Barracuda, not known as a wildly popular dish on local dinner menus, have seen a fivefold increase in commercial catch rates in Florida Keys waters. Which begs the question, why the sudden spike in demand? Harvest is unregulated and, according to area guides, the hit is taking a toll on this once prolific gamefish. In response, members…Details
Xboundary explores British Columbia’s open-pit mining craze and the potential for lethal shit to move downstream. “The massive size and location of the mines—at the headwaters of major salmon rivers that flow across the border into Alaska—has Alaskans concerned over pollution risks posed to their multi-billion dollar fishing and tourism industries. These concerns were heightened…Details
A #keepemslimy photo essay Since Erin Block’s piece a year ago in Trout Magazine, the flyfishing community’s conversation on the negative impact of grip-and-grin photos has grown louder. The Internet has been saturated with pictures of exhausted fish held high and dry for your viewing pleasure for too long. And the #keepemwet backlash continues. In…Details
Since PacifiCorp’s crusty Condit Dam fell in 2011, Washington State’s White Salmon River has seen small but escalating returns of steelhead and chinook to spawning areas upstream of the deconstruction zone. According to WDFW fishery biologists a total of 88 spring chinook spawners were estimated to have entered the river in 2013, and another 216 last…Details
To all the fisher ladies in the place with style and grace… here’s a little Thursday stoke from the crew at Frontsidefly.com. Respect.
With digging underway, Canada’s latest mine has become the newest concern for Alaska’s wild fish advocates. Last week, an open-pit gold-and-copper producer called Red Chris began operating in the British Columbia headwaters of the Stikine River, an undammed waterway that flows more than 400 miles, crossing borders and spilling into an 11,000-hectare delta near Wrangell, AK.
In a bid to save embattled Columbia River fish populations, the feds have devised a plan to kill 11,000 double-crested cormorants—black seabirds with a bad hankering for juvenile salmon and steelhead. Pending final approval, state agriculture workers would shoot the birds, as well as spray their eggs with vegetable oil to prevent hatching. The U.S. Army…Details
With chopper rentals running upwards of 10k a day, drones are seeing increased use in the photographer/filmmaker’s toolkit. Photographer Matt Jones tells us he logged long hours on the simulator to dial in his flying skills, but still dunked one camera on this last shoot… making it more spendy than planned. These top-to-bottom views of Ascension…Details
Utah Stream Access Coalition’s Weber River Navigability Case goes to trial this Friday, February 6, at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City. And if flyfishing on public waters without the fear of being harassed sounds good, this is an important and potentially precedent setting case. For instance, by demonstrating that the Weber River was used…Details
From meth smuggling escapades and crash landings at the White House to this eagle’s-eye view of B.C.’s Skeena Country… welcome to the dawn of the drone.
FORKS, Washington—On the eve of Super Bowl XLIX, three Seattle-area residents—two steelhead fishermen and their guide—were detained from a stretch of the Hoh River on Saturday after Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife officials discovered that 11 of their 12 Thingamabobbers were drastically over-inflated.
Convincing a permit to eat your fly is similar to doing business in a foreign country in that success in both is hard-won. Guide and Tres Pescados Fly Shop owner, Wil Flack, can relate.
From coast to coast the deadbeats continue to drop. According to American Rivers’ latest report, communities in 19 states in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies removed 72 dams in 2014—restoring more than 730 miles of streams for the benefit of fish, wildlife, and people. California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois,…Details
Meet Montana-based graphic artist Dave Hartman, the creative engine behind the Strip’n Flywear brand. “First Light explores the connection between Art and Fly Fishing while finding comfort in something that you love.”
Shallow Water Expeditions’ film Out of Touch hits the F3T with overstuffed reds and a special alert Out of Touch is one of several films premiering at this weekend’s F3T launch. It’s also one that doesn’t open with sweeping aerials of Caribbean flats or dip-in-lip anglers fondling 30-pound browns. Instead, the audience crowding Denver’s City…Details
Outdoor photographers fight Forest Service for First Amendment rights Sketch a line around the pristine and safeguard its natural integrity against human missteps and, in a nutshell, you have the foundational elements for wilderness. In 1964, Congress staked those perimeters with a Wilderness Act designed to preserve millions of acres in perpetuity.Details
Despite what you may have heard, it’s not all a perpetual toilet swirl for the wild fish rivers of the Pacific Northwest. Case in point, the Native Fish Society’s optimistic look at the “11 Most-Improved Wild Fish Rivers 2014”. The list, which includes the John Day, Rogue, Skagit, and Sol Duc, focuses on watersheds that…Details
Hatchery vs. wild salmon and steelhead fisheries management is a lightning-rod issue for anglers and the science community alike. On January 22-23, in Portland, the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is hosting a public symposium on the topic, focusing on research, management, and potential reform. Four sessions will include: Hatchery Fish Performance and Genetics,…Details
Guides live in the zaniest places: condemned double-wides, basements, backseats, and broom closets. Meet the enviable Cameron Blacksock and loiter in his lux GT Destroyer digs for an afternoon. Via Cpt. Jack Films: “Guides Cribs goes to the Seychelles to meet Dr. Blacksock and see his crib!”Details
Drake contributor Tim Romano has had a rough year. It started with the tragic river death of his younger sister, Kathryn Walker. And it ended in a car crash that saw the wooden dory he rebuilt and named in her honor smashed to pieces. “Just before Christmas, I took advantage of some very warm weather…Details
This looks legit. According to fisherman John Rodriguez, northern Tampa’s Hillsborough River is a great place to fish for gar and snap pictures of birds. On Dec. 26, however, shit got real when the 66-year-old retired electrician says he heard squishing sounds, looked over and saw this “thing” walking through the water and crouching down for a…Details
Standing in the Wally Dog parking lot in Greenville, South Carolina, I swear I can hear the ocean. The coast is at least three hours away, yet the sound of surf fills my ears. I glance over my shoulder: nothing but cars and trucks along Poinsett Highway.
The act of walking across a white-sand flat, knee-deep in endless shades of blue, is made much more interesting by bonefish. Especially if you’ve never caught one. After a few days spent searching empty water on the Bahamian island of Exuma, we drove down a twisted dirt road, past rotting cars and abandoned dishwashers, and…Details
The Alaska Railroad winter train runs 360 miles between Anchorage and Fairbanks on the weekends, and it will drop you off anywhere along the track, much of it otherwise inaccessible wilderness. My fishing partner, Dan, and I used to work for the railroad in Anchorage, me as a PR flack and he as the chief…Details
Clyde should be dead by now. He was pronounced dead. More than once, in fact. In February 2012, a Salt Lake wrencher put a $1,200 tranny in him and said, “He might make it through March.” In November of that same year, driver Steven Hawley emailed: “Clyde’s 460 is shot. Best quote for a rebuild…Details
Rogelio Velasco has owned Yucatan-based Pesca Maya fishing resort for 19 years, so he knows the challenge of producing off-the-grid electricity, especially for power-hungry air conditioners. Pesca Maya, like all Ascension Bay resorts, sits inside the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve, where power lines don’t exist and aren’t forthcoming. So instead, most lodges rely on diesel…Details