Montana Trout Rustling

From Mitchell Slough to the Blackfoot, Ruby and beyond, “Greed, insecurity and just plain old ‘I got mine, screw you’ bullshit…” continues to run rampant in Montana. So far the state’s ironclad Stream Access Law has waged a formidable battle against those who would like to see public access stripped for personal gain.


Judge Says, Drop Those Dams

The federal judge who presided over the court battle between Columbia River salmon advocates and hydropower supporters has made his thoughts on the matter clear, stating four controversial lower Snake River dams should be removed. During an interview for a documentary to air later this summer, U.S. District Court Judge James Redden said the government…


Pebble Mine Precedent

The Environmental Protection Agency will release its draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment in just a few weeks. This precedent-setting scientific assessment will likely guide decisions about large-scale mining and other industrial development in the Bristol Bay region well into the future. If the EPA determines that waste from the mine would harm the surrounding clean…


Big Oil Spills into Preservation

More than $40 million in big oil spoils have been directed toward national forest preservation, with the Land and Water Conservation Fund recently announcing its state-by-state list of land purchases spanning Alaska, California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho, Tennessee, Montana, Utah, and more. The effort stems from Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors agenda, which taps into fees…

Tar Heel State sportsmen want gamefish status

Time’s Up for North Carolina

Gamefish status for redfish, speckled trout, and stripers would seem like a no-brainer for anyone outside of the commercial fishing industry. But in North Carolina, even mentioning such an unholy thought could get a gun drawn on you. This spring sights are set on House Bill 353, a state measure that would effectively ban gillnetting…

Time for the Cardinal to dump their damn dam

Stanford’s Searsville Dam

You’ve never fished San Francisquito Creek. And if something isn’t done about Searsville Dam, you never will. Stanford University owns the dam, which was built in 1892. It buries the confluence of five redwood- and fir-shaded salmon creeks that now run salmonless out of the Santa Cruz Mountains. They all came together beneath what is…


(Not So) Foreign Films

Filmmaker Rolf Nylinder of the FrontsideFly squad keeps kicking out the joints. He’s producing six shorts about flyfishing the Vindelälven River, in northern Sweden, for consecutive Monday releases starting early April. They currently don’t have any english subs… but you might enyoy them anyway.


The Secret Lives of Salmon and Gangsters

My flight was delayed an entire day. My bags were packed for a two-week stay in Guatemala City, where I would accompany an underground cadre of ex-gang members who were now volunteer chaplains entering Central America’s infamous gang prisons. As a jail chaplain myself, working with Chicano gangs in Washington State’s Skagit County, these young…


Pulp Fly V.1

Pulp Fiction gave us the Gimp, a royale with cheese, and more creepy John Travolta dance moves. Meanwhile, Smithhammer’s new brainchild Pulp Fly brings us pulp without the paper, featuring flyfishing writers familiar to this publication and elsewhere. Bob White, Michael Gracie, Alex Landeen, Kirk Deeter, and more. Keep your eyes peeled for the V.1…


Underwater Dogs

The Drake was recently at F3T tour stops in Casper and Fort Collins. Among this year’s line-up of bulls, bones, punk rock scenesters, and arctic char, the lab vs. tarpon footage in Waterline Media’s Riding High was some funny shit. Seems the underwater dog genre is gaining teeth across the interwebs. Chopper doesn’t eat flies,…