Rio Tinto Pulls Stake from Pebble Mine

Rio Tinto has announced that it will pull its stake in Northern Dynasty Minerals, Ltd., the company that owns the rights to the proposed Pebble Mine project. The announcement comes as welcome news in the continued fight for the protection of Bristol Bay. Via The Alaska Dispatch.

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Low Viz

Low visibility and bleakness on the flats can cause some things to become clear, and also demands focus, as Louis Cahill writes in a recent piece, “I have one thing left to do. To search this blue-white void. To see where my guide takes me. To stand, breathless on the bow, and wait for a sign.” Via Gink & Gasoline.

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Video Hatch: “Rush Hour”

Showing the icy side of Rush River, Wisconsin, this film short highlights the beauty of winter fishing.

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Tippets: Steelhead Documentary, Clean Water Act Caveat, Mismatching the Hatch

  • In a recent post on Metalheads, Asher Koles gives some background on “Bloodknots,” an upcoming documentary on the steelhead angling community; including scientists, conservationists, anglers, and of course, the fish.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers announced streams and wetlands would regain Clean Water Act protection. However, as Bob Marshall writes in Field & Stream, it might be a cloud with a silver lining.
  • Framed in terms of art, Jason Klass scrutinizes the philosophy of matching the hatch: realism and impressionism both work, why choose? Read more via Tenkara Talk.
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Pink Fishing Skiff Launched in Honor of Casting for Recovery

BlackFly Lodge has commissioned a pink skiff to be used on select guiding trips to raise awareness for Casting for Recovery, a non-profit organization offering support and educational retreats for women with breast cancer. “This stunning boat will be a great reminder that so many people are touched by breast cancer and we are excited to follow it, chronicle its journeys and see how many lives it touches,” says Casting for Recovery executive director Whitney Milhoan.

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Video Hatch: “The River”

This preview highlights the latest film by Robert “RT” Thompson, which will be available on DVD on April 24th via Third Year Fly Fisher and in fly shops and retail outlets on April 26th. Along with the feature “The River,” the DVD will include “The Brothers Brown” that was part of the 2013 Fly Fishing Film Tour, and “Summers,” about bamboo rod maker Bob Summers.

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Tippets: Presenting to Permit, Impacts of Deepwater Horizon, Narrowing in on the Tongass

  • Fresh from fishing Mexico’s Ascension Bay, Chad Shmukler offers three tips for presenting flies to permit. “Successfully presenting a fly to a permit and hooking that permit is a distinctly different task than doing so to other fishy quarry,” he writes, “so being prepared will up your chances for success.”
  • A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveals that fish embryos exposed to crude oil during the Deepwater Horizon spill developed heart and other deformities projected to shorten lifespans or even kill some of the developing fish. Via The New York Times.
  • Matt Smythe remembers a day fishing in the Tongass National Forest, where narrow roads prove ample fodder for widened horizons. Read Smythe’s essay on Fishingpoet.
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Peter Matthiessen Dies

Peter Matthiessen, an author and naturalist who as much as any one writer in the last century spoke through the voice of wilderness, died yesterday of acute leukemia.  Matthiessen’s final novel, In Paradise, about a visit to a Nazi extermination camp, will be published on April 8.

Matthiessen was the author of many books, including The Snow Leopard, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, and the compilation Shadow Country.  He was a multiple National Book Award winner.

Peter was a force of nature, relentlessly curious, persistent, demanding — of himself and others,” his literary agent, Neil Olson, said in a statement. “But he was also funny, deeply wise and compassionate.”  Via the Associated Press

Matthiessen’s first book of non-fiction, 1959′s Wildlife in America, predated Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and was, in my opinion, greatly underappreciated.  As a classic history of the rare, threatened, and extinct animals of North America, and one of the first books to call attention to the hidden impacts of American culture on wildlife, Wildlife in America may have been one of Matthiessen’s most important books.  Roger Tory Peterson said it ”Should be the number one source volume for everyone who embraces the philosophy of conservation.”

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Video Hatch: “Cancelled on the Clark Fork”

After clients cancel trips, three guides put the day to good use, and discover the fun behind a fly rod instead of working the oars. Via Joe Cummings, Classic Journey Outfitters.

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Video Hatch: “SIFF13: Islands”

This film short is the fifth in the Surf & Inshore Fly Fishing series from Peter Laurelli of PHL Films, featuring footage from his year spent fly fishing surf.

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