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Tag: steelhead

Wild Steelhead: Can't We Let Them Live?

This thoughtful, important article in The Drake is an absolute must-read for every angler. Dax Messet does an incredible job of breaking down the hypocrisy of steelhead conservation efforts and current laws surrounding harvest and fishing. Messet himself spends 40-60 days a year fishing Oregon's coast for these fish, so he's definitely speaking from a...

Governors Asked to Save Steelhead and Salmon

Last week saw a potential move in a positive direction for salmon and steelhead recovery efforts in the Pacific Northwest. A large group of regional and local utility companies, along with conservation and transportation groups, penned a letter to the governors of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, asking them to finally make real progress on salmon...

Podcast: Josh Mills on Fly Fishing Consultant

The most recent episode of the podcast "Fly Fishing Consultant" is live, with guest Josh Mills on to talk shop about steelhead. Mills is a passionate steelhead angler, and in this episode he talks with host Rob Snowhite about the ongoing issues with Washington steelhead. Give it a listen as you start your week.

Podcast: The Steelhead Guardian

Steelhead have been in the news a lot this year, and the coverage hasn't always been positive. From the fish farms in Puget Sound, to declining returns, it often feels like there's little to be positive about when it comes to steelhead. That's where the latest episode of The Barbless Co. Podcast really shines. In this episode, Lee Spencer - known as "The...

New Steelhead Farm in Puget Sound

In late January, Cooke Aquaculture was granted approval from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to begin farming steelhead in Puget Sound, per the Seattle Times. Cooke is the same company that was fined over $330,000 in 2017 after some of their Atlantic salmon escaped into Puget Sound, creating an ecological disaster in introducing a...

New Efforts Underway to Save Salmon, Steelhead

The four dams on the Lower Snake River have long been a hotly-contested issue between conservationists and the agriculture industry. For at least 30 years, the two sides have bickered over how to best preserve and replenish the rapidly-declining salmon and steelhead populations in the Columbia River Basin. A recent episode of Morning Edition from NPR...

Cold Hard Steel

Each year — right during the shortest days and longest nights of winter — I start casting flies for winter steelhead. I go once or twice a week — if the river is not a blown-out, coffee-colored mess — and I dream of hooking a sleek sea-run rainbow trout that gleams and glows in the dim light like a sword from an epic movie — or at least “Game of...

Removing the Snake River Dams

Anyone who's paid attention to the effort to save steelhead and salmon in the Pacific Northwest has likely heard of the push to remove the four dams on the lower section of the Snake River. These dams, originally created for power generation and transportation of goods via barges, have had a direct, negative result on salmon and steelhead populations. The...

Guide's Top 5 Steelhead Tips

In this video, Ohio Fly Fishing Steelhead Guide Josh McQueen at Mad River Outfitters breaks down his top five steelheading tips, from proper presentation, to dressing appropriately to being confident and having maximum mobility while fly fishing for steelhead.

Podcast Episode: “Kuchook, Kamchatka’s Bear Dog”

Kamchatka, Russia, has a reputation for big steelhead and big bears. “Each year Kamchatka’s many bears and a few fortunate anglers cross streamside paths in a shared pursuit of the elusive steelhead. In order to protect their clients, local Kamchatka guides use dogs to keep the hungry bears at bay. Enter Kuchook – arguably the most bad-ass alpha dog...