Historic Vote This Week Could Determine the Future of Atlantic Fishing

[Editor’s Note: My friend Terry Gibson at Fly & Light Tackle Angler shot me a note over the weekend to remind me that there is an important vote on the future of menhaden this Friday. Here’s some background provided by Terry and his fellow editors.]

This Friday, December 14, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will hold a vote that could determine the fate of recreational fishing and the ecosystems that our fisheries depend upon along the United States’ Eastern Seaboard. The vote is in regard to the future management of Atlantic menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus), commonly called “pogies,” “bunker,” or “moss bunker.” Whether you target tarpon in the Florida Keys, stripers in Maine, or virtually. . .

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Video: “Casting a Voice” Against a Pipeline Project That Threatens Wild Steelhead

CASTING A VOICE – 5 MINUTE TEASER from Barbless Fly Media on Vimeo.

“Casting a Voice” is a fly-fishing conservation film, produced by Barbless Fly Media, that uses the perspective of anglers to examine the risks facing one of British Columbia’s most precious resources—wild fish. The proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project would run through some of the most abundant wild salmon and steelhead waters left on the planet. The Skeena River and its tributaries remain a. . .

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Photo Essay: Ground-Zero Images of the Pebble Mine Site Show What’s at Stake


The New Halen River flows between Lake Clark and Lake Iliamna, and offers some of the least
tried Class 6 whitewater in North America. It will also have a bridge over it and a haul road
next to it if the Pebble Mine is constructed.

photo by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Award-winning photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum is known for his stunning images that highlight important environmental issues. In fact, Audubon magazine listed him as one of the 100 people “who shaped the environmental movement of the 20th Century.”

He has recently started posting images from a series that he calls “Pebble Mine—Pictures from Ground Zero.” Enjoy the beauty in the photos here, and then try to imagine that same landscape scarred by. . .

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Planting Brook Trout In Canadaway Creek

Here are a couple images and a video documenting our recent outings into Canadaway Creek this past spring and fall. They featured a few children, community members and mentors from Sportfishing and Aquatic Resource Educational Programming (S.A.R.E.P.) Youth Fly-Fishing Program who were able to come help us in our efforts to repopulate Canadaway Creek with brook trout. . .

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The Orvis/TU 1000 Miles Campaign: Mabel Creek of the Youngs River, Oregon

The Orvis/Trout Unlimited 1,000 Miles Campaign’s goal is to reconnect 1,000 miles of fishable streams by repairing or replacing poorly constructed culverts throughout the U.S.


Cutthroat country: Oregon’s Youngs River near Astoria, where groups are joining forces to restore habitat for native coastal trout.


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Help Protect Wyoming’s Hoback Basin from Oil and Gas Exploration

For years the Wyoming community has been fighting proposed oil and gas development in the Wyoming Range, about 30 miles south of Jackson. In 2011, Plains Exploration & Production (PXP), a Houston-based company, announced plans to develop the Noble Basin of the Hoback with a project that would scar the landscape with 136 natural gas wells. If this project were approved, it would be the first drilling project along the headwaters of a wild & scenic river, and for that reason. . .

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UPDATE: Orvis, BBA team up for Hurricane Sandy Relief


Orvis and BBA are teaming up for Hurricane Sandy Relief

photo via “allfab3” on Instagram

We announced Monday that Orvis and Burr and Burton Academy are teaming up to help those in need to bring much needed items for victims of Hurricane Sandy in NY & NJ.

Saturday is the last day to bring items by. We’ve received word that more than enough clothing has been donated, so here is an updated list of needed items:

    • Baby items (diapers, baby formula)
    • Batteries
    • Blankets and sleeping bags
    • Bottled water
    • Cleaning supplies (Clorox Bleach)
    • Dry gas, gas cans
    • Duraflame logs
    • Extension cords (220w extension cords and plugs)
    • Garden spray
    • Generators
    • Gloves
    • Hand and feet warmers
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Hats
    • Non-perishable food items (granola bars)
    • Paper Towels
    • Personal care items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, body lotion, deodorant, combs, brushes, feminine hygienic products)
    • Socks
    • Toilet Paper
    • Tools
    • Trash bags (preferably contractor grade)
    • Work gloves

Items are being collected on the Orvis Green in Manchester, VT: Rt. 7A, in between the Flagship & Outlet Stores (map), Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-3.

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Orvis, BBA team up for Hurricane Sandy Relief


Orvis and BBA are teaming up for Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Orvis Co. & Burr and Burton Academy will once again team up to help those in need, to bring much needed items for victims of Hurricane Sandy in NY & NJ.

All Manchester, VT area residents and businesses are encouraged to donate relief items at the Orvis Green, Rt. 7A, in between the Flagship & Outlet Stores (map), Thursday & Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-3.

Needed supplies include winter clothing, socks, under garments, linens, blankets, non-perishable food items, personal care items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, body lotion, deodorant, combs, brushes), baby items, bottled water, batteries, kids toys, books, games, puzzles. Orvis will pack and ship all items collected with the help of BBA students, faculty and staff and Orvis employees…

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UPDATE III: Judge Rules Against Fly Fisherman in Virginia River-Access Case

Private Sign on the Jackson

The case hinged on whether or not landowners who have a crown grant own the river.

photo by Beau Beasley

Editor’s Note: Author and conservation writer Beau Beasley first broke the story of a fly angler in Virginia being sued for fishing on what the state claims is public property, and we have posted about it three times (here, here, and here). This update comes via Midcurrent.com.

With the exception of his two attorneys, Dargan Coggeshall stood in the courtroom completely alone as the decision in North/South Development v Crawford was handed down. The avid Virginia fly angler has been embroiled in a lawsuit for the past two years over the use of the Jackson River, and in particular his ability (and that of the public) to wade in a certain section of the Jackson River. Considered one of the best wild trout fisheries in the east, and the only trout stream in the Old Dominion large enough to

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The Orvis/TU 1000 Miles Campaign: Tabor Brook

The Orvis/Trout Unlimited 1,000 Miles Campaign’s goal is to reconnect 1,000 miles of fishable streams by repairing or replacing poorly constructed culverts throughout the U.S. Check out the Tabor Brook project below.


The Tabor Brook Culvert.

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