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The Maury Povich Steelhead Show: You are all the father

Took a short break from our Science Friday posts to do some actual science (on Olympic Peninsula winter steelhead) and to weigh in on some important policy issues. But now, like anglers looking for fresh winter chrome: we’re b-a-a-a-c-k.   As you know, in the Science Friday forum we discuss a wide range of topics … Continued

Lame Duck Hope

As you’re reading this, we’re right in the middle of the 2018 lame duck session of the US Congress. The lame duck session of Congress is that period following an election, but before newly elected legislators assume their roles and outgoing members bid farewell to their offices. This is a time when both parties try to … Continued

The General Practitioner

  By: Sean Dahlquist   Today’s post was graciously provided by Sean Dahlquist. Sean lives on the Olympic Peninsula, where he loves fishing for steelhead and trout, and of course, tying flies. Not only is Sean a fine tier, but he is also a historian on the topic.  Check out Sean’s Instagram @sean_dahlquist page for … Continued

Washington State Suction Dredge Mining Reform Updates

Update from Dean Finnerty, Northwest Director on Outreach from Summer, 2018:   Thank you to dozens of supporters for your interest and willingness to engage and help protect fish life, water quality and make meaningful changes to rules and regulations for motorized suction dredge prospecting in Washington’s rivers and streams. If you want to be part of this team, the best way … Continued

Act Now to Help Protect the Methow Headwaters

We need your support to help urge the BLM to protect the Methow Headwaters and the habitat it provides for rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, bull trout, mountain whitefish, Chinook salmon, and steelhead.  A mineral withdrawal would make the 340,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land in the Upper Methow Valley off-limits to large-scale mining for the … Continued

Can a Wild Coho Salmon Population Recover Following Closure of a Hatchery Program

Today’s post is the conclusion of our two part guest series on the recovery of Coho in Oregon’s Salmon River. (Click here for last weeks post) Lately we have shared several studies on Pink and Coho salmon, which provide important lessons for salmonid recovery efforts across a range of species and watersheds. Perhaps the most … Continued

Guest Post: Dry Line Dedication

Wild Steelheaders United is firmly committed to supporting all angling methods, so long as those methods minimize impacts on fish during all phases of angling activity. Perhaps the least impactful method of steelhead angling is the dry line, where success is measured in fish per season rather than fish per day. Todd Hirano is a … Continued

Science Friday: Restoring the River Salmon: The Coho Return

Today we are re-publishing an excellent article by Dan Bottom on the remarkable against all odds recovery of Salmon River Coho. This article was originally written for and published by the Reflections program at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology near Otis on Oregon’s Salmon River.   This article was submitted by Dan Bottom, … Continued

The Elwha Files: My oh my, what have we found

By John McMillan   Should we invest in dam removal?   It’s a question that many communities, businesses and policy-makers are facing these days — partly because of aging infrastructure and financial liabilities, and partly because of legal obligations to protect water quality and recover declining salmon and steelhead populations.   To that, I say: … Continued

Science Friday: The latest from the longest running steelhead monitoring project in British Columbia

  Thank goodness it’s Friday. Fall is in the air and it’s time to get on the river! But first, let’s give our steelhead IQs another booster shot with a new Science Friday post.   This week we have a guest writer and scientist, Colin Bailey, a PhD student studying fisheries science at Simon Fraser … Continued