Short Casts 09.19.13


As Anglo American announced it is pulling out of the controversial Southwest Alaska mining prospect, it left hanging questions about the future of the proposed Pebble Mine.
EPA photo via alaskadispatch.com

[Editor’s Note: “First Casts” is a regular feature that highlights great fly-fishing content from around the Web—from how-to articles, to photo essays, to interesting reads.]

    • If you’re trying to grasp the ramifications of yesterday’s big news about Anglo American withdrawing from the Pebble Partnership, Ben Anderson’s excellent article in the Alaska Dispatch should help. He includes quotes and opinions from all interested parties.
    • On Forbes.com, Victor Lipman claims that fly fishing can actually help you in your career. In an essay titled “An Office Runs Through It,” Lipman writes, ” As one who has spent many hours in both rivers and management, I often felt I learned less about management from textbooks and more from flowing water and the behavior of fish.”
    • Robert Behnke, author of Trout and Salmon of North America, passed away last Friday. A PhD in Ichthyology, college professor, and ardent conservationist, Behnke’s passion for protecting native species was at the heart of his work. On Midcurrent.com, Marshall Cutchin offers a fond remembrance. It’s also worth listening to the Itinerant Angler podcast featuring an interview with Dr. Behnke.
    • If you’re heading to the tropics to chase bonefish this winter, you’ll want to read Kent Klewein’s “3 Ways to Improve Your Fly casting on the Flats” on the Gink + Gasoline blog.
    • Last weekend’s America Cup fly-fishing tournament in the Vail Valley suffered from some tough water conditions and even a bit of controversy. John LaConte offers an interesting wrap-up in the Vail Daily.
    • Vote for your favorite fly-fishing images in the 2013 CalTrout Photo Contest, although it might be tough to choose from among the 25 finalists.

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