Category Archives: Commentary

Giving Thanks with Matt Labash

In his Thanksgiving column for The Weekly Standard, Matt Labash writes about fly fishing with his sons, the sin of false casting, and his opinion on the laziness of bobbers. He also gives thanks “that after enduring years of this … more

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Considering Jim Harrison

“Wherever we go we do harm, forgiving ourselves as wheels do cement for wearing each other out. We set this house on fire, forgetting that we live within.” (from “To a Meadowlark,” for M.L. Smoker)” ― Jim Harrison Jim Harrison … more

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Tippets: Coldwater Species and Climate Change, Wild vs. Farmed DNA, Roadways to Recovery, Atlantic Salmon Stock, Gila Trout Restoration, Saving Scotland’s Ruddy Duck

Dr. Mariah Meek of Cornell University studies the capacity of coldwater trout species to adapt to a warming climate. Read a recent Q&A with Dr. Meek on her research on trout populations in upstate New York, via The Huffington Post. … more

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Tippets: Saving the Northwest’s Salmon, Colorado’s Gold Medal Waters, Bonefish & Sunscreen, Serving Sustainable Fish, Bluegill Management

For generations, tribes in western Washington  state have depended on salmon runs. This video from Northwest Now features local tribal members and fisheries managers discussing plans for increasing salmon population numbers and conserving habitat. Colorado boasts 322 miles of Gold … more

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Final Fishing Trip with Dad

Jack Ohman, cartoonist for The Sacramento Bee, took his father on one last fishing trip. You can read Ohman’s poignant cartoon of the experience in a recent post on the PBS Newshour Blog. Grappling with mortality “is a story that millions of … more

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“The Boat-Shaped Mind”

In “The Log from the Sea of Cortez,” published in 1951, John Steinbeck writes about a six-week boat expedition he made in 1940, gathering marine specimens along the Gulf of California. In an excerpt recently re-published online, Steinbeck pondered the … more

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Trout Fishing: A Line to the Past

At the beginning of another trout season James Prosek examines how fly fishing connects us to our past. “This, I have concluded after many years of doing it, must be primarily why we fish, to satisfy some latent impulse deep in … more

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BTT Calls for Petition Signatures in Support of Bahamian National Parks

The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust is calling for signatures on a petition in support of two new national parks in the Bahamas, which would protect critical habitat for marine fish and wildlife. Read more in the press release below.

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Suspense Trumps a Sure Thing

Fishing is full of unpredictable days, and quantity and quality don’t always line up. In a recent piece in The New York Times, journalist Adam Clymer writes about two such days: fishing for salmon on the Miramichi in New Brunswick, … more

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Fly Fishing for World Peace

From “frumpy old farts” to “hippy bros,” fly fishing is developing an increasingly diverse demographic base. And as James Joiner walks the Fly Fishing Show in Marlborough, MA, he wonders at how varied people and their opinions on the sport … more

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