In the Loop 03.04.11


Lovers of fly-fishing photography should feast their eyes on the new issue of Catch Magazine, which features a wonderful photo essay on trout fishing in South Africa, some great closeups of mayflies, and Todd Moen’s video “Steelhead Dreams, Part II.”

fish icon It looks like Maine could be the next state to ban felt-sole wading boots. The state legislature’s Natural Resources Committee hosted a hearing Tuesday to start the ball rolling, and representatives of Maine Audubon, The Nature Conservancy, Congress of Lakes Association, Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, and the Departments of Environmental Protection and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife all spoke in favor of the bill. No one spoke against the idea of doing away with felt.
fish icon Glenn Elison of Tower Rock Lodge sent us a link to an article about the new Alaska Department of Fish & Game 2011 salmon forecast, which looks awfully bright. “ADF&G states this would be the state’s fifth largest total harvest, and fourth highest pink salmon harvest, since Alaska became a state and took over the management of its fisheries in 1960.” If you’ve been holding off on that trip to the Last Frontier, this might be the year to book  that salmon-fishing adventure.
fish icon Normally, when a flood causes a dam to fail, we consider it a disaster and worry about people downstream. But when the Gates Mill Dam on Ohio’s Chagrin River was breached by floodwaters on Monday, there was a bright side to the tragedy and steelhead anglers rejoiced. With the dam gone, the fish now have an extra 8.4 miles of river to run, doubling the size of the stretch they inhabited before the flood. Authorities say that the dam will probably not be rebuilt. “It’s exciting for steelhead fishermen, even if they’ve been fishing the Chagrin River for 20 years,” said Dan Pribanic, of Chagrin River Outfitters in Chagrin Falls. “These will be new steelhead waters. It will help to spread out fish and fishermen.”
fish icon Tuesday was opening day at Missouri’s famed trout parks, and as usual, solitude on the water was hard to find. In fact, some 1,500 anglers crowded into Bennett Spring State Park’s 1.5 miles of water, standing elbow-to-elbow in most places. Among the throng was Missouri’s Democratic governor, Jay Nixon, who has been a fly fisherman since childhood, but he came away empty-handed. 
fish icon As part of a series on Penn State’s physical-education classes, the college newspaper offers a history of the fly-fishing class, which was first offered in 1947 by George Harvey.

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