Cranberry National Wilderness - Cranberry River
Photo: Matthew Reilly

Hidden hollows with dark pasts

Exploring marks left on West Virginia's Cranberry Wilderness

I’ve always been drawn to wild places. It’s where the world makes the most sense. And when the beauty of wild trout—rising where they should, to a fly offered by one practiced in the art of grace and respect for such things—agrees with the surroundings, all is as it should be.

Lanin Volcano - Malleo River - Patagonia, Argentina
The Lanin volcano, which seems ever-present on some sections of the Malleo, towers over the middle section of the river below (photo: Isaias Miciu).

The many faces of the Malleo

Patagonia's Rio Malleo offers some of the finest and most diverse fishing in all of Argentina

As we toss gear into the truck and finish morning coffees, Santos, our guide from Patagonia River Guides, informs me that our planned day on the Malleo will be spent on the lower section of the river and I immediately start to pepper him with questions. Why the lower section? Why not the upper? Or the middle? On my previous visits, I'd spent most of my time on sections of the Malleo other than the lower, and spent it enjoying fantastic fishing amongst some of the most beautiful vistas I'd seen in all of Patagonia.

red snapper at market
Photo: Kris Millgate

Something snappy

With customers as crew, commercial boats work red snapper in the Gulf

Scott Hickman’s boat is worth more than my house and he drives it NASCAR fast. I can tell we are racing by how quickly we pinball through a few dozen oil tankers parked in the Gulf of Mexico.

​“Oil is the new coal,” Hickman yells over the wind and the radio. “All these tankers are sitting out here empty.”

ice harbor dam snake river
Ice Harbor Dam (photo: Salmon Recovery).

Latest ruling is another victory for Snake River salmon and steelhead

The Snake's dams move one step closer to removal

Last week, a federal judge ruled that the government's current plan for management and restoration of wild salmon and steelhead populations on the Snake River is in violation of both the federal Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, primarily due to its allowance of continued operation of the lower system of dams on the Snake, which it deemed a threat to the continued existence the Snake's native, imperiled fish populations.