Put fish first this summer in the Columbia

In Idaho, Oregon, Washington by Nick ChambersLeave a Comment

It’s hard to ignore the dismal forecast for this summer’s steelhead return to the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Just how bad is it? Well, this year’s wild and hatchery summer runs returning past Bonneville Dam are forecast to be the lowest in the past 34 years.   Predictions for all stocks look bad, but in particular the later arriving and …

Science Friday: What is PNI about and why is it important?

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Another week, another Science Friday post from Wild Steelheaders United. Last week we discussed the acronyms used in hatchery literature and management plans. Now we narrow the focus a bit to understand how these acronyms are used with one another to evaluate genetic risks associated with hatchery programs — we even offer some formulas for you to geek out on. …

Tying: Stainless steel shank intruder

In Oregon by Shauna SherardLeave a Comment

By Dean Finnerty Tying the “Intruder” with a homemade shank Over the last decade the “Intruder” style flies have probably accounted for more spey rod steelhead than any other pattern. There are as many spin-offs of the intruder fly as there are variations of the traditional hair-wing style steelhead flies.   When I was taught to tie the Intruder, we …

Science Friday: What the heck do all those acronyms mean?

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Science Friday! Another chance to dive into the weeds and define some of the jargon used when discussing, studying and evaluating hatchery steelhead. This week we focus on acronyms commonly used in hatchery management plans.   Anyone who has read through a Hatchery Scientific Review Group plan or review, or most any resource management plan for that matter, has probably …

Science Friday: What is introgression?

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For this edition of Science Friday, we continue to define terms used in studies that evaluate hatchery steelhead (and often other species of salmon and trout). Last week we defined fitness and discussed how it is measured and why it is important to understanding the biology of steelhead. This week we take another step into the deeper end of the …

Big WIN for sportsmen on the Elliott State Forest

In Oregon by Nick ChambersLeave a Comment

On Tuesday, May 10, sportsmen and women won a huge victory when the Oregon State Land Board voted unanimously to keep the Elliott State Forest in public hands.   The 80,000 acre Elliott is a popular area of public lands with high habitat and sporting values for salmon, steelhead and trout, deer, elk and other game species. The land board …

What does the Antiquities Act have to do with steelhead?

In Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington by Nick Chambers1 Comment

A seemingly innocuous little law passed in 1906 has become highly controversial in recent years. The Antiquities Act, signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt, was a response to an escalating problem of looting of archeological and geologic resources and empowers the president to designate to significant historic, cultural, and scientific features as national monuments.   The Antiquities Act has …

Hoh steelhead downgraded to “Avoid”.

In Oregon by Dwayne MeadowsLeave a Comment

Here’s a some good news for all of you who took action recently on Olympic Peninsula steelhead: Seafood Watch, a program of Monterey Bay Aquarium that helps consumers make better seafood choices, downgraded the status of Hoh steelhead, moving them from a “good alternative” for consumers, to one to “avoid.” Earlier this year the program listed Olympic Peninsula steelhead as …