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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.

"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.

In 1879, common carp from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C., rode a train to Denver, where they were dumped into the noxious waters of South Platte River just below its confluence with Cherry Creek. Next month, the 11th Annual Carp Slam celebrates the wary nature of those thriving fish with a pro-am fishing contest that benefits the continued rehabilitation of the river.

Rolf Nylinder Peter Christiansen Fly Fishing In The Anthropocene

Fresh off a successful Fly Fishing Film Tour run, the latest collaboration between Rolf Nylinder and Peter Christiansen is now accessible to those who missed it on the big screen. Fly Fishing in the Anthropocene takes its viewers into the untouched wilderness of Kamchatka in search of oversized rainbows, salmon, and char. As always, Nylinder and Christiansen provide stunning shots. But in addition to the fish porn, this documentary has a story. And as the film goes on, Nylinder's comically soothing voice questions whether or not untouched wilderness still exists.

While British Columbia is battling its worst wildfire season on record—more than 3,000 square miles of forest, brush, and grassland burned since April 1—anglers on the Dean River, and the businesses catering to them, have been scrambling with logistics, following flight cancellations and road closures into and out of the province's Central Coast region.

Deli Fresh Designs Flyfishing Apparel

I met Ross White at a bridge over Denver's South Platte River. We were equally hip, both riding fixed gear bikes and sporting cordura canvas packs. The only difference was that White made his backpack. As we rode along the river, I realized he had strapped his 8 weight to the frame of his bicycle, out-hipping me yet again. His setup reminded me of the surf bums in Tofino, BC who tote longboards on the side of their beach bikes.