Delaware River Fly Tri will be a test of fitness and fishing

Trout Unlimited is putting a bit of a twist on the triathlon concept for an event that will debut this spring in Northeast Pennsylvania.  The inaugural Delaware River Fly Tri will feature a run, bike and paddling legs with a dose of fishing thrown in.  The event will be held May 16 in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area near … Read more

With bi-partisan support, GLRI Act flies through House

On Feb. 5 the United States House of Representatives passed HR 4031, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Act.  This bill seeks to increase the GLRI funding back to its original levels of $475 million.   The bill had support from 50 bi-partisan co-sponsors and passed 373-45.  Additionally, 15 Representatives spoke in support of the bill. They … Read more

Changes to the Clean Water Rule have big impacts on the ground

High in the headwaters of Back Creek in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia are several small streams that only run after it rains. Those “ephemeral” tributaries to Back Creek, a wild brook trout stream that also holds browns and rainbows, intersect with the proposed 600-mile route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a project that … Read more

What Esther Garcia meant for fishing

Growing up in New Mexico, I took for granted that there were fishing spots where no one would want to go. Steep hikes, brush and snags everywhere, places that required too much work to get to.  “Joke’s on them,” was my thinking; if only people knew that it was so much more fun than work. The people who knew … Read more

Restoration drives advocacy in the Great Lakes, thankfully

Many conservation organizations are great at on-the-ground habitat restoration. Others excel at policy advocacy. Trout Unlimited is one of the few that shine at both. Our recipe for success is simple. We take the results and good will generated by the partnerships, relationships, and in many cases, friendships created through our restoration work, and use … Read more

The Whitewater

It’s that time of year again… the annual Fly Fishing Film Tour is likely coming to a theater near you, and the films’ trailers are out and about for general consumption. Here’s one, as an angler and a conservationist, that ought to capture your attention. From Off the Grid Studios, “The Whitewater” captures the passion … Read more

Bill to fund abandoned mine cleanup moving forward

A Pennsylvania creek runs orange with mine pollution.

Much-needed legislation to continue funding abandoned mine cleanup is moving forward in Congress. The House Natural Resources Committee this week approved H.R. 4248 by a voice vote following testimony from lead sponsor Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA).  “H.R. 4248 would ensure that states and tribes can continue addressing challenges presented by historic mining operations,” Chris Wood, President … Read more

Five takeaways on Snake River salmon and steelhead

After decades of lawsuits, recovering Snake River salmon and steelhead is inching closer to reality. This week a series of meetings kick off in Washington to gather public input on the impacts of dam removal on the Lower Snake. In preparation, Rob Masonis, vice president for Western Conservation at Trout Unlimited, and Helen Neville, senior … Read more

Federal funding package will fund conservation priorities

By Rob Catalanotto, Laura Ziemer and Steve Moyer   After weeks of negotiations, the US Senate and House recently approved a massive appropriations bill to fund the government through fiscal year 2020. The deal averted a government shutdown, which was set to take effect on December 20 had Congress had not taken decisive action.    TU field staff … Read more