Downeast Salmon Federation Stocking Photos

I’ve written before about how compelling I find the work of the Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) — truly inspiring work. To have a sustainable stock of wild Atlantic salmon returning to the US within my lifetime is a dream I’ve had since I was a kid — and it’s a dream I know many share.

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A Coast Divided: 2015 Striped Bass Regulations

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Before summarizing the new catch limits set by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (AMFSC), let me start with a simple observation: This was the worst year of striped bass fishing in New England I have ever experienced.

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Early Miramichi Salmon

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Recently, friends have gone to the Bahamas, to Boca for tarpon, and to the Miramichi for Atlantic salmon. I’ve been thinking about this last one a lot, as my close friend Ben Moody went salmon fishing for the first time on the Little Southwest Miramichi. This winter, I tied him some flies, and so I was anxious to find out how he had done.

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A Look Back at New England Fly Fishing in 2013

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In 2013 I was fortunate to have some great days on the water — including one of my best ever. But all of this was marred by persistent bad news about the continued decline of striped bass (more on that later). What follows is a short summary of some key trends, trips, and events from 2013.

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Good news for menhaden

Menhaden — the largely unrecognized lynchpin of the saltwater food chain whose stocks have shown signs of decline in recent years — had a good day this week: the ASMFC’s Menhaden Management Board approved the first ever Atlantic menhaden harvest reduction, setting the reduction at 20%.

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