In the Loop 10.21.10

Kasatochi Eruption
The 2008 eruption of the Kasatochi volcano in the Aleutian Islands.
Photo by Chris Waythomas, courtesy of the Alaska Volcano
Observatory / U.S. Geological Survey

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Scientists searching for an explanation for the record-breaking number of sockeye salmon returning to Canada’s Frasier River have come up with an explosive theory. A 2008 eruption of a volcano in the Aleutian Islands may have created just the right conditions for a massive bloom of Phytoplankton, the sockeye’s favorite dish.

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 Fly fishers in the Southwest are gearing up for the 2010 Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Expo, at the WNC Agricultural Center (just outside Asheville) on November 6 and 7. A host of manufacturers (including Orvis), fly shops, guides, lodges, and organizations will be exhibiting their wares, and there will be a slate of educational programs, as well.

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 The Helena Independent’s Bruce Auchly offers an interesting primer on trout reproduction behavior, explaining why some species spawn in the fall, while others do so in the spring.

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