Landers: When you find it, Cutthroat Creek worth the journey 

Despite alarmingly low flows and high water temperatures reported in many Western trout streams last week, the Royal Wulff and Renegade Benevolent Society found plenty of room for optimism at Cutthroat Creek, as usual. Bylaws prohibit pinpointing GPS coordinates or even vague references to the location of Cutthroat Creek, but most fly fishers could find it – even in low water – if they would only try.

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Flyfishermen will notice higher irrigation-related flows already showing up in Rocky Ford Creek, a prized trout fishery north of Moses Lake. (Rich Landers)

Rich Landers: Rocky Ford Creek’s higher water level contrast to norm

Consider yourself an old timer if you’ve seen the St. Joe River this low in late June. The flows this week were 28 percent below the low-flow record set in 1926, according to 96 years of records kept by the U.S. Geological Survey. Virtually all Northwest rivers popular with anglers are recording record low flows this spring and summer. The ramifications for fish and fishing seasons are still unfolding. Anglers should brace themselves for restrictions on some streams.

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The Landers enjoy a family moment while canoe camping in the Labyrinth Canyon of the Green River in Utah. (Rich Landers)

Rich Landers says camping is an educational event worth the misery 

Veteran KXLY TV meteorologist Kris Crocker came out of the tent this week with a confession: “This is the summer I stop pretending to love camping,” she posted on her Facebook page in a moment of impressive courage and honesty. As I gasped for breath, I thought this must be a cry for help. It’s as though an Inland Northwest icon woke up realizing she needs treatment for an aversion to huckleberries.

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THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015

THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015

Z Lake, on the Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area in Lincoln County, is accessible by a 1.5 mile hike or mountain bike ride. A draft management plan proposes access changes. (Rich Landers)

Landers driven to defend walk-in status for lake

A zigzagging sliver of water in the scablands southwest of Davenport is a model of rare opportunity for the muscle-powered sportsman. Z Lake isn’t named on government maps. It isn’t listed in Washington’s fishing regulations pamphlet because it’s open year-round with no special regulations.

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Fishermen heading to Rock Lake should know its history with wind.

Landers: Readers are the gauge for success 

Outdoors stories and blogs published by The Spokesman- Review often strike a chord that prompts readers to reflect or react. When I get wind of that, I wave my internal “mission accomplished” banner. I’m not thinking so much about the gasbag who scorned me in front of the crowd at a sportsman’s club meeting Tuesday night for not meeting his narrow-minded expectations in hating wolves.

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Ducks take in a Saturday afternoon power walk at Falls Park in Post Falls.

Your photos tell our collective outdoors story 

Newspaper editors knew the great outdoors would provide inspiration when they put out the call for your images, but the photographic talent readers are sharing has surpassed all expectations. The Spokesman-Review  Readers Outdoor Photos web page hasn’t just been popular – it’s become a regular pit stop for a breath of fresh air.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2015

THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2015

A federal court directed Forest Service managers to bring snow machine use in line with the 2005 Travel Rule that was applied to wheeled motorized travel. (Jesse Tinsley)

Landers: Over-snow vehicle rule seeks backcountry balance

Snowmobiles and other over-snow vehicles eventually will be allowed to ride only on roads, trails and areas specifically designated for their use, according to a rule being adopted by the U.S. Forest Service. The policy for managing over-snow vehicles on national forests and grasslands was posted in the Federal Register on Wednesday.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2015

THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2015

Kate Painter of Colfax warms up Van, her Bernese mountain dog, for their first skijoring lesson. “He’s just a pup,” all 120 pounds of him, Kate said. (RICH LANDERS photos)

Skijoring: enjoy winter with man’s best friend

Cross-country skiers are harnessing their dogs’ pent-up winter enthusiasm in a fast-growing sport that’s finding a niche in the Inland Northwest. Skijoring – derived from a Norwegian word that means ski driving – involves being pulled on skis by various means including horses or motor vehicles.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 2015

Joey Nania and Miles Burghoff, both 20-something pro anglers based in Alabama, work from their boat during filming.

Former Liberty Lake resident Joey Nania hosts national Sweetwater Fishing TV series

A youth angling phenomenon formerly from Liberty Lake is weighing in with another major-league milestone in his fishing career – a nationally televised TV series. When Joey Nania graduated from Central Valley High School in 2009 and launched his adult tournament fishing career, he’d already won five Washington junior state titles. He’s the only two-time Junior Bassmasters World Champion, winning titles in 2005 and 2008.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 25, 2014





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