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Welcome to the redesign of Angler’s Tonic where, like always, you take a seat in the bow and we pull the oars. So let’s shove off. Need anything from the cooler?
Failing western Alaska king salmon runs, including those to the fabled Kanektok River, have prompted proposed changes in the Bering Sea pollock fishery. Unfortunately, implementation won’t begin until 2017.
This news comes on the heels of a recent announcement that the king salmon season for streams draining into the Bering Sea has been cancelled for 2015. Hopefully that closure, plus the implementation of these new pollock fishery recommendations will stem a tide that has seen king salmon runs to remote western Alaska fisheries plunge in recent years. Read the story here and let me know if you think the Council is doing enough to save our sacred kings. GT
Federal fisheries managers have reduced the allowable incidental catch of Chinook salmon in the Bering Sea pollock fishery, in a policy change aimed at boosting returns of kings to western Alaska rivers.
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s approval of the action on April 11, at its spring meeting in Anchorage, would reduce the prohibited species catch limit of kings to 45,000 fish and the Continue reading →
What some people see as a nuisance, others see as opportunity. Now, I’m not saying that northern pike belong in Lake Roosevelt, let alone the entire Columbia River system, but if they are there they can be caught. Here’s an opportunity for our E-WA based brethren to throw for these toothy creatures in shallow water. Spring is the time. Might be fun to give it a try. If you get out there let us know how you do and send some pics.
From THE COLUMBIA BASIN BULLETIN: Fisheries managers in eastern Washington have been collecting growing evidence that invasive northern pike have established a Continue reading →
This came across my bow this morning and it pretty accurately sums up a day on a coastal steelhead stream, which is about the best way of spending a day that I can imagine. And I’ll have to imagine this year as the days in the winter steelhead season are dwindling as fast as those chrome beasts are taking on their spawning colors. But, no fear, winter fish arrive as early as November on some coastal rivers and I’m already planning my attacks for fall. Vid courtesy of Redington. Next installment of their video series appears next Tuesday. Enjoy.
Here’s a topic that I’ve always wondered about. With hatcheries shoving salmon into the ocean in major numbers, some of them just for roe recovery fisheries (think chum salmon in Southeast Alaska), when will the food supply run out? How many herring and krill does it take to feed Continue reading →
Here’s a little report that my friend Jed Fitzpatrick, who owns Bitterroot River Guides, cranked out after he and I and a few others floated Montana’s Bitterroot River last week. With some colder weather the river is probably on the drop and fishing could be really good right now. Prime time is 2 to 4 in the afternoon.
Here’s the dirt, in Jed’s words: It’s turning into another fine Skwala season here on the Bitterroot with tons of nymphs ready to hatch and good fish already looking up for a bug. Our weather took a turn for the better, shooting up to seventy degrees a couple times and really bringing out the solar energy needed to get the bugs hatching. Continue reading →
Just finished up the spring issue of Fly Rod & Reel and thought I would give you a heads up to look for it on the newsstands now. We’re pretty proud of this issue for several reasons, including our decision to commission art for the cover. Fortunately for me I didn’t have to look far to find the right artist for the job. As most of you know, my father, Fred Thomas, is an award winning wildlife artist and a great outdoorsman and his illustration of a mayfly bursting through the cover of FRR is, in my opinion, a classic. But it’s not the only reason to check out this issue—we detail four super-productive spring hatches, Leeson reviews modern sling packs, Seth Norman takes us on a cruise through the Sacramento Delta for bass, Dave Hughes offers Continue reading →
Just thought I’d share the winning bracket with you. Well, at least I hope this is the winning bracket. Certainly it doesn’t include the conventional pick (Kentucky) or my homer pick (Gonzaga). But this gives you a shot at winning some pools. Let me know if you see any picks you don’t agree with. Let the games begin. GT Continue reading →
Just got a heads-up from Redington detailing their newest video project, a six-part online film series called, Find Your Water. Based on the trailer (see below) and the locations where the various segments were shot—from the Olympic Peninsula to Florida and beyond—this should be worth watching. Check out Redington’s site for more info.