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Entries in wild steelhead coalition (38)


Spokane Premier of Low and Clear

On February 19th, Millsfly and Silver Bow Fly Shop will be screening Low and Clear at The Lincoln Center of Spokane to benefit the Wild Steelhead Coalition.

$5 bucks to get in, 7 guided fishing trips to give away along with a massive pile of raffle items that include boots, waders, rods, flies, shirts, lines, vests and SO MUCH MORE

Come help raise some serious money for a great cause.


Auction: One of a Kind McKenzie Style Drift Boat

Orvis has kindly partnered with the Wild Steelhead Coalition and master craftsman Ross Duncan to auction off this one of a kind drift boat to raise funds to preserve Washington's Skagit River.

The legendary Skagit River in northwest Washington is a large, glacier-fed river that winds its way through the Cascade Mountains before emptying into Puget Sound. World-renowned for its steelhead fishing, the Skagit was once home to wild steelhead runs in the tens of thousands, and is the birthplace of many fly-fishing techniques anglers use today. While its runs have diminished over time, the Skagit still boasts wild steelhead that often eclipse the magical 20-pound mark. In an effort to preserve this pristine river and protect its remaining steelhead, Orvis has partnered with the Wild Steelhead Coalition (WSC) and driftboat builder Ross Duncan to bring to you a unique conservation opportunity.

Orvis and the WSC will be auctioning off a one-of-a-kind McKenzie-style driftboat, hand-built by master craftsman Ross Duncan. The 17-foot custom wood driftboat is constructed with BS1088 marine plywood and white oak, and is a hybrid of traditional McKenzie framed boat and stitch-and-glue construction. Secured with System 3 epoxies, 3M 5200 adhesive, and over 300 stainless steel screws, the boat is set up with two fixed-position swivel pedestal seats—fore and aft for fly fishing or side drifting—with an adjustable-position rower’s bench rope seat. The rower’s seat is adjustable plus-or-minus 10 inches, with four different oar lock positions, and the Sawyer Cobra oar locks are set in machined derlin bushings. The bottom of the boat is coated with a high-density poly-urea coating, and the interior and hull are painted with water-based epoxy and polyurethane. The bow and chine batten are protected with 1/8-inch thick stainless steel rub stripes. The boat comes complete with 9-foot MXG Sawyer counterbalanced oars, Lee-Lock side-mount anchor system, and a painted trailer with LED lights.

Bid early, bid often!



Take Action - Comment on hatchery plans for Lower Columbia 

From the Wild Steelhead Coalition:

At the beginning of September, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) released its draft Hatchery Genetic Management Plans (HGMP) for the Lower Columbia River. These documents spell out WDFW's proposed hatchery operations going forward and outline what impacts their programs will have on ESA-listed wild steelhead in the Lower Columbia. Ultimately, the HGMPs will go to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for approval. Unfortunately, the Lower Columbia region is the birthplace of Washington’s long standing hatchery addiction, and reform to some of the more harmful hatchery practices in the change has been slow to come. Specifically, the HGMPs for the South Fork Toutle, Coweeman and East Fork Lewis Rivers call for the continued release of non-native hatchery fish despite the lack of collection facilities in these basins.

By WDFW’s own estimates, hatchery fish are likely severely undermining the productivity of ESA-listed wild steelhead in these watersheds. The department has estimated that around 70 percent of the spawning summer steelhead in the East Fork Lewis River watershed are of hatchery origin, and the other two basins undoubtedly have equally large numbers of spawning hatchery fish. Under the statewide steelhead management plan, this practice was supposed to have been discontinued throughout the state because it guarantees that un-harvested hatchery fish will spawn in the wild. The Toutle, Coweeman and East Fork Lewis are all important wild steelhead producing watersheds for the Lower Columbia, and recovery of wild fish should be a priority in these systems.

Take two minutes to send comments to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and let them know it is time to stop our hatchery steelhead addiction and move toward wild steelhead recovery.



The Adipose - Summer 2012 

The summer 2012 edition of the Wild Steelhead Coalition's newsletter is out and includes the organizations 2012 sport fishing rules proposals to the Washington Division of Fish and Wildlife.



Chuck Bonks

We still have a few shirts left - get em before they're gone.


Bug Launcher Classic BBQ and Casting Challenge

Have some fun casting a line, eat some BBQ and meet some folks at the Bug Launcher Classic. Test your skills at twelve stations on and near the North Umpqua River, each with targets at three skill levels. 36 opportunities to challenge and tune your casting skills.

Not only are you guaranteed a good time but there will be raffles and prizes and better yet.....100% of the proceeds will got to benefit The Wild Steelhead Coalition.

Where: The Reel McCoys’ Place, 9624 South bank Dr. Roseburg, OR
When: Saturday, July 21, 2012  - 9:00 – 5:00

Donation of cash or check (any amount) goes to Wild Steelhead Coalition.

Recommended Equipment: Single handed rod, tapered leader to 2X, yarn fly only (provided), and a sense of humor.

RSVP with Mike or Jan