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9 lessons from a seasoned storm vet

Harvey left its mark on Texas. In its wake, Irma, what’s being called one of the most vicious storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, is passing Puerto Rico and now barreling toward The Bahamas and South Florida, where she could make U.S. landfall in the Keys as early as Saturday. Florida-based flyfishing businesses such as Nautilus Reels, in Miami, and Florida Keys Outfitters (FKO), in Islamorada, have begun the process of boarding up. Paying homage to the ever-insightful Kenny Rogers, FKO announced on its social media pages yesterday, “You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em.... Until further notice, we’ll be closed to allow our crew the ability to pack, plan, and evacuate.”

More than four years in the making, Our Two Hands combines striking cinematography and enlightening interviews with leading fish conservationists to chronicle society's tangled relationship with salmon and steelhead in the Pacific Northwest. It also asks the tough questions that we as an angling community can't ignore: "How have our communities differing ethics and values surrounding these fish threatened their well being? What can be done to solve these complex issues of economics, management, conservation, recreation and politics? And as wild populations dwindle, and the angling community grows by the day, how do we balance our fishing ethics in regards to policy and management with the ever-changing status of wild steelhead and salmon?" By understanding the root causes of the decline, those seeking to prolong the future of wild fish may have a fighting chance. The clock is ticking.

The DrakeCast Flyfishing Podcast Veterans Day

"My sister and my mother were not interested in fishing. So it was my dad and your dad and the boys. And we’d have brandy when we’d catch a fish. My dad would open the big green tackle box and bring out this silver flask and we’d all have to have a snort of brandy. Bill would light up a cigar, my dad would be lighting up a pipe. And my dad would be cold out here and we’d be fishing anyways and he’d reach into the tackle box and bring out this bottle of camphorated oil, and we’d all be rubbing our hands with camphorated oil because that’s supposed to help make our hands warm." - Patti Kulig reflecting on fishing with her father.

"Our home is in Texas. Our headquarters is in Austin, but we have friends and neighbors all over this state. Like everyone, we are deeply feeling the current situation and looking for ways to help. We are launching the Howler for Harvey T-Shirt with 100 percent of all proceeds going directly to relief efforts in Texas."

With hundreds of thousands of Atlantic salmon runaways swimming Puget Sound waters and threatening native Pacific salmon stocks, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is now blocking all permits for new net pens in the region.