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Important salmon-producing areas protected in final Tongass National Forest Plan Amendment

on Friday, 09 December 2016.

Sportsmen and businesses applaud new direction for country’s largest National Forest.

Earl harper

JUNEAU, AK – Today, the U.S. Forest Service finalized an amendment to its Tongass Land and Resource Management plan that includes important measures for better conserving more than 70 salmon and trout streams within Southeast Alaska’s 17 million acre Tongass National Forest. The measures are the culmination of a multi-year community supported process, and are detailed in the final record of decision for the Tongass Forest Plan Amendment.

“The decision is a major step toward safeguarding fish and wildlife across wide areas of the Tongass National Forest,” said Mark Kaelke, Southeast Alaska Project Director for Trout Unlimited. “In making Tongass 77 areas off-limits to old growth logging, the Forest Service has recognized both the economic and social significance of salmon to residents and visitors to the region, and the agency has deepened its commitment to true multiple-use management of the Tongass.”

Key provisions of the decision include increased conservation standards for the Tongass 77, which are a collection of the most important and productive wild salmon areas on the forest. The amendment also provides for a gradual transition of the Tongass timber program from one based on old-growth logging to one based on sustainable young-growth forest management. By increasing conservation measures for high-value salmon streams and creating more flexibility for the Forest Service to plan young growth timber sales, this decision promises to help move the Tongass beyond the long-standing controversies of old-growth logging while allowing the forest to better serve residents and communities who depend on hunting, fishing, tourism or commercial fishing.

"Including the Tongass 77 areas in the amended Forest Plan will help ensure that in the future we have viable freshwater streams that are crucial to our guests experience in the Tongass,” said Arne Johnson, owner of Bear Creek Outfitters in Juneau.

A diverse group of more than seven thousand Alaskan businesses and individuals that value and rely on wild salmon and trout for their livelihoods, including commercial fishermen, guides and outfitters, as well as conservationists and sport anglers, voiced support for conserving top fish-producing watersheds within the Tongass during the lengthy public process leading up to the final plan amendment.

"Conserving the Tongass 77 is a huge step in the right direction for the people and businesses of Southeast Alaska,” said Mark Hieronymus, Sportfish Outreach Coordinator for Trout Unlimited and veteran fishing guide on the Tongass for the past 11 years. “Fisheries, tourism and recreation are the economic drivers in Southeast, and this new Plan Amendment recognizes those values and sets sound conservation measures for the high-value areas of the Tongass 77 that will ensure their continued contributions to the Southeast Alaska economy."

The Tongass is the nation’s largest National Forest, producing hundreds of millions of wild salmon each year that support commercial and sport fishing industries, account for 10% of all regional employment and contribute $1 billion annually to the local economy. Visitors from all over the world come to see the Tongass and support a booming travel industry accounting for another 15% of regional employment and another $1 billion in economic activity.

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Trout Unlimited is the nation’s oldest and largest coldwater fisheries conservation organization. In Alaska, we work with sportsmen and women to ensure the state’s trout and salmon resources remain healthy far into the future through our local chapters and offices in Anchorage and Juneau. Follow TU’s Tongass efforts on Facebook, and visit us online at tu.org. Learn more about our work to conserve key areas of the Tongass National Forest at www.americansalmonforest.org

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Carpe Diem | Alaska 2017

on Monday, 05 December 2016. Posted in Alaska Fly Fishing & Adventure Films, Video

Experiences over Stuff this Christmas

This short video was inspired by one of my favorite lines from Dr. Seuss's famous book "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" It reads as follows:

Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite. Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance. Everyone is just waiting. NO! That's not for you!

What are you waiting for? It's time to seize the day and chase those lifelong dreams. Alaska awaits!

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Wonderland | Alaska Skiing Short Film

on Tuesday, 22 November 2016.

from Powder Productions

Wonderland, a Powder Productions Original, is a skier's quest to find her ultimate dream line in the greatest skiing state—Alaska. Helicopters not included.

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Refuge - Short Film

on Thursday, 03 November 2016. Posted in Alaska Fly Fishing & Adventure Films, Video

Presented by Alpacka Raft

This past June, we had planned to do a packraft adventure film in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with a couple friends from Whitefish, Montana. We were not sure what to expect, but like always, we wanted to make a film that was true to our experience.

Looking back, the Arctic sort of wrote the story all on its own. The exotic nature of 24-hour sun, no trees, swaths of ice, and a seemingly endless and ageless mountain landscape captured us for a full 2 weeks. It really seemed like we were on a different planet – eating when we were hungry, sleeping when we were tired, and playing at all hours of the day without any regard for the time. Most importantly, we were far, far away from the chaos of humanity that had been exacerbated by a crazy election year. It felt good to be on a different planet where talks of Hillary and Trump weren’t rattling our brains. Celebrities and cell phones had no grip on our reality. This planet was a sanctuary from all that. Our minds could go quiet, and our eyes were suddenly open to the most astonishing wild beauty that we have left. The dull sadness about life faded, and everything was bright again.

You don’t have to go to the Arctic to find refuge. Thankfully, we have wild and beautiful places in our backyard – and they belong to us as Americans through our public lands. Enjoy the film – comment, share, and remember that life is still beautiful. 

- Cory Luoma

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360 VR Timelapse of the Milky Way near Knob Lakes, Alaska

on Monday, 19 September 2016. Posted in Alaska Fly Fishing & Adventure Films, Video

From William Briscoe Photography

From the Filmmaker: Here is relaxing 360 V.R. timelapse video of the Milky Way moving through the night sky and a weak Aurora over Knob Lakes near Glacierview, Alaska on April 1, 2016. Enjoy and share!

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Yukon - Land of the Midnight Sun

on Saturday, 03 September 2016. Posted in Alaska Fly Fishing & Adventure Films, Video

From Mitchell Heynen

From the filmmaker: The Yukon's vast landscape and minimal development provides great opportunity to explore amazing places. This video showcases some of the great activities and vistas the Yukon has to offer. This video is a summery of the adventures I experienced during the summer of 2015. Please feel free to share with friends and let them see what the yukon has to offer.

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Alaska Bird's Eye | Aerial Reel

on Monday, 04 April 2016. Posted in Alaska Fly Fishing & Adventure Films, Video

from Fly Out TV

We have been flying camera mounted UAVs since 2013. Believe it or not, that was before drones became the widespread consumer item that they are today. These crafts were tough to fly, and the camera stabilization was not easy or affordable. Throughout, we've worked closely with Quadrocopter, LLC to find professional UAV solutions that fit our unique needs in Alaska.

UAVs offer an incredible perspective for a filmmaker, opening the door to many innovative shots that had never before been possible for small scale production. This is a short reel, showcasing our aerial videography in Alaska over the past 4 years.

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Kings & Aces | Alaska King Salmon on the Fly

on Monday, 14 March 2016. Posted in Alaska Fly Fishing & Adventure Films, Video

Alaska Salmon Fishing Video

They call them Kings for a reason. In 2013, we traveled around Alaska for 6 weeks filming Alaska largest salmon on the fly for our short film Long Live the King. These are special salmon, and they do not return to AK in the enormous numbers that sockeye, coho, pink, and chum salmon do. King Salmon conservation should be a continuing topic of discussion among guides and anglers in AK.

King Salmon are an icon in Alaska, and one of the most exciting sport fish in the Last Frontier. Here's a little highlight reel from that footage we shot back in 2013. Watch in HD - Comment, Share, and Enjoy!

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Intricate Bay Lodge | 50% Off Kids Special

on Thursday, 10 March 2016. Posted in Article, News

For July 2016 Only...

Intricate Bay Lodge Family Discount

Intricate Bay Lodge is offering a limited time discount for kids at 50% off for all weeks in July. See the following package details: 

Fly Out Package - $7750 Per Person All-Inclusive

Included: 6 nights lodging and 7 days guided fishing including 5 days of fly out fishing and 2 half days local fishing (half day = 6 hours on the water).

Combo Package - $5750 Per Person All-Inclusive

Included: 6 nights lodging and 6 days guided fishing 3 full days fly out fishing 2 full days local fishing and 1 half day local fishing (half day = 6 hours on the water). A perfect combination of fly out and local fishing.

Land Package - $3750 Per Person All-Inclusive

Included: 6 nights lodging and 5 days guided fishing. Access the world renowned Copper and Gibraltar rivers and many smaller stream in the Iliamna drainage by jet boats and our 23 foot cabin cruiser.

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