Shot entirely in northern British Columbia, Alignment brings the worlds of steelheading and snowboarding together across a wintry season of discovery. The full-length film, below, features Eric Jackson, John Jackson, Curtis Ciszek, Darcy Bacha, and friends as they ride B.C.'s breathtaking mountains and swing its wild rivers in search of balance. Three months in the woods does a body, and mind, good. Via Vantage Cinema.

The proposal to keep Penns Creek’s wild trout wild faces a stocking truck full of opposition

Penns Creek, nestled in the gentle folds of the Pennsylvania Appalachians, is one of a kind. Not because of its history, or its hatches, or its scenery, even though it has all of the above, but because it has the kind of remarkable wild brown-trout population that only exists in two percent of streams in the state. Two percent—for a state that is second only to Alaska in miles of trout water. These rivers, designated as Class A, are at the center of a potentially precedent-setting struggle in Penn’s Woods.


The art and film of Aimee and Chase Bartee

The film opens with a ten-second zoom toward campfire flames that dance and swirl in the darkness. The viewer's eyes are drawn to the underbelly of the largest log, crosshatched and ashen from the heat. Jump-cut to a small stream, lit by autumn light, shorelines framed by a blaze of fallen leaves. An angler appears, twenty-five seconds in, and she's casting a fly with precision, eyes fixed on her target. What follows is not the take, or hook-set, as a viewer might expect, but rather a shot of a large brown—not its gaping mouth, or downturned eye—but gill-plate, pectoral fin, and flank. Its belly is the color of butter browning in a skillet. The trout is supported underwater by the angler, while the lens pans its lateral line in slow-mo: scales glisten like spangles on a mirror ball. We realize we're watching a fishing film, not a nature documentary, though it is shot and edited with similar reverence for the natural world, the filmmakers drawn to details of the elemental.


Alaskans will be heard this November

Every year for the past decade the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay seems to die, only to rise again from its still-warm ashes. Despite lawsuits, a rigorous permitting process, and continued opposition by local organizations, Sam Snyder, campaign manager for the Wild Salmon Center, says the mega-mine isn't just hanging on, it's gaining momentum. "Pebble just submitted a new plan that extends the lifetime of the mine from 25 to 75 years while tripling its size. It's on a fast-track." On November 6, Alaskans have the opportunity to definitively vote on not only Pebble's future, but the future of all projects that would impact anadromous fish habitat.

Beers we think were brewed for flyfishers

Beers we think were brewed for flyfishers

Craft beer and flyfishing go together like Jell-O shots and bachelorette parties. In the fishier towns in America you'll find angling-themed beers of every taste and style, from Trout Slayer Wheat Ale (Big Sky Brewing, Missoula, MT) to Cutthroat Porter (Odell Brewing, Fort Collins, CO) to Steelhead Extra Pale Ale (Mad River Brewing, Humboldt County, CA). And let's face it, we're suckers for the fish schtick; not only are we buying that 6-pack every time, we're probably buying the T-shirt as well.