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Conservation

New Film: Pathway for Permit

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) and Costa Sunglasses have released a new film highlighting Project Permit, a more than decade-long permit conservation program funded by Costa, with support from the Lower Keys Fishing Guides Association and the March Merkin permit tournament. A Pathway for Permit tells the story of the collaborative efforts of Bonefish...

Kenai Peninsula Rivers Closed to King Salmon Fishing

In a sadly predictable move, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game had already closed the Kenai River to king salmon fishing this June. However, other rivers have joined the list after further dismal returns. The Kasilof and Ninilchik Rivers, in addition to the Cook Inlet, are closed to king salmon fishing for the rest of the season. You can read more...

Too Many Pinks in the Pacific

This is an excellent story from Miranda Weiss at Hakai Magazine that delves into the current problems of a burgeoning pink salmon population in the Pacific Ocean. The exploding number of pinks in the Pacific has a ripple effect throughout the food chain, impacting all other salmon species - and steelhead. You can read the story in full here.

New York DEC Responds to River Ownership Claims

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has made a formal reply to Beau Beasley's article in Fly Fisherman Magazine about public access on the Delaware River. The DEC is conducting a review of case law to determine if the public has access to continue to use the Delaware River as it has for decades. You can read more about the DEC's...

BLM Purchase Opens New Fishing Access in Wyoming

Thanks to a purchase of 35,670 acres of land near Capser, Wyoming, access is open on 8.8 miles of the North Platte River that were previously inaccessible to anglers. You can read more about the land purchase here.

Deschutes River Closes to Summer Steelhead

Starting as early as June 1, closures for summer steelhead and salmon will be in place on the Deschutes River in Oregon. The closures are part of the fishery framework that helps fisheries managers protect the ever-diminishing returns of sea-run fish in the Columbia River Basin. You can read more about the closure here.

EPA Releases Safeguards for Bristol Bay

The EPA announced Tuesday that they're releasing safeguards intended to protect Bristol Bay from mining projects, putting another damper in the proposed Pebble Mine. The EPA is also opening a 40-day comment period to solicit public feedback on the proposed safeguards that would prohibit mine waste from being discharged into several rivers in Bristol Bay...

Research on Removing Enloe Dam Ramping Up

Dam removal projects aren't just a pipe dream anymore. They're becoming a reality throughout the Pacific Northwest. The Enloe Dam is a 102-year-old impoundment on the Similkameen River in Washington. Enloe Dam hasn't produced electricity since 1959, and as such serves little purpose in the Similkameen River. Thankfully, discussions on removing Enloe Dam are...

For Wild's Sake: Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout

Chase and Aimee Bartee are back with another episode of their fantastic series "For Wild's Sake." In this episode, they chronicle their journey to search for the Rio Grande cutthroat trout. "For Wild's Sake" is a series that explores our relationship to the natural world. You can watch the episode below.

The Only Fishing Knots You Need

The latest entry in Tom Rosenbauer's new how-to video series is about the only three knots you need as an angler. Knots are often tough to get just right, but if you focus on the three presented in this video, you'll know all you need to be successful on the water. See All Orvis Learning Center Fly Fishing Video Lessons