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Blog Post BY rscholfield ON April 20, 2017 - 0 COMMENTS
Cleaning up Akron Mine
A few years ago, I would frequent the area to ride mountain bikes on the Canyon Creek trail, and always noticed the Akron Mine near the beginning of the ride with its large waste rock and mine tailings piles that abutted over 1,000 feet of Tomichi Creek. This eyesore looked out of place in such a [ READ MORE... ]
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Today, Gila trout are found in just a handful of drainages in southern New Mexico and Arizona. They’ve endured in these high mountain streams for thousands of years, endlessly swimming against current and flood and rock and fire, holding on to their niche in time. The landscape is bred into their [ READ MORE... ]
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I don’t know how many times I’ve come upon an inviting stretch of water, with a sudden rise or hatch breaking out all around me, and in my feverish haste to cast, I lurch the line back and forth and—in a microsecond—my carefully crafted rig is reduced to a satanic web of entanglements that mock my [ READ MORE... ]
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Blog Post BY rscholfield ON March 24, 2017 - 0 COMMENTS
How to stay warm on the water
I recently took a poll among the associates here at the shop. Most of them fish regularly throughout the winter. I asked for their best tips for staying warm on the water. How do they stay comfortable and have fun, even on the coldest days? Here’s what I heard.
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President Trump’s executive order to scrap the Clean Water Rule was not unexpected, but the bad news got worse Tuesday when we found out the Administration’s new standard for interpreting which waters deserve protection: an opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia in the 2006 Rapanos case proposing a [ READ MORE... ]
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Blog Post BY rscholfield ON February 24, 2017 - 0 COMMENTS
Winter is tenkara time
Flows coming out of dams are usually low, but low water like that is perfect for tenkara. Tenkara rods are mostly promoted as a way to fish small streams and headwaters, and they are great for that. But the more I use them, the more other situations I realize they are good for.
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Blog Post BY rscholfield ON February 17, 2017 - 0 COMMENTS
A climate plan on the Dolores
But the study found that other middle- and higher-elevation streams could be made more “resilient” against the worst impacts of climate change through adaptive strategies such as habitat restoration, including improving in-stream structure such as boulders and pools to create cooler refuge areas [ READ MORE... ]
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Blog Post BY rscholfield ON February 16, 2017 - 0 COMMENTS
Why Planning 2.0 matters
This misguided move to repeal Planning 2.0 is a thumb in the eye of sportsmen and others who believe local residents and governments should have more of a say in how public lands are managed.
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Blog Post BY rscholfield ON February 2, 2017 - 0 COMMENTS
Video spotlight: Unspoken
No, these native trout aren’t hogs. But as the film shows, they’re among the most beautiful fish on the planet. And they’re worth the attention and respect of fly-fishermen who care about preserving the wonders of our natural world.
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What have I learned from this project? That the interests of agriculture producers can align with the interests of conservation groups, state agencies, water providers and other river users. It’s not just the waters of the Colorado River that are connected—so are the people who depend on it.