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The Kelp of August

Fly fishing in Puget Sound in August often means high temperatures (as has been true the past weeks) and hazy skies from distant forest fires (as was true last year). But there is another consistent issue in parts of Puget Sound in August and that is the kelp forests that…

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The Last Orca

The above picture was posted online in the last several days. It shows a dead newborn Orca calf being carried around on its mother’s back near Victoria, British Columbia. As heart-breaking as the image is, it’s even more disturbing when one realizes this was the first Orca calf born in…

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The Fish That Destroyed the Yellowstone Ecosystem

National Geographic has a troubling article on how one fish has, and is, changing the ecology of Yellowstone National Park (YNP). The introduction of lake trout into Yellowstone Lake has led to the demise of the native cutthroat trout (see photo above). That in turn has led to a cascading…

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Twelve Minutes to Life

Twelve Minutes. That’s the average length of time a single-use plastic bag is used. Five hundred years or more. That’s how long it takes that single-use bag to biodegrade. And even that might be overstating it. And what’s left after any biodegradation? Plastic particles that exist in the environment indefinitely….

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Montana Fly Fishing and Climate Change

Montana is the iconic face of fly fishing. Trips to its famous rivers are the on the bucket list of many, if not most, fly fishers. What exists in preconception – to those who dream of fly fishing in the state – is more than matched by the reality of…

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A Wedding Message for Kayte and Nate

Last weekend, Terri and I traveled to St. Louis to attend the wedding of my niece Kayte to her fiancé, Nate. While there was no opportunity to offer my thoughts on their marriage there, I decided to write them here. Kayte, the first time I saw you I think you…

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Social Security Scare Tactics for Younger Workers

The owners, the rich elites who own this country and have been waging various wars of terror on the American people since this country’s founding, are doing what they’ve always done of playing one group off the other while they increase their already obscene amounts of wealth. One of their…

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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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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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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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