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Tuesday
Nov032009

What do Wild Steelhead mean to you?

Tis the season to gear up for Winter steelheading.  For us in Washington, it comes in two phases - the hatchery run followed by the wild run.  And when Moldy Chum prioritizes its calendar weekends for the next six months,  February, March, and April take pole position.  It's not a priority fueled by quantity or percentages rather one defined by experience.  It is this experience that has incented Trout Unlimited and Moldy Chum to ask for your help.

We invite all Moldy Chum friends and followers to take 1 minute to answer this survey that asks how much anglers in Washington state value wild steelhead as opposed to hatchery-reared fish. The data gathered, non-scientific though it may be, will be provided to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“We’d like to find out just how important the experience of catching a wild steelhead is to the recreational angler in Washington,” said Rob Masonis, vice president of Western Conservation for TU. “From a conservation standpoint, we worry that hatchery fish are diluting wild stocks and reducing the hearty nature of steelhead in the Northwest. But we recognize the overall importance of steelhead to the recreational angler. I guess it boils down to a simple question: would you rather catch a wild fish or a hatchery fish?”

 

Tuesday
Nov032009

Jeff Currier follows Jack Dennis into retail retirement

Jack Dennis is not the only one to have retired from the retail world of the Jack Dennis Fly Shop.

Jeff Currier is also leaving the shop after 23 years to pursue his art, host fly fishing trips and give presentations. You can keep up with Jeff at his Global Fly Fishing Blog which he promises to update more frequently now that he's escaped the bonds of fly fishing retail. 

LINK

Tuesday
Nov032009

Tis the season to get hooked on chum

The even number years produce much bigger runs but 2009 is shapng up nicely.

In Hood Canal, the chum forecast is 380,000, compared to long-term average of 695,000. Other forecasts call for 69,000 in the Nooksack-Samish, 20,000 in Stillaguamish, 27,000 in Skagit, 73,000 in Snohomish and 348,000 for South Puget Sound rivers and creeks.

LINK (Via: The Seattle Times)

Tuesday
Nov032009

No Sports Allowed - on sale now

$10 each (free shipping) for the first 250 sold. These 250 folks will be entered to win a No Sports Hat and one limited edition Fly Wallet with the burned NSA Logo.  Get some now

Tuesday
Nov032009

Expedition to endure

Mission: To promote conservation and protection of watersheds through fly fishing, healthy and sustainable lifestyles through cycling, and to reach out to the public through media to educate, inspire, and motivate current and future conservationists.  Read more here

Tuesday
Nov032009

Catch Magazine: Issue 8

Available here and now