Girls on the water

Brands, conservation organizations and others are diligently working to increase fly fishing diversity
Photo: Justin Miller

In the fly-fishing industry, men have called the shots for a long time. While there have certainly been women of note in the craft—Joan Wulff was certainly a pioneering woman and proof that the long rod didn’t care about the gender of the individual casting it—the vast majority of fly-fishing “celebrities” have been men.

Denmark declares: No new fish farms

Citing environmental concerns, Danish minister decries a halt to new farming operations
View of a sea-based, net pen fish farming oepration (photo: ).

Although Denmark isn't one of the world's largest producers of farmed salmonids—such as nations like Norway, Scotland and Chile—Denmark's aquaculture industry has been on the rise, with annual exports of farmed fish worth over 200 million euros. For now, however, that rise seems to be stalled, as Denmark's environmental minister recently announced a halt to permitting for all new sea-based fish farms as well as the expansion of existing farms, citing environmental concerns.

A window on record low salmon returns

Puget Sound's Ballard Locks has seen the fewest returning salmon since counts began in 1972
Photo: Kris Millgate

The glass is cool thickness on the pads of my fingertips. The pane is solid, sturdy and slightly vibrating. The mechanics of turning a river into a highway are humming through the clear divide.

I’m looking through a window at step 18 of 21 in the fish ladder along Ballard Locks in Seattle, Washington. The locks, there are two at Ballard, move boats into and out of Puget Sound. They raise water up and drain it down by as much as 26 feet multiple times a day. They separate freshwater and saltwater, trapping sea life in transition between the two liquids.

YETI intros the Hopper M30, the latest evolution of its genre-defining soft cooler

The third incarnation of YETI's beloved Hopper line looks to be the best yet
Photo: YETI

It's been 5 years since YETI introduced it's Hopper series of soft coolers which, much like the roto-molded hard cooler Tundra series that turned YETI into the 500 pound gorilla it is today, redefined what any of us could rightfully expect from a cooler.

For dry-fly creek freaks, it's the best time of the year

Stalking desert rainbows on Idaho's Lost River
Photo: Chris Hunt

On a map, it doesn’t look all that far. A quick jaunt up the freeway. A race across a sea of potato fields and a good section of the Idaho National Laboratory, where plans are in place to build a dozen modular nuclear reactors to help power some 36 western communities starting in less than a decade. Finally, there’s the run up the river valley to where the desert meets the Lemhi Range.