It’s a land of giants; towering evergreen trees, luminary anglers, and legendary wild steelhead, some as large as those anywhere else on Earth. Throughout history, Washington’s Olympic Peninsula has been called “The Last Wilderness”. Today, it’s Steelhead Country’s last best place.
But as crowds of anglers have descended from around the state and across the country, and as the heavy harvest from gillnets strung by tribal co-managers shows little sign of abating, the “OP” is stretched to the breaking point. The data paints a familiar picture, one reminiscent of the collapse of Puget Sound’s once mighty wild steelhead runs. Are we fated to repeat the history? Or will new regulations, new partnerships and a new commitment to conservation save the wild steelhead that still return to one the wildest places we have left?