Kelly Diversion in Wyoming

The Newbold Diversion on the Gros Ventre River in Kelly, Wyoming was well past its prime. Originally built to power flour and saw mills, the diversion had outlived its usefulness. In 2013, Trout Unlimited…

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An Upstream Journey, Dispatch #9: Fighting Huge Rainbow Trout and Talking Climate Change


This Lower Sac rainbow the most powerful trout the author has ever caught.
Photo by Paul Moinester

[Editor’s Note: Paul Moinester has embarked on a six-month, 20,000-mile adventure to exploring the upstream battle to protect wild fish and their habitat. He has been posting dispatches on the Fly Fishing blog throughout his journey.]

Sense of time has never been my strong suit. Despite my best efforts, I’m routinely late for everything. My friends just refer to it as MST – Moinester Standard Time. And as bad as I am with time in everyday life, it’s exponentially worse when I have a fly rod in my hand. It’s not uncommon for me to. . .

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Saving the Chesapeake Bay, One Oyster at a Time

Written by: Laura Wood


Recent low lunar tides along the Lafayette River offered an excellent opportunity to see the fruits of our oyster restoration work. Above, reef balls planted two years ago are now completely covered in oysters.
Photo by CBF Staff

Once so chock-full that Native Americans called it “great shellfish bay,” the Chesapeake has long since seen its oyster population decimated by overharvesting, pollution, and disease.

This is bad news…

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An Upstream Journey, Dispatch #8: Harnessing the Wyoming Wind and Protecting Fish & Wildlife

Written by: Paul Moinester


This nice brown trout was caught miles from the proposed site.
Photo by Paul Moinester

[Editor’s Note: Paul Moinester has embarked on a six-month, 20,000-mile adventure to exploring the upstream battle to protect wild fish and their habitat. He has been posting dispatches on the Fly Fishing blog throughout his journey.]

Gusts up to 60 mph: it was an ominous fishing forecast but a fitting one. Our plans to float the famed North Platte River the next day had been derailed. Yet these mighty winds were justification for why we had come to Saratoga, Wyoming in the first place—to attend a Trout Unlimited summit on the. . .

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An Upstream Journey, Dispatch #7: Defending the Colorado River

Written by: Paul Moinester


Moose shows off the gorgeous colors of a Colorado brown trout on the Taylor River.
Photo by Paul Moinester

[Editor’s Note: Paul Moinester has embarked on a six-month, 20,000-mile adventure to exploring the upstream battle to protect wild fish and their habitat. He will be posting dispatches on the Fly Fishing blog throughout his journey.]

Runoff was in full force in Colorado. Everything was running high, fast, dirty, or just totally blown out. I was in Grand Lake visiting my buddy C, a former colleague from my DC days, and exploring the headwaters of the. . .

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Video: Conservation Hawks’ “Immersion”

Back in April, at the fishingsifu Guide Rendezvous in Missoula, Montana, my friend Todd Tanner told me about a concept for a video that his organization, Conservation Hawks, was planning. It’s hard to figure out the best way to get a serious message across, and we discussed several options. Looks like they nailed it.

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An Upstream Journey, Dispatch #6: Catch-and-Release on the Drunk Fork

Written by: Paul Moinester


The author shows off his first Drunk Fork brown trout.
Photo by Josh Prestin

[Editor’s Note: Paul Moinester has embarked on a six-month, 20,000-mile adventure to exploring the upstream battle to protect wild fish and their habitat. He will be posting dispatches on the Fly Fishing blog throughout his journey.]

Standing on the bank, my eyes affixed to the river, I scoured the water looking for the subtle interruption of a nose piercing the otherwise glassy surface. It only took a minute to spot a snout emerge from the water. But this fish was not peacefully rising and kissing the. . .

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An Upstream Journey, Dispatch #5: Taking a Break in Bend

Written by: Paul Moinester


Brian O’Keefe shows off a Deschutes River brown trout.
Photo by Paul Moinester

[Editor’s Note: Paul Moinester has embarked on a six-month, 20,000-mile adventure to exploring the upstream battle to protect wild fish and their habitat. He will be posting dispatches on the Fly Fishing blog throughout his journey. And, as someone who has fished with Brian O’Keefe, I can corroborate everything Paul writes here.]

No matter how hard I try to contain my excitement, I inevitably spend the days leading up to any fishing trip daydreaming about everything unfolding perfectly. Thoughts of vicious takes, line zipping off my reel, lots of gripping, and even more grinning swirl through my head and consume my brain. In the weeks leading up to my. . .

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An Upstream Journey: Dispatch #3, the Salmon of the Columbia River


Bob Rees displays a hatchery salmon that is a sad replacement for the wild fish that once swarmed up the Columbia River.
All photos by Paul Moinester

[Editor’s Note: Paul Moinester has embarked on a six-month, 20,000-mile adventure to exploring the upstream battle to protect wild fish and their habitat. He will be posting dispatches on the Fly Fishing blog throughout his journey.]

As the rain pelted down and the boat raucously shook in the choppy Columbia River, young Cole weathered the elements and fought the spring-run Chinook salmon tooth and nail. With Cole’s rod doubled over and the salmon thrashing right below the river’s grey surface, Bob dropped his net into the water and pulled up a. . .

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