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.
Editor’s Note: Be sure to pay attention to #3, #FliesforIan, with our close buddy Josh Mills — a way to tie or bid on steelhead flies and help recovery efforts. The coasts are places we ALL love to explore and PROTECT – especially in Florida, where Costa calls home. One week ago today, Hurricane Ian […]
“In 2021, being a dedicated wild steelhead angler means fishing through a paradox. While the enthusiasm for chasing these beautiful, powerful fish is at an all-time high, there have never been fewer wild steelhead returning to their home waters.”
You’ll notice that Swing the Fly only works with companies that walk the walk when it comes to conservation of our fish. Costa epitomizes that, and we’re grateful for their support.
This isn’t a swung fly story, but it’s narrated by Flip Pallot and sponsored by one of Swing the Fly’s sponsors, Costa. We think it’s worth sharing.
Korkers has designed a limited edition pair of Devil’s Canyon fishing boots with Trout Unlimited to raise awareness and support the permanent protections for Bristol Bay.
Indifly: Wind River ReservationSince its inception, Costa has been a part of Indifly and its mission to help indigenous communities develop sustainable local economies + conserve natural resources. Recently, Costa produced Indifly at Wind River Reservation – a film capturing Indifly’s first US-based project that aims to protect one of the last pristine places in the lower […]