Conservation

Science In The Thorofare

The Thorofare region of Yellowstone needs no introduction in angling circles. It's a legendary place many of us hope to visit one day. If you haven't been there, but are dreaming of doing so, this recent story in Fly Fisherman Magazine may help you clear your calendar and make a trip happen. Paul Weamer wrote about the incredible science going on to track...

MT Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Black Butte Mine

The Montana Supreme Court issued a ruling in favor of Black Butte Copper Mine late on Monday, February 26. This ruling allows Black Butte to build an underground mine along Sheep Creek, which is a tributary of Montana's famous Smith River, per KTVH Helena. The Smith River is highly regarded in angling circles, and floating is allowed only via permit, which...

California Salmon in Trouble

When we talk about salmon and steelhead recovery, we largely focus on the waters of the Pacific Northwest - the Columbia River Basin, the various rivers draining into Puget Sound, and the rivers in coastal British Columbia. Little, if any, time is dedicated to concern about the salmon (and steelhead) fisheries located along California's coast. California...

Indifly Rallies Supporters to Join The Indifly Corps

Community-first nonprofit, Indifly exists to serve Indigenous communities around the globe. Through fly fishing ecotourism, Indifly works alongside Indigenous peoples to innovate ways for vital stewards to write their own future. In order to further their mission, Indifly is inviting supporters to join its community of recurring monthly donors, “The...

Steelhead Fishing Opens on Skagit, Sauk Rivers

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced that as of February 3, a recreational fishery would open on the Skagit, and its main tributary, the Sauk. Per a press release, "Recreational steelhead fishing will open Feb. 3 through April 17 five days per week Saturdays through Wednesdays only, closed Thursdays and Fridays, on portions of the...

Climate Change Could Cost Montana's Economy

According to a new story out from Yale Climate Connections, climate change could wreak havoc on Montana's tourism-based economy. Fly fishing, skiing, and even hunting could all be impacted by climate change, which would significantly alter how much money the state makes from out-of-state tourists. You can read the entire story here.

Alaskan Chinook Petitioned for ESA

On January 11, the Wild Fish Conservancy has filed a petition to have the Alaskan chinook salmon listed under the Endangered Species Act. Per their release, "We’re taking this emergency action in response to the severe decline and poor condition of wild Chinook populations throughout the state of Alaska." You can read more about this decision here.

Bonefish in our Hands Campaign Launch

Announcing Bonefish In Our Hands, the third in their species-specific series covered by Keep Fish Wet’s grassroots effort to empower recreational anglers to better protect the fish we love.  Keep Fish Wet, with support from Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation, has created an open-source infographic and social media campaign to highlight how...

Orvis Podcast: Saving Rivers

In this recent episode of the Orvis podcast, Tom Rosenbauer sits down with Sue Doroff, co-founder and outgoing president of Western Rivers Conservancy, to talk about the work that goes into ensuring access to rivers throughout the West. You can listen to the entire show here.

Supreme Court Denies Alaska's Bid to Revive Pebble Mine

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court rejected a bid from the state of Alaska to revive the permitting process for the Pebble Mine. Per the U.S. News and World Report, "The justices did not comment in turning away the state’s attempt to sue the Biden administration directly in the high court over its desire to revive the proposed Pebble Mine in the...