As inauguration day looms (tweet, you're it Trump), the Obama admin has been blazing toward its finish line signing into effect an ambitious list of environmental protections. The latest pen stroke is being hailed as a win for Oregon and California salmon and steelhead, cementing a 20-year ban on any new mining across more than 100,000 acres of public lands in the Wild and Scenic Illinois, Rogue, and Smith River watersheds, and portions of Pistol River and Hunter Creek in Southwest Oregon.

Once upon a time, northwestern California's Eel River was a heavy-hitter when it came to wild salmon and steelhead production. Today, it's been heavily hit by a thirsty marijuana industry and usual suspects including logging, mining, damming and more. Despite the damage, experts believe the Eel represents the best opportunity to restore historic fish abundance in California. And CalTrout is leading the way toward restoration with a headwaters-to-sea approach, detailed here.

Tallahassee, FL—Hustling in the shadows of top fly tyers like Charlie Barr, Stevie Ray Merkin, and that guy who made worms sparkle isn’t easy. So when 42-year-old vise jockey Jimmy Proctor exchanged his bobbin for an embroidery hoop, no one was too surprised.

Central Oregon's Crooked River has all the trappings of a flyfishing utopia, complete with a rugged Wild and Scenic stretch that back in 2013 held as many as 4,000 redband rainbows per kilometer. As of today, however, its booming trout population has gone bust. Biologists are also saying 'goodbye' to its once prolific whities. 

The tempestuous case for public stream access in Utah is headed back to the state Supreme Court on Monday. And following a multi-year long battle between the Utah Stream Access Coalition (USAC) and private entities, a finish line now appears to be within reach.

In 2005 Ilya Sherbovich, owner of Russia's Ponoi River Co., assembled a tight-knit crew to investigate Siberia's untouched taimen fisheries, including remote rivers in Yakutia province. Eleven years later, he came back. This time with a yacht, helicopter, and better music. In Yakutia Capt Jack Productions chronicles that ten-river search for taimen, lenok, grayling, monster pike, and nelma—a gulag-country fish that as far as we know has never been caught on fly. Yakutia is one of several new films set to headline the 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour, which detonates later this month in Denver.