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THE RED LIGHT ON MY DESK PHONE WAS BLINKING. I hate when it blinks first thing in the morning. It usually means somebody has called to tell me I’m stupid. People love to hate their local newspaper, and they love to call reporters and tell them about it. My voicemail is rarely good.

Bureau of Reclamation Deputy Commissioner Alan Mikkelsen has made it clear that the Interior Department will not try to scrub what’s slated to be the largest river restoration project in U.S. history—the removal of four hydroelectric dams from the 236-mile Klamath River starting in 2020.

Forty five days and a thousand miles into his self-propelled journey from western Canada to coastal Mexico, Brian Ohlen caught a steelhead in California. In between all those pedal strokes and casts, he makes a case for preserving public river and stream access in this strong short from BlackburnMedia.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is greenlighting a reclassification of about 80 percent of Wyoming’s recreational waterways. The move from a primary- to secondary-contact designation means that the streams in question are no longer recommended sites for fishing, swimming, or recreation in general. The change also means those waterways can now house levels of e. coli five time higher than what was allowed under their former classification.

As part of their annual Tailer's Ball event, the team at Flood Tide Co has gathered works from some of the best artists in the biz for a silent art auction that'll help pitch funds toward Hurricane Harvey relief and restoration efforts in Texas.

David Letterman once said that fall is his favorite season in LA, "watching the birds change color and fall from the trees." In truth, LA is one of those seasonless anomalies. Which means you can jump off a train and fish mako, carp, and calico bass in a day—pretty much any day. Watch Jeremi get it done in Redington's latest FYW vid: 24 Hours in LA.

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.