Recent Posts

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

Science Friday: Predictions for Columbia/Snake River summer steelhead and a new study on ocean distribution

Winter steelhead season is winding down, if not over in some rivers. Time to regroup and prepare for summer runs!   This Friday we have a science two-pack for you.   First, a bit of cautious optimism. More steelhead are predicted to return to the Columbia River basin this year than in the past two … Continued

Honoring Two Oregon Treasures and Protecting Steamboat Creek

Last Thursday, a small group of local advocates gathered in Roseburg, Oregon to pay homage to Frank and Jeanne Moore. Frank is a WWII veteran who landed on the beaches of Normandy, and upon returning from his service settled with his wife Jeanne on the banks of the North Umpqua River. There the couple built … Continued

Protecting Oregon’s Steelhead Heritage

Few Oregonians have had a more profound, positive influence on so many people in the Beaver State than Frank and Jeanne Moore. This remarkable couple, whose decades-long efforts to protect Oregon’s natural treasures—in particular steelhead streams and native flowers—have been an inspiration for many, were recently honored by the nation with the passage of the … Continued

Lessons from a steelhead rescue and captive rearing program on California’s Carmel River

By: Natalie Stauffer-Olsen, Staff Scientist, TU’s California Science Program   One of the things that I have always admired most about O. mykiss is how adaptable and resilient they are. The rainbow trout, in both its resident and anadromous forms, evolved to take advantage of the most abundant habitats for their different life history stages … Continued

A follow up to last week’s post: What is happening to steelhead in Hood Canal?

Last week we reviewed a study on a novel hatchery steelhead program that was implemented in a Hood Canal stream to help save and rebuild a population of wild steelhead that were on the brink.  As part of the post, we highlighted the non-traditional methods that were used and why those may have helped the … Continued