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East Idaho Outdoors Spring 2019

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24 IDAHO FALLS MAGAZINE APRIL 2019 Lookout: The Editor Speaks by Kris Millgate The banks are grassy. The water, clear. Same as home, but it's sheep I hear instead of cows. I can almost fool myself into thinking I'm fishing Idaho's Henry's Fork. Almost. There are no trees. Iceland is bare of branches. That's different. My home water has trees. Without trees, fishing floats on the verge of creepy. Creepy quiet. It's so quiet without leaves moving, you hear your ears ring and your heart beat. Mine's beating fast. I've come halfway around the world to catch a fish I've never touched in Idaho. Salmon. The Atlantic kind. The contrast of countryscape between Idaho and Iceland intrigues me nearly as much as the life on my line. A 25-inch salmon that doesn't want to see me, but I'll see it before its free of my fly. Tears of surprise wet my eyes while I wet my hands, hold fin for a heartbeat then let it go. Keeping my once-in-a-lifetime fish, my first salmon or 'virgin fish' as Icelanders call it, is out of the question. The foreign river I'm fishing is catch and release to help salmon runs return from centuries of catch, keep and eat. Iceland's island conservation is slowly bring- ing the ocean swimmer back. Conservation in Idaho does the same thing. Our rare resources are rebounding. Some of them are in this spring issue. See curlews reveal their camo-colored existence, touch bumblebees and smell May flowers. This summer, I challenge you to raise your resource awareness. See, smell, touch, taste and hear what Idaho's outdoors have to offer. Here's to holding life on the line. IF Traveling halfway around the world for a fish PHOTO COURTESY TIGHT LINE MEDIA PHOTO COURTESY GUNNLAUGUR GUDLEIFSSON

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