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A Full Service Fly Shop for 17 years. Serving Minnesota's Northshore of Lake Superior, Bois Brule River, St. Louis River, Mississippi River and Boundry Waters Canoe Area. I am always exploring new waters...Follow me on Facebook!
Owner: John Fehnel
Movie Night at the Shop
Friday June 16, 7:00pm
Featured Film: Catch Magazine Season 8
Free popcorn and BYOB to Boot.
Photo Credit: Todd Moen
Environmental News: Protect our Waters
Representatives Rick Nolan and Tom Emmer met with Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke asking him to reconsider the previous Secretary's decision to deny the mineral leases to the Chilean mining conglomerate, Antofagasta, which owns Twin Metals Minnesota.
Rep. Nolan is quoted saying, "I am optimistic that we will be able to work with the new administration to allow this initiative to move forward. Having met with all the involved agencies and parties, I know renewing these leases is the sensible and correct thing to do."
Congressman Nolan's demand that the Department of the Interior reverse its decision to deny the mineral leases and stop the environmental study would effectively kill citizen input and scientific study from having any say in the future of the Boundary Waters and puts the Wilderness in the hands of a greedy foreign company with no ties to Minnesota, devastating home-grown businesses. Congressman Nolan may have decided that sulfide-ore copper mining next to the Boundary Waters is fine with him, but the people of Minnesota and across America don't agree with him.
Photo Credit: Bristol Bay Native Corporation
Today the Environmental Protection Agency's Administrator, Scott Pruitt, struck a backroom deal with the Pebble Limited Partnership to build a huge open pit ine near some of our nation's most precious waters. This announcement could remove the proposed protections for Bristol Bay that we have worked so hard to achieve over the past decade.
"If the Trump administration’s strategy is to put a foreign mining company first—and America’s greatest wild salmon fishery dead last—then sadly it’s succeeding. Today EPA settled a lawsuit with Northern Dynasty Minerals—the Canadian junior mining company behind the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The settlement has not yet been filed with the court, but according to EPA and Northern Dynasty press releases it will shelve an Obama-era Proposed Determination to protect Bristol Bay. EPA agrees it will start the process of withdrawing its Proposed Determination and Northern Dynasty Minerals agrees to dismiss the lawsuit.
EPA Administer Scott Pruitt claims the settlement is about providing Pebble a "fair process," but in reality it's putting Pebble Mine first and Bristol Bay second. If he is really serious about "listening to all voices as this process unfolds," then it’s time to listen to what the people of Alaska and Bristol Bay want. Spoiler alert: they do not want the Pebble Mine. More than 65 percent of Alaskans, 80 percent of Bristol Bay residents and Native communities, and 85 percent of commercial fishermen oppose the mine."
Article ~ Tayrn Kiekow Heimer; Full Article https://www.nrdc.org/experts/taryn-kiekow-heimer/epa-settles-lawsuit-puts-pebble-mine-first-america-last
Good Luck to all of the Anglers!
Photo: fresh Drake tie
Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics (OPST)
Pictured: Tim Rajeff
Tim Rajeff, Echo owner and designer of Echo Fly Rods came up and visited the shop this week! He is a super down to earth and a phenomenal angler. He did a pretty decent job of managing the fat bike too.
Photo of the Week
Pictured: Carl Haensel
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