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Gary Loomis and Lewis River Salmon

May 3, 2004 By: Marshall Cutchin

This fine piece about Gary Loomis’s Fish First organization — which since 1995 has been trying to improve the salmon population in Washington state’s Lewis River — includes a biography of the rod-making pioneer that describes his start as a machinist (“Everybody has something they’re gifted at,” he said. “When it comes to machinery, I could envision it.”) and his progression toward environmental organizer: understanding the properties of graphit in tubular structures, getting fired by Lamiglas, and selling his very popular rod line to Shimano. Erik Robinson in The Columbian.