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There are plenty of dirty, abused, and exploited rivers in the United States, but one of them holds the least-desired rank. If this river were a country, it would have the fifth biggest economic output in the world. This river drives a 1.4 trillion dollar economy and a 26 billion dollar recreation economy, 40 million people directly depend on this river for their drinking water, as does 15% of the agricultural products produced in the United States. And this river is in trouble. And unlike all the halloween tales you've been hearing lately, this story is real.

Nearly two months after the Cypress Island spill sent more than 100,000 unasked for Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound waters, Washington's salmon farming industry continues to blunder along—big time. Recent headlines reveal an attempt at bribery, evidence of another pen on the brink of collapse, and a permit approval from the state for juvenile Atlantic salmon to be transferred into that very pen.

Dick Goin remembers the Elwha. After migrating to Washington's Olympic Peninsula during the Dust Bowl, it was the river and its abundant salmon runs that helped sustain his family. In the award-winning documentary The Memory of Fish (2016), now touring select Pacific Northwest stops, Goin brings his salmon advocacy to the front lines of a crucial fight—the battle for biggest dam removal project in U.S. history. Today the Elwha is more than fading memories; it's a river with a rebounding fishery that will never be forgotten. For more about the vid, visit thememoryoffish.com.

The Drakecast Flyfishing Podcast Jeremy Wade Disappearing River Monsters

Many of you know Jeremy Wade, host of Animal Planet's "River Monsters," as a globe-trotting Brit who believes every fish in the water wants to kill you. Well, it turns out he's ready to apologize for parts of his on-the-water persona. In a speech given at Montana State University in April of 2017, Wade fully embraces his fear-mongering ways to alert us of the dangers that face the world's rivers. This speech offers a candid look into the troubles that the TV Personality has seen on his travel, and encourages us to act before the monsters we all chase disappear forever.

Truths will be revealed, inside your box

Riverbound anglers of earth, no doubt, love their flies. This is especially true for trout guys, who have more than most. The origins of this obsession can be traced back to the caddis hatch on River X. Around dark, the wriggling tent-winged insects begin to take flight. Around the same time, the trout in the river begin to get hungry. This isn’t a casual affair. Those rainbows and browns are generally well-fed, making them particularly particular; they want their caddis served just the right size, and delivered in just the right shade of smoky-whole-wheat. In order to procure a strike from the bastards, the savvy angler produces a box of highly-considered magic.