Inslee and Murray would support Snake River dam removal

Washington's governor and Democratic senator offer tepid support for removal of the salmon-imperiling lower Snake River dams
Lower Monumental Dam on the Snake River (photo: Bonneville Power / cc2.0).

Democratic Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat, announced last week that they’d both get behind the removal of four dams on the lower Snake River that impede the migration of salmon and steelhead into the Snake River basin of Oregon and Idaho.

But their support is conditional.


Into the depths for something big
Photo: Thomas Harvey

“Be sure to bring your headlamp.”

It was an odd instruction given that I was to meet him at noon. Everything else he’d suggested – sturdy boots, rugged clothes, large dark streamers – made sense.

“And a 7 or 8wt. But it needs to be short.”

Review: Orvis Waterproof Hip Pack

Watertight, airtight, gear swallowing minimalism from Orvis
The Orvis Waterproof Hip Pack (photo: Johnny Carrol Sain).

The appeal of wet-wade fishing, to me, is its minimalistic nature — no waders to slog around in, no watercraft issues to deal with. That minimalism translates to my rod, reel, terminal tackle, and accessories as well. I’ve never understood how a 4-6 hour wade could necessitate multiple rods and an expedition-sized backpack stuffed to the gills. Give me one rod, one reel, a spool of tippet, and a pocket-sized fly box with a handful of trusted patterns. Throw in a LifeStraw or some other lightweight water filter and I’m good to go for miles and all day long if necessary.

Rediscovering the yellowfin cutthroat trout

Last seen over 120 years ago, biologists are embarking on a journey to find the thought-to-be-extinct yellowfin cutthroat
One of seven specimens of Yellowfin cutthroat trout collected by David S. Jordan and Barton W. Evermann from Twin Lakes near Leadville in 1889 and preserved at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. (photo: Smithsonian Museum).

Some years back, when I still worked as a newspaper journalist, I did a series of stories that focused on cutthroat trout in the West. Following the breadcrumbs left behind by renowned fisheries biologist Dr. Robert Behnke, I traversed the Rockies, going from Montana to southern Colorado and from Utah to the slopes of the Eastern Sierra, all in an attempt to gauge the health — and the future — of the native trout of the western United States.

Review: Orvis Superfine Glass fly rod

Retro feel in a modern, high-performance package
Photo: Spencer Durrant.

As Orvis has worked to rethink and reinvent many of their rod series in recent years – starting with its award-winning Helios 3 (H3) series – I was curious to see what they’d do with their fiberglass offerings. Part of me even wondered if Orvis would opt to keep glass rods in their lineup. But with the recent release of its latest version of its “Superfine” line of fiberglass rods, Orvis has made clear that it intends to maintain its commitment to offering anglers fiberglass options.