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The tempestuous case for public stream access in Utah is headed back to the state Supreme Court on Monday. And following a multi-year long battle between the Utah Stream Access Coalition (USAC) and private entities, a finish line now appears to be within reach.

In 2005 Ilya Sherbovich, owner of Russia's Ponoi River Co., assembled a tight-knit crew to investigate Siberia's untouched taimen fisheries, including remote rivers in Yakutia province. Eleven years later, he came back. This time with a yacht, helicopter, and better music. In Yakutia Capt Jack Productions chronicles that ten-river search for taimen, lenok, grayling, monster pike, and nelma—a gulag-country fish that as far as we know has never been caught on fly. Yakutia is one of several new films set to headline the 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour, which detonates later this month in Denver.

Alaska’s proposed Pebble mine hit a last-minute hiccup heading into the New Year as permits that were set to expire and be redrawn have instead been extended for ninety days—leaving the future of the project in limbo. The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) called for the delay in order to field a flood of public concern regarding site-specific pollution already said to be tainting Bristol Bay.

This much is for certain. Flats fishing in the Bahamas is relatively big business. A recreational fishery with an annual economic impact exceeding $140 million. (About what "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" pocketed during its opening weekend.) How that business is conducted, however, will soon change thanks to new flats-fishing regulations that have been on the tinkering table now for more than a year.

The U.S. Forest Service this month finalized an amendment to its Tongass Land and Resource Management plan that will help conserve more than 70 salmon and trout streams within Southeast Alaska's 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest. The decision helps safeguard fish thanks to provisions that transition the Tongass timber program from old-growth logging to one based on sustainable young-growth forest management while protecting healthy salmon streams at the same time. 

At the end of a Kamchatka rainbow? Trout eating magically delicious mice for breakfast and salmon running in the hundreds of thousands. Here, the latest pro-Russia trailer from dynamic filmmaking duo Peter Christensen and Rolf Nylinder. At the End of a Rainbow is one of several new films set to headline the 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour, which kicks off next month in Denver. All aboard the party bus.

About two million coho salmon once stormed the rivers of the Oregon Coast. Industrial-strength fishing and leave-nothing-behind logging through the 1900s would be their downfall, underscored by dismal returns in the 1980s—with total numbers of spawning adults dropping below 15,000 fish. NOAA Fisheries listed the lingering coho as threatened in 1998. Last week the same federal agency revealed a plan for the embattled salmon that would have them become "the first of the threatened and endangered species of salmonids on the West Coast to recover to the point they can be delisted from the ESA."

Directed by Alaska filmmaker Ryan Peterson, The Super Salmon is a super-inspiring film chronicling what could have been something super-shitty: the proposed Susitna-Watana dam on Alaska’s Susitna River. The 300-mile river is home to all five species of pacific salmon, including the state's fourth largest chinook run. The latest concrete threat called for erecting the country's second tallest dam at a price-tag of $6 billion. That dam plan was officially killed earlier this year.