Daily Drake

A story of wholes and fractions

Russia’s Lake Baikal contains one-fifth of the earth’s fresh surface water, while two-thirds of its plant and animal species exist nowhere else on the planet. One river, the Selenge, provides more than half of the lake’s annual inflows. Without this river and its tributaries, there would be no Baikal as we know it.

AKA, yet another bill aimed at breathing life support into deadbeat dams

“It’s like flushing money down the river,” said Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) in a news release last week, referring to the federal court order to “spill” water at the four lower Snake River dams.

Skykomish River hydropower project nuked

Last year the South Fork of the Skykomish River joined the ranks of the down-and-out on American Rivers’ 10 most endangered rivers list. The reason: Snohomish County PUD had proposed to build a dubious run-of-the-river hydropower project at Sunset Falls that would have diverted a 1.1 mile section of water, through a tunnel and powerhouse.

Experience some of the best fly-out fishing in Alaska for a hundred bucks, and support a good cause while you're at it. Oregon's Native Fish Society is now selling raffle tickets for a trip to Rapids Camp Lodge. It will draw one lucky winner (who gets to bring one stoked friend) on May 15.

Rebounding runs on Washington's Skagit River prompt this month’s reopening

Puget Sound anglers who’ve been logging long miles to get their steelheading fix now have a much closer-to-home option on the Skagit and Sauk rivers, beginning tomorrow.

Montana’s Madison River saw a swarm of more than 179,000 angler days in 2017. During the height of salmonfly season that traffic is condensed—like a resort parking lot the morning after a colossal dump on the slopes. Now Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is aiming to alleviate the stress, announcing this week that it’s taking the next steps in “addressing increasing concerns about crowding and social conflict on the river.”

As anglers, we have all discussed it and most of us have even witnessed it in real life. You run into someone on the river whose top goal is increasing followers on their social media of choice by targeting that one “photo” fish, sometimes with photographer and/or videographer in tow. Days or weeks later, you see that angler, with “that fish” from “that day” all over the internet and maybe gracing the pages of some of your favorite brands, or even worse—the cover of your favorite “fish porn” magazine.

With warmer days ahead, Howler Bros is now accepting applications for its ultimate summer job. That's right, instead of pouring frapps for sassy soccer dads or polishing balls for crusty country clubbers, hit the open asphalt as a Howler Privateer, traveling coast to coast in a custom van (#vanlife), while flyfishing, swimming, surfing, and hanging out with friends. Oh, and working.