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Protect Alaska's Wild Places

From the Alaska Wilderness League

The Alaska Wilderness League is a friend of AlaskaFlyOut.com and partner in the effort to preserve Alaska's wild lands and waters, including the Tongass National Rainforest, by engaging citizens and decision makers with a courageous, constant, victorious voice for Alaska.

See their cornerstone website www.tourthetongass.com to see the wonders of the Tongass region. You can see our recommended lodges from the region on our lodge map page

Tongass Lodge Map

Tongass Alaska Map

Notes on Pebble Mine Public Hearing in Seattle, WA

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.

Our Common Waters

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

Sportsmen Voice Against Pebble Mine

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.

BobWhite Studio Donates to Sportsman's Alliance for AK

25% of All Print Sales Donated

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Many of us in the Alaska fishing community are doing whatever we can to help stop the proposed Pebble Mine threatening the Bristol Bay watershed. Fly Out ambassador, Bob White, is no different. BobWhite Studio will donate 25% of print sales to the Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska to help stop the Pebble Mine. 

As many of you know, the proposed Pebble Mine threatens Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed, a complex system of rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands that supports the most productive wild sockeye salmon fishery in the world.

You can see all of Bob's prints on his website, BobWhiteStudio.com.

Alaska Fly Out Picks for Cheeky Bracketology

Eat Your Heart Out Joe Lunardi

The Fly Out Bracket submission - Good luck ak sport fish! 

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Cheeky Fly Fishing March Madness - Road to the Final Fish

Cheeky has once again created the ultimate tournament of sport fish. Thirty-two fish have been selected and seeded in a bracket, but ony one will be crowned champion based on your votes. Fill out brackets by selecting which fish you prefer in each matchup. Pick the winners and receive great prizes including reels, rods, line, sunglasses, art, apparel and accessories from some of the hottest companies in fly fishing.

Click here to fill out your bracket to help the following causes: 

Choose Your Alaska Fishing Adventure

Book One of Our Recommended Lodges, We Donate 5%

LodgeAdBook any lodge or adventure via our promo page by March 10th and 5% is donated to Save Bristol Bay to help protect Bristol Bay's world-class fishing opportunities. See our variety of operations listed below. 

Lodge/Operation Comparison Table

Lodge/Operation Region Type of Operation Rate Per Person *
 Alaska Rainbow Lodge  Bristol Bay  Fly Out Lodge  $7,950 7-Day Package
 Alaska River Adventures  Kenai Peninsula  River Lodge  $4,995 6-Day Package
 Alaska Wilderness Safari  Alaska Peninsula  Wilderness Lodge  $5,850 7-Day Package
 Angler's Alibi  Bristol Bay  River Lodge  $4,800 7-Day Package
 Baranof Wilderness Lodge  Sitka, Alaska  Wilderness Lodge  $4,550 - $5,050 5-Day Package
 Bristol Bay Lodge  Bristol Bay  Fly Out Lodge  $7,350 7-Day Package
 Copper River Lodge  Lake Iliamna  River Lodge  $4,550 7-Day Package
 Crystal Creek Lodge  Bristol Bay  Fly Out Lodge  $8,300 - $8,900 6-Day Package
 Enchanted Lake Lodge  Katmai National Park  Fly Out Lodge  $8,750 7-Day Package
 Grosvenor Lodge  Katmai National Park  Wilderness Lodge  $4,425 7-Day Package
 Icy Bay Lodge  Southeast Alaska  Wilderness Lodge  $5,400 5-Day Package
 Igiugig Lodge  Lake Iliamna  Fly Out Lodge  $5,900 7-Day Package
 Intricate Bay Lodge  Lake Iliamna  Fly Out Lodge  $6,495 7-Day Package
 Kulik Lodge  Katmai National Park  Fly Out Lodge  $5,075 7-Day Package
 Larsen Bay Lodge  Kodiak Island  Fly Out Lodge  $5,500 6-Day Package
 Mission Creek Lodge  Bristol Bay  Fly Out Lodge  $7,500 7-Day Package
 No See Um Lodge  Bristol Bay  Fly Out Lodge  $8,600 7-Day Package
 Rainbow Bay Resort  Lake Iliamna  Wilderness Lodge  $6,250 7-Day Package
 Redoubt Mountain Lodge  Lake Clark  Adventure Lodge  $4,195 5-Day Package
 Riversong Lodge  Lake Creek  River Lodge  $5,045 7-Day Package
 Royal Coachman Lodge  Bristol Bay  Fly Out Lodge  $7,450 7-Day Package
 Royal Wolf Lodge  Katmai National Park  Fly Out Lodge  $6,350 - $7,950 7-Day Package
 Talaheim Lodge  Alaska Range  Heli-Fish Lodge  $6,800 7-Day Package
 Tikchik Narrows Lodge  Bristol Bay  Fly Out Lodge  $7,400 7-Day Package
 Wild River Guides  Bristol Bay  Float Trips  $3,750 7-Day Package
 Yes Bay Lodge  Ketchikan, Alaska   Wilderness Lodge  $4,795 6-Day Package

*Rates are subject to change. Other duration stays are available for different prices.

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Exploring the Tongass

Field & Stream: Best Wild Places

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For the second straight year, Field & Stream has partnered with Trout Unlimited on tours of America's Best Wild Places. The Best Wild Places is a joint project and offers a unique look at some of the country's best hunting and fishing destinations, as well as the challenges these amazing places face if they are to remain intact and functional for years to come. One of their feature "places" is the Tongass National Forest. Read more

A Day in Our Bay

A Taste of the Priceless Culture in Bristol Bay

dayinourbay-logo-250A total of 151 Bristol Bay Native Corp. shareholders requested a free video camera to participate in the project, and video mentors traveled to eleven communities to train people on how to use the cameras. Shareholders were then asked to document their lives and feelings about the land on a single day: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. Check out a few of their entries below.  

If you live near Anchorage, the "Day in Our Bay" film premieres today (Dec. 2nd) 8 P.M. at the Bear Tooth Theatre as a part of the Anchorage International Film Festival. If you can't make the showing in Alaska, check out their website at dayinourbay.org. For more videos, see their YouTube Channel.

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