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Conservation

State of the Bone

We all know that tarpon are in trouble, especially down in the Gulf of Mexico. But they're not the only prized game fish that's suffering due to over-fishing. According to this article from American Angler, bonefish aren't in great shape, either. Author Chris Santella takes us through the problems facing bonefish, and offers up some tips on how to...

Fly Fishing Through a Pandemic

We're all painfully aware of the current pandemic that has the entire world shutting down. Todd Tanner, a longtime voice in conservation and fly fishing, just penned a piece about whether we should focus on fly fishing during times like these. Take a read through Todd's piece, and see if you agree with him.

AFFTA Announces Support of Great American Outdoors Act

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) announced its support of the Great American Outdoors Act (S.3422) was introduced in the Senate earlier this week. Introduced by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Mark Warner (D-VA), Steve Daines (R-MT) and others, the bill would appropriate the full $900 million annually to LWCF and $1...

AFFTA Urges Support for LWCF

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) recently sent the below information to members, regarding a proposal in Congress to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in perpetuity: Earlier this week, the Great American Outdoors Act (S.3422) was introduced in the Senate. This long-awaited bipartisan legislation will ensure full...

"Powell 150" Documentary Film Project

A year ago, Ben Kraushaar embarked on a daring 1,000-mile, 70-day river trip retracing John Wesley Powell's trip down the Green and Colorado Rivers. Accompanied by other river runners, Kraushaar wants to document the trip and the future of water in the American West. Today, he's asking for help to get the final funding he needs to finish post-production on...

The Tiger Trout Takeover

In this recent article for Hatch Magazine, I make the argument that we, as an angling public, don't necessarily want tiger trout in every lake and stream in the backcountry of the Rocky Mountains. The feedback on this piece has been widely varied and interesting. Give it a read here, and leave some comments. I'd love to know what you think about this...

Hearings for Rhode Island Reg Changes

According to a recent article in The Sun Chronicle, the Division of Marine Fisheries in Rhode Island has finally scheduled public hearings for proposed regulation changes to state fishing limits. You can read the full article here.

Wild Steelhead: Can't We Let Them Live?

This thoughtful, important article in The Drake is an absolute must-read for every angler. Dax Messet does an incredible job of breaking down the hypocrisy of steelhead conservation efforts and current laws surrounding harvest and fishing. Messet himself spends 40-60 days a year fishing Oregon's coast for these fish, so he's definitely speaking from a...

Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp Registration Open

If you've ever worried about how we're going to get younger kids interested in fly fishing, this story out of Pennsylvania should give you some hope. The Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp registration is now open for kids to sign up and learn all about fly fishing this upcoming summer. Read more about the camp here.

Governors Asked to Save Steelhead and Salmon

Last week saw a potential move in a positive direction for salmon and steelhead recovery efforts in the Pacific Northwest. A large group of regional and local utility companies, along with conservation and transportation groups, penned a letter to the governors of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, asking them to finally make real progress on salmon...