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  • Boats

    River etiquette while fishing from a boat

    As winter creeps toward spring, boats are unwrapped, repaired, blown-up and trailers are readied for that first float of the year. As such, I thought it good time to get a conversation going about river etiquette. New to the game? Read on. Been boating for 20 years? Cool. Join the conversation and perhaps float (pun…

  • Voices from the river

    The gift of the skunk

    One learns not to expect much when fly fishing during the winter months. At least around here, or if you’re me. Regardless of the season, sometimes you step into a river and just know something’s off. The water’s not moving right, or the sound of the wind rings particularly empty and distant. I envy steelhead die-hards their familiarity with this feeling, the impending, inevitable void, and how they march into it undaunted.   A guy I know…

  • From the President

    Looking back, looking ahead

    Engaging with young anglers about conservation, policy and people It is easy to get cynical about the future, until you spend some time with it. I recently had a great time virtually speaking with over 100 college students who belong to our TU Costa 5 Rivers clubs and agreed to post my answers to their…

  • Conservation

    A case study for the ‘portfolio approach’

    A fisheries management plan for southwest Oregon coastal streams spurs debate over harvest of wild steelhead A fishery management plan being developed for southwest Oregon coastal rivers has generated debate over whether to temporarily reduce or prohibit harvest of wild steelhead. Trout Unlimited’s Oregon Field Director Kyle Smith recently penned an opinion-editorial in the Curry County Pilot making the case for caution in killing…

  • Advocacy

    Vote for Utah’s hunting and fishing heritage

    By Andy Rasmussen In 1777, a dozen years before the signing of the U.S. Constitution, Vermont passed the first state constitutional provision providing for the right to hunt and fish. Since 1996, over 20 other states, many in the West, have adopted similar amendments.  These amendments protect sporting and outdoor traditions as a valued part of the region’s heritage and economy and preserve them in…