with Nathaniel Linville, owner of The Angling Company fly shop in Key West, giving viewers advice: “I recommend anyone who’s watching this, turn the volume down; I got nothing interesting to say.”
Google Maps took me deep into suburban Denver, where I wound up in front of a nondescript two-story house. I parked and rechecked the address. I walked up to the front door and knocked. A man appeared. We shook hands. Then he opened his garage to reveal 400,000 flies in a dozen trays. Apparently this was…Details
Directed by Alaska filmmaker Ryan Peterson, The Super Salmon is a super-inspiring film chronicling what could have been something super-shitty: the proposed Susitna-Watana dam on Alaska’s Susitna River. The 300-mile river is home to all five species of pacific salmon, including the state’s fourth largest chinook run. The latest concrete threat called for erecting the country’s second tallest…Details
Another water rights battle rages on in Colorado. As the Front Range’s population grows, it is Denver Water’s responsibility to make sure residents have enough flow to run their dishwashers. To satisfy the demand, Denver Water is looking at the threatened Fraser River, sixty percent of which is already diverted to the Front Range. The…Details
The God Squad isn’t a new Marvel spinoff. Nor is it the latest chart-topping Christian rock band. But it just might be another nightmare for ESA-listed salmon and steelhead on the Snake River.
If you’re looking for a 20+ pound cutthroat, you’re either high or you’re fishing Pyramid Lake. Maybe both. In the center of northern Nevada’s elevated-desert lie the remnants of Lake Lahontan, once covering more than 8,000 square miles. Today, the largest body of water left is Pyramid, home to legends of spell-casting mermaids, human-snatching babies…Details
Flyfishing businesses occupy a tempestuous microcosm tied to the sea-sawing health of rivers and oceans. Example. If there are no fish (participation catalyst), there is no you (potential consumer). And for brands that appreciate a prosperous tomorrow, backing nonprofits working to keep trout, tarpon, salmon, steelhead swimming makes sense.