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Tribal groups protest, calling for the removal of the Iron Gate dam (photo: Patrick McCully).

States, Feds to circumvent Congress, push forward Klamath dam removals

The nation's largest-ever dam removal project to proceed under new agreement

Officials from California, Oregon and the federal government have reached an agreement that would set the nation's largest ever dam removal project, on California's Klamath River, into action. The agreement — which leverages a dam delicensing process at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — would circumvent a Republican congressional blockade and set into motion a project that would see the Klamath's dams removed by 2020.

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RIO intros new InTouch Salmo/Steelhead fly line

RIO continues expansion of its InTouch lineup

Over the last few years, RIO has been gradually expanding its lineup of fly lines built on top of its ConnectCore technology, lines which it typically bear the InTouch moniker. The latest addition to the InTouch lineup, RIO's InTouch Salmo/Steelhead line, is more than just an existing line updated to include ConnectCore, it is a wholly redesigned offering for the salmon and steelhead fisherman.

Florida Fishing

Failing florida’s fisheries and fishing industries

How the fishing capital of the world became a pollution capital

In much of Florida Bay, Biscayne Bay National Park, the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) and Pine Island Sound, there's far less need to tie weedguards on your flies these days. Because of South Florida’s antiquated water management system, which is mostly designed to provide irrigation and flood control at the expense of Everglades ecosystems, the seagrass meadows in these iconic flats-fishing destinations are fast disappearing.

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Photo: Daniel J. Sheets

Surprise, surprise: more proof that hatcheries harm wild steelhead

Study shows that hatchery steelhead domesticate rapidly and pass it on

For those that care about wild steelhead, the idea that hatchery-raised and wild steelhead don't mix has long been a matter of common sense. Wild steelhead are a marvel. Raised in our rivers and streams, they migrate to our oceans where they battle harsh conditions and staggering odds against survival. Those that do survive, and return to the rivers and streams where they were reared, pass on their uniquely adapted genetics to a new generation of wild steelhead.

YETI Tundra 40 and Rambler bottles

New body-sized YETI cooler, Rambler bottles and a bigger Hopper

New travel bottles and lots of bigger from YETI

If it says YETI on it, it sells. That's sort of been the way it's gone over the last few years. YETI's soft-sided cooler, the Hopper, has been hard for stores to keep in stock since YETI announced it in 2014 and its Rambler Colster was one of this holiday season's hard-to-find gifts. But it really doesn't matter what it is; if dons the YETI moniker, it sells.

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