Kara Armano

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    Pining for salt

    The coronavirus outbreak has put many a travel plan on the back burner this year.

    Normally, I would’ve recently returned from a saltwater fishing trip this time of year. But as we all know, 2020 is far from normal. COVID-19 isn’t a great excuse for me because I haven’t even seen the ocean in three years. Priorities, huh? But I can still dream about the trip that could’ve been and reminisce about…

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    NM streams debate: Court can balance recreation, conservation

    Should New Mexicans have the right to wade, float and swim in all the state’s waterways? And if that’s the case, what does that mean for private landowners?

    As first seen in the Albuquerque Journal. By: Chris Wood, president and CEO of Trout Unlimited and Harris Klein, New Mexico Trout Unlimited Council Chair Soon, the New Mexico Supreme Court will settle the controversy about what the state Constitution has to say about the extent of the public’s right to access streams throughout the…

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    Time to get away

    A thankful get-away to the river

    It was time. Actually, it was well past time. I had to get out of the house. I work from home and have for years, so these stay-at-home orders weren’t a big change for me. But because I’m immunocompromised thanks to ongoing cancer treatments, I haven’t been in town, seen friends nor been anywhere but doctors’ offices for well over…

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    River treasures

    Over the years on countless rivers and streams, I’ve found treasures. When the fishing slows or just for a change of pace, I walk around with my head down. It’s amazing what you can find. Of course, there’s the disappointing: tippet or leader pieces, shotgun shell casings, spent bobbers and the make-me-want-to-pull-my-hair-out cigarette butts and plastic water bottles. But…

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    Playing the long game

    [et_pb_section fb_built="1" admin_label="section" _builder_version="3.22"][et_pb_row admin_label="row" _builder_version="3.25" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="3.25" custom_padding="|||" custom_padding__hover="|||"][et_pb_text _builder_version="4.0.5" text_text_color="#000000" text_font_size="50px" header_text_align="center" background_enable_image="off" global_module="41735" saved_tabs="all"]Five years of advocacy on behalf of native fish and wild places in the Gila National Forest Make your comments heard today [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version="4.0.5"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="4.0.5"][et_pb_image src="" _builder_version="4.0.5"][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version="4.0.5"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="4.0.5"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" _builder_version="4.0.5" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"…

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    Fishing through trying times

    A beautiful day on the water can't be beat. Photo credit: Two Fisted Heart Uncertainty can be trying. Fishing is replete with uncertainty under normal circumstances and can test our patience and resolve. But the entire world is living in much more trying times than those trivial factors of fishing, and it is wearing on all…

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    Trout art and paraphernalia

    When I was young, our family had a condo in a nearby ski town that was affectionately known as the ‘hatchery’ due to the copious amounts of trout art and decorations adorning the walls and tables. I recall attempting to count them at one point, but I couldn’t keep up, especially since I knew of hidden pieces I drew on the studs…