Blueback’s Chapter leading the way in Angler Science

In Oregon by steelheaders

John McMillan Last weekend I returned to the Siletz River on the Oregon Coast to participate in snorkel surveys being led by the Blueback’s Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The Siletz River was my adopted home river during my graduate studies at Oregon State University, and I spent as much time as possible fishing for and observing steelhead. So it will …

Take Action: Smith River Mining Withdrawal

In California, Live Action Alerts, Oregon by steelheaders

TAKE ACTION Tell the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to protect salmon and steelhead streams in southwest Oregon and northern California from large-scale strip mines What’s the issue? Two companies, (one foreign owned) have been working to develop surface strip nickel mines in an area that would threaten Rough and Ready Creek (a tributary to the Illinois River and world …

Crooked River Steelhead and Opal Springs

In Oregon by steelheaders

Opal Springs Fish Passage As iconic Oregon fisheries go the Crooked River is an amazing resource. One of the great bread-and-butter trout streams of central Oregon, it not only fishes well, but is amazingly beautiful as well. The Crooked is a working river, providing water for communities and farms as well as recreation for anglers and boaters. As a major …

Better buffers mean healthier steelhead

In Oregon by Shauna Sherard

    Last week, the Oregon Board of Forestry met to consider stream buffers as they revise a rule that would determine how close timber can be harvested when next to a stream or river. The riparian rule as it’s called, stands to impact thousands of miles of water in Oregon and as such, important populations of steelhead. Increased buffers improve shade, recruit large …

The long hot summer: Three ways for anglers to minimize their impact on steelhead

In California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington by steelheaders

 The long hot summer: Three ways for anglers to minimize their impact on steelhead John McMillan It may be universally said that low stream flows and hot water are bad for salmon and steelhead, which is why this year is strikingly painful to experience as angler and scientist. Unquestionably this is the driest early-summer I have experienced in my time …

It’s the Right Time for River Protection – Smith River OR/CA

In California, Oregon by steelheaders

By Jack E. Williams : This first ran in the Medford Mail Tribune Big-time mining could change the face of some of our most iconic Oregon rivers. Large mines have been proposed for years in the Rough and Ready Creek area and now a foreign mining corporation proposes test drilling for nickel in the beautiful headwater area of Baldface Creek in …

Steelhead Science for Anglers: Why you should go

In Oregon by steelheaders

  By Tracy Pennel A few weeks back on the campus of the University of Washington, Trout Unlimited’s Wild Steelhead Initiative brought together scientists, conservationists, and anglers alike for a workshop exploring the current state and restoration potential of wild steelhead.  As a novice steelhead angler and young professional in the world of fisheries, I was glad to participate in …

Steelhead Science for Anglers: Corvallis

In Oregon by Shauna Sherard

  The primary objective of the workshop is to inform anglers about the state of the science regarding steelhead issues most relevant to their angling opportunity and experience, and to provide an opportunity for anglers to share their insights with, and ask questions of the scientists. We have selected some of the very best scientists to present because they are …

ACTION ALERT: Support the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary

In Live Action Alerts, Oregon by Shauna Sherard

Through the great work and support of numerous partners, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have introduced S. 1448 to designate the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary.  The Sanctuary would protect an area of 104,000 acres in the headwaters of the North Umpqua River in Oregon – one of the best wild steelhead rivers in the Lower 48 – …