Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Wednesday WWHD: Pebble Mine

So What Would Hank Patterson Do about the proposed Pebble Mine up north in Bristol Bay Alaska? The new WWHD questions comes from Benjamin in Alaska... My profound, inaccurate, accurate, informative, uninformed thoughts on the Pebble Mine. Snap It! -Hank

Friday, April 11, 2014

AG of New Mexico backs fishing access in streams across private land.

More sensible laws being upheld by elected officials that represent the PUBLIC's interest. Way to go, New Mexico.
Gary King
Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 7:59 pm, Wed Apr 9, 2014. 
Landowners can’t stop New Mexico sportsmen from fishing in a stream that crosses private property if the fisherman is wading or standing in the water rather than trespassing on adjacent land, Attorney General Gary King said Wednesday in a legal analysis applauded by a sportsmen group.

King reached the conclusion in a nonbinding legal opinion that could spark a fight over fishing access in a state where many prime trout streams, such as the Brazos and Pecos rivers, are bordered by private land and are small enough to wade.

King said fisherman can’t trespass to gain access to public waters, but that “walking, wading or standing in a stream bed is not trespassing.”

Existing state laws and regulations don’t directly address the question of the public’s right to fish in streams crossing private land, according to King’s office. State wildlife agency rules deal with trespassing by sportsmen.

Game and Fish Department rules prohibit fishing on private property without the landowner’s written permission when the land is properly posted with signs.

The agency, which is responsible for enforcing fishing and hunting rules, didn’t immediately respond to telephone calls and emails seeking comment on King’s legal analysis.

The New Mexico Wildlife Federation praised King’s opinion.

“This is great news for New Mexico anglers,” said Garrett VeneKlasen, the group’s executive director.


“This opinion reverses decades of actual practice,” he said in a statement, “and we all — sportsmen, landowners, the Game and Fish Department — need some time to assess the implications and figure out how to implement the changes. For starters, we’ll need to implement an intensive stream-steward program, widespread educational and outreach effort to anglers and landowners to prevent conflicts. This is not going to be an easy transition, but it is a red-letter day for New Mexico anglers.”

The New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau voiced opposition to King’s legal opinion and said it would ask for clarification from the Game and Fish Department.

“This opinion goes against the grain of private property rights in New Mexico,” Chad Smith, the organization’s CEO, said in a statement. “New Mexico’s farmers and ranchers should be able to post no trespassing signs and expect that those will be honored by hunters and fishermen across the state.”

According to the opinion written by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Farris and signed by King, landowners — even if they own the streambed and surrounding land — can’t prevent fishing in streams and rivers because the water belongs to the public.

“The public’s right to use public waters for fishing includes activities that are incidental and necessary for the effective use of the waters. This includes walking, wading and standing in a stream in order to fish,” the opinion concluded.

A nearly 70-year-old state Supreme Court ruling established the right to fish from a boat on a public lake bordered by private land, and King’s office drew on that in reaching its conclusion about fishermen who are wading in a stream.

“A private landowner cannot prevent persons from fishing in a public stream that flows across the landowner’s property, provided the public stream is accessible without trespass across privately owned adjacent lands,” according to the attorney general’s opinion.

King stressed that the opinion did not deal with fishing access to streams crossing federal or tribal lands.


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Friday Films: Oh my God! Very bad fly fishing by Peter in New Zealand

Friday Films: Oh my God! Very bad fly fishing by Peter in New Zealand

Oh my God! Very bad fly fishing by Peter in New Zealand from Kokkaffe Media on Vimeo.
from Kokkaffe Media
This little edit follows Peter's streak of bad luck and not-so-pro fuck ups during a recent New Zealand trip with the Nylinder brothers.

Cheers, Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

F3T - Park City, Utah

The Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) is on its way back to Park City, UT brought to you by Utah Stream Access Coalition.  All proceeds from this event will go toward the USAC with efforts to restore and preserve public access to Utah's public waters and streambeds.  The event is being held at EPIC Nightclub.  This is a 21+ venue located at 268 Main Street next to Wasatch Brewery.

Tickets($13) are available locally in advance: 

Trout Bum 2 Fly Fishing, 435-658-1166 or Four Seasons Fly Fisher, 435-657-2010. They are also available through F3T Click here for online order for $13 . 

We recommend getting your tickets in advance.  Any still available can be purchased at the door on the night of the event for $15.

Doors open at 6.30 pm so please join us early for a pre-event social gathering.  Film starts promptly at 7.30 pm. Watch the trailers here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Film: A Fly Fishing Trip - New Zealand

A Fly Fishing Trip - New Zealand from AF Fly Fishing on Vimeo.
A New Post today on for your Friday Film: A Fly Fishing Trip - New Zealand
All I can say is WOW, these are some very large and completely pristinely gorgeous trout!
- Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Waylon Wednesday: All Waylon All Day Long

Something that needs to be put out there...      It's time to get some Waylon into to your Wednesday.
Here, this will Help:  Click On Waylon 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Films: Silver Tiger Taimen...

Silver Tiger Taimen from Ryan Peterson on Vimeo.
Friday Films: Silver Tiger Taimen...
from Russia with love via Ryan Peterson, John Sherman, and The Drake Magazine Spring 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday Films: GEOBASS: Colombia

Good friend Thad Robison and the Crew at Motiv Fishing Launch a new Fly Fishing Film today... Watch episode 1 GEOBASS: Colombia
GEOBASS is a new epic adventure series following four expedition anglers on an around the world ultimate bass slam journey. GEOBASS episode 1 takes place on one of the most hostile waterways of Colombia. So no guarantees on an episode 2. See more at #GEOBASS
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Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Films: Return of the Cicadas

Return of the Cicadas - Green River Fly Fishing from Scott Barrus on Vimeo.

Green River Fly Fishing

Dry Fly Fishing on Utah's Green River with Spinner Fall Guide Service.