Bristol Bay Forever Initiative raising campaign funds

Bristol Bay Forever has an Indiegogo campaign running to raise money in support of their efforts to persuade Alaska voters to approve the Bristol Bay Forever Initiative in November.

The initiative would amend the 1972 Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve (which already protects  the watershed against oil and gas development) to include mining operations as well.

Here’s some inspiration to share:

(Via Flyfish Journal)

Senate tries end-around EPA protection for Bristol Bay

Via TU’s Save Bristol Bay website:

Alaskans expressed extreme disappointment with Senator Lisa Murkowski’s co-sponsorship of the Regulatory Fairness Act, a bill designed to severely curtail the EPA’s authority to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine. The legislation, which was recently introduced by Senators Joe Manchin (WV) and David Vitter (LA), would severely limit the EPA’s Clean Water Act authority to restrict a project whenever it would have an “unacceptable adverse effect” on surrounding wetlands and waterways.

This follows the EPA’s decision in February to begin a Clean Water Act process to block the proposed Pebble Mine, and an announcement by Pebble investor Rio Tinto on Monday that it was dumping its 19 percent stake in the mine.

PNW Congressional Step up on Bristol Bay

Last Friday 10 members of Congress from Washington and Oregon wrote to the EPA asking them to use their power under the Clean Water Act to protect fishing jobs in Bristol Bay, Alaska.  Many of Cascadia’s friends, employees, and customers represent the 14,000 jobs directly tied to the Bristol Bay fishery.  The threat of large scale mining by the Pebble Limited Partnership is a very real thing.  The fact that the Bristol Bay fishery contributes nearly $600 million to the Northwest is also a very real thing.  So let’s thank Congresswoman Bonamici, Congressman Schrader, Blumenauer and DeFazio; for supporting long term sport and commercial fishing jobs over a short term proposal to build the nation’s largest toxic tailings pond at the head of our greatest wild salmon fishery.

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So you ask – Who the heck is my member of congress?

Here is a nice way to say thanks:

DeFazio: @RepPeterDeFazio  – 541-465-6732 Pete on FB

Schrader:  @RepSchrader – (503) 588-9100 Kurt on FB

Bonamici: @RepBonamici – (503) 469-6010 Suzanne on FB

Blumenauer: @repblumenauer – (503) 231-2300 Earl on FB

Anglo American Pulls Out of Pebble

A little something to brighten your Monday morning.  Anglo American is paying its way out of its stake in the proposed Pebble Mine Project in Alaska’s Bristol Bay.  Anglo will pay Northern Dynasty Minerals to the tune of $300 million dollars to relinquish its stake in the proposed mine, which has the potential to destroy the most productive salmon fishery in the world.  Big ups to Trout Unlimited and Save Bristol Bay for their hard work in shining a light on what a horrible idea this mining project would be.



Alaska West Guide Preparations: Building Your Own Sink-Tips.

56 days until Spencer leaves for Alaska, what is he up to now? He is busy building sink-tips for the upcoming season on the Kanketok. Don’t know how to build your own sink-tips? Well here you go.

Bulk sink-tip

Building your own sink-tips can seem intimidating at first glance, but its actually quite easy. All that you need is bulk lengths of the sink tip of your choice (we use Rio’s T-series), braided loops to fit and some 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen. The shop sells T-8 through T-17 in both 30 ft lengths of bulk sink-tip and T-11 & T-14 by the foot. Pick up some bulk sink-tip, braided loops, 15 lb mono and you’re ready to go. Here are two different ways to go about making your own tips. This will enable you to customize the length of tips you wish to carry, and assures the highest quality of craftsmanship completed by yourself.

When swinging for anadromous fish on the Kanektok, I carry two each of the following sink-tips:

  • 5′ & 10′ of T-8 
  • 5′ & 10′ of T-11
  • 5′, 10′ and 15′ of T-14


#1- Strip and Knot Method- This method uses no braided loops, only the mono core.
(this is my preferred method and a great way to fix blown loops in the field)


Take 18″ of 15lb ultragreen and tie a perfection loop in one end. You will use this to strip the tungsten sheath off the mono core of the sink-tip. (Any 12+ lb mono will do the trick.)

Cut sink-tip to desired length. (We are using 10′ T-14.)

Take tag end of mono and pass through perfection loop creating a “girth hitch” around the sinktip.


Place loop 10″ from end of sink-tip, tighten on tip (enough to cut tungsten coating) and pull.


Tungsten will have stripped right off, leaving behind the mono core. The leftover tungsten coating makes great ribbing for stoneflies and weight on steelhead flies.


Now simply tie the loop knot of choice in the mono (we use non-slip mono loop). Repeat on the other end of sink-tip. Attach to shooting head and fish.

#2 Braided Loop- This version uses braided loops and nail knots.

IMG_0235Take regular size braided loop and slide onto end of sink-tip of desired length.

IMG_0237Tie 3 nail knots on sink-tip, over top of the braided loop. Add Zap-a-Gap or UV knot sense to knots/loop. Repeat to other end.

You’re all done and ready to swing.

See you on the K-tok,