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Kokanee or mackinaw: Which will anglers prefer for Priest Lake?

A lake trout caught by an angler at Priest Lake, Idaho. (Roger Phillips / Idaho Fish and Game)
Anglers attached to fishing Priest Lake tend to fall into two camps that are being asked to make a decision. One group favors a return to the good old days of fishing for abundant kokanee and cutthroat trout. The other group generally prefers the current abundance of delicious shrimp-fed mackinaw averaging 15-25 inches long, and maybe a shot at catching a trophy mack.

Alan Liere’s fish and game report for July 13

Morning sessions on the Spokane River have been good with droppers under big foam dries or just double nymph rigs. There is still some streamer action as well. The North Fork Coeur d’Alene has slowed considerably, but the St. Joe is still a good option.

Gear Junkie: Testing the lightest MTB shoe in the world

The ingredient list looks curated and high-cost: Carbon fiber, titanium, Dyneema fibers, and a svelte perforated upper constitute this shoe. They fit close, clip to a pedal with a rigid snap, and stay tight to the foot as you crank mile after mile of singletrack trail.

Cabinet Mountains trail guide revised in new edition

Trails of the Wild Cabinets is a guide to routes in northwestern Montana and North Idaho.
A Sandpoint-area hiker devoted two years to revising a just released trail guidebook covering the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana and northern Idaho. “Trails of the Wild Cabinets: Third Edition,” (Keokee Books), originally authored by Dennis Nicholls, has been re-researched and updated by Jim Mellen, who should be tested for traces of mountain goat DNA.

Majestic Mountains: The Canadian Rockies remain wild, wonderful

A Bighorn Sheep relaxes in the Canadian Rockies. (Courtesy)
The Canadian Rockies and their surrounding territories have retained this ancient majesty. Thanks in part to the naming of British Columbia’s and Alberta’s four national and three provincial parks as UNESCO World Heritage sites, the western Canadian wilderness is one of the few regions in the world that can still be called that –

Montana’s wolf specialist marvels at carnivore’s recovery

Diane Boyd, pictured at Lone Pine State Park on Feb. 13. (Greg Lindstrom / Flathead Beacon)
In 1979, Diane Boyd left her native Minnesota and headed west to begin tracking the first radio-collared gray wolf from Canada to recolonize the Western U.S., where humans had effectively eliminated the species by the 1930s through hunting, poisoning and habitat loss.

‘Brothers of the trail’ celebrate 25-year milestone

John Nelson watches the sunset over Mount Rainier in the Goat Rocks Wilderness in 2004. (Ted Barnwell / For The Spokesman-Review)
We’ve suffered major injuries, faced nights without food and been overrun by bears. A hurricane-force storm hit during one trip. On another, we got lost. And through 25 years, we’ve suffered through each other’s cranky moods, constant snoring and disgusting bodily functions. Still, we keep at it.

Food intake critical for adventure racers

Jeni McNeal, professor of exercise science at Eastern Washington University, competed with a four-person team in the 2015 Expedition Alaska adventure race, among others. (COURTESY PHOTO)
As an adventure racer and physical education professor, Jeni McNeal of Eastern Washington University, is acquainted with the need for eating and hydration during extreme physical activity.

Alan Liere: A camping evolution

When I was a kid, my Uncle Pat and Aunt Molly would gather up nieces and nephews for a camping/fishing extravaganza to the San Poil River right after school let out for the summer. We would arrive early, erect a huge canvas tent, roll out the goose down sleeping bags and go fishing.

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