Trout Unlimited’s Wild Steelhead Initiative and Wild Steelheaders United is an ambitious and hopeful effort to protect and restore the wild steelhead.

Our new report, Why We Need A Free-Flowing Lower Snake River, examines the impacts dams have on Snake River steelhead and salmon, and why their removal is necessary for fish recovery..



Today, 70 percent of the major steelhead populations in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and California require federal protection and opportunities to catch wild steelhead have diminished dramatically in many rivers.

The Initiative and associated group, Wild Steelheaders United, is a new, organized way for anglers (regardless of whether a person fishes gear or fly, bait or lure) to become more informed about wild steelhead biology and ecology, keep abreast of the latest management and policy issues, to learn about wild steelhead fishing opportunities, and to become educated about

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Above all, it is a home to anyone who believes in the quest to protect these fish.

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Wildfire Perspectives: Returning Home to a World Upended

Thick smoke and surreal orange light filled the skies as soon as we climbed out of our elk hunting grounds and pointed west towards home. Strong winds pushed my full-sized pickup back and forth across the lane as we climbed over the Cascades and descended into the Willamette Valley. Pulling into the driveway, we learned we’d barely made it over the mountains before fires had consumed towns up and down the Cascade Range and closed two of the main passes over the mountains. Our homes in Corvallis were safe from the encroaching fires, but over the next week, we’d learn of dozens of friends who’d lost all of their worldly possessions in a few short hours.

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We steelheaders share a common vision of the future of wild steelhead and know what has to be done to bring them back. Together, we can make that vision a reality. With millions of dollars, countless staff and volunteer hours invested in restoring wild steelhead habitat, Trout Unlimited has launched the Wild Steelhead Initiative to make sure those investments (along with the efforts of countless other organizations) pay dividends. For more information please visit