Category: Conservation Corner

Conservation Corner – North Umpqua Coalition Update

  The North Umpqua Coalition was the recipient of the Keith Hansen Memorial Paddle Raise for this year’s auction. Last month Coalition leaders appealed to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to put a pause on restarting hatchery supplementation of steelhead in the North Umpqua River. “To be clear, The North Umpqua Coalition is…

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Conservation Corner – A Tipping Point for Fish?

  “Listen to the cry of the earth.” A Joint Message for the Protection of Creation by Pope Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, and Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, September 7, 2021 Its staring us in the face. Our wild Columbia River steelhead are truly on the brink. Sure, you are understandably frustrated and disappointed…

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Conservation Corner – The Deschutes is No Place for Litterbugs

Editor’s Note: Club members Mark Metzdorff and Felton Jenkins were out fishing the prime Deschutes waters below Warm Springs with guide Matt Mendes of Spin the Handle last month. They had great fishing while learning first hand how Matt is working to protect the riparian habitat on his tribal lands. lkh Matt Mendes is a…

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Keith Hansen Memorial Paddle Raise Grantee Leaders Speak Out for Wild North Umpqua Steelhead

Editor’s Note: Nearly twenty years ago, I hooked (but eventually did not land) my first steelhead on the North Umpqua River in a legendary pool called Charcoal Point. I was awestruck by the power and beauty of this wild fish. So for the love of wild steelhead and a river so dear to our hearts,…

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Conservation Corner – Together We Can Help the North Umpqua River

A Collaborative Effort for a Monumental Task Editor’s Note and Correction: Shortly after this piece was posted, your Flyline editor received clarification from Native Fish Society’s Southern Oregon Regional Coordinator, Kirk Blaine, that this proposed project seeks to eliminate summer steelhead hatchery supplementation. The previous version of this post suggested Spring Chinook and Coho were…

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Conservation Corner – Some Good News!

More River Protection in Store Oregon Congressman deFazio (D) and California Congessman Jered Huffman (D) have reintroduced H.R. 992, the Southwestern Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act, to permanently ban strip mining in the headwaters of south coast streams of Josephine and Curry Counties. If passed, the bill would make permanent an existing 20 year…

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