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This year anglers are staring down the barrel of sacrifice. The worst run of summer steelhead headed up the Columbia River and its tributaries in generations is here.

The Osprey journal teams with US and Canadian conservation groups to expand its wild salmon and steelhead advocacy

For more than 30 years, The Osprey journal has dug its talons into wild Pacific salmon and steelhead advocacy by promoting the best science and policies to restore and conserve native fish populations.

Colorado's Anglers All fly shop is getting set to detonate its annual Mile-High 25 showdown — the world's premier “Catch, Photo, Release” tourney. For 2019, more than 50 teams will test skills against 25 eligible species on the fly. From muskie to wiper to bluegill to splake, last season's attendees landed 24 out of 25 targets, with the winning duo scoring a fishy royal flush of 19 species. All state waters are in play — warm or cold, as long as they're wet. And with only one weekend of fishing, strategy is key. "We're taking anglers out of their regular trout-fishing scenarios," says shop owner Chris Keeley, "It's all about exploring new waters and having fun." Registration is now open. Here's a taste of what's in store ...

Someone wise once said, "If we can't remember our past, we're doomed to repeat it." In Sage's latest Swing Season edit, Ghost of Steelhead Future, Ashland Fly Shop's Jon Hazlett also says something genius: "Abandon the river... abandon the fish... not this river!" Catch up with Jon as he time-machines back into an Atlantic salmon past and uncovers lessons about conserving our steelhead rivers for future generations.

"A flyfishing guide based in Colorado, Maddie Brenneman has followed her heart right into the life she’s designed for herself, but not without some trial and error. Constantly taking a long look at her own motivations and desires, she’s made sure that she’ll never look back and wonder, 'What if?'" Via the "Live More Now" series from BUFF.

Shot entirely in northern British Columbia, Alignment brings the worlds of steelheading and snowboarding together across a wintry season of discovery. The full-length film, below, features Eric Jackson, John Jackson, Curtis Ciszek, Darcy Bacha, and friends as they ride B.C.'s breathtaking mountains and swing its wild rivers in search of balance. Three months in the woods does a body, and mind, good. Via Vantage Cinema.

The proposal to keep Penns Creek’s wild trout wild faces a stocking truck full of opposition

Penns Creek, nestled in the gentle folds of the Pennsylvania Appalachians, is one of a kind. Not because of its history, or its hatches, or its scenery, even though it has all of the above, but because it has the kind of remarkable wild brown-trout population that only exists in two percent of streams in the state. Two percent—for a state that is second only to Alaska in miles of trout water. These rivers, designated as Class A, are at the center of a potentially precedent-setting struggle in Penn’s Woods.

Alignment is a story about finding balance during a winter-long season that teeters between going big in the Coast Mountains and going remote on steelhead rivers fed by those same peaks. Set in Terrace, British Columbia, and using Skeena Spey Lodge as a basecamp, the film features professional snowboarders (and feral anglers) Eric Jackson, John Jackson, Curtis Ciszek, and friends. Drake contributing photographer Darcy Bacha also makes an appearance, catching impossibly big fish while still finding time to shoot expressive, transfixing photos.

The full feature, filmed entirely in 4K, will be released later this month. For now, check out the official trailer.