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Member Matters – December 2018

Great Reasons to be Members of the FCO As an FCO Board Member, I am privileged to observe first hand the good work of our Club and Foundation Boards. They work hard behind the scenes to keep our Club vital, interesting, rewarding, and financially sound. And 2019 promises to be a great year to be…

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Literary Angler – Fall Fishing

Editor’s Note: This fall Club members ventured to other western states to wet flies and entice wily trout and powerful salmon. Thank you to John Pyrch for his trout hunt on the Missouri River and Bob Lowry who flew to the Kiklukh River in Alaska in search of silvers. LKH Three Days Fishing the Mo…

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Conservation Corner – December 2018

The Spirit of Giving (for Fish) This exceptionally warm, exceptionally dry year is coming to a close. Reflecting back, we saw dismal steelhead returns, low flows in our rivers, and stagnation in climate change policy. Last month’s Conservation Corner offered some bright spots where fish and river focused non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) have made real progress…

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Member Matters – November 2018

Membership Opportunities This is a quiet time of year for membership activities. But, it is a real opportunity for new members, since if they join now; they are paid through the end of 2019! Introduce your fishing partners to the club and have them join to take advantage of this special opportunity. For current members,…

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Book Review: The Feather Thief, by Kirk Wallace Johnson; Viking Books (2018)

Editor’s Note: Periodically, the Literary Angler features a member’s thoughts on books or articles they believe will be of interest to fellow fly fishers. Foundation Board member, Dr. Mark Metzdorff reviews a book that takes us over to the darker side of fly tying. LKH I must give credit to my wife Marie-Louise, who is…

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Conservation Corner – News from NW NGOs

Fish conservation news has been pretty dismal of late with very low returns of salmon and steelhead throughout the west. Our northwest-based NGOs are out there advocating for wild fish, working to improve and protect habitat, building on available science, and strengthening alliances to leverage more influence in support of fish. Here are a few…

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Columbia River Steelhead Update 10/2018

October 2018 In what may be a precedent-setting action on August 24th, Oregon and Washington “closed the Columbia to steelhead fishing” (their words) as the initially optimistic 2018 forecast for upriver summer steelhead of 182,400 summer steelhead was revised sharply down to 110,300 fish (a 40% reduction in the forecast), reduced again on August 28…

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