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David Moskowitz reads Santella's Wild Steelhead Holiday Wish Twas the night after solstice throughout the Northwest Winter steelhead pushed east while the summers sought nests Resplendent like rainbows or gunmetal ships Avoiding the gill nets, and giving anglers the slip We do love to catch them on small barbless hooks And take in their beauty … Continue reading Santella’s Wild Steelhead Wish
2021 Olympic Peninsula and Western Washington Steelhead Fishing Rules Break the Mold
Oregon & California step into the breach to back dam removal for the Klamath River. After the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dragged PacifiCorp back to the dam removal table earlier in 2020, The Conservation Angler joined with Native American Tribes, dam removal advocates and the states of Oregon and California urging PacifiCorp and its owners … Continue reading Back to the future on the Klamath!
Since the devastating forest fires that swept over the Cascade Crest in September, there have been an alarmingly swift reaction by state, private and federal entities to remove "hazard trees" and salvage merchantible burned timber along three of Oregon's iconic rivers - the North Santiam and the McKenzie Rivers that are major tributaries to the … Continue reading Fires and Fish Hatcheries
Beginning with a surprise attack on strong hatchery reform criteria in place through the Hatchery Scientific Review Group adopted in Washington in 2009, the current Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has been charging ahead with dismantling a scientifically strong hatchery policy through poor public process, weak administrative and legal grounds and watered down prescriptive language … Continue reading Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission Stepping Backwards on Hatchery Reform
Conservation groups, including The Conservation Angler, recently urged the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to protect an iconic state animal: the beaver. The coalition submitted an administrative petition to prohibit commercial and recreational beaver hunting and trapping on federally managed public lands. The commission considered the petition at its Nov. 13 meeting, and was deadlocked 3-3 … Continue reading Beaver Believers Pushing Reform in the Beaver State
While summer steelhead are still migrating up the Columbia to their natal streams, the 2020 return numbers can be evaluated to a certain degree. TCA was pleased to see the Thermal Angling Sanctuaries at work to protect wild steelhead using the Cold Water Refugia along the Oregon shore of the Columbia River. Take a few … Continue reading Columbia and Snake River Steelhead: Late Fall Report for 2020
This story has been adapted with permission from Tom Pero's poignant essay of Frank and Jeanne Moore and Sinatra Biographer Pete Hamill in Tom's recent communication from his Wild River Press desk: A Tale of Two FranksTom thanked Dean Finnerty for sharing his photographs of Jeanne and Frank, and also to John Nordstrand for the … Continue reading A Tale of Rivers and Fire
The Conservation Angler and our travel and outfitter partners canceled the 2020 Field Research Program due to COVID-19 Precautions and restrictive international travel issues. Photo of KSP Guide Justin Miller by Matt Harris (2019) However, In order to prevent or reduce the incidence of poaching on wild steelhead returning to KSP rivers, The Conservation Angler … Continue reading Kamchatka Steelhead Project -2020