Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Crack Down on Deadbeat Dams

From Patagonia:   Join us in calling on President Obama to crack down on deadbeat dams, beginning with four especially harmful, federally operated dams on the lower Snake River in southeastern Washington: Ice Harbor Dam, Lower Monumental Dam, Little Goose Dam and Lower Granite Dam.
This petition was created in conjunction with the documentary film DamNation, and supporting partners Patagonia and Save Our Wild Salmon. Please visit DamNationFilm.com to learn more.  
Sign the Petition HERE.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

One Very Good Reason Why The Pebble Mine is A Very Bad Idea

Last week for public commentary open.  Please weigh in, it only takes a minute:

1.    Donate online by clicking here. Your support ensures that we have the staff resources and materials to mobilize as many Americans to support the EPA’s proposed protections as possible. In addition, every dollar you donate will be doubled. Please give today.

2.    Comment to the EPA by clicking here. Tell them you support their proposal and urge the agency to rapidly finalize Bristol Bay protections.

The science, Alaskans and anglers across the country all agree: Pebble mine is a risk we cannot afford to take. We need your help to keep the momentum to protect Bristol Bay strong: donate if you can, and take action.  Comment period ends Sept 19.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

EPA Public Commentary Open

I participated in a Voices of Bristol Bay last week in time for the EPA's public commentary to open.  Please take a moment to comment on why it is important to protect Bristol Bay and your support of the EPA for closing the door on the Pebble Project.
Thank you, -k8

Every comment is important and we are offering a number of ways to comment. All forms of comments whether written or oral, will be considered equally.
Questions to consider when commenting:
  • Do you think the Proposed Determination should be recommended and finalized?    
    Why or why not?
  • Do you have additional information on potential impacts on the North Fork Koktuli River, South Fork Koktuli River and Upper Talarik Creek watersheds, and downstream reaches of the Nushagak and Kvichak Rivers resulting from mining of the Pebble deposit? 
    Specifically information about:
    • Fish and other ecological resources
    • Water quality, flora, fauna and hydrology
    • Wildlife species
    • Recreation
    • Drinking water
  • Can you suggest potential mitigation actions that could compensate for the damage caused by mining the Pebble deposit?
  • Should the discharge of dredged or fill material be completely prohibited, restricted as proposed, restricted in another manner or not restricted at all at this time? 
Submit prepared comments to EPA:
Online: You can submit your comments online by going towww.regulations.gov and enter EPA-R10-OW-2014-0505 in the search box. After getting to the docket page that looks like this, click on the blue box that says “comment now.” You can type in a comment up to 5000 characters or you can attach your comments. Be sure to include your name, address and organization in the text of your comments.
Email: You can also send your comments in an e-mail to OW-Docket@epa.gov. Be sure to include EPA-R10-OW-2014-0505 in the subject line. 
Written comments: You can send your written comments to: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention: Docket ID No. EPA-R10-OW-2014-0505
Hand delivery: Bring your comments to the EPA Docket Center in Washington, DC during normal business hours. If you use this option, especially if you are delivering boxed information, please call the Water Docket first to make arrangements at (202) 566-2426
Remember, all comments will be considered equally.
You can send questions to the project team at: R10BristolBay@epa.gov

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Camo is the New Black

A new blog created to encourage women in hunting and fishing.  Great idea!  And I love the informational graphics like this one:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Meanwhile back in the States....

Camille Fuller hooks into a big Steelhead swinging flies. (Calvin Fuller photo)
Tracy Pennell lands a beautiful steelhead swinging flies. (Tracy Pennell photo)

Photo courtesy of Dmitry Kochetov
Whitney Gould wins SpeyoRama 2014, Mia Sheppard casts 142 feet, and all the women sailed out some epic casts! Yeah Ladies! See results on Mia's blog HERE.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Big (Trigger) Fish Sonya Strikes Again

She just does it time and time again.  If you've ever tried to catch a triggerfish, then you know how absolutely challenging they are to hook and then to bring them to hand.   If not, think about stripping a teeny tiny fly through coral, managing to not snag the coral and thus spook the fish, then setting the hook into horse teeth <successfully>, and finally playing a fish that has every intention of finding the deepest darkest hole to hide and don't even think about putting your hand down there or it will bite your finger clean off.  Good luck getting that hook out.

Please go vote for Sonya, not just because she's dubbed Big Fish Sony for a reason, but because it takes mad skills to land a triggerfish and a monster one at that.  Then go try it for yourself.....(after voting please!!!!)  VOTE HERE On Moldy Chum Slab of the Month

Photo by Tim Pask
Photo by k8

Monday, March 10, 2014

Fish Mission: Kiritiamti

Fish Mission: Kiritimati from moldychum on Vimeo.

If this doesn't make you want to go to Christmas Island I don't know what will! We're leaving January 6, 2015!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Interview with Whitney Gould

Whitney Gould and I have known each other since we met in college in Vermont. Both painting majors, our studios were two doors down from each other. After college, she and I, and some of our other friends, moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn when the neighborhood was still an industrial wasteland and there was plenty of cheap studio/living space. We have been friends ever since (about twenty-five years) and although we no longer live around the corner from each other, we are still in touch. Neither one of us is painting anymore, I am a writer and she is a world casting champion. Both of us have moved about as far from Williamsburg or the east coast, or our original dreams as visual artists as we could ever have imagined.

Read the Rest of the Interview Here

Friday, February 28, 2014


Latest news just came out that the EPA, they are considering blocking the Pebble Mine!  Keep Fighting the Good Fight!

EPA Considers Blocking Pebble Mine

Bringing Bristol Bay Home

This is a piece Justin and I penned for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership on Saving Bristol Bay.  Please take a moment to read and speak out to the EPA.  Thank you!
          We’re writing this from our recently purchased house on the rain-hammered winter coast of Oregon. Sheets of water are lashing against our windows, and the wind threatens to rip off the storm door. It’s a far cry from the GTs we were catching on Christmas Island a few weeks back in the warm sun. Now we’re here for the steelhead. Each season we guide winter-run steelhead in the heart of Oregon’s north coast. As a part of our dream, we created Frigate Travel, an outfitting company servicing and expanding a host of fishing destinations around the world. When steelhead season ends, the Sea of Cortez will lure us back for another season chasing and guiding roosterfish.

Continue Reading On TRCP

photo by k8