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2019 Product Highlights from RIO Products

Freshwater offerings, Saltwater selections, For two-handed anglers, and Accessories.

IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO (June 27, 2018) – RIO Products continues innovating new lines and leaders to keep anglers at the top of their game in both fresh and saltwater. Read about the new products below or see them at EFTTEX (booth CP13) June 28 – 30 and IFTD (booth 5182) July 11-13.

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Karl Wickstrom Dies at 82

Florida Sportsman founder Karl Wickstrom, a tireless advocate for recreational angling, has died.

Karl Wickstrom (1935 – 2018) International Game Fish Association – Hall of Fame 2008 Inductee 1935 – 2018. IGFA Image.

“No individual has done more in the past 50 years for the health of our fisheries than Karl Wickstrom,” said Congressman Charlie Crist (D-FL 13th District) and former Florida governor. “Someone whose journalism informed and created a vibrant community that will continue to defend and expand sustainable fishing practices and the protection of our environment for decades to come.”

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Moe, Larry, and Curly? More like Clueless, Useless, and Thoughtless.

This Mine Threatens America’s Largest Wild Salmon Run

Both the mining camp and the salmon camp are wondering where EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt stands.

As Rick Halford, the former Republican majority leader of the Alaska Senate, told me a few years back while flying over the Pebble deposit, “You couldn’t pick a better place to ruin both drainages.” — Paul Greenberg / June 27, 2018

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John Jinishian plays a mouse-eating bow. The men made it a point to fish hard and camp late. Photo: Pete Jaacks.

Out There

Two friends brave logjams, bears and bugs to fish virgin rainbow waters in the Alaska backcountry.

The Cessna’s powerful engine yanked the tail rope from my hands as the aircraft leaped forward. The plane skimmed across the surface of the water and lifted majestically into the late spring breeze. As the drone of the engine faded into the distance, we were left alone at a remote headwater lake in the southwest Alaska bush. Only animal tracks lay on the gravel bar beneath our feet. We were about to row down a river with one recorded descent, and that was more than 20 years ago.

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NOAA plans to discontinue North Atlantic and North Pacific Marine Storm Warnings, and dismisses research and science as irrelevant. Scientific community shocked by new direction.

NOAA’s Research Just Shifted From Climate Change To ‘Empowering The Economy’ And ‘National Security’

A “shocking change in the mission of one of the nation’s premier scientific agencies.”

The Acting Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, clearly describes a shift away from scientific work on climate and efforts to conserve and manage ocean and coastal resources.

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Silver Bow Creek today. Google Maps / ecorover.blogspot.

Let the Stream Run Through It

It’s taken two decades to clean up most of Silver Bow Creek, polluted from a century of mining. Now some Butte residents want the last two miles restored, to babble on through the city.

BUTTE, Mont. — The first flecks of gold found here in 1864 were along a creek whose meanders, sparkling in the sun, earned it the name Silver Bow. The discovery turned into a full-blown gold rush and in the 1860s, swarms of miners tore at the tiny stream for its riches.

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James Jindal, The R.L. Winston Rod Company and Bauer Fly Reels’ Eastern Sales Representative. R.L. Winston Rod Company image.

Winston / Bauer Announce James Jindal as Eastern Sales Rep

R.L. Winston Rod Company and Bauer Fly Reels are pleased to announce that James Jindal has joined the teams as Eastern Sales Representative.

James Jindal’s first job in specialty retail was working for the local bait and tackle in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, at the age of 13. Being situated on the northern most barrier island of the Jersey Coast, James spent the bulk of his time targeting inshore species such as striped bass, blue fish, weakfish, fluke, albacore, and anything else that swam.

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