Date: 2018

The Life Cycle of Wild Steelhead

Well, it is steelhead season. No doubt. “Septober” is officially underway.   To celebrate the changing season we are re-posing the question that every serious steelhead angler should be able to answer in the affirmative: Do you really know a steelhead?     Think about it, we spend thousands of hours pursuing steelhead, but how … Continued

Protecting the Gem of the North Coast: Support State Scenic Waterway Designation for the Nehalem

Photo courtesy of Ken Morrish/Fly Water Travel   Later this year, organizations and individuals across the country will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the federal Wild & Scenic Rivers Act.  Thanks to the Act, more than 12,000 miles of wild, scenic, and recreational rivers have been established nationwide including 1,916.7 river miles in Oregon.  These … Continued

Science Friday: Some come early, some come late: Genetics of Dean River steelhead

There are a handful of rivers that every steelheader wants to fish. Among these is the Dean River in British Columbia, perhaps the most revered wild steelhead river on the planet. Not only is this river remote and beautiful, it is also home to some of the hardest fighting steelhead anywhere.   The Dean’s fame … Continued

Science Friday: Sand bars, lagoons and moving steelhead

Back to back Science Friday posts focusing on California and the unique challenges that steelhead face in the state. This week we pivot from juvenile steelhead coping with ponded pools to a look at juveniles that enter and live seasonally in lagoons at the mouths of creeks and rivers — a phenomenon fairly common in … Continued

Timely & Accurate Fish Counts on Oregon’s North Umpqua River

Knowing exactly how many salmon and steelhead comprise a particular run is crucial for proper fisheries management.  Throughout wild steelhead range, agencies struggle with tight budgets and frequently, monitoring returning adults falls to the bottom of the priority list. Since the 1950’s the fish ladder and viewing window at Winchester Dam near Roseburg, Oregon on … Continued

WSU leading the charge on sonar

Occasionally, we get asked what Wild Steelheaders United is really doing to improve wild steelhead populations across their range.   We could start by mentioning that our habitat restoration and fish passage improvement projects are delivering big results in some of the last best wild steelhead strongholds in North America. In the past year alone, … Continued

Mining & Transboundary Rivers: What do the Skagit, Taku, Stikine, and Elk rivers have in common?

  British Columbia is in the midst of a mining boom, with dozens of large-scale mines in various stages of exploration, development, and operation. Lax mining regulations and low standards for financial bonding have encouraged the industry’s expansion in the region, but at what cost? Many of these mine sites sit within watersheds of rivers … Continued

TU lauds new public lands bill for NW California

  The northwest corner of California, between the Russian and Klamath Rivers, is home to some of the best remaining salmon and steelhead streams in the West. This region boasts some of the most famous steelhead fisheries in the world, including the Trinity, Mad, Mattole, and Eel River systems.   Trout Unlimited’s North Coast Coho … Continued

Science Friday: Surviving heat, drought and ponded streams

It is that time of year again. Heat wave after heat wave.   As summer progresses stream flows will continue to decline all across steelhead country, and in some cases, smaller tributaries will go dry. In other cases, streams won’t be completely dewatered; instead, they will become ponded. This occurs when flows diminish so much … Continued

Summer 2018: Time to make new Rules for suction dredge mining in Washington

Washington’s salmon, steelhead, and other native fish are critical to our state’s economy, way of life, and identity. Many of our most prized fish populations are struggling, with some on the brink of extinction, and we are spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on recovery efforts to try to save them. Suction Dredge Mining … Continued