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By Chris Wood Montana wisely chose to stop stocking trout in 1974. Alaska’s sheer size and quality habitat make it the most desired destination-fishery for very large native rainbow trout and salmon and steelhead. Passing separate ballot initiatives in each state will ensure that both states remain [ READ MORE... ]
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  Longtime angling author, steelhead aficionado, TROUT Magazine contributor and musician Chris Santella has created a novel way to publicize the plight of wild steelhead. Santella's new rock opera, The Last Steelhead, looks at the factors contributing to the decline of wild steelhead runs and “the [ READ MORE... ]
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blog BY chris_wood ON October 6 - 0 COMMENTS
Yes for salmon
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By Chris Wood Some bad ideas rise above others: New Coke, Diet Water, the Red Sox trading Babe Ruth to the Yankees. One of the worst ideas of all time? The proposal to build a mine in the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska.  Scientists during the during the Obama Administration said the mine was too [ READ MORE... ]
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Dan Nelson took some time away from his worries about having Stage 4 brain cancer and ended up catching this beautiful brown trout during a Reel Recovery fly fishing retreat. Photo courtesy of Reel Recovery. By Brett Prettyman Like many anglers, Dan Nelson took his time on the water for granted. [ READ MORE... ]
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blog BY chris_wood ON October 1 - 0 COMMENTS
Of fish and kids
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By Chris Wood My friend, Blaine, who works for The Conservation Fund, was telling me about the project tour he and his son, Witt, took to Mossy Creek in Virginia on property managed by the great TU Business leader, Mossy Creek Outfitters. Keith Curley, who directs our eastern conservation work, led [ READ MORE... ]
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By Nick Walrath I was standing next to my truck, reluctantly taking off my waders after a great fall fishing outing on Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. I had been fishing with my great friend and Seedskadee refuge manager, Tom Koerner. The almost famous joking tag line from Tom was still [ READ MORE... ]
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  Recognizing Trout Unlimited’s amazing chapters, volunteers and partners is one of the most important parts of our organization’s annual meeting.   This year in Redding, California, two chapters, five volunteers and four partners were singled out for their contributions to Trout Unlimited efforts [ READ MORE... ]
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By Chris Wood Roberta and Curtis Cole are members of the board of the Shasta-Trinity-Cascades Chapter. Like dozens of others, they volunteered at the Trout Unlimited annual meeting in Redding this past weekend. The Coles are like many other members of their chapter—except, their house burned to the [ READ MORE... ]
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Photo by John Schoen By Chris Wood The state of Alaska’s recent proposal to re-open the roadless debate brought back memories. Mike was flossing his teeth when I entered his office. “I’m sorry. I’m running late for the dentist.” It was 1998, and Mike Dombeck, the chief of the U.S. Forest Service, [ READ MORE... ]
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blog BY chris_wood ON September 10 - 0 COMMENTS
Two days, one fly
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By Chris Wood Walt shook his head. “It’s up to you man, but I wouldn’t use a streamer. There’s a ton of wood and other snags in the river through the park. But it’s your call.”  At the put-in, another guide commented, “I had two really good streamer fishermen hit the same stretch yesterday, and [ READ MORE... ]
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