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Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Week #2: Sole Spikes

Earlier this week, we announced via social media the prizes for the second week in our 5 Weeks of Fly Fishing Stocking Stuffers giveaway. For those of you that missed the details on social media, this week we'll be giving away a set of Goat Head Gear Sole Spikes to five winning anglers.

Goat Head Gear Sole Spikes

If you're not familiar with Sole Spikes, now is a particularly good time of year to remedy that. Sole Spikes are perhaps best though of as premium wading boot studs without the premium price tag and paltry stud count that typically accompanies packs of high-end studs. With winter conditions setting in across the country, wading conditions have become treacherous not only in our streams but increasingly so along their banks. So, if your boots aren't already studded up, they probably should be.

Fly Fishing Gift Idea: 25% Off All Prints

One of the lesser known features here on Hatch Magazine is the ability to buy prints of any of the photos we showcase here and adorn your home with some beautiful fly fishing art. Or, better yet, if you're looking for a fly fishing gift that will be appreciated for many years to come, this may be it. And we're not talking about junky prints. These are meant to be permanent pieces of art in your home, office, fly shop or whatever you'd like to decorate with great fly fishing art. Each of the photos we showcase is available as a standard print, large poster, fine art photographic print, a canvas gallery wrap and more -- all printed on high quality papers, canvas, frames and more by the experts at Bay Photo.

Matt Jones Fly FIshing Prints
A pretty pair, from Matt Jones' collection on fly fishing for Bolivian Golden Dorado.

To browse the available printing/purchase options, just head to our photography section and browse any of our recent photography collections, such as the examples above which are from Matt Jones' collection titled "In Search of the Golden Dorado". As you view each collection, you'll see a shopping cart option in the upper right hand corner on your screen. Simply click on the shopping cart to see all of the available buying options including examples of what your selected photo will look like when printed.

4 Things All Anglers Should Be Thankful For

Typically, hokey holiday-themed pieces aren't my thing. But, at a time when it seems that fewer and fewer anglers are in tune with the things that we should all be thankful for, this year's Thanksgiving holiday seemed like a good opportunity for a few reminders. No angler is more fortunate than the American angler, and sincerely acknowledging some of the things that make us so can help keep us on task.

Grande Ronde River
The Grande Ronde River, a BLM Scenic and Wild Waterway (photo: RW Bailey).

Our Public Lands

This is the big one. The US public lands system -- our National Parks, National Forests, BLM Lands and so on -- is unparalleled across the globe. It provides anglers in America free access to vast swaths of wilderness not only to fish but to hunt, hike, camp, ride horses or ATVs and graze cattle. This endowment of public lands, set up by visionary leaders of our country's past, is something that we have all grown up with. It is stitched into the fabric of what it means to be an American. They are truly our lands. And our ownership of them is a privilege that is virtually wholly unknown to citizens of most other countries across the world, where hunting and fishing lands are almost entirely under private control.

The Wine Cork

In my limited experience, the easiest way to catch a redfish is at low tide, casting to pods of cruising fish in relatively shallow, but too deep to stand in, water. It's still not easy, but if you get your fly in front of the cruising pod, strip it properly and the fish are in the mood to eat, you stand a decent chance at a hookup. The most exciting way to catch a redfish, however, is casting to single, sighted fish in the shallows on a flood tide. If you've ever stalked redfish this way, scouting for tails, doing your best to determine where the plucky red you're targeting will be looking when you hurriedly toss your best cast in its direction, you know that eats don't come easily. Redfish can be choosy eaters, and the conditions can be difficult.

South Carolina Redfish Eating Shrimp
Redfish gorge on shrimp in muddy shallows outside Charleston, South Carolina (photo: Doug Roland).

Given such, the idea of catching redfish on a popper seems wholly unlikely, if not ridiculous. As it turns out, it's not, as guides and South Carolina redfish junkies Owen Plair and Harry Tomlinson recently showed. Word is, when redfish are gorging on shrimp in the autumn shallows, choosiness goes right out the window and they'll eat just about anything. And, not only will they take a popper, they'll take one fashioned out of a wine cork.

Perhaps it should come as no surprise. Not long ago I learned that, despite a typical of salmon fishing featuring countless casts and swings only to turn up nothing more than a few tugs, even salmon can be caught on poppers when the conditions are right. So why not redfish?

Pebble Mine Not Dead, Despite Looking More and More Ridiculous

Pebble Mine has always lacked for popular support. And, it has never really mattered who you asked. Whether you queried commercial fishermen, anglers, Alaskan residents or virtually anyone across the globe that wasn't directly invested in the mining industry, the answer was largely the same: Pebble Mine, the plan to build the world's largest open pit mine at the headwaters of the single most productive salmon fishery on the planet, is a preposterously stupid idea. Over the last few years, the already strong popular opposition to Pebble and the evidence against its viability has grown stronger and stronger, but the project's sole remaining investor -- Canadian mining firm Northern Dynasty Minerals (NYSE:NAK) -- refuses to let plans to develop the $500 billion Pebble deposit die.

Kanektok Chum Salmon
Teedie Beatty releases an Alaskan chum salmon (photo: K. Beatty).

The almost mythologically draconian figurehead of the Pebble Partnership (which, since last year's brisk departure of former partner Anglo American is no longer a partnership at all), chairman John Shively, recently expressed confidence that if the partnership is allowed to submit a permit application and have it reviewed, the state and its legislature is almost certain to approve the project. Shively explained, "The state has royalty, the state has taxes, the state’s going to get the economic benefit.”

Shively's comments and the insistence of Northern Dynasty to stay the course continue to ignore public opinion and the mounting facts that undermine the project's viability.