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Skeena River Steelhead Returns Abysmal

2021 is the year of terrible steelhead returns, and the Skeena River hasn't escaped that trend. The British Columbia Federation of Fly Fishers recently announced that, as of August 31, only 5,280 adult steelhead have returned to the Skeena. That's a paltry 23% of the average run size. Closures are being enacted, and all anglers are asked to refrain from...

Kenya's Fly Fishing Industry

In this fantastic piece from France 24, we learn about the burgeoning fly fishing industry alive in Kenya. And no, I'm not referring to fly tying - although that's a huge part of the Kenyan economy. No, there's actually fantastic trout fishing in Kenya. It's a place where you can spend the morning fishing for trout, and the afternoons photographing rhinos...

Pipe Bomb Found on Jefferson River

Usually, picking up litter while you're out fishing doesn't come with any life-threatening risks. For some anglers on the Jefferson River in Montana, though, that's what happened last week. According to this story from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, authorities found and disposed of a pipe bomb at a popular access point along the Jefferson River. You can...

EPA Moves to Protect Bristol Bay

When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) re-instated the Clean Water Act, it dealt another blow to the Pebble Mine. To learn how exactly Pebble Mine has been - for now - put on the backburner, click here.

AFFTA Cancels 2021 IFTD Show

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) announced today that they've postponed the 2021 International Fly Tackle Dealer show (IFTD). IFTD was slated to be held October 20-22 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Due to ongoing concerns with the surge in COVID-19 cases, the AFFTA board made the decision to cancel the show. "While I am disappointed we are not...

Colorado Nonprofit Helps Men Fight Mental Illness

It's not a surprise to any of us who fish when we see fly fishing being leveraged as a tool to fight mental illness. All of us, I think, have partaken of that unique aspect of this sport at least once. And a Colorado nonprofit is taking that healing power of fly fishing to a bigger stage. By using fly fishing to help men cope with mental illness, Fishing...

German Salmon Addicted to Cocaine

Not too long ago, I reported on a story here at MidCurrent about brown trout being addicted to meth. The addiction was the result of meth leaking into waterways in Prague. It turns out, it's not just brown trout and meth that are getting mixed up in Europe these days. Salmon and cocaine are now co-mingling, according to this story from Field & Stream...

Conservation Groups Applaud Infrastructure Bill

The passage of the infrastructure bill in the U.S. Senate has drawn praise from multiple conservation groups across the country. Bonefish and Tarpon Trust is one of the groups that's highlighted some of the improvements to natural resources that are included in the infrastructure bill. Specifically, money that's been earmarked for the National Coastal...

Elk Valley Guides Hit Hard by Pandemic

While guides in the United States have had robust business over the past 18 months, our fellow guides to the north haven't been so lucky. Many Canadian guides - especially in the Elk Valley in British Columbia - have been hit hard for the second year in a row due to travel restrictions. You can read more about how the guides are hurting - and find ways to...

Finatical Fly Fishing Starts Operations

There's a new fly fishing outfitter on the block - one that handles world-class trips, hosted by women, and for women anglers. Finatical Fly Fishing is an ambitious new outfit that certainly looks to rise to prominence soon. Featuring some of the most well-respected guides - such as Patty Reilly and Karlie Roland - you can book trips in Montana, Wyoming...