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Tying: Stainless steel shank intruder

By Dean Finnerty Tying the “Intruder” with a homemade shank Over the last decade the “Intruder” style flies have probably accounted for more spey rod steelhead than any other pattern. There are as many spin-offs of the intruder fly as there are variations of the traditional hair-wing style steelhead flies.   When I was taught … Continued

Bill to honor WWII Veteran and steelhead advocates advances

      Sportsmen and women stand behind protections for North Umpqua Washington D.C. — The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee marked up a bill that would protect more than 100,000 acres of habitat important to North Umpqua steelhead in Oregon. The Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Bill, S. 513, honors World War … Continued

“Four is enough.”

A new battle cry for a grassroots movement to improve steelhead management without new regulations.   By Bill Herzog   Last fall on Oregon’s upper Deschutes, some of the most influential minds on wild steelhead gathered in Maupin for a “Steelhead Summit.” Maupin, center-punched into the heart of Oregon, is a tiny desert town famous … Continued

Bill honoring Frank and Jeanne Moore reintroduced

Senator’s Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley reintroduced legislation today that would protect one of the country’s best remaining populations of wild steelhead.   The “Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Special Management Area” bill will safeguard more than 100,000 acres of habitat on the famed North Umpqua.   “Trout Unlimited applauds the determined leadership of … Continued

Steelheaders should stand up for small streams

      By John McMillan When we steelhead anglers think of steelhead water, we think of big, muscular rivers like the Skagit, Umpqua and Eel. We don’t usually think of small streams we can step across or even streams that go dry in the summer.   We should.   [Write your legislator today and … Continued

Oregon’s and California’s Smith River protected from foreign mining interests

20 year mineral withdrawal approved by Interior Photos by Ken Moorish Washington D.C. — Oregon and California’s Smith River got welcome news as the Department of the Interior approved a 20-year mineral withdrawal, protecting the river from proposed strip mining.   In recent years, foreign mining companies have sought to strip mine for nickel in … Continued

The advantage of avalanches

  Here in this timbered, steep, up and down country of Idaho, the forces at work are not merely wind and water. Here, the tumble of rocks and cracking of large trees has been important to shaping river habitat for centuries. Avalanches are not just territory for the backcountry skier. They’re good for steelhead too. … Continued

Frank Moore Bill advances in Senate

Portland, OR (July 13, 2016) – A bill that would protect more than 100,000 acres in Douglas County, Oregon took another step forward today as it passed through a mark-up in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary Designation Act (S. 1448) would permanently safeguard an area … Continued

You have to start small to think big

  By Sam Davidson In 2006, the Pajaro River on California’s central coast came out of obscurity to make national headlines—for the wrong reason: it was named the most endangered river in America. Historically, the Pajaro was one of the most productive steelhead streams in this region. Old-timers in Watsonville and other local communities recall … Continued

What happened to my summer runs?

    Editors note: This is the first in a multi-part series looking at both the decline and recovery of wild steelhead runs.    By Bill Herzog Here I am, as far into the corner of eastern Washington as you can get, waist deep in the mighty Snake River, two hander whooshing around me every … Continued