Video Hatch: “Restoring Juvenile Habitat: Oxbow Conservation Area”

This short film features the conservation work being done by The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the Bureau of Reclamation, on the Middle Fork John Day River in Oregon to restore critical habitat for Chinook salmon, steelhead and bull trout

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Tippets: “Spring Seeps” Recon, Impacts of Elwha Dam Removal

  • Finding “spring seeps” during summertime fishing can be the key to success in winter conditions. Ben Kryzinski  has some great advice for finding these productive areas in a recent article on Hatch Magazine. “The next time you’re wading your favorite freestone stream in the warmth of a summer day, and all of the sudden notice a rush of colder water around your legs and ankles, take note.”
  • New research from the U.S. Geological Survey, Reclamation, National Park Service, Washington Sea Grant, NOAA Fisheries, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and the University of Washington, provide detailed observations and insights about the impacts of the dam removal project on the Elwha River of Washington State. “These studies not only give us a better understanding of the effects of dam removal, but show the importance of collaborative science across disciplines and institutions,” said Suzette Kimball, acting director of the U.S. Geological Survey.
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Ben Knight: Breaking the Rules

Ben Knight, one of the filmmakers behind the documentary on the history and controversy of dam removal projects “DamNation,” talks about his career, activism, and how far he’s willing to go to make art.  “Pretty much everything we did in the film was illegal,” Knight says. “Every single day we were trespassing.” Read the rest of this conversation in a recent article on Music Bed.

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Video Hatch: “Fly Fishing for Big Pikes”

This short film features footage of an impressive pike fishery in Ireland, via Black Bay Lodge.

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Browns Canyon National Monument

President Obama has announced his decision to declare Browns Canyon a national monument. The new designation will add increased protection for approximately 21,000 acres around the Arkansas River. “Coloradans have been very clear they wanted this protection, along with assurances that existing uses will be protected. We’re glad the administration heard those voices and provided those assurances,” says U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet. Read more from Mark K. Matthews via The Denver Post.

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Tippets: Leaky Waders, Changing Biodiversity, Catch & Release Best Practices

  • Some things get better with age, writes Matthew Copeland, “bourbon in the barrel, a cast iron skillet and, of course, fine wine.” However, “waders rarely make the list.” Read more of Copeland’s essay via Stalking the Seam.
  • Research published recently in the journal Nature points to increase upwelling in several ocean current systems that could have large impacts on fisheries and marine biodiversity by the end of this century. Via ScienceDaily.
  • Catch and release is good for fish, if practiced correctly. Phil Monahan presents a video by Carl McNeil, outlining best practices.
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Angler’s Covey is Hiring Full and Part-time Positions

Colorado Springs-based fly shop Angler’s Covey has announced their search for full and part-time positions.

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AMFF Deborah Pratt Dawson Conservation Symposium

The American Museum of Fly Fishing will host The Deborah Pratt Dawson Conservation Symposium March 14-55 in Manchester, Vermont. The event will feature an impressive lineup of speakers presenting on diverse fishery conservation issues.

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Simple Revolution

Patagonia founder and CEO Yvon Chouinard has become a great proponent of the tenkara method of fly fishing. He talks about his journey to this simpler technique, the future of conservation, as well as his new book, “Simple Fly Fishing,” in a recent conversation with Jessica McGlothlin on Big Sky Journal. “It’s all about the experience, and less about the fluff,” says Chouinard.

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NOAA Unveils National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Policy

Sportfishing and boating industry leaders have greeted the recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) national saltwater recreational fishing policy with enthusiasm. “This policy represents a milestone in NOAA Fisheries’ relationship with the recreational fishing community,” said American Sportfishing Association President and CEO Mike Nussman.

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