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Where Are the Chum Salmon?

November in Gig Harbor is typically cold and wet – the start of what I’ve called The Dark Ages. But it also marks the annual return of chum salmon to Donkey Creek and other streams in the Gig Harbor area,…

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Elevation, Dock Diving, and The Guns of November

I haven’t posted in a while (almost two months).  Sometimes life just gets away from you. Rather than a series of posts, I thought I’d comment on a few things in one post – forcing a relative economy of words,…

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Attack of the Killer Crab

I had gone to Narrows Beach Park this morning.  It was a warm sunny morning with a gentle breeze and an ebbing tide. The young mothers with their children were already setting up blankets and chairs near the park exit…

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Minus Tide

Sometimes a morning on the beach is just about fishing, but sometimes it’s much more when you stop, look, and reflect. Today’s time on the beach was the second. This weekend’s new moon is contributing to spring tides this week…

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Posted in Environmental Industry News and Rumors

Yvon Chouinard Donates Patagonia to the Planet

Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner (along with his wife) of Patagonia, the outdoor clothing company, has announced he will transfer the company (value approximately $3 billion) to a set of trusts. The goal is to preserve the company’s independence beyond…

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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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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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Earth Day and Electric Vehicle Dreams

Today is Earth Day, and as I’ve written before, the idea of a future in which people drive non-polluting Electric Vehicles (EV), powered by renewable energy,  is the stuff of dreams for a world entering a full-blown climate emergency. In…

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1% for the Planet – 20th Anniversary Interview

1% for the Planet was founded in 2002 by Craig Matthews (former owner of Blue Ribbon Flies) and Yvon Chouinard (founder of Patagonia). They have been friends and fishing buddies since the 1980s when Yvon walked into Blue Ribbon Flies…

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A Catastrophe in the Making UPDATE

UPDATED:  Late on 12/1/21, flows were restored through the Hebgen Lake Dam by Northwest Power.  It will be some time before fisheries biologists will be able to assess the amount of fish kill. Hebgen Lake Dam in southwest Montana is…

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