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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, photo courtesy Warren Air Force Base
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, photo courtesy Warren Air Force Base
Libby Crews Wood calls upon U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney to set politics aside and embrace common sense
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Why Some Western Towns Live Or Die

 Photo courtesy Dave Touissant (photographersnature.com)
Photo courtesy Dave Touissant (photographersnature.com)
A prominent economist explains the value of public land for 21st-century America
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Bench Marks: The People And Places Lifting Us Up When We Are Down

Peets Hill, Bozeman, Montana
Peets Hill, Bozeman, Montana
Psychotherapist Timothy Tate: It's tough work fighting to save the communities we love and finding ways to avert the trail of despair
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The New West

'Liberal Radio Media' As Elusive As Bigfoot In The Rural West

"Sasquatch," a painting by Robert Bateman
"Sasquatch," a painting by Robert Bateman
Still, Trump Administration wants to zero out funding for NPR, PBS, arts and humanities
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Yellowstone

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

The Winterkeeper's Great Chasm—As You've Never Known It Before

Besides being jaw dropping, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone has geysers, hidden spectacles and a mountain of volcanic ash.
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Conservation, EPA, Public Lands, Ecosystem Protection

The Magna Carta Of American Environmental Law Is Under Siege

BP's Deepwater Horizon oil disaster exacted $62 billion in impacts and cleanup costs.
BP's Deepwater Horizon oil disaster exacted $62 billion in impacts and cleanup costs.
Few Americans may know of the National Environmental Policy Act but it affects their lives every day
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Co-existence, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly, Community

Projecting Nature's Beauty—Rejecting Blight In Building And Thought

What are the motifs that drive architectural expression in your town?
What are the motifs that drive architectural expression in your town?
Lori Ryker says we live in a spectacular place, so why doesn't architecture always treat it that way?
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Yellowstone

Wild Animal Tales Told In Tracks, Spoor, Life And Death

A wapiti's final resting place
A wapiti's final resting place
For winterkeeper Steven Fuller, Yellowstone's drama is written in the snow
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Conservation, Public Lands, The New West

Are Trump, GOP Fueling A Blue, Green Tidal Wave?

Congressional redistricting and deepening support for conservation could soon be re-shaping the map of America
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Big Art of Nature, Public Lands, Community

The Future Of The Local Small Town Ski Hill

Snow King Mountain
Snow King Mountain
Sue Cedarholm paints a picture that speaks to both nostalgia and concern about Snow King
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Co-existence

My Golden Weeping Willow—Finding Grounding In The Spectacular Ordinary

A golden weeping willow (MaxPixel)
A golden weeping willow (MaxPixel)
Naturalist Susan Marsh opens her old journal and muses on boredom, beauty, impermanence and the lament of a favorite tree cut down
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Culture, Community

Of Dads And Mountain Daughters

Daughter Abbey
Daughter Abbey
A foundational relationship in a woman’s life, its impacts lasting a lifetime
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Conservation, Private Lands, The New West

The Essential Role Of Eco-Capitalism In Saving The Best That Remains

Ted Turner at Flying D
Ted Turner at Flying D
Greater Yellowstone's rich tapestry will be won—or lost—based on what businesspeople do next
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Yellowstone

Yellowstone Winterkeeper Remembers His Famous Story In National Geographic

Winterkeeper Steven Fuller ventures into the geothermal mist of Yellowstone. Photo courtesy Kerry Huller
Winterkeeper Steven Fuller ventures into the geothermal mist of Yellowstone. Photo courtesy Kerry Huller
Forty years ago, Steven Fuller wrote a story for National Geographic on the park's cold extreme isolation. Now he takes a look back
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Culture, Community

Imagine Foreign Invaders Coming Into The Land

Poet Lois Red Elk serves as translator on a road trip and pays homage to Ella Cara Deloria 
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Wilderness, Public Lands

Who Is Willing To Defend American Wilderness?

The Palisades Wilderness Study Area in Wyoming
The Palisades Wilderness Study Area in Wyoming
As attacks on wilderness and environmental laws rage, many citizens wonder why some prominent conservation groups seem to be missing in action?
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Architecture, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly

Dreaming of Grass Roofs

MoJo columnist Lori Ryker highlights organic architecture that celebrates place by blending into it
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Yellowstone

The Language Of Snow As A Vocabulary Of Place

For Yellowstone winterkeeper Steven Fuller,  special words describe the park's frozen world
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Economy, Guest Commentary, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly, Ecosystem Protection

Beholding The Golden Green Goose That Hatched One Of The Richest Counties in America

Teton County, Wyo. Commissioner Mark Newcomb examines the cost—and dividends— of protecting a wild American ecosystem
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Yellowstone

Old Faithful erupts at night beneath the clear constellation of The Milky Way. Photograph by Neil Herbert/NPS
Old Faithful erupts at night beneath the clear constellation of The Milky Way. Photograph by Neil Herbert/NPS

Amid Partisan Jousting And Talk Of Government Shutdown, Why National Parks Matter

One teenager's desperate pilgrimage to see Old Faithful erupt is reminder of why we need grown adults making decisions in Congress
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An Interlude With Yellowstone's Haunting Mountain Foxes

In a realm known for its big animals, winterkeeper Steve Fuller delights in charismatic mesofauna
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The Guy We All Wanted To Know—And Count As Our Friend

David J Swift
David J Swift
David J. Swift dies in Jackson Hole and we remember his everlasting spirit
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Bison, Yellowstone

Yellowstone Investigates Illegal Release of 52 Park Bison From Quarantine

Yellowstone bison, Photo by Neal Herbert/NPS
Yellowstone bison, Photo by Neal Herbert/NPS
Park officials say criminal trespass undermines effort to get animals transplanted on native reservations
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A Brave Speech For Our Time: Why Public-Interest Journalism Matters For America And The Wild West

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake giving his speech on the Senate floor.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake giving his speech on the Senate floor.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona gives a rousing speech on the importance of watchdog media. It plays a vital role in protecting America's last best ecosystem in the Lower 48. 
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That Night When Gretel Ehrlich And A Jackass Moseyed Into The Cowboy Bar

Dewey Vanderhoff recounts a wild memorable evening involving a soon-to-be-famous author, roughnecks, cowboys and a male donkey in Meeteetse.
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If We Want Civility, We Must Loosen Our Strangleholds Of Self-Certainty

A Wyoming rancher's daughter who became a Jackson Hole mayor says we need more neighborly empathy
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The Story Of A River Otter Found Dead In A Snare

River otter in Yellowstone River; Neal Herbert; December 2015
River otter in Yellowstone River; Neal Herbert; December 2015
Wyoming naturalist Susan Marsh says it's high time that society had an adult conversation about the real impacts of fur trapping
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Marshall Cutchin's 6 Tips For Starting Out The Fishing Season Right

 "High Country Cutthroat," a painting by Michael Stidham
"High Country Cutthroat," a painting by Michael Stidham
The prize of angling isn't the requisite selfie fish photo; it's honoring the places that produce such magnificent creatures
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Yellowstone

The Hayden: Yellowstone's Great Sensuous Valley

For Yellowstone winterkeeper Steven Fuller, Hayden Valley is his favorite place on earth. Photo by Steven Fuller
For Yellowstone winterkeeper Steven Fuller, Hayden Valley is his favorite place on earth. Photo by Steven Fuller
For winterkeeper Steven Fuller, this vast vale in the middle of America's first national park always delivers geographic center
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Millennials/GenZ

"We Care About the Environment": 10 Things This Millennial/Gen-Zer Wants You To Know

A Millennial hiker surveys the White Cliffs in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. Photo by Todd Wilkinson
A Millennial hiker surveys the White Cliffs in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. Photo by Todd Wilkinson
Slackers R Not Us: MoJo Columnist Liam Diekmann says don't sell the Fin de Siè·cle generation short when it comes to caring
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Yellowstone

Out His Picture Window A Glimpse Into The Post-Holocene

Dawn arrives with a bison literally on Steven Fuller's doorstep at Canyon;  beyond, in the distance, the start of Hayden Valley. Photo by Steven Fuller
Dawn arrives with a bison literally on Steven Fuller's doorstep at Canyon; beyond, in the distance, the start of Hayden Valley. Photo by Steven Fuller
Every day, Yellowstone winterkeeper Steven Fuller shares space with survivors from the Ice Age
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Public Lands

Montana's Three Amigos Are Stars In Trump's Radical Anti-Environmental Agenda

  Steve Daines, Ryan Zinke and Greg Gianforte
Steve Daines, Ryan Zinke and Greg Gianforte
As the 2018 Outdoor Retailer Show opens in Denver, columnist Tim Crawford warns against giving away federal Western lands
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Yellowstone

A Life In Wonderland

"The Sun Pillar" by Steven Fuller
"The Sun Pillar" by Steven Fuller
Yellowstone's legendary "winter keeper" Steven Fuller takes readers on an intimate exploration of the world's first national park. Every few days he serves up a new dispatch here
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Yellowstone

Twilight Of The Winterkeepers

Steven Fuller portrait by Neal Herbert/National Park Service
Steven Fuller portrait by Neal Herbert/National Park Service
After nearly 50 years of solitude, Steven Fuller is a living legend in Yellowstone and an endangered 21st-century icon
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Culture

Speaking The Ancient Lexicon Of North America

In two poems for the new year, Lois Red Elk offers MoJo readers the chance to expand their human vocabulary
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Climate Change, Grizzly Bears, Wildlife

What Do The Long-term Trends For Grizzlies In Lower 48 Really Look Like?

Grizzly mother and cubs in Glacier National Park, hub of the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem. Photo courtesy Andrew Englehom, NPS
Grizzly mother and cubs in Glacier National Park, hub of the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem. Photo courtesy Andrew Englehom, NPS
MoJo columnist Lance Olsen says climate change and human development trends create a lot of uncertainty for Great Bears south of Canada
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Flyfishing

Of Coke Bottle Glasses, Diapauses And Hope For Brighter Days

Original photo by Pat Clayton (fisheyeguyphotography.com)
Original photo by Pat Clayton (fisheyeguyphotography.com)
An angling guru's wish: Let us all develop extra-sensory perception—and greater empathy— in 2018
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Community

The Midlife Crisis Trilogy: To Live Or Die

In the conclusion of Timothy Tate's series 'When Peter Pan Enters Middle Age', Walt faces his moment of truth
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Outdoor Recreation

Bozeman's Heralded Mountaineer Conrad Anker Riffs On Risk

Respected climber and conservationist approaches risk as metaphor in Black Diamond series
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Opinion, Public Lands

Trading Away Wildness For Oil And Tax Breaks

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
A respected Wyoming conservationist schools a U.S. senator after he votes to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to energy development
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Culture, Wildlife

Beholding Creation: Counting Birds At Christmas

Chickadee Photo courtesy NPS / Jacob W. Frank
Chickadee Photo courtesy NPS / Jacob W. Frank
MoJo's Intrepid Nature Columnist Susan Marsh Carries On A Grand American Holiday Tradition
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Leadership, Yellowstone

Wenk: Tell People What They Need To Hear, Not What They Want To Hear

Yellowstone Supt. Dan Wenk (photo courtesy National Park Service)
Yellowstone Supt. Dan Wenk (photo courtesy National Park Service)
In speech at MSU, Yellowstone Park Supt. Dan Wenk issues a challenge saying time to save the ecosystem is now 
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For Every Great Trout Stream, There's A Conservation Map

O'Dell Creek, an important fish-rearing tributary to the Madison River that flows through the Granger and Longhorn ranches
O'Dell Creek, an important fish-rearing tributary to the Madison River that flows through the Granger and Longhorn ranches
MoJo's fearless angling columnist Liam Diekmann gets a lesson in the science of good water 
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Yellowstone

The Killing Fields Await Yellowstone Bison Once Again In Montana

 Cow and calf run through the sage in Lamar Valley.  NPS / Jacob W. Frank
Cow and calf run through the sage in Lamar Valley. NPS / Jacob W. Frank
More than 10,000 Yellowstone bison have been killed based on a faulty premise. Like the worry over Chronic Wasting Disease, this controversy has connections to Wyoming's feedgrounds
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The Undeniable Value of Wolves, Bears, Lions And Coyotes In Battling Disease

Photo courtesy NPS / Jacob W. Frank
Photo courtesy NPS / Jacob W. Frank
Part 4 in Mountain Journal's series on Chronic Wasting Disease and the threat it poses to America's wildest ecosystem. By killing predators, are states that still cling to Little Red Riding Hood shooting themselves in the foot?
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Pining for snow, Sue Cedarholm sizes up Glory Bowl
Pining for snow, Sue Cedarholm sizes up Glory Bowl

Sunrise At Glory In A Time Of Climate Change

Painter Sue Cedarholm's watercolor features Jackson Hole's most beloved local winter landmark—and thoughts of what is yet to come 
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Making Teddy Roosevelt Mad Not Proud: Trump and Zinke Score A Witless Triumph In Utah

Zinke photo courtesy Gage Skidmore/flickr.  Trump photo courtesy Michael Vadon/Flickr
Zinke photo courtesy Gage Skidmore/flickr. Trump photo courtesy Michael Vadon/Flickr
The U.S. President And His Interior Secretary Demonstrate A Clueless Understanding Of Economics Driving The New West.
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Community

A Mountain Town Man Hits The Wall Of A Midlife Crisis

Photo courtesy Garrett Grove (garrettgrove.com)
Photo courtesy Garrett Grove (garrettgrove.com)
In Part 2 of Timothy Tate's series "When Peter Pan Enters Middle Age", Walt hits the couch behind The Blue Door
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Forest Service, Outdoor Recreation, Wilderness

Holding The Line On Wild: Is The U.S. Forest Service Up To The Challenge?

Enchantment Basin from Prusik Pass in Alpine Lakes Wilderness  by Jeffrey Pang
Enchantment Basin from Prusik Pass in Alpine Lakes Wilderness by Jeffrey Pang
Susan Marsh spent her career protecting wilderness and trying to manage human pressures on America's public lands. Now this veteran of the Forest Service ponders whether her storied agency has the courage to confront the increasing impacts of outdoor recreation.
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Science, Public Lands, Wildlife

America's National Elk Refuge: A ‘Miasmic Zone Of Life-Threatening Diseases'

Will the National Elk Refuge become ground zero for catastrophic disease? Photo courtesy National Elk Refuge
Will the National Elk Refuge become ground zero for catastrophic disease? Photo courtesy National Elk Refuge
The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is known internationally for its wildlife. With the arrival of Chronic Wasting Disease looming, the epicenter of a deadly outbreak would be western Wyoming and the home to America's "national elk herd". Part 2 in Mountain Journal's series looking at the coming wildlife plague.
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Big Art of Nature, MoJo Profile

George Carlson's Perpetual State Of Wonder

"The Tempest" by George Carlson
"The Tempest" by George Carlson
George Carlson is considered one of the best contemporary nature painters in the world. Mountain Journal visited the American master at his studio and took a deep dive into his reverence for wild landscapes
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Chronic Wasting Disease, Science, Public Lands, Wildlife

Greater Yellowstone's Coming Plague

Is this where a pandemic of Chronic Wasting Disease in Greater Yellowstone begins? Thousands of elk bunched together on the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Tom Mangelsen photo
Is this where a pandemic of Chronic Wasting Disease in Greater Yellowstone begins? Thousands of elk bunched together on the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Tom Mangelsen photo
Mountain Journal's special multi-part series on Chronic Wasting Disease and the potential dangers it poses to Greater Yellowstone's unparalleled wildlife and the specter of risk to human health. Part 1: Greater Yellowstone's Coming Plague
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Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly

Unnatural Disaster: Will America’s Most Iconic Wild Ecosystem Be Lost To A Tidal Wave Of People?

Bozemanapolis? The Minneapolis skyline set against the Bridgers. At current growth rates, Bozeman/Gallatin Valley will be Salt Lake City sized in a generation and Minneapolis sized in 40 years.
Bozemanapolis? The Minneapolis skyline set against the Bridgers. At current growth rates, Bozeman/Gallatin Valley will be Salt Lake City sized in a generation and Minneapolis sized in 40 years.
A MoJo Special Report: Can the wild Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem survive the coming hurricane of human population growth? As part of Mountain Journal's ongoing investigative series, "Greater Yellowstone: The Big Picture," Todd Wilkinson examines significant issues shaping the future of America's most iconic wildland ecosystem. This story focuses on the accelerating impacts of human development.
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Wilderness

Wilderness: America's Second-Best Idea Is Under Attack—Unfortunately By Some Recreationists

Montana painter Monte Dolack's painting, A Peaceable Kingdom of Wilderness, featured on Wilderness Watch's 50th anniversary celebration for The Wilderness Act of 1964.
Montana painter Monte Dolack's painting, A Peaceable Kingdom of Wilderness, featured on Wilderness Watch's 50th anniversary celebration for The Wilderness Act of 1964.
In this second part of an ongoing series on wilderness in America, MoJo columnist Franz Camenzind shines a light on efforts in Congress to roll back federal protection for wilderness. One of the main surprising instigators, he says, are mountain bikers masquerading as conservationists.


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An Elk Antler Arch At Christmas, Jackson, Wyoming, painting by Sue Cedarholm
An Elk Antler Arch At Christmas, Jackson, Wyoming, painting by Sue Cedarholm

Let Heaven And Nature Sing: Merry Christmas From Mountain Journal

At Yuletide, Sue Cedarholm paints a glowing elk antler archway in Jackson, Wyoming's downtown square 
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Everyone Has An Opinion About Government But Many Citizens Would Flunk Civics

In this provocative column by Susan Marsh, she wonders aloud: If citizens are so ignorant about lots of things, are we expecting too much in asking them to know and care about public lands, wildlife and nature?
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Culture, Public Lands, Wildlife

"Bear", a sculpture by Haida carver William Ronald Reid Jr. (1920-1998) at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology. Image courtesy Wikipedia
"Bear", a sculpture by Haida carver William Ronald Reid Jr. (1920-1998) at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology. Image courtesy Wikipedia

Poems About Mato And The Power Of Bear Medicine

Perfect for the approaching solstice, MoJo Poet In Residence Lois Red Elk shares two works about how a great nation and a beloved elder dream of bruins
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Sue Cedarholm's watercolor "It's a Small World"
Sue Cedarholm's watercolor "It's a Small World"

The World We Ski Across Is Flat

With her latest painting in Watercolor Diary, Sue Cedarholm reminds us that our moments on the slopes are linked to the works of others on the other side of the world.
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Flyfishing

The mighty  Megalops atlanticus
The mighty Megalops atlanticus

Bowing To The Silver King

Mountain Journal's fly-fishing columnist Liam Diekmann carries the spirit of his patriarch in search of tarpon
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