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Fighting brush and fighting browns in the Driftless

By Duke Welter On a recent morning near Viroqua, Wisc., an angler didn’t know what to expect.  Temperatures the day before had reached  the upper 80s, the latest in a hot string. Overnight rains had some impact. Fields were wet and larger waters ran cloudy, but weren’t unfishable.  Heading first to one of the “forks” … Read more

Culverts, flooding and native trout in Wisconsin

By Chris Collier Culverts aren’t exactly known to be a reason that people get on a river, but that’s exactly what happened on a warm May afternoon in northern Wisconsin. On a beautiful Northwoods spring day, more than 50 local government, tribal, state, federal and non-profit representatives gathered in Laona, Wisc., to learn about road … Read more

The Krug Family Forest: A tribute to tributaries and small tracts

By Nick Sanchez and Jamie Vaughan  Urban sprawl, development and agricultural pressures have deforested much of southern Michigan. In rapidly developing areas of southern Michigan, forest and farmland loss continues to this day. Luckily, family forest owners, like the Krug Family, are taking steps to protect their forests and the important waters that flow through … Read more

The cannabis conundrum

This graphic of a tributary to the Eel River shows the intense marijuana cultivation typical of many drainages in California’s Emerald Triangle. The large red circles indicate outdoor grows of more than 100 plants and the pot farms in this drainage alone require more than 15 million gallons of water per growing season. By Matt … Read more

Seattle Sports E-Merse Neo XL submersible phone case

By Scott Criqui There are times when we test products that are fishing specific, like a fly rod for example, and then there are times when we review more of an all-around product, like the well-designed E-Merse Neo XL from Seattle Sports. The benefit to receiving this type of product, is the ability to rigorously … Read more

What is a tree worth?

A little girl plants a tree along New York trout stream

By Tracy Brown At Trout Unlimited, planting a tree is about so many things.  Each spring and fall hundreds of TU volunteers plant trees along our favorite and most precious coldwater streams.   It is about the trees.  It is about the trout.  And it is about engaging with the local community.   This spring in New York alone over … Read more

TU bloggers collect awards through OWAA

TU’s digital content team reaped six awards at the 2019 Outdoor Writers Association of America conference in Little Rock, Ark., this week. Chris Hunt, national digital director, received four awards from the prestigious organization, including first-place awards in the Family/Youth Participation and the Humor categories. He also took two second place awards, one each in … Read more

Notes from a first-year instructor and student at the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy

  By Meghan Barker  While I spend the majority of my work time in front of a “Save Bristol Bay” booth, or talking with supportive Trout Unlimited members and leaders about the proposed Pebble Mine, the first Monday in June brought a different start to my work week. I loaded up my car with a tote of … Read more

The value of new technology: eDNA and O. mykiss

By Natalie Stauffer-Olsen, PhD. It is always exciting when new technology becomes available that can help us understand, manage and protect wild steelhead, the mavericks of the Pacific salmonids. Steelhead and rainbow trout populations can be difficult to predict, model and understand because of their very plastic (scientific term for highly variable) life histories, from juveniles to … Read more