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Hybrid Coho, Chinook Salmon Found in Canada

Researchers found a surprise when running genetic tests on salmon collected near Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The salmon appeared, at first, to be chinook salmon. Testing showed they were a hybrid between coho and chinook, a surprise since the two salmon don't share spawning habitat. The going theory at the moment is that low water levels have forced...

Montana Fly Company Sold to Golden Fly Shop

The Montana Fly Company has made a big name for itself in the fly fishing world, with innovative fly patterns and fun, colorful fly boxes. Based in Columbia Falls, MT, it's a true home-grown company. But on Friday, MFC owner Adam Trina announced on Instagram that he's sold MFC to Golden Fly Shop, located in Golden, Colorado. Currently, there are no plans to...

Umpqua River's Steamboat Inn for Sale

If you've always wanted a chance to own a legendary fly fishing lodge, now might be the time to buy. The famed Steamboat Inn on Oregon's Umpqua River is for sale - for the cool price of 3.75 million. The lodge has only had three owners over six decades of existence, so the next owner has some big shoes to fill. To learn more about the sale, click here.

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...