10 posts categorized "Fly Fishing Destinations / Conservation"

February 12, 2009

South Park Fly Fishers


Established in 2003 by the Park County Tourism Office and local ranchers, the goal of this not-for-profit program is to develop and maintain public recreation opportunities on private lands. With a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) South Park Fly Fishers have secured several fly-fishing leases on private ranches in South Park. The majority of each rod fee goes directly to the participating rancher. The balance is used to maintain and improve each property and the program.


February 04, 2009

Redfish Can't Jump

A trailer for documentary that Lift Film has been working on about salt water conservation in North Carolina. A post on their blog from October 2008 said production was back underway.

February 02, 2009

Hi, I'm Ali Howard and I'm going to try to swim the Skeena

Trailer introducing Ali Howard's historical attempt to swim the entire 610km length of the Skeena river in northwest BC to raise awareness for one of North America's wildest natural landscapes.

January 28, 2009

B.C. Fish Habitat Profoundly Impacted by Shoddy Roads


The Forest Pracrices Board board investigated 1,100 road crossings in 19 watersheds and found that only 42 per cent were designed and built in a way that allow fish to pass through. Even in streams considered "important or critical" fish habitat, more than one in four road crossings blocked fish movement.

In the Campbell-Memekay watershed north of Campbell River, the board found that almost one-third of road crossings of important or critical streams blocked fish migration.

LINK (Via: The Times Colonist)

September 22, 2008

Conservation Alliance Testifies For Rogue River Protections


Conservation Alliance Executive Director John Sterling testified on September 11 before a Subcommittee of the US House of Representatives in support of legislation that would protect the tributary streams of the Lower Rogue River in Oregon under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

The Oregon Treasures Act of 2008
, introduced by Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio, would designate 143 miles of rivers in the Rogue watershed as Wild and Scenic. The protections would safeguard the streams from any dams or diversions, and would prohibit logging within one-half mile in either direction of the streams.


September 19, 2008

Release Terrence and Philip, or we WILL give you something to cry a-boot!!


We've thrown a couple of posts your way about the Angling Management plan being drafted for the Skeena watershed but now is the time for all of us to take action. Tim Pask sent us the following e-mail outliing what the impact this proposed plan will have on local businneses and the future of wild steelhead. Please take a moment and add your voice to the fight against the draft plan by filling out the survey, a link to which can be found below.


For any of you who are "Do it yourself" anglers, or perhaps someday want to visit the Skeena system on your own, you should be aware that by 2010 you might be out of luck.  Lottery based 8 day licenses will be in place if a hand full of local guides get their way.  When the dust settles they will have a short term win, the local businesses that are supported by traveling anglers loose and long term the fish loose, which is the real crime here.  Right now we face enemies from all sides, with issues like Shell Oil wanting to develop the Sacred Headwaters of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine.  The resource is rich with opportunities and short term greed is at the door and the fight will continue for decades to come.  If we are removed from the equation they have lost a large % of the people who care about and support these fights.  Mining, Oil exploration, gas lines easements, coal bed methane and fish farms are all current issues.  I know many of you are actively involved in these issues today, but I doubt many of you will continue to be involved if you can no longer fish the great rivers of the Skeena.

I received this email (below) from Kathy Larson.  Many of you know Kathy and also know how involved she has been to save Wild Fish.  I have the utmost respect for her and Dave, and hope that they will survive to continue to stand on the front line and fight for Wild Fish and against the short term greed that is coming at every angle.  We need them!!!

Please read the email below and then follow the link and fill out the survey.  And forward this email to anyone you think might be interested.


Tim Pask

Hello Everyone,
The Draft recommendations of the Quality Waters Committee will, if implemented, put our B&B out of business, hugely devalue our property, and has the potential to devastate the economies of Houston, Smithers, Hazelton & Terrace by killing the steelhead industry for all but the guides.
If passed, they will also prevent non resident property owners, who contribute greatly to the local economy, from fishing from their own property unless they win a lottery spot, and then only for 8 days.

Please take a few moments to look at the following website and fill out the survey. It is made for the Bulkley River but applies to the Kispiox and Skeena as well.

All your friends and neighbours who welcome the influx of steelheaders and the tourism dollars brought in each fall by the steelhead fishermen will thank you as well as anyone who owns property along the rivers.
Please pass this on to all non guided steelheaders and anyone who is concerned about the economies of the Skeena Watershed
Thanks for your help!
Kathy Larson
Poplar Park Farm and B&B

Fill out the survey at the Buckley River Steelhead Anglers Community LINK

August 28, 2008

Now, now, the Canadian Government has apologized for Bryan Adams on several occasions!


A leaked copy of a draft Angling Management Plan has small business owners convinced they’re being pushed out of the $100 million angling industry. The report is part of the Ministry of Environment’s Skeena Quality Waters Strategy, an initiative to tackle claims of overcrowded rivers, and general deterioration of “angling experiences” in the Skeena watershed. But the recommendations put forth leans toward a lottery-based, limited-day licensing program for non-resident anglers, a proposal some insist will cut into the tourism industry by more than 50 per cent.

Via: Houston Today LINK

Our previous post on the whole matter.

August 30, 2007

Trout Unlimited National Meeting


Trout Unlimited will be holding their annual meeting in Boise right before the Fly Fishing Retailer show in Denver.


June 08, 2007

Yellowstone Seeks Fly Fishing Volunteers


A limited number of Volunteer positions are still available for summer 2007. For information on volunteering with the Yellowstone Fly Fishing Volunteers, please contact Volunteer Angler Coordinators: Tim Bywater at bywater@dixie.edu or Bill Voigt at wfv100@psu.edu.  LINK

November 20, 2006

Can Angling Save World's Largest Salmon?


An article that originally appeared in National Geographic News back in August of 2004.

He had reached the banks of the Eg River, amid the vast steppe of northern Mongolia, to check out travelers' tales of an enormous freshwater salmon. To his surprise, his Mongolian guide produced a freshly shot prairie dog, which he attached to a fishing line and threw in the river.                                        
Moments later the water erupted to a massive strike mid-current. The fish got away—with a big chunk of prairie dog—but Vermillion was hooked for good.  VIA National Geo News  LINK

The Taimen Conservation Fund  LINK

The Great Taimen Incident

In 1998, one of our anglers was fighting a 32 inch Taimen in one of the tributaries we fish during our Mongolia travels.

As he was bringing the fish to shore, the water erupted when a Taimen estimated at over 100 pounds attacked the fish on our angler's line. Neither the 100 pound Taimen nor our angler wanted to let go, so an incredible tug of war ensued.  VIA Sweetwater Travel Company LINK


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