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Conservation

Guides Adapt to New Fishing Schedules

This story from Buck Rail, a new source for the Jackson, Wyoming area, is right on par with what guides and outfitters across the West are facing. Traditional guide trips have been upended this year due to drought and oppressive heat waves. Normally, trips would start between 8-9am, and go until late afternoon. Booking a late-afternoon start ensured you'd...

Skagit Indian Tribe Calls for Dam Removal

According to Rico Moore over at High Country News, the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe is putting pressure on the Washington state government to remove the Gorge Dam. Removing the dam will restore salmon and steelhead habitat in Puget Sound, as well as allow Upper Skagit tribe members the chance to live a life more in line with that of their ancestors. The...

King Salmon Smolt in California Relocated

Not long ago, we covered a story about the parasite that killed 97% of king salmon smolt on California's Klamath River. The situation on the Klamath isn't getting any better, unfortunately. Over a million king salmon smolt had to be moved from a hatchery on the Klamath River, to one on the Trinity River. This is the first time in the 55-year history of the...

'For Wild's Sake' Episode 2

The second episode of the new series For Wild's Sake is up and live. It picks up where episode one left off, with Chase and Aimee in pursuit of the blueback trout, one of the rarest in Maine.

'For Wild's Sake' Premiere Episode

Chase and Aimee Bartee, the creative minds behind the YouTube channel Tight Loops, have really outdone themselves with their latest project. Dubbed 'For Wild's Sake: The Rare Trout Chronicles,' this episodic series goes into extraordinary detail on some of the rarest salmonids left in America. Personally, I love the deep-dives into history that Chase and...

'Red Tide' Claims 15 Tons of Dead Fish

If you haven't heard of it by now, 'red tide' is a naturally-occurring phenomenon in both salt and freshwater. A red tide happens when algae blooms out of control, raising water temperatures and emitting chemicals that are harmful to humans and aquatic wildlife. In Florida, the most recent red tide has killed at least 15 tons of fish, in the St. Petersburg...

New Fish Passage On Santa Margarita River

According to a news release from Cal Trout, the conservation group is moving forward with a new project to restore steelhead habitat on the Santa Margarita River, in Southern California. The project will build a new bridge in place of an existing one at the Sandia Divide. The current bridge doesn't allow for fish migration upstream, and it blocks 12 miles...

The Fight for Montana's Water

In this fantastic, in-depth piece by Laura Lundquist for Hatch Magazine, we learn more than we ever thought we would about Montana water rights. Specifically, Lundquist goes into extraordinary detail to give us the scoop on how these water rights impact fly fishing - and perhaps, how they're impacting the current downward trend of brown trout populations...

U.S. House Passes Habitat, Access Bill

According to the folks over at Angling Trade, the U.S. House recently passed the INVEST in America Act, which features money appropriated for use in wildlife habitat connectivity projects. That includes knitting together fragmented streams, restoring their flows to historical norms, and providing more spawning habitat. You can read more about the bill...

Silver Creek Closed to Fishing Indefinitely

The famous section of Silver Creek in Idaho - where land access is granted by The Nature Conservancy - is closed to fishing indefinitely. The closure is effective as of July 2, 2021, and won't be lifted until conditions improve. In short, Silver Creek is suffering from warm water temperatures, and low levels of dissolved oxygen. Trout need water temps below...