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A glades redfish (photo: Dan Decibel).

#NowOrNeverglades photo contest update: 2 months left, win a trip to Florida + the new Sage X

Less than 2 months remain to get your entries in for a chance to win a trip to the Everglades and Florida Keys

Over time, our annual photo contest has grown from a simple prize giveaway to a much more significant event that in recent years has allowed us the privilege of not only putting great gear in the hands of anglers-turned-photographers (or vice versa), but of sending those folks to a fantastic destination to ply its waters with that gear. This year, the contest has taken on additional importance as it has also become also become a vehicle for educating the angling public about important issues facing our fisheries.

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A steelheader’s commitment stamped on his license plate (photo: Kris Millgate).

Head of steel

Fishing with a steelheader

I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m okay with that because I’m with Crusty Craig. Well, that’s what I call him secretly. He’s really Craig Lannigan of Lewiston, Idaho and I love everything about his crustiness. From his wirey beard resembling steel wool to his worn hands reminiscent of a steel mill worker, Lannigan is the finest crust on the Clearwater River.

​“I fish it 100 days a year,” Lannigan says. “I love what it gives me. The steelhead is just fantastic. The thrill I get from doing that is just out of this world to me.”

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Rockin’ T Construction dismantled the car bridge over Idaho’s Jackknife Creek in one day. Some of the beams are now in use farther up the trail. The new pedestrian bridge is 55 feet long instead of the old 24-foot bridge that bottle necked the creek (photo: Kris Millgate).

Restoring hope

Fish return to reconnected waterway

I have my eye on a bend in Jackknife Creek. I know it holds fish. It has to. It’s perfectly sculpted to host a hotel for fish with a deep pool to swim in and overhanging willows for shaded cover. I position myself on the bank across from the bend. I hand my rod to my son. He hands it back. He wants me to cast first so he can watch what happens. My husband is watching too. We’re pretty competitive and we both like to be right so we’ll place bets on just about anything. We have a bet running on this water. If fish are in here, I win.

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Fish face a more serious threat after wildfire because of erosion. Rain washes ash down steep hillsides into waterways (photo: Kris Millgate).

Fire turned Tex Creek into a black hole

Looking for wildlife in wildfire

I've stood on this ridge at least a dozen times. I've shot photos and footage every time. In every season. At any hour. Seeing all colors but black. Now I have black. Wish I didn't. Black is depressing personally and difficult professionally. My lens struggles with the stark contrast of smoky-white sky and tar-colored ground.


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