The Oregon Water Resources Department has recently denied the application to develop nickel mining in the area from the Red Flat Nickel Corp. This short film from the Native Fish Society highlights what is at stake for the Smith River.
- Kyle Perkins writes about the restoration of greenback cutthroat trout to Zimmerman Lake in Colorado. Accompanied with great photos, you can read the post via The Greenbacks website of Trout Unlimited.
- Contrary to popular belief, big fish don’t always take big flies. Louis Cahill looks back at some of his best fish and what it took to catch them, in a recent post on Gink & Gasoline.
- Disheartening news came for anglers this week when the U.S. Forest Service issued a logging contract for old-growth timber sale on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. “The Forest Service needs a new business model for the Tongass,” writes Paula Dobbyn in a recent article. “The agency needs to start investing in growth industries like fishing and tourism by supporting stream restoration and visitor services.” Read more via Trout Unlimited.
- Alex Landeen fishes for the Lahontan cutthroat “monsters” of Pyramid Lake and shares the amazing images that resulted in a recent post and photo collection on Hatch Magazine.
- Detecting strikes when fishing a nymph can be difficult. However, Tom Rosenbauer outlines tactics for success in a recent post and instructional video via Orvis.
- The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust is continuing their work and research on juvenile tarpon behavior and habitat. Recently, they broke ground at a new restoration site that will use antenna arrays to track juvenile tarpon through a series of canals. “The first step is to see how the fish currently use the canal system,” said JoEllen Wilson, BTT’s Juvenile Tarpon Habitat Program Manager. “Then once the restoration is complete, we will continue to sample to see if the tarpon prefer one type of habitat over another.” Via The Fishing Wire.
Washington state fisheries officials have proposed a plan that would make retention of hatchery-raised steelhead mandatory in all streams in the Southwest area of the state, beginning in July 2015. “The proposal is designed to keep hatchery steelhead off spawning grounds used by wild steelhead to the greatest extent possible,” writes Allen Thomas. “Research has shown when hatchery fish breed with wild fish the offspring survive at a lower rate than when two steelhead mate.” Read more via The Columbian.
“Jack Gartside’s Sparrow is a fly that, in general, represents a whole bunch of things fish like to eat but not really one thing in particular,” says videographer and fly tier Tim Flagler. This week he shows the steps for tying his version of this unusual and versatile pattern.
Journalist Chuck Kraemer profiles fly tying legend Jack Gartside in this film from Greater Boston PBS.
This film from Russell Schnitzer and Alan Moore shows the importance of wild fish to not only anglers, but to the environment, culture and economy. The full-length film will soon be released and available via Wild Fish Works.
Along with a team of US researchers, John and Patrick Hemingway, grandsons of author Ernest Hemingway, are on a tour of Cuba to encourage closer ties between the two countries. They had hoped to gain access to Hemingway’s detailed fishing logs, which scientists see as a potentially valuable source of knowledge about the Cojimar area’s predatory game fish populations. And while Cuba’s National Cultural Heritage Council refused access to the closely guarded writings, they stated they “will work to let researchers see them eventually.”