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Notes on Pebble Mine Public Hearing in Seattle, WA

on Monday, 04 June 2012. Posted in Article, News, Conservation

By Fly Out Ambassador Mark Rutherford

sbbhearingPublic comments & EPA draft assessment - May 31,2012 - Seattle, WA

Regarding Section 404C Clean Water Act

Dennis Mclerran, the EPA Region Administrator, introduced the Watershed Assessment process and the goals for public participation. Rick Parkin, the EPA Manager for the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment and the tribal liaison gave a Power Point presentation Executive Summary. He showed that through the literature review process, his visits to the site, and liaison with the Bristol Bay tribal entities, that he had a good grasp of the issues

The list of speakers with very compelling and impassioned testimony included Peter Andrews, Dillingham BBNC board member, Larry Barret Director of operations for Sage, Rio, Reddington, Joel Reynolds NRDC, Jim Klug Yellow Dog & AFFTA and so many more.

Huge numbers of commercial fishers and Alaskan native residents gave passionate comments. Three to four of us spoke representing sport fishers. About 95% of the comments were pro conservation, 5% were pro development- (by appearance all pro development speakers were on the payroll of Pebble with the exception of 1 pro development Alaska native from Nondalton and 1 from King salmon who may or may not be on the payroll),

Of the 95% pro-conservation comments about 5% of us were commenting on the science behind the assessment. I (Mark Rutherford) spoke to the impacts on the fresh water (salmon spawning & rearing) resources by the various proposed slurry pipelines, electrical transmission lines, & haul roads. Thomas Quinn, University of Washington, reported that the fishery and biologic data strongly support protection of the fresh water resource rather than remediation. David Kerlick, a theoretical and computational physicist, critiqued the "failure analysis" data used by the EPA suggesting it is too conservative. Richard Leeds, Wildlife Forever, spoke about the importance of "Hydrologic Interconnections" and "Connected habitat". Robert Wisnar (not sure the spelling) retired University of Washington professor suggested the Bristol Bay ecologic/ hydrologic systems may not have the "resilience" to sustain a robust fishery in the face of mine development of this magnitude. Pete Modaff Senator Cantwell's aid spoke of the Senators deep concerns for the fishery, and the environment it depends on, and the health of the fishing industry.

Many dozens more (80 total) made comments we all can be proud of! There were several ovations after impassioned conservation comments. It was an inspiring public hearing.

To the EPA's credit, their findings strongly support EPA intervention through a 404C veto of the project.

Alas if it were only that simple. Great cheer nonetheless.

EPAHEARINGMark Rutherford has over 34 years of fly fishing experience in Alaskan rivers and a Masters in Education in Alaskan Aquatic Ecology, Mark is in the 99'th percentile of the most experienced fishing guides in Alaska. He is regarded by several authorities as one of the finest boat handlers in Alaska. Mark specializes in first descents of small wilderness salmon streams and tributaries exploring for rainbows, cohos, kings, & char. Mark is the owner and head guide for Wild River Guides.

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Mission Lodge Under New Ownership

on Monday, 28 May 2012. Posted in Article

For Immediate Release

May 24, 2012

Contact: Guy Fullhart, General Manager

(800)-819-0750 or

LOGOWe at Mission Lodge have exciting news to share from the shores of Lake Aleknagik in Alaska's beautiful Bristol Bay watershed. In May 2012, long-time owner Dale DePriest successfully closed a sale of the Mission Lodge to Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC). The sale helped DePriest realize an important retirement goal while at the same time assuring the continuation of his vision for the Mission Lodge. "The sale returns the property to local, Alaska Native ownership and provides new and exciting opportunities for my dear friends Guy and Sarah Fullhart," said DePriest.

BBNC is seeking opportunities to invest in the Bristol Bay region and tourism has been an area of interest for some time. "We are very excited to have re-entered the region through a tourism investment and believe we have found a great fit with the Mission Lodge and Guy and Sarah Fullhart," said BBNC President & CEO Jason Metrokin.

BBNC is a strong advocate for conservation and responsible development, and is a leader in the fight against the Pebble mine that threatens Bristol Bay waters and fisheries. "We are very focused on protecting Bristol Bay and I believe that the values of BBNC and very much in line with the customers of the Mission Lodge," said Metrokin.

Guy and Sarah Fullhart have joined the BBNC team and will continue to manage the lodge operations. "We are very happy to be a part of BBNC and are really pleased that their vision is to keep the Mission Lodge unchanged. Our guests can expect the same feel and exceptional experience that they have come to know and love," said Sarah Fullhart. "We all share a common bond and love for this incredible region of Alaska. This new chapter for Mission Lodge more tightly connects the lodge with the region and together will help us learn from each other and strengthen our common fight to protect this land for many generations to come," said Guy Fullhart.

About Mission Lodge: The Mission Lodge is one of Alaska's premier sports fishing lodges located in the Bristol Bay in the village of Aleknagik. Mission Lodge offers unparalleled fishing opportunities for all five species of wild pacific salmon, trophy rainbow trout and numerous other species. The Mission Lodge offers an all-inclusive experience for the discerning angler and adventure traveler. More information can be found online at www.missionlodge.com.

About BBNC: BBNC is one of 13 Alaska Native Regional Corporations formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. The corporation has over 9,000 Eskimo, Aleut, and Athabascan shareholders with ancestral ties to the Bristol Bay region. BBNC supports responsible resource development, defined as development that is fiscally, environmentally and socially sustainable, serving the long-term interests of our people, our region, and our businesses. More information can be found at www.bbnc.net.

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Combatting Alaska's Mosquito

on Wednesday, 23 May 2012. Posted in Article

DEET FREE BUG REPELLENT OPTIONS

mosquitoAlaska's larger than life reputation extends to their bird-sized mosquitos that terrorize visiting anglers and adventurers. The truth is, mosquitos and the rest of Alaska's pesky bugs are easily managed. In my experience, the mosquitos are the absolute worst in the open tundra and alder bushes that often line the rivers and streams in remote AK. If you are fishing from a boat on open water, you will probably experience a small breeze (or extreme winds) that will elminate these flying devils. Fishing from shore or wading poses a challenge to avoiding their natural habitat. Many Alaska adventureres, guides, and visiting anglers resort to the chemical DEET (myself included). Sometimes, you need to pull out the heavy artillery. But, it seems that the bug repellent industry is coming out with more natural and less harmful options that are EFFECTIVE. Below you will find 5 non-DEET bug deterrant products for Alaska anglers. 

1. Fisherman's Natural Bug Repellant - The 100% Natural Deet-Free spray repels west nile virus mosquitoes, biting flies, gnats, fleas, no see ums and other annoying insects! This non-toxic spray of essential oils will keep the bugs away while you find the fish. It dries non-oily and has a pleasant smell. It's a convenient size to fit in your vest or tackle box.

2. Eco Blends - Made with 100% natural oils, proven effective up to 4 hours, and it is DEET free. 

3. Ex-Officio BugsAway® -The BugsAway shirts from Ex-Officio provide long-lasting, effective and convenient insect protection. Permethrin, the active ingredient in Insect Shield®, is invisible, odorless, and tightly bonded to the fabric fibers, and lasts the expected lifetime of the garment (70 washes). It repels mosquitoes (including those carrying West Nile virus and malaria), ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges (no-see-ums).

4. Sawyer Permethrin: Odorless Clothing Repellent - Prepare your clothing with bug repellent and then worry about any exposed skin. With Sawyer Permethrin, you get an odorless barrier of insect repellent that is both as effective as DEET and lasts up to six washings.

5. BiteBlocker® Xtreme Sportsman - BiteBlocker®'s proven effective Insect Repellent now in a highly effective waterproof formulation tough enough for extreme environments and safe for the entire family. This Xtreme botanical formula provides protection from bites for up to 8 hours against mosquitoes, black flies and more than 2 hours for ticks.

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Alaska Airlines Will Launch King Salmon Design

on Friday, 18 May 2012. Posted in Article

Via The Spokesman-Review

akairsalmonFISHING IN YOUR DREAMS — Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute on Monday unveiled the world's largest king salmon. Stretching nearly 129 feet, the fish-themed design will adorn a Boeing 737-800 this fall.

The new "Salmon-Thirty-Salmon II" design is derived from an earlier version of the paint scheme Alaska Airlines unveiled on a 737-400 in 2005, which was re-painted with the carrier's traditional Eskimo livery last year.

The new design is about nine feet longer than the original 'salmon plane' and also features fish scales on the winglets and a salmon-pink colored "Alaska" script across the fuselage.

"This airplane celebrates Alaska Airlines' unique relationship with the people and communities of Alaska and underscores our air transport commitment to the state's seafood industry," said Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines' regional vice president of the state of Alaska.

Last year, Alaska Airlines flew nearly 25 million pounds of seafood from Alaska to markets in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

And it flew a lot of fishermen back and forth, too.

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Alaska Bush Flying

on Tuesday, 08 May 2012. Posted in Article, Video

Featuring Aircraft Photo & Video

DeHavillandBeaverOne of the unique elements of adventuring in Alaska is the flying. Without the luxury of road systems, Alaska has developed into an epicenter for bush planes and bush pilots. Air travel is essential to the 49th state, and it is a key componenet to the operations of many of our recommended lodges and adventures. These aircraft allow us access to some of the most remote and beautiful places on planet Earth. The bird's eye view that one gets over the vast tundra, glaciers, lake systems, and jagged peaks can be jaw dropping. See our gallery of featured aircraft that include De Havilland Beavers & Otters, Cessnas, Helios Couriers, AStar 350 Helicopter, and a Goose! Also, check out the POV videos of bush flights by Crystal Creek Lodge (Valley of 10,000 Smokes) and Tikchik Narrows Lodge (Wood-Tikchik State Park).

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TU's Photo Contest

on Thursday, 03 May 2012. Posted in Article, News

Submit Your Photos from Alaska

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Last chance to enter Trout Unlimited's photo contest. Submit a best fish, scenic, or angler photo and win some great prizes below. 

Grand Prize

A brand-new Winston BIIIX, a pair of polarized Costa shades and a loaded fly box from Montana Fly Company.

2nd Prize

Three first-place category winners will win a Tenkara rod from Tenkara USA.

3rd Prize

Three second-place category winners will win a pair of non-RX Costa sunglasses of their choice.

4th Prize

Three third-place category winners will win a loaded fly box from Montana Fly Company.

Contest Ends: May 04, 2012 @ 11:59 pm (EDT)

Enter Here

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Our Common Waters

on Monday, 30 April 2012. Posted in Video, Conservation

Patagonia's Environmental Campaign

Alaska does not exactly have a deficiency of water like those states that pull from the Colorado River. However, the problems in the Southwest U.S. serve as good "lessons learned" going forward for AK. It is extremely important to balance our economic desires with our inherent need for wild places and genuine nature experiences. The spirit of the Last Frontier does not include a scarred landscape, weakening salmon runs, polluted waters, and widespread development. 

Fly Out often features the conservation work of Patagonia on our blog because we believe in their voice of environmental responsibility. No company of that size is perfect, but Patagonia is the first to admit it. Check out the Our Common Waters campaign. And, learn about our commitment to Alaska's environment on our conservation page
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Free Orvis Helios With Alaska Booking

on Tuesday, 24 April 2012. Posted in Article, News

Fly Rod Give Away for Alaska Anglers

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Here is a chance to take advantage of some sweet deals and last-minute availability from Alaska's Best Lodges and Adventures. To sweeten the deal, AlaskaFlyOut.com will throw in a 6-WT Orvis Helios Fly Rod to anyone who books 2 persons or more. In addition, we'll donate 5% of your total trip price to Trout Unlimited's Save Bristol Bay campaign. See two featured discount and last-minute lodge openings below.
 
webenchantedlakelodgeEnchanted Lake Lodge - Cancellation Rates - July 8 - 15 or Sept. 16 - 23
 


 

 
webwildsafari2Alaska Wilderness Safari - $4,700/Person - Aug. 4 - 11 or Sept. 8 - 15





See more offers on our Specials Page. To learn more about the Orvis Helios offer, please email the Fly Out Team at . Restrictions may apply. 
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Sportsmen Voice Against Pebble Mine

on Thursday, 12 April 2012. Posted in News, Conservation

Sportsmen Summit in Washington, DC

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Next week, April 16 – 18, 40 sportsmen representing 17 states are traveling to the nation’s capital to let their elected officials and the President know that protecting Bristol Bay, Alaska is a top priority for sportsmen. Learn more about next week’s Sportsmen Summit here from Scott Hed, the director of the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska.

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Catch Magazine - April 2012

on Friday, 06 April 2012. Posted in Article, News

Issue 22: Subscribe for $12/Year

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Catch Magazine once again delivers another issue of inspiring fly fishing images. Not only does the online journal capture amazing fish shots, but it peers deeply into the culture of fly fishing and adventure travel. This is the first issue that requires a subscription fee, but I will testify that it is well worth the $2. The T-Motion Theater video "Wade Andros" by Todd Moen was especially excellent. Subscribe and see the whole magazine at the following link: Catch Magazine.
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