Shitting in woods strangely absent. Via: MSNBC LINK
The Clark Fork running through Missoula usually sees mean late-June flows at 12,000 cubic feet per second (cfs), but is currently flowing at 21,100cfs. Via: New West LINK
The fish was hooked in approximately 600 feet of water. Via: The Roanoke Times LINK
J. Thompson and I dusted off the el doubles and got our spey on last night (snoqualmie style). Two casts into it, steelie jr. here had an issue with my skunk and laid down a nice little downstream assault.
The under aged boozing bikini clad shore party was impressed. They had no idea this set a record - for smallest wild buck taken on a spey rod.
This is not a toy or a magic trick!
This is not an illusion or a Ninja technique!
AJ Klott of Fish Wrap fame offers up a unique solution to rising gas costs,
I know this sounds drastic, but if I am to continue my passion for fishing --this may be the only way to make it affordable to do so.
also know that the visual image of a rugged outdoorsman on the back of
a Mo-ped is not exactly the vision Madison Avenue would like to sell to
Orvis or Jeep Cherokee and is more akin to the image of Jim Carrey in
"Dumb and Dumber"--but I don't care!! LINK
Fish returning to spawn will be captured below Cle Elum Dam and trucked around it.
Via: The Seattle PI LINK
Because halibut are bottom dwellers, they’re usually found pretty deep, so fly fishing for flatties can be a difficult task unless you know when and where to find them. LINK
This respons to a question about a favorite pair of shoes is vintage Duncan,
What makes your favorite pair of shoes different from the rest?
My Patagonia wading shoes are different from my others in that they have felt soles and fit over waders, and so allow me to walk comfortably for hours in and out of cold moving water. What this does to a walk is pretty amazing. Two days ago, for instance, I crossed a muddy channel that no one in regular shoes could possibly have crossed without getting their shoes sucked off. This brought me, still warm and dry, to a magic island. I then walked miles up through this island, which reminds me of some glorious deer park where the Buddha would hang out — herds of literally a hundred or more whitetail deer fleeing in the distance. Wild turkeys. Moose. Many many kinds of birds. Big serene Ponderosa pines. Great horned owls and bald eagles in the cottonwoods. Aspen groves with white bark, growing in "fairy rings" because the entire grove is a single organism that encloses you as you enter.
At the upper end of this walk I reached a favorite stretch of river where I hooked and after a long time landed a twenty-four-inch brown trout. This is a rare fish. A one in a ten thousand fish, maybe. A trout this big and powerful, in fast water, remains invisible for the longest time as you play it. On the end of a sensitive rod, this invisible life feels as though the kingdom of heaven is hidden inside the river and you have hooked into the kingdom and it's electrocuting you with a strange feeling that enters your hand and shoots up your arm and soon fills your whole body. It is indescribable to finally capture and briefly hold such a wild, shining creature in your hands, then quell its fear by returning it to its kingdom.
Combining such walks with my love for contemplative literature, I trudge along in my favorite shoes, on the way back to my little truck with the Live Aloha bumpersticker, thinking about the saints and mystics. Catherine of Siena, for example, said, "All the way to heaven is heaven." On the face of it, I was thinking the other day, this is an insanely optimistic statement that flies in the face of a ton of our grimmest experiences. Yet Catherine of Siena was no fool. Nor was she sheltered. She lived in a time of hatred, and she made her outrageous statement even though half of Italy and beloved members of her family were killed, during her early childhood, by the Black Death.
Catherine owned no felt-soled wading shoes, I was thinking, and so maybe took no Magic Island walks. But my theory is that she walked around feeling as though she was playing a fish like my Magic Island Brown Trout anyway. Catherine of Siena, it seemed to me in my favorite shoes the other day, somehow hooked an invisible and interior fish that somehow connected her to kingdom and electrocuted her daily with joy.
And you know what? I believe what I was thinking in my best shoes on my magic island the other day. I believe Catherine was playing such a fish. I believe we are, too. And hope we grow ever more vividly aware of it.
Mike Whittington, a retired hydrologist, laments the loss of 80% of the brown trout fry on the Bighorn due to mismanagement of water flows by the Bureau of Reclamation.
Here's hoping that those half-dozen or so Wyoming water skiers enjoyed their Memorial Day outing, at the expense of a whole year age class of fish in the already impacted Bighorn River fishery.
Via: The Billings Gazette LINK
If you're ever in need of a fish platter for your Paradise Valley ranch. LINK
An editorial by TRCP’s
field representative, Ross Tuckwiller, that ran in the Denver Post late in May.
How does oil and gas development fit with the Rio Grande? The Bureau of Land Management planned to lease almost 145,000 acres of the Rio Grande National Forest to the energy industry. The decision to lease these public lands was made with no input from citizens or the Colorado Division of Wildlife and was based on outdated planning documents.
In response to a wave of criticism and close to 100 formal protests, the BLM withdrew the Rio Grande acreage from its May sale, although the area could be nominated for future sales. Via: The Denver Post LINK
You owe it to yourself to check out the Pebblemine Partnership site and see first hand their strategies for beating back opposition to the Pebble Mine. According to Scott Hed of the Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska the Pebble Partnership is peddling the above ad to sporting publications in an attempt to paint themselves as friends of fish and wildlife.
Their pro Pebble You Tube video, embedding is disabled so here's the LINK
In other news:
A major decision will be coming from the Alaska Supreme Court regarding a proposed ballot initiative that mine proponents say will not limit the proposed mine as intended. LINK
William Hurt will be taking the role of Henning Hale-Orviston (H2O) in the upcoming screen adaptation of The River Why.
IMBD has details on the cast, director, and producer on the project. LINK
Hurt himself makes it official in this interview with CNN. LINK
CNN: What about your upcoming projects?
Hurt: There's a small independent film I'm about to do called "The River Why," and hopefully I'm going to do some episodes on "Damages" with Glenn Close.
The award is named in honor of Press Powell, a third-generation
owner-operator of the world-renowned Powell Rod Company of Chico, who
passed away in 2004. Via ChicoER LINK
A research award funded by the Chico Area Flyfishers to study angling, fisheries or aquatic sciences on Big Chico Creek has been awarded to a Chico State student.
The award is named in honor of Press Powell, a third-generation owner-operator of the world-renowned Powell Rod Company of Chico, who passed away in 2004. Via ChicoER LINK
They served the fresh-caught carp with coleslaw and Krause’s homemade
carp chowder during an event called Carp-O-Rama, which Game and Parks
started three years ago in an effort to turn more Nebraska anglers on
to the charms of carp.
Carp are not among the most popular of Nebraska fish.
Via: The Journal Star LINK
From Joe Bogaard at Save Our Wild Salmon, watch it
This coming Sunday evening, June 22, CBS News 60 MINUTES will feature an expose on the severely depressed salmon populations in the Columbia & Snake Rivers. The story will spotlight the tremendous amount of taxpayer dollars our federal government continues to spend on ineffective programs that are failing to restore an endangered national treasure - wild salmon of the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
The story will raise serious questions about the billions of taxpayer dollars the government has spent - and wants to keep spending into the future - on salmon programs that aren't working, and scientists tell us are extremely unlikely ever to work. LINK
So today I grieve for the Mayfly that landed on my shoulder on Tuesday. Although I placed it very carefully on the leaves of the clematis by our front door, it made no attempt to fly away and its chances of finding romance were, I am sad to report, zero. Via: Countryside News for the York LINK
Length: 32' 6" Hook Shank: 22' long Hook Gap: 7' 6" Hackle: Stands 12' 6" off the ground and is 8' in diameter Weight: Exceeds three tons. LINK
Personalize this book so your favorite young angler is the main character.
You thought there was Pebble Mine overload at this years' Fly Fishing Film Festival?
At last count this now makes 5 movies about fly fishing for steelhead currently in production.
Last year two brothers set a world record for the longest unescorted oceanic crossing in a flats boat.