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November 29, 2007

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Rivers be Dammed?

Truth is, trout fishing in America, as we know it, just wouldn't be the same without tailwaters. Minus those hydro dams, you could kiss goodbye those wallhanger trophy photos from the Green ... or the Missouri ... or the Frying Pan ... or the Colorado at Lees Ferry ... or the Delaware ... or the White River in Arkansas, among many others.

But there's also no doubt that certain dams are killing native fisheries, and in some cases, they should go. Period. Especially in the Northwest where we're in the final hours, it seems, of finding some logical solutions for recovering the Columbia-Snake River basin to help steelhead and salmon migrations. Take five minutes, right now (or at least before December 15), and visit www.tu.org to find a link to contact NOAA fisheries, and let them know you demand all options be considered in the federal recovery plan for Columbia-Snake River salmon and steelhead, including lower Snake River dam removal.

It's time to end the gridlock and lethargy.



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"Truth is, trout fishing in America, as we know it, just wouldn't be the same without tailwaters."

you're right, that's exactly why i despise so much 'trout fishing in America'.

it's like saying "fast food just wouldn't be the same without McDonald's"

Chad Miller

Joey is your problem with tailwaters or with trout? Should we not have stocked trout fisheries in America?



i have a problem with tailwaters in general and any old-school 50's army corps of engineers 'taming nature' b.s. thinking. dams have messed up quite a few rivers and their original ecosystems, even if it 'improves' the trout fishing. i don't have a problem with native trout in their native habitat. but somehow the combination of tailwaters/trout and it's relation to the sport of fly fishing resembles putt-putt golf. they should save stocked fisheries for disney world and stop polluting our rivers with these genetic monstrosities.

i think the reliance on stocked trout fisheries is sad state of affairs. it's a testament to how desperate we are to re-create what we've damaged. or a convenient placebo to allow the continuation of mindless exploitation of natural resources, so long as we can 'replace' it.

as moeggs

well said joey my Boy!

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