Date: 2019

Science Friday: Successful habitat restoration on the Washougal River

Welcome to another Science Friday post from Wild Steelheaders United. In this space we usually review scientific studies that have implications for wild steelhead conservation and management. But we take a slightly different path this week. I was born and raised on the banks of the Washougal River in SW Washington. The poor Washougal has … Continued

Businesses We Love: Royal Treatment Fly Fishing

Located just outside Portland and a stone’s throw from the Willamette River in West Linn, OR, Royal Treatment Fly Shop offers a comprehensive inventory of fly fishing equipment from top brands, and serves as a community center for conservation-minded anglers from across the Portland metro area. Named after a steelhead fly that owner Joel La … Continued

Hope for Idaho’s Salmon

  By Chris Wood, Trout Unlimited CEO   “I have concluded that I am going to stay alive long enough to see salmon return to healthy populations in Idaho.”   Those words by U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) at a conference at the Andrus Center last week may do more to project the recovery of … Continued

Science Friday: Revisiting the Carmel River Steelhead Mitigation Program

Written by Natalie Stauffer-Olsen, PhD, TU Staff Scientist    Every now and then we publish something that prompts a reaction from the authors of a report we analyze or others in the science world. This happened with our recent post on the Carmel River  that focused on some biological and ecological aspects explored in the … Continued

Throwback Thursday- A Friendly Reminder: Hatchery Steelhead Are Tasty

With summer just around the corner, the Wild Steelheaders crew is feeling a bit nostalgic.  Winter rods are packed up and summer steelhead are a ways away, and we’ve been finding ourselves daydreaming of tiny flies, drylines, baseball games, cherry pie, and some of the internet’s most prolific fishy blog posts.  In the spirit of … Continued

Science Friday: Why is your lateral line different than mine?

Most of us working on behalf of wild steelhead love our jobs. Still, after a long week we are ready to hit the water — and share some more Science Friday steelhead knowledge.   This week we touch on a study conducted by Andrew Brown at the University of Washington, along with several co-authors. The … Continued

TU’s Chris Wood Speaking at Idaho’s Energy, Salmon, Agriculture, and Community Conference

  On Tuesday, April 23rd, the Andrus Center for Public Policy will host government representatives, fish advocates, grain growers, energy executives and other stakeholders at its annual environmental conference at Idaho’s Boise State University. The theme of the 2019 Andrus conference is Energy, Salmon, Agriculture and Community: Can We Come Together?   Trout Unlimited and … Continued

North Idaho Field Coordinator Job Opening

Hey folks! Do you love steelhead?  Do you love the public lands that provide them cold, clean water?  Well do we have an opportunity for you.  Trout Unlimited is hiring a North Idaho Field Coordinator to work on protecting those very things.  Don’t miss this opportunity to join a great team doing great things.  What … Continued

Science Friday: When fish grow and die in California

Soquel Creek is a small stream flowing into Monterey Bay about 70 miles south of San Francisco and is home to a population of winter steelhead. A group of scientists published a paper in 2009 that looked into seasonal patterns of growth, survival and movement of age-0 and age-1+ juvenile steelhead within this small California … Continued

In Support of a Hatchery Steelhead Program in the Upper Willamette

  By Dean Finnerty, Wild Steelhead Initiative Director Trout Unlimited’s Wild Steelhead Initiative is all about increasing populations of wild steelhead across their native range. Why should we care so much about wild steelhead? There are several reasons, among them the fact that wild steelhead cost nothing to produce, they can be more aggressive towards … Continued