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The Drake's 12th Annual Flyfishing Video Awards, presented by Simms, begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 at Orlando's Rosen Plaza Hotel (Ballroom C). Please join us for the pre-party with special musical guests (plus poolside cocktails) at 6 p.m.

When First Quantum Minerals took its $150 million and bolted earlier this spring, it became the fourth financial backer to leave the warty, unloved Pebble Mine project at the altar. If dug, Pebble would become the largest open-pit copper and gold mine in North America. Worse, it would sit at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska. The same area that every year since the beginning of time, more or less, has welcomed the world's largest sockeye salmon runs into the rivers that form its outstretched arms. This is why most Americans support protecting Bristol Bay from foreign development. It's also why most Americans can't comprehend EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's actions to reopen the mine permit process, well after the door had already been slammed. But here we are—coming in hot. 

Beyond the Horizon is a story of redemption and personal discovery made possible via the exploration of a new permit fishery located 160 miles east of Guanaja, Honduras. If you missed catching it at the film tour, check out the full cut of the Faraway Cay saga, below, from our friends at Cold Collaborative. Read more on how the film came together, here.

Conserving wild salmon and steelhead habitat on Washington's Olympic Peninsula is the driver behind “The Salmon Coast”—a new film from Shane Anderson. Projects detailed here will help open up hundreds of miles of water to incoming fish. The other key part of the recipe: Ensuring that there are still fish around to populate that habitat. “We can restore all the habitat in the world. But if the fish aren’t making it… it’s not doing any of us any good,” says Jessica Helsley of the Coast Salmon Partnership, who suggests increasing escapement goals to keep more fish out of the nets, to let more of them reach the redds. “We need to work together to do that.”

Video Daze Russel Owen A Normal Life Filson

Fishing the remote waters of Alaska’s Alagnak River is a dream shared by countless trout bums. While that dream is Russel Owen's reality, it came at a cost. For a look inside Owen's abnormal existance, check out the new video from Filson:

California Salmon Steelhead

If you (or a good friend) enjoy the outdoors and live in California, this is a must-read. In 2017, the California state legislature passed Senate Bill 5, which will allow the issuance of bonds to finance drought-recovery, water, parks, climate and outdoor access programs. That bill, now known as Proposition 68, will appear on California voters’ June 5 primary ballot. Prop 68 proposes the allocation of $4.1 billion for state and local park systems, water sustainability measures, natural disaster recovery, as well as wildlife and habitat restoration.

Atlantic Salmon: Lost at Sea

While it’s clear that Atlantic Salmon numbers are only 40 percent of what they were thirty years ago, no one knows exactly why these fish are disappearing at such an alarming rate. A team led by Dierdre Brennan, producer/director of the documentary Atlantic Salmon: Lost at Sea, traversed six countries over the past eight years, looking for clues. The documentary, a selection of the Sonoma Film Festival, combines BBC-quality cinematography with historical narration (by an Irishman nonetheless) as the crew follows the salmon from their natal rivers, through the estuaries, into the vast North Atlantic and back again, searching for answers before it is too late.

Bozeman's Upper Missouri Waterkeeper organization works to protect clean, fishable, swimmable, drinkable water throughout the 25,000 sq. miles of Montana’s Upper Missouri River Basin. Check out its newly launched fundraiser page, where you can help support efforts that safeguard regional waterways and communities from projects that would do harm "We use a combination of strong science, community action, and legal expertise to defend the Upper Missouri River, its tributaries, and communities against threats to clean water and healthy rivers." More at, Give Big.