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Conservation

Mining Halted in Skagit River Watershed

Lynda Mapes is one of the best environmental reporters in America, and she just brought all anglers some fantastic news. In conjunction with Washington governor Jay Inslee, the government of British Columbia has announced the surrender of mining rights near the headwaters of the Skagit River. The surrender includes at nearly $20 million USD buyout from...

Support Roadless Rule in Tongass National Forest

The public comment period for anyone who wants to add their voice to the roadless rule issue in Alaska's Tongass National Forest is soon coming to a close. If successful, the roadless rule will prevent old-growth logging in the Tongass. You can read more about the initiative here.

Nonnative Trout Taking Over Montana

The Washington Post recently published a story about climate change's impacts on fisheries in Montana. Specifically, the story looked at how climate change is diminishing the habitat available for native trout - like Westslope cutthroat and bull trout - but increasing habitat for the nonnative brown and rainbow trout. The Post's headline on their story...

Fly Fisherman's 2022 Conservationist of the Year

Each year, the folks over at Fly Fisherman Magazine pick someone to highlight as their Conservationist of the Year. The person chosen obviously needs to have left a large, lasting impact on fly fishing and conservation. This year's Conservationist of the Year is none other than Richard May, a founding member of California Trout, which is one of America's...

Update on Madison River Crowding Issues

Earlier this year, I reported on what the Madison River Working Group was doing to help alleviate crowding on Montana's Madison River. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks recently amended one of the proposed changes and repealed another, essentially leaving the fly fishing public in the same place we were at the start of 2021. You can read more about the...

Washington Governor Announces 2022 Salmon Recovery Budget

As part of the 2022 state budget for Washington, Governor Jay Inslee has earmarked $187 million for salmon recovery efforts. The money will protect habitat, create more fish passages, and work with hatcheries and commercial fishing operations to better manage the wild salmon fishery. You can read more about the salmon recovery efforts here.

Video: A Journey Upstream

When we think of conservation in fly fishing, we often think of trout in the Rockies, or salmon and steelhead in the Pacific. And while those are certainly necessary and important conservation projects, it's important not to overlook other initiatives. That's the mindset behind a film from two young brothers about conserving the fishery on Chesapeake Bay...

Oregon Votes To Continue Wild Steelhead Harvest

Despite fierce public backlash, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife voted 5-2 to adopt a new fisheries management plan that allows for the harvest of wild steelhead. With these fish already facing immense pressure from dozens of other threats, the decision to continue harvest of wild steelhead has left many in the fly fishing community frustrated...

Utah's Water Problem

It's no secret that Western states are grappling with one of the worst water crises in recent memory. Utah, in particular, is facing extreme drought and record demand thanks to unchecked development throughout the state. This excellent story by Brett Walton in High Country News illustrates the water problem Utah and other Western states must reckon with...

9-Year-Old Spearheads Grayling Restoration

A 9-year-old boy's obsession with grayling is helping lead the charge for their restoration in Michigan. Grayling are native there but haven't occurred in the state in almost a century. Declan O'Reilly has his grandfather to thank for his grayling obsession. Declan and his grandfather often fish together at the family cabin in Grayling, on the Au Sable...