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Oregon Public Lands Bill Advances Through Senate Committee

Earlier today, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley’s bill to protect portions of public lands in the Molalla and Rogue River watersheds, as well as over 100,000 acres of the Kalmiopsis region in Southwest Oregon from mining was favorably reported by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and is now ready for … Continued

Show Up for Wild and Scenic Rivers in Oregon

Oregon’s Senior Senator Ron Wyden is a man on a mission to surpass Alaska as the state with the greatest number of river miles protected under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. To that end, Senator Wyden is holding two public forums this week, one in Portland on Friday, December 13th, and one the … Continued

Kelt Steelhead Released To Boost Snake River Populations

The holidays bring another opportunity to be grateful that we still have runs of wild steelhead in some rivers — and to double down on our efforts to conserve and enhance them. Today we are passing along some information from Idaho, where co-managers are taking a new step to rebuild and recover ESA-listed steelhead. Wild … Continued

Remembering Russell Chatham

  Renowned landscape painter, writer and fly fisherman Russell Chatham passed away on November 10 at the age of 80.   I never knew Chatham, but his book The Anglers Coast and the film Rivers of a Lost Coast – in which he is a main character – are gospel to northern California fly anglers. … Continued

Steelhead days

Among the many charms of autumn is the advent of steelhead runs in many rivers. Where I live, on the central California coast, most streams aren’t yet connected to the ocean—until the rainy season begins in earnest, the sandbars that have set up over the summer between their mouths and the salt remain intact. That … Continued

Science Friday: Survival of hatchery and wild steelhead smolts: lots of mortality, just not always where you think

  November has arrived, and here on the Olympic Peninsula, the first frost of the year. Further south in steelhead range, however, things are a lot warmer, and not in a good way. We send our best wishes for everyone affected by the recent wildfires.    The impact of the extreme fire events we are … Continued

Breaching Lower Snake dams could help water temps, say scientists

We’ve talked a lot about the impact four dams on the Lower Snake River have on dwindling populations of salmon and steelhead as they migrate hundreds of miles to and from their natal streams in Idaho.   But last week scientists highlighted one more data point in the argument to further prioritize breaching the four … Continued

Science Friday: How do steelhead survive in intermittent streams?

It’s the first Friday in October — officially, “Septober” for us steelheaders.   Unfortunately, steelhead runs across much of the West Coast have been down this year, and now there is another blob of warm water in the North Pacific. Things don’t look good right now, but wild steelhead have withstood these types of conditions … Continued

Idaho needs your help on steelhead catch and release study

I’ve never given much thought to what happens to a steelhead after a successful release. I guess, Iike most anglers I assumed it ran upriver to spawn and die. Or if it’s one of the very lucky few, it might pull off a second spawn. For those of you that have been losing sleep over … Continued

The Choice for Hatchery Residual Steelhead

Do you know that not all hatchery steelhead smolts actually migrate to the ocean? Some remain in freshwater. Either way, these O. mykiss face a future that could be heroic (survive long enough to mate with a wild steelhead adult female) — or not-so-heroic (survive the summer in freshwater but perish during the difficult conditions … Continued