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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.

TU's Photo Contest

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)

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Free Orvis Helios With Alaska Booking

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.
 
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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. 

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.

Catch Magazine - April 2012

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.

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. 

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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.

Wine Week 2012 - At Mission Creek Lodge

World-Class Fishing And Wine? . . . Yes Please.

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Join two of Washington State's best known flyfishing winemakers for a spectacular week of fishing for silvers and rainbows at one of Fly Out's recommended lodges, Mission Creek Lodge on Lake Aleknagik in the famed Bristol Bay region. Chris Figgins and Rob Newson not only have a passion for making fine wines, but also have shared their love of flyfishing together. Each evening you will enjoy gourmet dinners featuring specialty meats and seafoods, including grass fed beef from Lostine Cattle Company, all perfectly paired with Chris & Rob's premier wines. They will each share with you some of the insights and stories behind each vintage.

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2012 Wine Week Rate

$7500 per per person plus $1500 per person for wine and special pairing menu. Package includes 7 nights, 6 days of fishing, meals, lodging, all fishing equipment including waders and daily guided fly-outs. Click here to learn more about Mission Lodge.

Alaska Fly Out Picks for Cheeky Bracketology

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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: 

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Unique Offering at Alaska's Bristol Bay Lodge

Theme Party!

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The culture around fly fishing has always included music, photography, and good writing. Bristol Bay Lodge, in their 40th year of operation, is infusing their Alaska fishing tradition with some of the country's best artists. Four designated weeks will comprise their 2nd annual Artist-in-Residence program. 

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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