Ah, yes, the coveted fishing hall pass. Score one and enjoy temporary freedom from fulfilling girlfriend/wife or boyfriend/husband duties. Once expired—after a day or two... 10 days, max.—return home, mow the lawn, engage in date nights with your intolerable neighbors Steve and Barbara, and rebuild the points needed for the next exit. Here, Dustin Miller uses his allowances judiciously and explores the virtues of balancing family life with some "me time" in the flats skiff.

The Japanese word gyotaku—say it with me kids, gee-­oh-­tah-koo—translated literally means "fish rubbing," which is basically what it is.

PORTLAND, OR—Native Fish Society (NFS) and its founder Bill Bakke were awarded the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award by the American Fisheries Society (AFS) in recognition of Bakke and the organization’s pioneering work in the recovery and conservation of wild, native fish across the Pacific Northwest.

The "minnow run" on Patagonia's Collon Cura River is legendary—mostly because it keeps the local rainbows fat and happy. Beattie Outdoor Productions and Off the Grid Studios recently saddled up with Patagonia River Guides to fish and film the phenomenon.

[On Aug. 5, a crew tasked by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate a leak at a defunct mine near Silverton, Colorado, sent millions of gallons of toxic tailings into the Animas. The accident that turned the river into a mustard-colored media spectacle went on to cause three states and the Navajo Nation to declare states of emergency. Last Friday, recreation bans were lifted in the Durango area. And Andy McKinley, of Duranglers Flies and Supplies, returned to his home river and went fishing. Mining pollution in this particular watershed, he says, is like the arrival of pale morning duns every summer—not a big surprise. —ed.]

Zack, Sam, and Travis of the Montana Wild crew take their drift boats on a journey down southeast Montana's Bighorn River, where the goal is to fish and explore a remote 50-mile stretch that cuts through the Crow Native American Reservation. Thunderstorms, rising trout, and rugged landscapes join them in their search. Via Smith Optics.