Big snow melting early in NW Montana

Photo by The Missoulian Even though the northwest part of Montana got a lot of snow this year it’s melting off early, which may still pose a threat to summer flows and fishing. Guides in Montana are communicating to ensure the fishing community understands that, just because the area has had a good winter doesn’t … Read more

Little kids and small streams deserve the Clean Water Act

By Chris Wood The Little Cacapon is a small river in West Virginia with a few awesome swimming holes. The river is part of the headwaters of the Potomac River which flows through the nation’s capitol. My family and I gather frogs, look for crawfish, rough-house, catch bluegill and rockbass, and generally enjoy each other’s … Read more

Take action

By Chris Wood Last week, I published an opinion piece printed in the New York Times asking President Trump to stand up for clean water, and veto Congress’ bill to overturn restrictions on mountaintop removal mining. Unfortunately, that plea failed, as the President signed the misguided law today. Trout Unlimited, our members, and all hunters … Read more

Of monuments and missed opportunities

By Chris Wood The one that got away isn’t always a fish. Eighteen years ago, I got a phone call from the forest supervisor of the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest in southwest Oregon. He wanted President Clinton to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to make a big chunk of the forest a national monument … Read more

It only took one day

Twenty-four hours. That is how long it took for the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a resolution to make it easier to sell or transfer America’s public lands. The fight for our public lands started on day one of the 115th Congress. On Tuesday, the House of Representative voted on a rules package that … Read more

Utah approves TU’s first in-stream flow lease

A recently acquired water lease on Utah’s Weber River could help migratory native Bonneville cutthroat populations survive low water events. Trout Unlimited photo. By Paul Burnett Working within the constraints of Western Water Law to develop mechanisms for keeping water in streams is a slow and difficult process. After several years of groundwork from Trout … Read more

Cool streams in a warm future: Moving from talk to action

Yellowstone cutthroat trout are the prime beneificiaries of climate change adaptation work done on Idaho’s Crow Creek Photo by Chris Hunt. By Dr. Jack Williams An old friend from back in our government days, Wayne Elmore, frequently noted that “when it’s all said and done, there will likely be more said than done.”  How true. … Read more

Students observe sampling efforts on Salmon Creek

Local high school students recently watched on as the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment fisheries crew used electrofishing gear to sample Salmon Creek in northwestern Connecticut.   The monitoring (below) is part of the long term Salmon Kill Enhancement and Restoration Project, which is focused on improving  habitat for native and wild trout. Tracking population levels … Read more

Missouri NLC rep talks climate change

By Jeff Witten As an avid fisherman and long-time Trout Unlimited member, I have become increasingly concerned about climate change and the impacts it will have on fishing.   Accordingly, I undertake various activities to engage the public through things like chairing TU’s Climate Change Working Group, getting involved with local conservation issues, and occasional … Read more