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  • River reading: The Packraft Handbook

    There are a couple of books that live on the nightstand by my bed. Most are the type of books that I can pick up just about anywhere and mindlessly skim whenever I feel like it.  My most recent go-to book recently is The Packraft Handbook by Luc Mehl and Sarah K. Glaser. The title…

  • Fishing

    Mourning loss and ascending the Lochsa

    Catching westslope cutthroat trout and seeing the forest through the trees in north-central Idaho  Editor’s note: Daniel Ritz is fishing across the Western United States this summer in an attempt to accomplish the Master Caster class of the Western Native Trout Challenge. He will attempt to land each of the 20 native trout species in their historical ranges of the 12…

  • Advocacy

    United by Hope: Bristol Bay dialogues

    A month from winter solstice, Dillingham, Alaska – where the Nushagak River dumps into Bristol Bay – was dark, quiet, and chilly last November. Snow and wind blew across the surrounding tundra not far from her windows when texts started flooding into Alannah Hurley’s phone. The news: A major permit for the proposed Pebble mine…

  • Boats

    Check out the world’s most amazing dory

    A few weeks ago I missed the annual Wooden Boat Float on the Colorado river due to "old man back." It was a bummer in many respects, as I had been looking forward to the event for many months and hoped to bring you all some stories and pictures. My friend Andy Toohey (creator of…

  • TROUT Magazine

    Fish and fire in the West

    In June 2013, researcher and fisheries biologist Ashley Rust and her family were at their family cabin near Creede, Colo., when an afternoon rainstorm—a frequent occurrence in the San Juans at that time of year—worked through the area.  The system brought little in the way of rain but contained lightning all the same, andover the…

  • Boats

    How to use your oars

    Learning new rowing skills is key to helping boaters grow and become more adept on the water

    I know… the title of this post seems silly. One would think it's pretty straight forward, and it is. Until, you start learning new specialized techniques and pushing yourself into more difficult whitewater situations. Or maybe you're are just starting out rowing. It's always nice to have some basic information to rely on. While we…

  • Trout Talk

    A few deep thoughts on fly fishing

    What’s it going to take to convince the millions of anglers who found rivers these past few years that “how” is more important than “how many” and is that even possible?

    Is it fair to assume that fly fishing is to positive mental health what running or biking is to cardio health? I think so. And if any of you docs or researchers out there want to add to the conversation, I’m all ears, and want to do a deep-dive story. I’m not of native-American ancestry. But my ancestors…