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SCIFing Along

Once again, it appears our country will never escape from the black hole that is Donald Trump. After months of speculation as to whether he will return as a presidential candidate in 2024, which is bad enough to have to…

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Headwaters by Dylan Tomine

Does a lifetime of being obsessed with steelhead fishing make you a better person? If you’re Dylan Tomine, the answer is yes. In his new book Headwaters, Tomine has a collection of both published and unpublished essays that proves that…

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A Whisper of Autumn

It’s August and it’s hot across most of the country. We’ve had a few weeks of 90 F temperatures here in Puget Sound – with another heat-up coming next week. But this past week there was that touch of autumn…

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My Favorite Stripping Basket

One of the essential techniques to master in fly fishing is managing the fly line. And one of the primary aids in managing the fly line is a stripping basket. A stripping basket is where line is place as it…

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Fly Fishing and Carbon Neutral

From the mega-fires in the western US (and now in Europe); ongoing (and worsening) drought across the planet; more violent storms and patterns of  occurrence; to seasonal shifts (e.g., spring arriving earlier and shorter winters). But while the reality of…

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Orvis To Cover Travel Costs for Employees

Orvis has joined a number of other companies who have said they will cover travel costs for women needing to go out of state for abortion-related medical treatment. See their letter below. The post on their Facebook page has generated…

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Catch and Release – Not Enough

Protecting recreational fisheries is not a new concept. Lee Wulff, one of the legends of fly fishing (author, filmmaker, conservationist, and outfitter) wrote about catch and release (versus keeping and killing fish) in 1938. It took many years for catch…

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Patagonia Swiftcurrent Wading Pants

This is a short post about Patagonia wading pants I purchased for warm weather wading in Puget Sound

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George Carlin on Abortion

Now with this week’s Supreme Court decision on abortion, the rights of many young women to medical privacy have been left to the states; unsurprisingly, the Supreme Court ruled the day before that a state (New York) could not decide…

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Yellowstone Faces Accelerating Climate Change

The recent floods around Yellowstone National Park (YNP) and its surrounding areas have been well reported by the national news media. As someone who has made many trips to YNP over the years, including driving through the magnificent Paradise Valley…

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