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Each year in May, The River’s Edge and Simms Fishing Products host a women’s flyfishing event in Bozeman, MT—Chica de Mayo. The gathering has evolved into the largest women’s flyfishing event in Montana, the United States, and well, probably in the world. This year's event celebrates women in flyfishing and offers educational clinics, phenomenal female speakers, prizes, a cocktail party, and much more. It also marks the 10th Annual Chica de Mayo—a labor of love and a true milestone to celebrate.

The worst dates I’ve ever been on have all been with my husband, but last year he really outdid himself.

It began one day after work, when he announced that his schedule had finally allowed him to attend the Fly Fishing Film Tour. He told me we’d get a nice hotel, go to dinner, and watch artsy movies about angling. It would be a romantic and memorable way, he continued, to celebrate our first night away from our newborn kiddo.

Cheeky's 7th annual Schoolie Tournament starts on May 19, in Cape Cod, MA. With more than 400 registered striper fiends, the catch-and-release event has evolved into one of the largest of its kind in the country. And as part of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association's (AFFTA) sponsorship deal, the organization is donating $1 for every 5-inches of striper landed and let go (up to $1,500) to Stripers Forever. Cheeky plans to match the donation dollar-for dollar.

Midwest summers—despite what you may have seen in Ozark—are all about working streamers and popping surface patterns for oversized bronzebacks and ornery musky and pike. Third Year Fly Fisher's new teaser for "Summer Haze" captures the essence of both the region and the season. Shooting is scheduled to continue through 2018. Stay tuned for more. 

This past June I found myself walking the high-desert banks of Oregon's Deschutes River, searching for rising, thick-bodied redside trout.

After a flurry of mid-day salmonfly activity, we grabbed a streamside bite washed down with local craft brews and settled in for the much-anticipated evening rise. We'd enjoyed relative solitude most of the day but as the sun began descending we couldn't help but notice the rising dust cloud from trucks making their way toward our little piece of paradise.

The mighty chinook salmon, the largest of the Pacific salmon species, is shrinking, which is scary news for Southeast Alaska’s already-imperiled king stocks. Fisheries researchers from Alaska and Washington recently summarized 40 years of data taken from 85 king salmon populations from California to Alaska. The results show that the fish are both decreasing in size and maturing earlier.

Endorsed by Gov. Jay Inslee, a bill to phase out net-pen farming of Atlantic salmon in Washington waters made it through the state senate earlier this month. It's now headed to the House, where the state legislature will cast a final vote to potentially nix the nets via a phase-out period.

Portland General Electric in 2010 began operating a "Selective Water Withdrawal" tower above Round Butte Dam on central Oregon's Deschutes River. The ecology of the lower Deschutes, one of the West's premier flyfishing destinations, has suffered ever since. These ecological impacts, in turn, have negatively affected businesses and communities in north Central Oregon that rely on the river. This short vid explains how selective water withdrawal operations have impacted the community of Maupin, Oregon, and highlights the efforts of the Deschutes River Alliance to fight back.