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Accountability in the EPA

The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility reported Monday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered its staff to "not respond to questions or make any statements" if contacted by congressional investigators, reporters or its own Office of Inspector General. So finding

Study: Warm weather hurts fish, economy

Rivers and streams across the West are getting hotter and drier, making it increasingly difficult for trout to feed and spawn, according to a new report by a fishing and conservation group.

The report says global warming is shrinking cold-water habitat, threatening the survival of trout and

Summer Steelhead

My friend Ryan's summer steelhead.

I have already begun to hear stories of the lower Deschutes blowing up with aggressive summer-run steelhead. Although the summer fish are smaller now than in prime time, they are also more aggressive. Landing more than one steelhead on the same day in the winter is rare, but having a multiple fish day in the summer is a definite possibility. Switching from sinking lines to floating lines and fishing wet flies that hang just below the surface or sometimes waking dry flies is a welcome transition. However, on the local Portland rivers, that line adjustment is not made as quickly or often.