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The Driftless Area region of Wisconsin where I live is blessed with abundant rivers and streams that flow through our valleys, which we call coulees. Early European settlers in our region took advantage of those water resources to build mills powered by the flowing streams. Many of the early mills were sawmills to cut logs and process timber. But many communities also built grist or flour mills to help feed their growing population or send grains to agricultural markets.

I had a guest in my guide boat this week who was talking about fishing for 24 hours during one day in Alaska. That is a bit extreme for most a…

When I talked with Mike Hudson of 3 Rivers Fly and Tackle this week, he immediately started talking up the lake fishing for rainbow trout, “Pe…

Our wild salmon are a unique resource. The eastern U.S. has none any more—thanks to industrial development and a general lack of forethought (…