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Capt. Bob Branham receives Bonefish & Tarpon Trust trophy – 2021 induction into the Circle of Honor along with Capt. Bill Curtis. Photo: Pat Ford

Captain Bob Branham and the late Captain Bill Curtis inducted into the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Circle of Honor

By BTT / Cheeca Lodge / April 22, 2021

BTT Circle of Honor recognizes legendary anglers, fishing guides and conservation leaders who have made significant contributions to the conservation of the bonefish, tarpon and permit fisheries.

Curtis is credited with developing the first poling platform for flats skiffs in the 1970s, and created the Bimini Twist and Curtis Connection fishing knots. His yellow Hewes Bonefisher named “Grasshopper” was such a fixture at Biscayne Bay’s Old Rhodes Key that the area is forever known as “Curtis Point.” He passed away at age 91 on October 24, 2016.

The BTT Circle of Honor is housed in the Florida Keys History and Discovery Center, located in Islamorada, Florida, and features an annually rotating exhibit on those honored as well as educational content about the significance of the flats fishery.

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Madison Valley Ranch has stood as one of the top Montana fly fishing lodges since 1994. The Ranch is conveniently located near Bozeman on the upper Madison River with stunning views, world-class Montana fly fishing, luxury lodging, and is home to one of the best restaurants in Montana. Our welcoming staff of hospitality professionals deliver the kind of fishing experience you’d expect from our award-winning Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge.

Meet the Winners of the 2021 Orvis-Endorsed Awards!

By Phil Monahan / Orvis / April 18, 2021

The Madison Valley Ranch has served as a playground for anglers of all abilities since 1993. Daily drift boat trips down the upper Madison River by the region’s most experienced and friendly fly-fishing guides are the highlight, but plenty of other options exist for adventurous anglers. With five other floatable rivers within a 1.5-hour drive from The Ranch, guests can be fishing the upper Madison one day and the Yellowstone, Lower Madison, Jefferson, Beaverhead, or Big Hole the next.

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Aerial view of salt marsh in the Baratari Bay area of the Mississippi River delta Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana July 2010. Science photo

Rerouting the Mississippi River could build new land—and save a retreating coast

In a swamp at the edge of Louisiana’s Barataria Bay, plastic-capped GPS antennas sprout like oversize mushrooms from four small wooden platforms. The gear, which helps scientists monitor changes in the surrounding marsh, is easy to miss in this expanse of water and swampland the size of Delaware. But it represents something even bigger: the beginnings of a grand ecosystem engineering experiment that has been 50 years in the making and could ultimately cost some $50 billion.

If all goes as planned, 2 years from now engineers will punch a massive hole in a nearby levee that holds back the Mississippi River. A 3.5-kilometer-long canal will carry sand and muck from the muddy river into the bay, helping rebuild vast wetlands eroded by sinking land and rising seas. Over 5 decades, researchers forecast that the project—formally known as the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion—could move enough sediment to bury the island of Manhattan under 3 meters of muck and create at least 54 square kilometers of new wetlands. The diversion, expected to cost $2 billion, is a critical part of a much larger effort aimed at preventing coastal Louisiana, and the human and wild communities it supports, from slipping beneath the sea.

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Biden taps ocean scientist Rick Spinrad to run NOAA

Previous administration removed NOAA’s chief scientist and installed anti science conspiracist

President Biden announced he would nominate Rick Spinrad, a professor of oceanography at Oregon State University, to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the country’s premier climate science agency.

The announcement potentially marks a new chapter for NOAA, which was at times a source of tension for former President Donald J. Trump, who publicly sparred with the agency’s scientists and was unable to get any of his nominees to lead it confirmed by the Senate. NOAA has been without a Senate-confirmed leader.

The Trump administration removed NOAA’s chief scientist from his role and installed morons who questioned the science of climate change.

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[Rick Spinrad, a professor of oceanography at Oregon State University, to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]

Domenick Swentosky is a full-time musician, but he still manages to be a prolific blogger. And a good one. Troutbitten is well-written, entertaining and educational. Read it and you will enjoy it — and you’ll become a better fly angler. TU/ Swentosky photo.

Podcast: East Coast Fly Fishing with Domenick Swentosky

By Spencer Durrant / Spencer Durrant: Unhooked /  April 27, 2021  
For the second episode of Spencer Durrant: Unhooked, writer and guide Domenick Swentosky, of Troutbitten, comes on the show. He and Spencer discuss fishing on the East Coast, why you’d bother fishing for trout in the first place, and swap stories about John Gierach, Tom Rosenbauer, and other famous fly fishing writers. Also discussed is the difference between fly fishing for trout in the West and back East.

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