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Free the Snake: Restoring America’s Greatest Salmon River

It’s time to remove four deadbeat dams on the lower Snake River.

Over the last 25 years, the Federal government has invested billions of dollars in a largely futile attempt to bring our nation’s greatest salmon river back to life. Snake River Salmon have been put on trucks and barges, fish ladders have been built—all in the hope that enough salmon would get by four dams on the lower Snake River to reach their historic habitat in numbers that would assure their future.

It’s not working. Wild Snake River salmon are on the brink and the cost of these dams far outweigh the small amount of electricity they generate and transportation they provide and lower-impact alternatives do exist.

This short film about the lower Snake River envisions a future that works for farmers, fishermen, tribes, salmon and the natural world. One that creates thousands of local jobs, restores recreational opportunities, saves taxpayers money, and invests in cleaner energy alternatives.

Watch it and then join us in asking President Obama and Congress to remove these four deadbeat dams on the lower Snake River.

Getting a healthy dose of the Two Medicine River. Glacier National Park, Montana. STEVEN GNAM

Take a Bite Out Of Slime

The Foot Tractor Wading Boots represent a giant step forward in wading traction: They were developed by taking a step back to our past-life experience as makers of climbing gear. Turns out the same soft-aluminum that allows climbing chocks to “bite” into rock and halt a falling climber will also bite through slime and adhere to rocks to help a wading angler stay on his or her feet.

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Six flights, three time zones and a few hundred false casts later … all for a case of the bends. Guanaja, Honduras. ANDREW BURR
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Dave McCoy

“Every single person in my family fly fished so I had no chance of escaping it.  Perusing old photo albums, there are images of me with a fly rod in hand while wearing a diaper …”

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April Vokey releasing a Skeena River steelhead. ADRIENNE COMEAU

Serious Wading Equipment

Fly Fishing is more than getting your fly in front of a fish. Take just getting there, for instance: pushing through brush, butt-sliding down boulders, climbing under barbed wire, hauling an inflatable to the put-in. Our Rio Gallegos Waders’ exclusive 4-layer fabric is built to stand up to whatever fly fishing throws at you. Developed, tested and proven in the only lab we’ve ever known.

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Find a way or make one: On the hunt for giant taimen in Mongolia, sometimes you have to do both. TIM PASK
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Jordan Nelson guides his 4WD fly box down a remote road in Idaho. JAMES NELSON