Resilient waters, hope for the future

Matteo Moretti, Dan Eiden, Dyer Benjovsky and Morgan Bradley spent last summer like most college anglers do—fishing. However, this was no ordinary fishing trip. Over the summer, the four college students involved in TU Costa 5 Rivers Programs across the country explored the Columbia River drainage for five weeks. Their mission: to gain a greater understanding of what has happened to worlds former salmon stronghold.   In … Read more

5 Rivers Odyssey Reflection: Matteo Moretti

As a college student and environmentalist interested in pursuing a career in the outdoor media industry, I am constantly amazed at all the wonderful opportunities offered to young and passionate anglers and students. The journey I embarked upon through the Trout Unlimited Costa 5 Rivers Odyssey is one that truly exemplifies a dedication to creating … Read more

5 Rivers Odyssey Reflection: Theodore Benjovsky

When I picked up a fly rod for the first time my freshman year of school, I could not have imagined that I would have spent the past month on the 2019 TU Costa 5 Rivers Odyssey. The fact that I was able to travel throughout the Pacific Northwest and explore the different struggles that … Read more

5 Rivers Odyssey Reflection: Morgan Bradley

When I think back to my first days of fishing, it is hard to believe where the sport has brought me now. Fly fishing has given me the opportunity to travel the world, experience other cultures, make new friends, gain a greater appreciation for the natural world, and taught me values like patience and determination. Although I’ve been able … Read more

5 Rivers Odyssey Reflection: Dan Eiden

The TU Costa 5 Rivers Odyssey was an experience like no other. This month-long journey across the Pacific Northwest challenged my perspectives and exposed me to issues that I could never have envisioned, let alone take on first-hand. Each day on the Odyssey was full of new experiences, whether it was conducting a fish salvage on a small mountain stream or chasing steelhead … Read more

The dead Grande Ronde

Editor’s note: The TU Costa 5 Rivers Program sent a handful of college students to the Columbia River basin to study the challenges facing the drainage’s fisheries. At 4:30 a.m. we stumbled from our tents and into brisk chilly air. We zipped up our jackets, sipped hot coffee and ate warm oatmeal. After packing camp, … Read more

Passion on Sheep Creek

Editor’s note: The TU Costa 5 Rivers Program sent a handful of college students to the Columbia River basin to study the challenges facing the drainage’s fisheries. At 6 a.m. we started driving from La Grande, Oregon to the Grande Ronde River headwaters – Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Within 20 minutes, the car’s temperature read 40 … Read more

Into the desert

Editor’s note: The TU Costa 5 Rivers Program sent a handful of college students to the Columbia River basin to fish and study the challenges facing the drainage. Leaving the coniferous forests of Mt. Rainier, the Odyssey crew traveled to the semi-arid desert region of eastern Oregon where we set out to fish the Owyhee … Read more