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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.

Five years of California drought have been erased in a couple months as a conveyor belt of storms continues to punish the state. The wettest winter in decades is also piling snow in the Sierra Nevada, filling reservoirs, and thwarting anglers and fish.

Shot on location in Canada, Argentina, Montana, California, and Florida, Finding Fontinalis investigates the suspicious rumors of a world-record brookie said to be caught by John William Cook in 1915. That year Cook disappeared into the vast boreal forests of northern Ontario, eventually emerging with a 14.5-pound superlunker. A century later, three anglers descend upon the Chubut province of Argentina in search of giant brook trout that are no longer found in their native North American range due to habitat loss and degradation. The feature-length, downloadable version is now available for pre-ordering, here

With Bristol Bay sockeye salmon stocks on the upswing, the mining company that would potentially be their demise took a stock-market thrashing this week. Canadian firm Northern Dynasty Minerals saw its value skyrocket after Trump’s victory thanks to frothing investors championing the company’s prospects under the new regime. On Tuesday, however, New York-based Kerrisdale Capital Management (KCP) released a scathing analysis of Northern Dynasty's Pebble asset, outing it as a worthless boondoggle.

Corazón, from filmmaker R.A. Beattie, starts with Mike Dawes telling the story of donating half his liver to save his father’s life. But mostly it's about Mike’s friend—well-known Mexican flats guide Sandflea—a man whose physical heart is damaged, but whose symbolic heart is flawless. Through Mike and Sandflea, we get a glimpse into the best parts of friendship: generosity, compassion, humor, ball-busting, and shared joy. It’s a narrative reminder that people, not fish, draw us to flyfishing culture. And if all that sounds like sappy BS to you, you should watch it for the slow-motion tarpon eats on surface flies.

Corazón is one of several new films headlining the 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour.