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Walt Gasson

  • TU Business

    Sweetwater Travel stands with TU on Lower Snake

    “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” —Winston Churchill At first blush, none of the three Vermillion brothers bear much resemblance to Winston Churchill. They’re taller, fitter and I have yet to see any of them wearing a Homburg hat or travelling with their own stock…

  • TU Business

    TU Business members stand strong on Lower Snake

    For months now, we’ve been featuring Trout Unlimited Business members who are supporting our efforts to Remove the Lower Four. We’ll continue to do so for some time to come. There are hundreds of these great businesses who are proud to stand with us on this, and we’re grateful for them. They come in all…

  • Dam Removal

    Vedavoo stands with TU on Lower Snake proposal

    “Our lives are full of problems that have no clear answers. Often, the simple solution is hard to find, and the black and white is hidden somewhere in all the gray areas. This isn’t one of those situations. If we want to have wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin, the Snake River is the place. These fish are now at only 1 to 2 percent of their historic populations. Why? Dams. Vedavoo is proud to stand with our partners at Trout Unlimited in support of the proposal to Remove the Lower Four.”

    I’ve never made any secret about the fact that I’m a big fan of Vedavoo – the small company from Leominster, MA that makes great gear for fly anglers – and lots of other outdoor enthusiasts. If you see me on the river, chances are I’m going to be wearing one of their sling packs.…

  • TU Business

    SweetWater Brewing Co. stands with TU on Lower Snake dam removal

    “SweetWater supports our friends over at TU in their mission of conservation and recovery of salmon and steelhead on the lower Snake River. Protecting healthy river ecosystems and a diversity of fish species ultimately means protecting the source of clean, quality water that turns into the downstream beer we enjoy. Because protecting our great outdoors is in our DNA – you just can’t make good beer without clean water.”

    Beer and fishing. They go together like lines and leaders. As every beer drinker knows, not all beers are the same. And not all brewers are the same. SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta, Ga., has made fly fishing and fly anglers the focus of their business. They’ve been a great TU Business Member and a…

  • TU Business

    Learn from the best at School of Trout

    There’s a great deal to be said for doing one thing and doing it with excellence. My friend Todd Tanner and the folks at School of Trout do that with fly fishing. Boy howdy, do they ever. They bring together the planet's finest and most iconic fly fishers to share their experiences, their knowledge, their…

  • TU Business

    WorldCast Anglers stands with TU on Lower Snake proposal

    “The headwaters of the Snake are our home waters,” said Dawkins. “We care passionately about this river from its high country beginnings all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The loss of salmon and steelhead runs in this iconic American river would be a tragedy for us all.”

    L to R: WCA President Mike Dawkins, VP Chris Littauer and COO Tyler Hallquist. Photo credit: WorldCast Anglers I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: One of the best parts of working at the junction of the fly fishing industry and conservation is the opportunity to meet and become friends with some of…