Into the Outdoors

  • Red Bull Rampage highlights. How often will you say "whoa!"

    Posted by Roger Phillips on September 30, 2014

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  • Roger Phillips: Sorry Mr. Tidwell, I am calling BS

    Posted by Roger Phillips on September 29, 2014

    Here are two media professionals news gathering in the Hells Canyon Wilderness and another taking their photo at legal risk of which he was not aware.

    The continuing saga about the Forest Service requiring a permit to film in wilderness is probably getting old by now, but I kind of choked on this comment from Tom Tidwell, chief of the Forest Service:

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  • Too cold for warmwater fish? Nope. Here's how I know.

    Posted by Roger Phillips on September 26, 2014

    Carp.

    Surfing the web at lunchtime I came across this chart with temperature tolerances for fish. You have to adjust this for the latitude and climate. For instance, check out yellow perch, which is listed as 68-degrees optimum, below 58 degrees avoidance. That begs the question why do we catch them ice fishing? But there's a lot of food for thought here, especially as we move into fall and temperatures start dropping. Even though it's cooler, we're still within the normal range for most fish to remain active. Freshwater Fish Temperature Chart This is a general guideline for most areas and most times of the year. Species    Low Avoidance    Optimum    Upper Avoidance Black Crappie                 60    70    75 Bluegills                         58    70    75 Brook Trout                    44    58    70 Bullhead                         65    74    85 Brown Trout                 44    56-66    75 Carp                              75    84    88 Channel Catfish            55    82-89    90+ Chinook                         

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  • Join REI and BLM on an Owyhee camp out

    Posted by Roger Phillips on September 24, 2014

    Little Jacks Creek winds through deep canyons and across the sagebrush steppe of Owyhee County.

    On Sept 26-27, the Bureau of Land Management Bruneau Field Office, Idaho Trails Association, and REI invite people to join a 50th anniversary celebration of both the Wilderness and Civil Rights Acts with camping and volunteer projects for National Public Lands Day. The events will take place in the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness.

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  • Columbia River chinook tops 1 million fish for 2014

    Posted by Roger Phillips on September 24, 2014

    It's amazing to see such a huge return of chinook, the largest of all the Pacific salmon, in a river that used to produce millions (that's plural) of salmon. But lamenting the past can be wasted effort, and I am just happy to see such a big return this year and look forward to more in the future. 

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  • Film exploring wild steelhead shows in Boise Wednesday, Sept. 17

    Posted by Roger Phillips on September 16, 2014

    Steelhead.

    Boise premiere of Wild Reverence, a film chronicling the plight of the steelhead throughout the Pacific Northwest is at 6:30 p.m. at the Boise State Special Events Center. Admission is $10 at the door and all money will go to support the Wild Steelhead Coalition. 

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