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  • By: Greg Thomas
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I started traveling to Alaska alone when I turned 16, taking a salmon-cannery job that required 17-hour workdays, seven days a week, for three months straight.

Upfront Notes

  • By: Greg Thomas
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For a while I didn’t think a fish was worth catching unless it was taken on a fly that came from the jaws of my vice, all threaded, leaded and possibly whip-finished by my own hands.

With Atlantic salmon stocks on the rise, Québec’s Gaspé Peninsula offers great chances for the fish of a lifetime.

  • By: Greg Thomas
  • Photography by: Geoff Moore
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Being a travel writer and angler, I’ve endured enough to believe that karma makes or breaks trips, and that starting out on the bottom side of good fortune just isn’t right.

Upfront Notes

  • By: Greg Thomas
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The Election and Bristol Bay

I don’t really care about party lines or who you supported in the presidential election, and I won’t even ask, believing instead that everyone should cast a vote without scorn. But the fact is Barack Obama is America’s guy for the next four years, and that gives us an opportunity to kill the proposed mine near Alaska’s Bristol Bay for good.

Upfront Notes

  • By: Greg Thomas
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My girls have a book titled Swimmer. It documents the life cycle of a wild Pacific salmon, including the very end, when Swimmer starts to decompose and litters the river with shreds of her flesh. Her death feeds big rainbows and Dolly Varden, but more important, she fuels the river’s nutrient base and, eventually, her offspring.