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Pebble Mine Consortium – the Beast That Will Not Die

I’ve written about the Pebble Mine in a number of posts. It had seemed that the consortium’s efforts to build an open pit mine that would have threatened Alaska’s Bristol Bay were over after the final major partner pulled out. However, it appears they’re planning another environmental disaster. Now the…

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Posted in Gear

EWA Fly Fest

Last Saturday I drove to Me-Kwa-Mooks Park in West Seattle for the Emerald Water Anglers (EWA) Fly Fest. This was the first time I’ve attended – and wound up driving as waiting for the ferry up in Port Orchard would have taken longer than driving. Me-Kwa-Mooks, meaning “shaped like a…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

A Belated Remembrance

Everyone we know or have known, at least for more than just a casual acquaintance, touches us in ways that we may not always understand at the time. Memories of those we have known fade into dim recesses, remaining forgotten until an event or circumstance triggers a flood of memories…

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Thank You for Your Service

Today is Memorial Day. Memorial Day has its roots in a time before the American Civil War. Families in the rural south conducted religious services and picnics in family graveyards, where the graves were decorated with flowers. The first ceremony related to the Civil War occurred in June 1861 in…

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Pebble Mine Update: Another Major Player Drops Out

Another major mining company has dropped out of the proposed Pebble Mine project. First Quantum Minerals joins the list of Mitsubishi Corporation, Anglo American, and Rio Tinto who determined the project is a bad investment. Only one small exploration company remains: Northern Dynasty Minerals. This is a great development that…

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Thomas & Thomas Avantt – First Fishing Report

I’ve been fishing the Avantt on local beaches over the last month and I wanted to provide a first report on actually fishing the rod. I knew this was a phenomenal rod from the casting I did at Emerald Water Anglers and in my extended casting in my backyard (read…

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Posted in Environmental General Comments

Land of the Free

I’ve lived and traveled in the western United States for over 40 years. In that time, I’ve traveled parts of the Oregon Trail and the Lewis and Clark Trail. I’ve been to the areas where Indian wars were fought and the mountain men trapped for beaver. And along the way,…

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Montana FWC Rejects Madison River Proposal

In a recent post, I wrote of a proposal to limit the number of commercial guiding operations on the Madison river as well as limiting use of boats on some segments of the river. Yesterday, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-0 to reject the proposal. The outfitters who…

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Save Bristol Bay…Again

Bristol Bay is the easternmost part of the Bering Sea, and is north of the Alaskan Peninsula. It is home the world’s largest salmon run, and includes all five species of Pacific salmon (King, Coho, Sockeye, Pink, and Chum). And it is again threatened by the Pebble Mine proposal. The…

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Choosing the Right Tippet

Rio has a new video on choosing tippet material. This is an interesting video in that it shows how different materials and stiffness affect breaking strength. In addition, Simon Gawesworth provides recommendations on which leader/tippet combination is best for which use. You can see the video here.

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