In the Loop 01.20.11

If you’re headed to the tropics for bonefish this winter or plan to try for salmon in Alaska next summer, you’re going to have to learn to cast into the wind. Here are a couple of helpful tips from a Cayman Islands fishing guide. 

fish icon A study commissioned by Trout Unlimited to assess the combined value of sport, commercial, subsistence, and hatchery fisheries in Southeast Alaska has determined that these activities top $986 million and account for nearly 11 percent of the region’s jobs.  According to Trout Unlimited communications director Paula Dobbyn, “The bottom line, it is a huge economic driver of the economy, and we hope the forest service will take this information and really move forward with its policy shift and instead of managing the Tongass [National Forest] as a timber forest, they look at it more as a salmon forest and do what they can to enhance and maintain the watersheds there that produce these amazing fish.”
fish icon  Anyone who fishes in North Carolina should check out this excellent online fishing guide, which offers maps, stocking information, hatch charts, and more.  

fish icon The Chicago Sun-Times profiles a local angler who loves fly fishing so much that he allows neither weather nor available access keep him off the water. If there are fish to be caught—even in a sanitation discharge—he’ll try to catch them.
fish icon  Conway Bowman, who guides anglers out of San Diego, is getting great reviews for his new book, The Orvis Guide to Beginning Saltwater Fly Fishing, and even better, he’s holding a cool “Favorite Tip Contest” on his  website. Just send in a “killer fly-fishing tip” and you’ll be eligible to win two nights of lodging, two days of guided fishing with Captain Conway, as well as an Orvis Access rod-and-reel combo.

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