2015 Bristol Bay River & Guide Academy

Fifteen students will have the opportunity to attend the 2015 Bristol Bay River & Guide Academy, which will be held June 6-13 at Kulik Lodge in Katmai National Park. The goal of the academy is to train Alaska’s youth to be sport fishing guides in their local communities and tourism industries.

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Tippets: Anchored Podcast, Washington Mining Legislation, Winter Streamer Fishing

  • The most recent episode of the “Anchored with April Vokey” podcast features retailer, photographer, guide and Patagonia ambassador Dave McCoy. Vokey and McCoy present a great discussion on the fly fishing industry, bridging the gap between fly and gear anglers in conservation, and the importance of wild steelhead.
  • Currently, there is little regulation on suction dredge mining in Washington state, even in waters closed to angling to protect ESA listed salmon runs. Newly proposed legislation, House Bill 1162, would require complete scientific study to evaluate effects of motorized mining on native fish species and related habitat. You can help support this effort, by submitting your comments online.
  • “Winter is different. Not all of the same rules apply,” writes expert guide and outfitter, Tim Linehan. And on that note, presents concise and effective tactics for winter streamer fishing.
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Video Hatch: “Ralph Moon: The Henry’s Fork”

The PBS series “Western Fly Fishing Journal,” written and directed by Alan O’Connor, featured portraits of Western fly fishing personalities. This episode features Ralph Moon, author, fly tier, bamboo rod builder and conservationist who lived on the banks of the Henry’s Fork River in St Anthony, Idaho.

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Tippets: Ocean Waste Hits Home, Standing Still on the Flats

  • A Chilliwack fisherman recently caught a steelhead on the Vedder River, which was filled with plastics and garbage, highlighting the threats facing wild steelhead in polluted Pacific Ocean waters. Via The Calgary Herald.
  • It’s easy to get anxious searching for fish on the flats. But Robert Morselli advises a different strategy: stand still and let the fish come to you. “Next time you wade, stop fidgeting for a few minutes and watch a community of fish build up right around you,” he writes. “It’s an experience you’re unlikely to forget as you so rarely get to visually track your fly in salt water, at such an intimate distance.”
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Video Hatch: “Still in Sweden”

This video from OneFly shows that a film doesn’t have to show the catch to be a good and even great fly fishing film.

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Tippets: Lightning Safety, ESA Success Story, Cold Weather Fishing Tips

  • Being out on the water during a storm is dangerous, and a recent article on The Fishing Wire highlights facts about lightning and what you can do to stay safe.
  • The unassuming Oregon chub recently made news as the first fish species ever to be removed from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Animals due to recovery. “This milestone demonstrates how the Endangered Species Act can bring people together to accomplish a shared goal,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.
  • From de-icing guides to going without a reel, read Zach Matthews’ top ten tips for winter fishing in a recent article on Itinerant Angler.
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Surface Film V: Photo Show to Benefit Conservation

Now in its fifth year, the annual Surface Film photo show will take place Friday, February 27, 2015 at Anthology Fine Art in Denver, CO. The event is organized by The Greenbacks of Colorado Trout Unlimited, and photo prints will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to benefit the Greenbacks work to conserve Colorado’s coldwater fisheries and recruit the next generation of Trout Unlimited Members.

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Outdoor Industry Leaders Thank Secretary Jewell for Arctic Refuge Protection

The Outdoor Industry Association and other outdoor industry leaders have signed on to a letter thanking Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, for her recent proposals of Wilderness designation for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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The Klamath: “A River Between Us”

A new documentary, “A River Between Us” by former Oregon state senator Jason Atkinson and filmmaker Jeff Martin, examines the history and conflict of the Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement, signed in 2014, which would dismantle four dams and open 420 miles of fish habitat, restoring decimated salmon runs by an estimated 80 percent. The filmmakers sit down for an interview with journalist Sarah Tory about their film and why conservation doesn’t have to be a partisan issue.  The film is set for release this spring. Read more on High Country News.

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Interview with Jay Zimmerman

From his start on warmwater ponds of Ohio to commercial halibut fishing in Alaska, to chasing “golden bonefish” on the mudflats of Colorado’s reservoirs, Jay Zimmerman’s angling is experienced and diverse. He talks about everything from his start as a writer to his love of carp and his new book, “The Best Carp Flies: How to Tie and Fish Them” in a recent interview with Chris Sparks of Sparks Fly Company.

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