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2018

AS YOU CAN SEE, CHINOOK SALMON ARE CLEARLY WORTH FIGHTING FOR. PHOTO BY TOSH BROWN.

Alaskans will be heard this November

Every year for the past decade the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay seems to die, only to rise again from its still-warm ashes. Despite lawsuits, a rigorous permitting process, and continued opposition by local organizations, Sam Snyder, campaign manager for the Wild Salmon Center, says the mega-mine isn't just hanging on, it's gaining momentum. "Pebble just submitted a new plan that extends the lifetime of the mine from 25 to 75 years while tripling its size. It's on a fast-track." On November 6, Alaskans have the opportunity to definitively vote on not only Pebble's future, but the future of all projects that would impact anadromous fish habitat.

Beers we think were brewed for flyfishers

Beers we think were brewed for flyfishers

Craft beer and flyfishing go together like Jell-O shots and bachelorette parties. In the fishier towns in America you'll find angling-themed beers of every taste and style, from Trout Slayer Wheat Ale (Big Sky Brewing, Missoula, MT) to Cutthroat Porter (Odell Brewing, Fort Collins, CO) to Steelhead Extra Pale Ale (Mad River Brewing, Humboldt County, CA). And let's face it, we're suckers for the fish schtick; not only are we buying that 6-pack every time, we're probably buying the T-shirt as well.

LAKE MICHIGAN, AND THE CITY OF CHICAGO.

Seeking comfort in the natural world

To the right, is lake Michigan. I can see it through my window. It's ominous. Nothing can stop it. It's both life giving and life taking. I can see as far as it will let me and no further than it will allow. It speaks to me with the words of adventure and the sound of possibility.

UCKER AND RICH, READY FOR SOME REDFISHING.

In the South Carolina Lowcountry, silence means you’ve made it

Transformations are occurring this time of year. Spartina grass browns and wracks, while the creeks in the marsh fill with shrimp and other nutrients. Redfish take this as a cue, schooling up and feasting hard before winter. As the water begins to clear, my friend Rich Walker and I watch the tides carefully, waiting for our chance to camp and fish.

BETTER TIMES AT RAPIDS CAMP LODGE, IN ALASKA.

A father-daughter duo face serious charges in Texas

The last week in September can be one of the finest of the year for flyfishers, but lodge owner Jerry Shults and his daughter Amy Herrig did not look to be enjoying it in 2018, as they spent the week in the Federal courthouse in Dallas facing 17 counts of drug trafficking, conspiracy, and money laundering. The trial is expected to run through much of Oct., with both Shults and Herrig facing potential life sentences.