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Win the Native Fish Society's "Bahamas for a Benjamin" raffle and bonefish at a luxe lodge on the Marls of Abaco for less than what you spent last week on pizza and beard oil. Lose, and it's still a win because your hundred buck donation supports the NFS's work restoring the Pacific Northwest's wild fish and prized rivers.

RepYourWater's Bash for Boulder Creek is back. The 4th annual event, a fundraiser for Boulder Flycasters (Boulder's Trout Unlimited chapter), will not only include all of the great festivities of Bashes past—games, food, beer, music, fun—but will also be the launch party for a collaborative collection between RepYourWater and Sight Line Provisions. 

The 2018 Video Awards brought the party to the Rosen Plaza, Orlando, with another big night of cold beers, live music, and brilliant films. And while Central Florida simmered outside, it was a similarly heated story inside, where the year’s best movies slugged it out for top honors.

The Drake's 12th Annual Flyfishing Video Awards, presented by Simms, begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 at Orlando's Rosen Plaza Hotel (Ballroom C). Please join us for the pre-party with special musical guests (plus poolside cocktails) at 6 p.m.

When First Quantum Minerals took its $150 million and bolted earlier this spring, it became the fourth financial backer to leave the warty, unloved Pebble Mine project at the altar. If dug, Pebble would become the largest open-pit copper and gold mine in North America. Worse, it would sit at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska. The same area that every year since the beginning of time, more or less, has welcomed the world's largest sockeye salmon runs into the rivers that form its outstretched arms. This is why most Americans support protecting Bristol Bay from foreign development. It's also why most Americans can't comprehend EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's actions to reopen the mine permit process, well after the door had already been slammed. But here we are—coming in hot. 

Beyond the Horizon is a story of redemption and personal discovery made possible via the exploration of a new permit fishery located 160 miles east of Guanaja, Honduras. If you missed catching it at the film tour, check out the full cut of the Faraway Cay saga, below, from our friends at Cold Collaborative. Read more on how the film came together, here.

Conserving wild salmon and steelhead habitat on Washington's Olympic Peninsula is the driver behind “The Salmon Coast”—a new film from Shane Anderson. Projects detailed here will help open up hundreds of miles of water to incoming fish. The other key part of the recipe: Ensuring that there are still fish around to populate that habitat. “We can restore all the habitat in the world. But if the fish aren’t making it… it’s not doing any of us any good,” says Jessica Helsley of the Coast Salmon Partnership, who suggests increasing escapement goals to keep more fish out of the nets, to let more of them reach the redds. “We need to work together to do that.”

Video Daze Russel Owen A Normal Life Filson

Fishing the remote waters of Alaska’s Alagnak River is a dream shared by countless trout bums. While that dream is Russel Owen's reality, it came at a cost. For a look inside Owen's abnormal existance, check out the new video from Filson: