12 June 2013

Big M@*%$& F!($*%# Jungle Fish

I got my hands on this film a few weeks ago and popped it in the other night.  I'm not one for straight up fish porn F3T style.  Most of Felt Sole works for me, partly because I live according to patagonia (despite not sponsoring the film, patagonia has a strong brand presence throughout Jungle Fish).  Beattie Productions has unreal footage and puts out good stuff, but once you've seen one it doesn't get off the shelf much.
Costa has done a good job with this film, the cast, the story, and the fish.  It delivers that holy shit moment while telling a story of pioneering an industry and creating a beacon for rural communities and sustainable development.

Give it a look-see:


"JUNGLE FISH" presented by Costa Films

For decades, the native peoples of Guyana have struggled for economic independence. But hope might be prowling in Guyana's rivers in the form of the largest freshwater fish in the world, the arapaima.  Follow three expert fishermen as they undertake a two-week voyage deep into the heart of Guyana's rain forest. Their mission:  to demonstrate that the arapaima can be caught with a fly rod.  If they succeed, it will prove that the country's fledgling sport fishing industry is viable.  And that will mean a brighter future for the native peoples, the rain forest they call home – and the endangered arapaima itself.
29 Minutes Running Time

08 June 2013

Protect the King

ADF&G: based on preseason outlook, the 2013 Kenai River early-run of king salmon is expected to be very low.

There are, in fact, just 343 kings in the river right now.

Emergency orders on the Kenai peninsula, for both the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers are out in an attempt to protect the early-run kings which have been low in recent years.  This comes on the heals of last season, where many guides and fishers saw their season ended weeks after it had begun, due to historically tragic number.  Fishing for kings is still allowed, but is it moral?

My first Kenai King.  I'm afraid it won't be topped

The new regulations prohibit the retention of any king between 20" and 55".  This one here came it at about 54", and within the 2011 slot limit regulations prohibiting retention.  I'm not interested in keeping fish that size.

Wild Kasilof King

The Kasilof has an emergency order prohibiting the take of any native fish greater than 20", down from  retention of 10 jacks per day and 2 greater than 20" with natives allowed just three days per week.

The good news is that the sockeye are expected to have another strong year, and if last year was any indication they are just days away from hitting the Russian River weir and are probably already stacked in Power Lines and Guardrail.

Current Kenai King Counts:

Current Russian River Sockeye Counts:

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05 June 2013

Not your average Chub

News flash from the LA Times via E & E News:

Grand Canyon fish rebounds Juvenile humpback chub

Endangered humpback chubs have been found spawning in Havasu Creek in Grand Canyon National Park, NPS biologists said.
The humpback chub, which has a pronounced hump behind its head, is indigenous to the Colorado River Basin. The discovery marks the first time the fish were found reproducing in the creek, where scientists have been working to introduce a chub population.
During a monitoring trip two weeks ago, researchers for the first time used ultrasound imaging equipment to determine whether female humpback chubs were developing eggs. The technology allowed researchers to avoid dissecting the fish to determine whether they were spawning.
Changes in seasonal flows in the Colorado River Basin, as well as invasive species, have threatened the once-prevalent fish (Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times, June 3). -- WW

In November I made my first trip down the Colorado's Grand, floating over big bows  for the first few days, where management has done a great job at building a robust population and sport industry.  Further down stream the trout taper off and you enter Humpback Chub territory (not technically territory but habitat).

SUPing up the Little Colorado
Below is the Little Colorado River, not surprisingly the location of many creation stories, and aptly the heart of the Humpback population.  While on the river in Nov. USGS conducted a high flow experiment (done every 4 years) with the goal of redistributing sediment throughout the river, simulating natural flooding, and reviving habitat.  It looks like they found one positive marker for the flood.  Lava Falls at 35,000+ cfs was another story.