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Being more than ‘a trout guy’

Being more than ‘a trout guy’

“New Mexicans have been here on this land for more than 400 years,” Mitchell said. “You can’t come in with a ‘trout guy’ perspective. These are age old relationships that we have to foster and work together with to build trust.”

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The elusive Arctic char of the Kenai Peninsula

The elusive Arctic char of the Kenai Peninsula

My heart raced as we proceeded down the almost 15-mile Swanson River Road. We kept expecting to be turned around any minute. Knowing there were so many lake options with confirmed populations of char, I had a lot of faith one would offer me the opportunity to bring an Arctic char to hand. The problem was, the bumpy pothole strewn dirt road was, as far as I knew, the only artery to the lake systems. If this fire got out of control, as the 2019 fire did, I could be shut out.

Arctic char: all you need to know

Arctic char: all you need to know

Tim Romano photo. Arctic Char (Salvelinus alpinus) Species status and summary: In Alaska, Arctic char are often confused with a closely related species, Salvelinus malma (Dolly Varden), since Dolly Varden have similar coloration and inhabit the same locations as...

Dolly Varden: all you need to know

Dolly Varden: all you need to know

Dolly Varden are a close relative to bull trout and it wasn’t until 1978 that the two species were confirmed to be distinct. In the continental United States, Dolly Varden naturally only occur in coastal the drainages of northwestern Washington from the Canadian border south through Puget Sound and south on the Olympic Peninsula to the Quinault River.

No fish dry in July

No fish dry in July

Take photos of everything … but the fish Our friends at Keep Fish Wet and Ten And Two Co. have announced “No Fish Dry July,” a campaign that encourages anglers to ask themselves, “Do I really need a photo of that fish?” and challenges them not to take a single...

Keeping an eye out for wildfires

Keeping an eye out for wildfires

Sunset over the Caribou National Forest, Idaho. Chris Hunt photo. I’ve spent the last couple of days working from one of my favorite places in the world — an out-of-the-way campsite in the middle of the Caribou National Forest.  Some years back, while...

The old man’s fly rod

The old man’s fly rod

Some years back, I got a gift package in the mail right around Christmas time. It was from my uncle John, my mom’s brother. Long and slender, the package was a complete mystery to me–we’d long since stopped receiving gift packages from aunts and uncles, so I was...

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