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Snake River Dams Perspectives: John Appleton of Alpine Archery and Fly

In Snake River by Kyle Smith

Earlier this summer, TU released a report entitled “Why We Need a Free Flowing Lower Snake River” that lays out the scientific basis for the federal government’s conclusion that the best way to restore salmon and steelhead in the Snake Basin is to remove the four dams on the lower river. Snake River salmon and steelhead populations are now so …

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Oregon South Coast Management Plan Proposal Nearing Completion

In Oregon, Proper handling, Steelhead Etiquette by Kyle Smith

In order to continue with the opportunity to harvest wild steelhead in southern Oregon, we need better science. If we continue down the path of harvesting wild steelhead without better understanding of population and harvest levels, we could watch those populations decline to unfishable levels within our lifetime. Here’s our update on the latest…

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Oregon Wild and Scenic Effort Heating Up

In Oregon, Wild and Scenic by Kyle Smith

Late last year, Oregon’s Senior Senator Ron Wyden put out a call to all Oregonians to nominate their favorite rivers and creeks for potential designation under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The result of that call to action was over 15,000 different nominations for more than 4,000 miles of rivers and streams in Oregon. As we’ve written before, …

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Meet the team: Dean Finnerty

In Meet the team, Oregon by Kyle Smith

Home town:  Cottage Grove, Oregon.  It’s a perfect location to launch steelhead trips from.  The upper Willamette and its tribs are minutes away as is the McKenzie.  The Umpqua and tons of coastal rivers are 45 minutes to an hour away.  The N.U. is about an hour away as well.  Home waters: The North Umpqua and mainstem Umpqua are my …

ODFW Approves Thermal Angling Sanctuaries on the Columbia

In Oregon by Kyle Smith

Earlier today, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted temporary rules for the 2020 fishing season that limit angling for steelhead in thermal sanctuaries at the mouths of Herman Creek, Eagle Creek, and the Deschutes River. This rule change is a win for endangered Columbia basin steelhead stocks, including the legendary B-Run steelhead that return to the Clearwater each year. …