Daily Drake

President Trump on Monday donated his first-quarter earnings as leader of the free world to the cash-strapped National Park Service—a total of $78,333. The check was presented to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who said, "I'm thrilled," and noted that the wad would go toward maintaining historic battlefield sites under the NPS domain.

Columbia-Snake River salmon and steelhead, thanks to a ruling this week by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon, will see increased water releases over spillways at eight Columbia and Snake dams, helping ocean-migrating smolts navigate the concrete cluttered basin.

Redington's Find Your Water series kicks off a new year with the short film Contradictions, introducing us to a Billings, MT-based angler who's mastered both his mine and fishing crafts. From a mile underground, drilling and blasting, to miles of open water on the Bighorn River, drifting and casting, Rich Schwend navigates the contrasting elements of his carrier and pastime, arriving at one vital truth about his identity: He's a flyfisher, just like the rest of us. Interesting aside, the platinum Schwend's unearthing, a key ingredient to your vehicle's catalytic converter, makes for cleaner running shuttle rigs. Win-win.

The Balance, a new film from Orvis, traverses the Everglades ecosystem and explains how increased storage, treatment, and conveyance of water south of Lake Okeechobee would benefit fisheries across southern Florida. Text WATER to 52866, and tell Florida's leaders to support SB10 and HB761 and to build the EAA Reservoir, which would restore the flow of fresh, clean water to the River of Grass.

T-Motion theater's latest vid fires up the chopper and points it toward the remote reaches of British Columbia's Skeena River system to search for big kings (10 to 90+ pounds) on the swing. "Steelhead are the most sought-after fish in this province, but by far the chinook pull a lot harder." Anglers on camera include Adrienne Comeau, who guides for Skeena Spey Riverside Wilderness & Lodge, and Steve McPhail, owner of Nass River Steelhead Company out of Terrace.

This week Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) shared the results from its two-year Tarpon Genetic Program that, thanks to the efforts of anglers, guides, lodges, and researchers, saw more than 23,000 scale samples collected from across the world. Nice work people.

How Washington's Hoh River Steelhead Project could become the new Pacific Coast standard

Wild steelhead management is one of the more volatile issues among anglers, guides, conservation groups, and fisheries managers in the Pacific Northwest. But on Washington’s Hoh River, a hallowed 300-square-mile Olympic Peninsula watershed, a diverse group of stakeholders has built an uncommon allegiance around a pilot project to help the species.

Dismantling the water rule you (and your favorite fisheries) always wanted

This week the Trump administration continued its undo-a-thon against all things labeled “Obama”, firing its latest rollback at the former president’s controversial 2015 Clean Water Rule.