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Earlier today, Pacific NorthWest LNG—the controversial $11.4-billion gas export project looking to set up shop in British Columbia's Skeena River estuary—was deemed dead in the water by the Malaysian state-controlled oil and gas giant Petronas.

Waterworks Lamson's new Center Axis Rod/Reel

Feelings are part of it. That’s because our cherished fly rods, whether impatient laser throwers or deep-bending noodles, stroke emotions. When they feel right, we’re remarkable anglers. When something’s jacked, it’s a slippery slope from elitist to self-defeatist. Idaho-based Waterworks Lamson, with its new Center Axis Rod/Reel, is banking on recalibrating the way we feel about fly rods in general with a better-balanced tool.

MADDIE BRENNEMAN ON THE ROARING FORK, MERE MINUTES FROM HER HOTEL HOT TUB.

The benefits of Colorado's Roaring Fork

SO YOU'VE DECIDED to fish green drakes this summer. On a western river, preferably. Good for you. It's an incredible hatch that too often gets overlooked for the more glorious salmonfly. Is your significant other coming along? Does he or she fish? Wait, a better question: Does your partner like to do anything other than fish? Because green drakes often hatch in the middle of summer, when pressure is high to make the dreaded "combo trip." (Flyfishing and a couples retreat!) Problem is, if you're serious about green drakes, then you'll be choosing between iffy vaykay towns like Island Park, Sisters, Ennis, or Encampment.

Brought to you by another year of high-caliber flyfishing films, The Drake’s 11th Annual Video Awards in Orlando last week saw the crowds pour in to celebrate creativity, sharp storytelling, and gripping fishing footage across a spectrum of honored categories.

DrakeCast Flyfishing Podcast Menominee River

The other week I spoke with Charlie Piette, the fishing manager at Tight Lines Fly Fishing Co. in Green Bay, Wisconsin. And when I brought up a certain semi-secret river, he gave me this response, "Our biggest rule, for years, has been don’t name the river. We don’t talk about this river, we don’t write articles about this river. This has been what has made our business successful." So why was Charlie talking to me, a guy who works for a flyfishing magazine about this river?