Fly Fishing Conservation
Review: “An Entirely Synthetic Fish”
MANY FLY FISHERS cut their teeth on rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Therefore, to read a new history of that fish is both intriguing and unnerving, particularly when the author calls those fish “entirely synthetic.” But Anders Halverson’s An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World (Yale University Press, 2010), is hardly a criticism of the fish or the people who love to fish for them. Instead, it is a tale of how well intended programs have gone utterly wrong, putting the treasures of trout anglers at risk, while simultaneously spreading the joy of trout fishing around the globe.Read more...
"AMONG THE HALF DOZEN or so standard questions fly fishers eventually get around to asking each other is, What's your favorite fish? Some say your answer to that will be deeply revealing — exposing you as a covert aristocrat if it's Atlantic salmon, a closet bubba if it's largemouth bass, or whatever — while others just think it might be interesting, but sooner or later, in one way or another, the question comes up."Read more...
India’s “water tiger,” the golden mahseer, is under threat due to netting, poaching, and river diversion for irrigation. Yet their power and fight are making them prized as a sportfish, writes Ananda Banerjee on Live Mint, and the promotion of … more
After diligent work from anglers and conservation groups, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has passed new regulations making tarpon and bonefish catch-and-release-only species. Read more in the press release below. Florida Makes Tarpon, Bonefish Catch-And-Release Only June 13, … more
Historically, the Sacramento and San Joaquin river systems saw large runs of salmon. However stresses left from Gold Rush silt, hydroelectric dams, irrigation, and pollution all contributed the collapse of the salmon population and associated industry in California. Now, with … more
A wildfire in New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest has caused the evacuation of a small population of native Rio Grande Cutthorat Trout from Macho Creek. “Although the fire so far appears to be headed away from the creek,” says Department … more