Posted in Environmental Fishing Locations

Thompson River Steelhead: Climate Change and Gill Nets

The Thompson River is the largest tributary of the Fraser River, which is the tenth largest river in Canada and the largest river in British Columbia. Though the 1990s, the Thompson was one of the premier steelhead fishing rivers in North America. In the late 1980s, the steelhead run was…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Social Media and The Loss of Serendipity

Recently I read a post on the Chrome Chasers‘ blog that got me thinking about social media and the way in which it threatens the unexpected in the things we do and encounter in our lives. In his post, Keith Allison – owner of Chrome Chasers – observes that social…

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May the Rivers Never Sleep

Many people – most perhaps – see time as linear. A year begins; months pass; and then the year ends. It then recedes into the past, remembered only as an incrementing number on one’s decrementing life journey. Infrequently, a year will be remembered for some significant achievement or tragedy. Fly…

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Posted in General Comments

Wild Washington Steelhead in Decline…No Problem, Recommend for Consumption

The Wild Salmon Center has a recent article concerning a recommendation from the Seafood Watch from the Monterey Bay Aquarium in which wild steelhead were given a “Good Alternative” rating. This is astounding given the science that shows wild Washington steelhead are in decline. See the graph for the Hoh…

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Steelhead: As Hatchery Fish Go Up, Wild Fish Go Down

I came across an article about a presentation last December by Dylan Tolmie, sponsored by Emerald Water Anglers, about the threat posed to wild steelhead by hatchery steelhead. Dylan Tolmie is an environmentalist, Patagonia sponsored athlete, and former guide, who lives north of here on Bainbridge Island. There’s been a…

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Posted in Technique and Tips

Northwest Steelhead Primer

Leland Miyawaki, former Fishing Manager of Orvis Bellevue, has written a terrific piece on Northwest Steelhead. Leland discusses how Northwest steelhead are categorized by the years they spend in the ocean before returning to spawn and what gear is needed for each year group. He also discusses fishing tactics and…

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Hood Canal Bridge: A Steelhead Deathtrap

The Hood Canal Bridge connects the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas in Washington state. It is the world’s longest floating bridge that exists in a saltwater tidal basin (7,869 feet in length). A vital link between those peninsulas, daily traffic flow is over 16,000 vehicles daily. Made up primarily of pontoons,…

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