“WE are the voice for the river and the fish.”
In part II of this new video series, No Fish Harmed, from Swing the Fly and Tight Line Films, we visit with our friend Mia Sheppard to learn more about fly fishing culture and conservation and “nervous energy” and how it relates to catching steelhead on a spey rod.
Every angler and advocate for the health and wellbeing of the North Umpqua and its iconic steelhead will have an opportunity to lend their voice in support of an abundant, uninterrupted future for these fish.
A film by Asher Koles and Chase White Rivers and fish need friends. Tom Derry has spent his lifetime being that friend. Conservation and wild fish are two things found deep in Tom’s heart. As Molalla River Steward and the Director of Wild Steelhead Fundraising with the Native Fish Society, Tom is the good-hearted connection between wild […]
From The Salmon School:COME JOIN THE SALMON SCHOOL ON SEPTEMBER 9 AND 10 AT MUSEUM OF GLASS, TACOMA. This newsletter is dedicated to The Salmon School and its return to the place of origin, Museum of Glass — we need your support. The Salmon School is a cross-disciplinary art project and performance that began in partnership with the Bellevue Arts […]
Art Lingren has been hailed as “the Leonardo da Vinci of the steelhead world’ by no less an authority than Frank Amato. In this piece, Art talks about his contributions to the Spey community.
In contrast, rivers like the Sol Duc, the Queets, and other coastal rivers tend to be smaller, steeper, receive more rainfall, and have less volcanic geology, all of which tends to make them inherently less productive for growing large trout.
Overshoot steelhead have long been understood to be a factor among Columbia Basin populations, but a pair of recent studies using tagged adult fish (Richins and Skalski 2018, and Murdoch et al. 2022) have demonstrated the phenomenon is much more extensive than previously thought. This has huge implications for steelhead management and recovery, and the operation of the basin’s hydropower system.
Gary Marston, the Science Advisor for Trout Unlimited’s Wild Steelheaders United, writes in-depth about the studies and their implications in a pair of articles published by @wildsteelhead and summarized in this ‘Conservation Corner’ for @SwingTheFly.
John McMillan told Swing The Fly: “Do you think I want to write the obituary for the place I live in and love? It’s the last thing I want to do.” On Feb. 10, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recognized a petition to list the OP Steelhead Distinct Population Segment as a threatened or endangered species.
“Sentiment without action is the death of the soul.”
Edward Abbey – A Voice Crying in the Wilderness: Notes from a Secret Journal
If you’re reading this, you probably know what it is like to hold one of these amazing fish. It can be a transcendent experience. It’s one I hope my kids will be able to experience someday.
My choice to return to the river that day, I didn’t realize until later, was an act of acceptance and an acknowledgement of the realities of the paradox itself. We are each responsible for our actions, and therefore we’re all on the hook – to the fish, and to each other.
A long time ago, someone told me every piece of river should be treated like it’s someone’s favorite place in the entire world, because it probably is.