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Paddle the Pads Bass Fly Fishing Tournament
When: Saturday August 26th: Tournament 8:00 am - 6:00pm
**Friday August 25th @ 5pm Check in at Great Lakes Fly Shop
Where: St Louis River, Chambers Grove
Who: Fly Fishing Anglers; Canoes, Kayaks, Non- motorized drift boats ONLY
Cost: $20.00 (per person) registration fee: all proceeds will be donated to The Minnesota Land Trust to support clean and sustainable water on the St. Louis River.
Camping: Fon Du Lac Campground
Registration Deadline: August 24th @ 5 pm
TOP OF THE LINE PRIZES AWARDED!
Top 5 individual longest bass wins.
1) Echo 8 weight EPR fly rod with Airflo line
2) Lameson Waterworks Micra 5 Reel
3)Patagonia Stormfront Sling
4) Bending Branches Fishing Paddle
5) Fly line (tbt) and Duluth Coffee Co. Coffee
Upcoming Dates 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday July 14th and August 11th
Come one come all to a night of Fly Tying and Storytelling! Beer & Bugs is an open to the public fly tying event. Bring your vice, materials and come tie with John Fehnel and friends. Want to learn how to tie? John Fehnel will be tying and instructing a new fly each month. Vices will be provided for beginners so feel free to drift on in. We got ya! Already know how to tie? Come hang out with us!
- All ages welcome!
Movie Night will be back for the Fall!
Keep us posted on Facebook and highlight any movies you think we should show. Cheers John and Alyssa!!
Photo Credit: Fly Fishing Expo
Environmental News: Protect our Waters
Picture Credit: Save the Boundary Waters
The new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue confirmed that federal agencies will continue the two-year, science-based study of the watershed of the Boundary Waters and whether or not sulfide-ore copper mining should be allowed next to the Wilderness.
Regarding the current environmental review, Secretary Purdue said, "we are determined to proceed in that effort and let it run its course. No decision will be made prior to the conclusion of that."
Chief Tidwell added "... the only thing I would add is that the study allows us to really pull together the information, the data and look at the overall balance." He further elaborated, "this gives us a chance to be able to pause, collect the information, to be able to visit and really meet with the public."
Secretary Purdue concluded with a this message, "While our motto is 'do right and feed everyone,' as a veterinarian, I also ascribe to the Hippocratic Oath: "first of all, do no harm." And we hear you loud and clear."
Twin Metals, Antofagasta and mining industry allies have been pushing hard for the Trump administration to reverse previous decisions that protected the Wilderness from the Twin Metals mine proposal, and to cancel the scientific study on protecting lands around the Boundary Waters from this type of mining.
Photo Credit: Bristol Bay Native Corporation
Today the Environmental Protection Agency's Administrator, Scott Pruitt, struck a backroom deal with the Pebble Limited Partnership to build a huge open pit ine near some of our nation's most precious waters. This announcement could remove the proposed protections for Bristol Bay that we have worked so hard to achieve over the past decade.
"If the Trump administration’s strategy is to put a foreign mining company first—and America’s greatest wild salmon fishery dead last—then sadly it’s succeeding. Today EPA settled a lawsuit with Northern Dynasty Minerals—the Canadian junior mining company behind the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The settlement has not yet been filed with the court, but according to EPA and Northern Dynasty press releases it will shelve an Obama-era Proposed Determination to protect Bristol Bay. EPA agrees it will start the process of withdrawing its Proposed Determination and Northern Dynasty Minerals agrees to dismiss the lawsuit.
EPA Administer Scott Pruitt claims the settlement is about providing Pebble a "fair process," but in reality it's putting Pebble Mine first and Bristol Bay second. If he is really serious about "listening to all voices as this process unfolds," then it’s time to listen to what the people of Alaska and Bristol Bay want. Spoiler alert: they do not want the Pebble Mine. More than 65 percent of Alaskans, 80 percent of Bristol Bay residents and Native communities, and 85 percent of commercial fishermen oppose the mine."
Article ~ Tayrn Kiekow Heimer; Full Article https://www.nrdc.org/experts/taryn-kiekow-heimer/epa-settles-lawsuit-puts-pebble-mine-first-america-last
Good Luck to all of the Anglers!
Bass Season is in Full Swing!
Put away your waders, get your boat out, and check out local inland lakes!
Photo: Tim Rajeff
Tim Rajeff, Echo owner and designer of Echo Fly Rods came up and visited the shop! He is a super down to earth and a phenomenal angler. He did a pretty decent job of managing the fat bike too.
Photo of the Week
Photo: Brent Notbohm
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