Win for Wild Elwha Steel

OLYMPIC PENINSULA—More good news for Washington State’s Elwha River. The dams have dropped, a fishing moratorium is in place, and now that vomity plan to introduce hatchery steelhead into the system has been thwarted, at least for 2012. According to the Wild Steelhead Coalition, non-native hatchery steelhead will not be released into the Elwha River…


In Guides We Trust

What makes a good guide great? The criteria is seemingly endless: everything from “ties good knots” to “makes miracles happen.” But perhaps the most important is the ability to read and adapt to people along the same lines of reading and adapting to water variables. As “troutopias” go, Montana has bred more freshwater fishing guides…


EPA Pans Water Diversion Plan

DENVER—Federal authorities raised several red flags in their analysis of a $270 million project designed to pull an additional 21,296 acre-feet of water annually from the Colorado River. Citing bad math and a downplaying of critical adverse impacts, the EPA said the project to divert more western Colorado water to feed expanding Front Range suburbs…


Win for Wild Steel

OLYMPIC PENINSULA—Washington’s Sol Duc River is set to undergo a game-changing sustainability plan, becoming the first Wild Salmonid Management Zone for steelhead as designated by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The zone covers the entire river, spanning 227 square miles—one the most productive systems for wild steelhead in the state.

Carp Pose Flight Risk

Big news from the New York Times this week: Carp are officially gaining as a “fly-fishing favorite.” According to an article by carp promoter Chris Santella, this so-called trash fish is providing treasured opportunities because carp “are a species you can sight cast to with a fly rod without traveling to the Caribbean.”

Wild Fish Conservancy Northwest

Suit Filed To Block Elwha Hatchery Programs

Citing warnings from agency and independent scientists, four conservation groups filed suit today against several federal agencies and officials of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe (in their official capacities) for violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and ignoring the best available science and threatening the recovery of killer whales, Chinook salmon, and native steelhead by…


Blog Speak

The bloggers have spoken… again. Blood Knot Magazine just released its 2nd Annual Blogger Issue, a tribute to the click and scroll cosmos. The online powered collection features ultra-tidy images from Jay Morr, art by Derek DeYoung, focus on Gink & Gasoline, words by Jazz & Fly Fishing, and more.


Costa Donates Fish Art

On ocean flats, backyard ponds, and river environments we typically think of sunglasses first for spotting fish. Costa Sunglasses recently flipped the switch, taking objects of our visual lustings and recreating them out of lenses, hinges, frame arms, nose pads, side shields, and retainer cord segments as mounted fish sculptures—featuring a tarpon, blue marlin, and…


Keystone Pipeline: A Reject

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration will announce today it is rejecting TransCanada’s application for a permit to build and operate a massive oil pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border. The so-called “shovel-ready” project would cost $13 billion to link Canadian crude with the largest refining markets in the U.S. Opponents say it would contribute to greenhouse-gas emissions and…


Surface Film, Part Deux

DENVER—The Greenbacks of Trout Unlimited recently announced the second coming of their successful Surface Film event. Surface Film 2 will showcase top professional flyfishing photography from across the country at the Anthology Fine Art gallery (635 Santa Fe Drive Denver, CO 80204) on Thursday February 2, 2012. Similar to last year’s event, framed prints will…


This Wiener’s a Winner

Over the past several years we’ve spent an inordinate amount of hours scouring the globe for the next hot species on the fly. Today we found it. Forget extravagant permit, colorful peacock bass, mirror carp, hard-pulling GTs, and ginormous pellet-fed rainbows. Enter the aloof and ever-so-stoic wiener dog. Angler Jeff Ryan takes us into the…


Gold Medal Blues on the Blue

What makes a river “gold medal”? A proliferation of beefy trout, for sure. But little more than that it seems. Colorado’s Blue River near Silverthorne has been a designated gold medal river for years. It’s been re-channelized and “stream enhanced” by professionals. It houses large rainbows and browns—sustained thanks to stocking efforts. But it’s what…


S. Platte Drinking Water Warning

DENVER, CO—An anonymous tip from a Suncor Energy employee alerted state health officials to contamination in tap water on the refinery property near the South Platte River late last week. According to Denver Water authorities the situation appears to be isolated to Suncor’s private system: “Benzene has not been detected in our system. But we are doing…