Charlie Johnson Earns His Learner's Permit
The longtime CCF member and tireless angler says he crossed "permit" off his bucket list in October with this 15-pound beauty caught on a crab pattern at Playa Blanca in the Mexican Yucatan. Send your favorite fish pictures to Matt Braughler at email@example.com .
New 2010 CCF Trips List
Check out the great excursions  planned for the coming year. Contact Matt Braughler  or Sarah Davies  to reserve a spot.
29 Parties Come to Consensus on the Klamath
After 20 years of fighting, one of America’s most divisive and intractable water wars may finally be ending. TU played a key role in negotiating the Klamath Dam agreement, which provides a pathway to removal of four dams on the river over the next decade. A companion agreement will launch the largest river restoration project in history. The two agreements represent the best chance of returning salmon to the Upper Basin in nearly a century. Read More. .
Save Teton Canyon
One of Idaho’s best kept secrets is Yellowstone cutthroat fishing amidst the soaring bluffs of Teton Canyon. In the 1970s, TU fought unsuccessfully against the Teton River dam, which ultimately failed, sending an eight-story wall of water toward the Snake River Plain. Eleven people were killed in the ensuing flood. This year, the state launched a controversial study to consider rebuilding the dam, and TU is once again calling for consideration of other, better ways to meet Idaho’s water needs. Watch a video and learn more. 
TU Testifies on Capitol Hill
In November, COO Chris Wood testified before a Senate subcommittee exploring the question of how to manage public forests in response to climate change. Chris urged federal agencies to look beyond wilderness borders and develop strategies that protect, reconnect and restore entire watersheds. Watch a video of the hearing  (Chris appears about 103 minutes in and speaks for roughly seven minutes) and read the testimony. 
Nothing Golden About Pebble Mine
Tiffany&Co. launched an anti-Pebble Mine campaign this October with an ad in National Jeweler that read: "Despite the best of intentions, 175 years of experience sourcing gemstones and precious metals tells us that there are certain places where mining cannot be done without forever destroying landscapes, wildlife and communities. Bristol Bay is one such place." Thus far, 18 jewelers representing sales of more than $3.5 billion a year have joined Tiffany in vowing to boycott gold from the proposed mine, which threatens the best sockeye salmon fishery on Earth. Read more and take action. 
Obama Wets a Line on the Gallatin
Veteran fishing guide Dan Vermillion spent a rainy day teaching in August the president to fly fish. The Angler in Chief didn’t catch anything, but Vermillion says “if I were a smallmouth bass on the Potomac, I’d be nervous.” Vermillion’s Sweetwater Travel Company is among more than 140 outfitters, guides and businesses that support TU. Read about Vermillion's day with Obama  and find the TU-affiliated guide near you. 
What's On Your Mind?
In this new Complete Angler column, we’ll feature articles and essays by CCF members and friends. We kick things off with a piece from Texas TU’er Mick McCorcle, who recently visited Bristol Bay to see first-hand what’s at stake in the fight over Pebble Mine. Read Mick's article. 
Our favorite press clip of the quarter is an October story and video from The New York Times about TU’s work to keep Colorado’s Roan Plateau free of oil rigs. Read the story and watch the video. 
You've got questions, we've got answers.
Is there something you've wanted to know about TU's work? Now's your chance to find out. Send your question to Matt Braughler  and we'll answer it in a future issue of the angler.
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