How to get a stuck fly rod apart

Sometimes, it’s the simple things that cause us the most grief. Hooks stuck in our fingers, past the barb. A poorly tied knot that breaks on a nice fish. Or a fly rod that, try as you might, simply won’t come apart at the end of the day. Above, my friend Chris Walker, who designs … Read more

Idaho rural economies struggling without salmon and steelhead

Guides, outfitters and the businesses that depend on the recreation economy fueled by consistent salmon and steelhead season are looking at an unknown future with dismal fish returns in Idaho. During a panel discussion, Our Fish, Our Past, Our Future, held in Salmon and sponsored by the Lemhi County Historical Society and Museum, the Sacajawea … Read more

On behalf of Bristol Bay, we’re headed to court

Today, Trout Unlimited announced that we are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over their decision to withdraw protections for Bristol Bay that were established in the 2014 Bristol Bay Proposed Determination. These protections would have limited how much the proposed Pebble mine would be allowed to impact the world-class salmon and water resources of the region.  … Read more

House Natural Resources Committee advances fish habitat bill

What Happened? On Wednesday, Sept. 25, the House Natural Resources Committee advanced the National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships Act (H.R. 1747). The bipartisan and widely-supported bill, if enacted, will codify and formally recognize the existing National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP). NFHP was created in 2006 by state fisheries agencies and other stakeholders to improve … Read more

Happy Public Lands Month!

By Corey Fisher Trout Unlimited is devoting the month of September to celebrating public lands and the agencies dedicated to upholding America’s public land heritage. It’s no coincidence that National Hunting and Fishing Day and National Public Lands Day are both during September — the month is tailor-made for hunters and anglers to enjoy all … Read more

Meet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Like the Bureau of Land Management and the Park Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is an agency within the Department of the Interior. However, FWS responsibilities extend beyond land management and include the management of fish and wildlife themselves, not just habitat. This includes many fish and wildlife management activities that fall under their purview, including enforcing wildlife-related laws, including the Endangered Species … Read more

Clearwater steelhead closure: How did we get here?

By Eric Crawford The Idaho Fish and Game commission today announced that the fabled Clearwater River steelhead run would be closed to fishing starting Sept. 29. This closure, initiated to protect the few returning two-ocean, or “B-run” steelhead, is a first since 1975. Seen by some as a much-needed respite from the intense fishing pressure … Read more