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Photo: Dylan Tomine

Montana or Bust

By Dylan Tomine   |   Aug 22, 2017 August 22, 2017

As the kids grow older, it becomes clearer and clearer to me how precious, and short, our time is together. It’s also become more important than ever to me that they spend time with key people in my life—friends and mentors who’ve inspired me and helped along the way—in the… Read More

Illustration: Cathy Eliot

A Perch

By Lee Spencer   |   Aug 9, 2017 August 9, 2017

As I wake, I become aware of the shovel-scraping-asphalt croak of a blue heron, or the brilliant complex cascading song of the winter wren, or the yammering calls of the kingfisher being chased by an accipiter. In the fall a flock of kinglets, moving through the trees and shrubs surrounding… Read More

Photo: Dave McCoy

A Bittersweet Victory

By Paul Moinester   |   May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017

The stakes were high and the odds were long. A wild Alaskan paradise, a frontier community and a tribe of Alaska Natives hung in the balance, their fates inextricably linked to the colossal coalfield beneath the headwaters of the Chuitna River and the coal barons who owned it. Unfortunately, for… Read More

Photo: Håkan Stenlund

The Salmon Foxtrot

By Håkan Stenlund   |   May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017

Back in Tokyo, for a break. Just in need of a change, you know, “to get away from things.” Having worked hard all summer long, there couldn’t be more of a contrast between reeling in salmon on a river in Swedish Lapland and heading to Tokyo. For me, working hard… Read More

Photo: Andrew Burr

Notes From a Non-Angler

By Andrew Burr   |   Apr 26, 2017 April 26, 2017

Our longtime contributing photographer Andrew Burr recently set off to Mongolia with a group of talented lifelong anglers. As a non-angler, he found interesting perspectives on both fly fishing and his own passion of photography. Here are some notes from the journey during which he thankfully got more images than… Read More

Photo: Dave McCoy

A Tiny Buddhist Kingdom Wrestles with River Conservation

By Greg I. Hamilton   |   Apr 11, 2017 April 11, 2017

There is something refreshingly uncluttered about the debate swirling around hydropower in Bhutan. India will finance the megadams through grants and loans, then pay Bhutan for the power the dams generate—supposedly providing revenue to the Bhutanese people for decades into the future. To a cash-poor country like Bhutan that’s a… Read More

Photo: Tavish Campbell

Lelu Island: We Can Win This One

By Dylan Tomine   |   Mar 31, 2017 March 31, 2017

Lelu Island and the adjacent underwater region known as Flora Bank lie at the mouth of the Skeena River, one of North America’s great salmon superhighways. Flora Bank contains the highest abundances (25 times more) of juvenile salmon compared with all other sampled habitat in the Skeena River estuary. It… Read More

Photo: Earl Harper

The Mongolian Pathway to Healthy Rivers

By Ross Purnell   |   Jan 3, 2017 January 3, 2017

There is an old Mongolian legend about a hard, long winter that trapped a massive, living taimen in the ice. Starving villagers survived the winter only by eating chunks of flesh hacked from the taimen’s back. In the spring, the ice melted, and the great taimen climbed up out of… Read More

Photo courtesy of Susitna River Coalition

The Super Salmon

By Ryan Peterson   |   Dec 20, 2016 December 20, 2016

“We stopped a dam the other day in Alaska, on the Susitna River. We gave a grant of twenty-five thousand dollars to a filmmaker who was making a film called The Super Salmon. The film comes out, the guy shows it around, and the governor, just like that, he… Read More

Photo: Matt Stoecker

Doubling Down on the Broken Promise of Fish Hatcheries

By Kurt Beardslee   |   Dec 12, 2016 December 12, 2016

You have to hand it to them. It was a wildly creative and successful bait and switch—perhaps the biggest con ever played on the once wild west. The terms were simple. The public would okay the construction of fish-killing dams and other habitat destroying activities. In exchange, the government would… Read More

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