Fish Talk | August 2018 Newsletter

Hi Everyone,

Summer is just whizzing by! Hopefully all of you are enjoying the fishing. We’ve got some closures for salmon on several of the rivers due to low returns, but we are hoping that they will catch up soon.

“MODERN FISH ACT” PASSED

Hope you didn’t miss the news that Congressman Don Young has sponsored the “Modern Fish Act” that passed the House in Congress recently, and is now headed toward the Senate. This vote marks the first time the priorities of the recreational fishing sector are included in the re-authorization of our nation’s primary marine fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management ACT. 

AFFTA ON THE “MODERN FISH ACT”

AFFTA Statement on H.R. 200 Passage

AFFTA President Ben Bulis issued the following statement regarding the passage of H.R. 200, the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act of 2017” by the House of Representatives:

Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed – by a slim margin – a bill that seeks to unravel the sensible, science-driven management framework that is working to achieve abundant and healthy marine fisheries. Rather than improving upon the success of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, H.R. 200 undermines the law by exempting some fisheries from limits on catch and weakening the rebuilding requirements that recover depleted stocks as quickly as possible. In doing so, H.R. 200 puts at risk the long-term sustainability of marine fisheries, and the saltwater fly fishing industry that is dependent on healthy, productive stocks.

AFFTA believes a reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act must focus on real solutions to the issues facing marine fisheries, solutions that are focused on increasing the number of fish in the ocean, and thus increasing the angling opportunities that drive our industry. We implore the Senate to safeguard the economic vitality of the recreational fishing industry by strengthening – not weakening– the conservation and management of our federal fisheries. Click here to read the full statement .

DAM REMOVAL

Slated to begin in 2020, the largest dam removal project in U.S. History will remove four dams on the Klamath River. “The Klamath River Renewal Corp. plans to begin site work in two years to remove four dams on the Klamath River and deconstructing the dams will begin in 2021, according to the “Definite Plan for the Lower Klamath Project.” Via Record Searchlight.

FLY FISHING AT NIGHT

Click here for an interesting article on fly fishing at night! 

RETIREMENT

IF retirement is always as good as it has been for me this summer, I want to tell you about a wonderful adventure I had just recently. Being the grayling aficionado that I am, I hooked up on a several day trip to the Denali Highway with some friends who had just bought a new motor home and wanted me to ride along with them in my own van. The grayling fishing was stupendous, with fish that just couldn’t wait for the next fly, and so was the trip over the mountains in the Interior! Getting a chance to view a scene like the Susitna River, with the mountains and the lakes gleaming in the sun and the oil pipeline meandering through the bushes was worth driving the long gravel road for. We also saw lots of wildlife including fox, eagles, a few caribou, and owls.

We extended our trip to visit Kirk Martakis at Adventure Denali and some of his remarkable private lakes and stream-side opportunities at Cantwell for time in the float tubes fly fishing for his VERY large rainbows and grayling. We were not disappointed. We pasted ourselves with bug-dope, and then sat outside each evening after dinner with a glass of wine to listen to the owls. 

I left them there (reluctantly) for their return to Anchorage. I was headed to Delta Junction to visit the lovely, delicate, spring-fed Clearwater River, where I am in the process of writing an article on grayling for Fish Alaska Magazine on it. Read all about that adventure sometime next year. 

Driving home a couple of days later down the Richardson Highway and Glennallen and the road to Valdez have mountains beside them that will take your breath away when the weather is good—and it really was! Still covered in snow & just dusting themselves off in the breezes, I tried not to go off the road while oogling them. I’ve traveled all of these roads any number of times during the nearly 50 years I’ve lived in Alaska, but never have I seen such great weather as we had on every single day of the trip!!! Can you believe THAT for AK? Don’t put an Alaska trip on the shelf for your “some-day.” Some-day is NOW!

FLY FISHERS INTERNATIONAL FAIR IN BOISE, ID

Information and an up-to-date event schedule for the family-friendly event are available at www.flyfishersinternational.org . Tickets to the International Fly Fishing Film Festival™ Aug. 8 at 6:30 are available at www.flyfilmfest.com . Film Festival tickets and other Fair-related activities may be obtained at (406) 222-9369:

DON’T MISS THIS ONE! MID-CURRENT HAS THE SCOOP!

ICAST/IFTD 2018 Recap from Fishpond –go to https://fishpondusa.com/ to see all the new products!

FLY FISHING VIDEO WINNERS- THE DRAKE 12TH ANNUAL REPORTS

The Drake 12 th Annual videos! View them at http://www.drakemag.com/video-awards/2018-films.html . Some very great video!

JUST ANNOUNCED! PUDGE KLEINKAUF HAS BEEN NAMED ONE OF THE “30 MOST INFLUENTIAL FEMALE ANGLERS IN NORTH AMERICA”

As of July 2018 by Wildlife Enthusiast Magazine. A proprietary algorithm determines the winners. It measures not just the number of followers, friends, and fans on social media but-more importantly-activity levels, engagement, and influence.

See the announcement at: https://wildlifeenthusiast.com/most-influential-female-anglers-in-north-america/

That’s all for August! Fish on!!! ~ Pudge