Struggles of the lower Deschutes

Elke Littleleaf and Morgan Bradley discuss issues affecting the lower Deschutes

Editor’s note: TU sent a handful of college students to the Pacific Northwest for this year’s TU Costa 5 Rivers Odyssey to study and fish in the Columbia River basin. Oregon’s Deschutes river has long been known as one of the West’s most legendary watersheds. Known for its prolific hatches and dry fly fishing, specifically … Read more

Collaboration is king among Pacific Northwest agencies

Editor’s note: TU sent a handful of college students to the Pacific Northwest for this year’s TU Costa 5 Rivers Odyssey to study and fish in the Columbia River basin. Oregon State University’s campus is home to the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station where the Odyssey group was fortunate enough to sit in … Read more

Odyssey team explores human impact on the Columbia and its fish

almon on a fork illustrating the canning business. Photo: Matteo Moretti

Editor’s note: TU sent a handful of college students to the Pacific Northwest for this year’s TU Costa 5 Rivers Odyssey to study and fish in the Columbia River basin. The Odyssey team’s journey started in typical Pacific Northwest fashion, a little bit of sunshine, and a fair amount of rain. We set out the … Read more

Notes from a first-year instructor and student at the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy

  By Meghan Barker  While I spend the majority of my work time in front of a “Save Bristol Bay” booth, or talking with supportive Trout Unlimited members and leaders about the proposed Pebble Mine, the first Monday in June brought a different start to my work week. I loaded up my car with a tote of … Read more

Giving back

They look nervous. Until camp started, most hung by their parents, belying their teenage trend toward independence. Most are from Pennsylvania, but surprisingly at least seven of the 23 attendees at the 2019 Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp are from other states—including one from Kansas. They are nervous about meeting new people. Nervous … Read more

5 Rivers Odyssey: Theodore Benjovsky

Editor’s note: The TU Costa 5 Rivers Program is sending a handful of college students to the Columbia River drainage in the Northwest to fish and explore the myriad challenges facing trout and salmon in the region. I am Theodore Benjovsky, and just recently graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor’s of Science … Read more

5 Rivers Odyssey: Matteo Moretti

I’ve always been OK owning the title of that “fishing guy” pretty much everywhere I go because, after all, that’s who I am. Ever since my uncle introduced me to fishing, I haven’t had a second go by when I don’t think, speak or dream of fishing. For me, fishing is the glue that has … Read more

A tale of water, reclamation and tough decisions

The 2018 5 Rivers Odyssey crew. Photo courtesy of Flylords It is that time of the year: long days, great hatches, and the 5 Rivers Odyssey. Now in its third year, this year’s 5 Rivers Odyssey participants will be exploring the Pacific Northwest for the next five weeks. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, … Read more

5 Rivers Odyssey: Morgan Bradley

My name is Morgan Bradley and I am from Telluride, Colo. From a young age, I began fishing with my dad, who has been a life-long angler. It started with a spin rod, fishing with worms and other bait for species like catfish and bass back when I used to live in Phoenix, Ariz.. When … Read more

TU hosts 2019 Northern Nevada Youth Flyfishing Camp

by Makenzie O’Connor A core component of Trout Unlimited’s mission is building a broad community of river-stewards to help implement and sustain our coldwater conservation work. A primary focus of this effort involves youth outreach and education. Trout Unlimited’s California Program and our California Council and chapters support this initiative by hosting youth engagement programs … Read more