Video Hatch: “GREAT DAYS 9: Fishing below the border”

The newest release in the “Great Days” video series from Smith Optics, features a group of Idaho anglers traveling to the sea of Cortez in pursuit of the prized roosterfish.

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A Hunter’s Eye

Unarguably the greatest living American landscape painter, Russell Chatham makes his home in Montana’s Paradise Valley and draws upon the region for his work.  “Once you’ve seen Chatham’s paintings of the Beartooths and Absarokas and Yellowstone River country,” writes Rick Bass, “you realize the power of his art.” In a recent piece on Field & Stream, Bass spends a day and makes a meal with the master artist, philosophizing everything from elk hunting and  fading winter light, to fishing in the Florida Keys.

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Video Hatch: “The Forgotten Salmon”

Lake Ontario once held a thriving population of Atlantic salmon. However, due to overfishing and environmental degradation we lost them.  A new proposed documentary, “The Forgotten Salmon,” will tell the history and continued story of this unique species, including what efforts are now in motion to bring them back. Check out the current fundraising campaign for this film on Indiegogo.

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Tippets: Mayfly Millions, Skeena Land Rights, New Katadyn Filter

  • Massive summer mayfly hatches are reaching “Biblical proportions” in Wisconsin. They’re causing traffic accidents and even appeared on a meteorology radar as a rain squall. Check out some incredible photos of the insects via The Week.
  • Sport anglers are being evicted from fishing the famous Skeena River over land rights claims of First Nations. Any anglers planning trips to British Columbia should pay close attention, as government officials and wildlife managers try to determine to what extent the ruling will impact angling access and the sport fishing economy.
  • For this summer’s camping and backpacking trips, get a first look at a new water filter from Katadyn, which uses gravity (instead of pumping) to move water through the purification system. Via Gear Junkie.
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When Montana Went Wild

Beginning in 1974, the state of Montana stopped stocking trout in waters that held populations of wild trout. What was a bold move at the time turned into a proven management strategy, and the health of those fisheries have dramatically improved. In a recent article, Montana Outdoors talks with fisheries biologist Dick Vincent, whose research on the Madison River in the late 1960s and early ’70s led to that decision.

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EPA Drafts New Safeguards for Bristol Bay

On the heels of the EPA’s decision to increase watershed protections for Bristol Bay, Trout Unlimited is urging all anglers to continue to voice the importance of protecting Bristol Bay during an open comment period on a draft of the new safeguards.

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Video Hatch: “Permit Satellite Tagging: Costa’s Project Permit”

“Project Permit” is a joint effort between Bonefish and Tarpon Trust and Costa Sunglasses to address challenges facing the permit species. The new catch and recapture data will inform researchers on permit movements in Florida waters and help to inform management decisions.

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Tippets: Freshwater Lionfish, Terrestrial Patterns, Draining the Colorado

  • A sixth-grader’s science fair project resulted in an important discovery about lionfish—specifically, that the historically misunderstood saltwater species can also survive in freshwater. As an invasive species, lionfish present a serious threat to Florida waters, and this discovery has researchers looking for them in saltwater and freshwater both.
  • As we enter mid-summer, fishing terrestrial patterns becomes a go-to. Johnny Spillane has listed his top ten picks: from the Parachute Ant to Charlie Boy Hopper.
  • The urban sprawl of Colorado’s Front Range has devastating impacts for the headwaters of the Colorado River. “This elaborate system of tunnels and diversions has allowed cities and farms to flourish along the Front Range,” writes Sandra Postel, “but has come with a high and largely hidden cost for many of the rivers and streams that form the lifeblood of the upper Colorado River and its local communities.” Via National Geographic NewsWatch.
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Canoeing the Cumberland River

Kirk Deeter paddles the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and writes about the journey in a recent piece on Wired. “Getting there isn’t the hard part,” he begins, “It’s how I get there that has my mind spinning like foam bubbles in an eddy.”

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Tippets: Control and Spread of Didymo, First-Aid Kits, Florida Snook Recovery

  • Didymo, commonly called “rock snot,” can have devastating impacts on fish populations and stream ecosystems. However, recent research suggests its cause and spread may not be as well-understood as previously thought.
  • Whether you’re going on a multi-day backpacking trip or spending a short day on a mountain stream, carrying a first-aid kit in your pack can save your life and help others as well. Check out a recent article by Joe Jackson on what to include in your kit. Via Outside Online.
  • After a cold-snap in 2010 and over-harvest, snook populations have recovered in Everglades National Park, reports Sue Cocking in The Miami Herald.
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