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Patagonia Giving Away Its Trump Tax Cut

Patagonia announced that it is giving away the $10 million dollars it received from Trump’s “middle class tax cut” – a tax cut that actually benefited corporations and rich individuals. Rose Marcario, Patagonia’s CEO, stated: We have always paid our fair share of federal and state taxes. Being a responsible…

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National Parks in Trouble

I’ve written of the problems of crowds and traffic in Yellowstone National Park (read here). Now the Denver Post has an extensive article on the problems faced by a number of western national parks and the communities that surround them. Essentially we are loving our parks – to death. Add…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections Environmental

Memory and The Return of Chum Salmon

Distractions abound in contemporary society with the increasing depravity in most aspects of public life – think big time business, entertainment, politics, and sport. And now that it’s almost December, the endless ads for luxury cars, snooping servants masquerading as home electronics, and Christmas music that has been playing in…

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Posted in General Comments

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to all.  Be grateful for all those you know and love. And those who know and love you. Be grateful to be alive. And if you’re curious how the turkey fly is tied, read here.

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

A November Morning

There are times when one is reminded that life is fragile and fleeting. Tuesday, two days ago, was one such day. I came downstairs with the dogs a bit after 6 AM. As I looked out the window, I saw two fire trucks and the Medic One ambulance.  Given their…

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Posted in Environmental Fishing Locations

Yellowstone Gridlock

Visit Yellowstone National Park whenever the park’s roads are open (typically April to late October), and there’s always the possibility of crowds at popular highlights (e.g., Old Faithful), long waits at restaurants, and gridlock caused by animals on the road or nearby. The possibility increases to certainty – particularly crowds…

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Posted in Fishing Locations

Browns, Bison, and Snow

Trips to Montana in early October can mean a possibility of cold and snow. But then again, an October trip to Montana means a chance to see the autumn colors and wildlife, and an opportunity to fish for spawning brown and rainbow trout. My wife Terri and I made the…

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Posted in Environmental

Time to Remove the Lower Snake River Dams

David James Duncan is the author of The River Why and The Brothers K. He is also a committed environmentalist who speaks with his own memories of the salmon that once swam up the Columbia/Snake river system. He adds his voice to the call to remove the lower four dams…

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Commando and Coho

I went to Narrows Park today, hitting the beach at the tidal change on the ebb. I had two goals in mind. The first was to test out the new integrated Commando Smooth line from Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics (OPST). The second was to see if I could entice a…

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The Environmental Costs of Fly Fishing Travel

Tom McGuane is credited with saying that a passport is the best piece of gear a fly fisher can have. The meaning, of course, is that travel to a far-flung location can offer opportunities for better fishing with relatively pristine and under-pressured fisheries and fewer people. And it certainly seems…

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