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Consider some of the major factors in the decline of native salmon, steelhead and trout in North America. Extensive loss of habitat from dams and other development. Too much water diverted from streams. Degraded water quality from poorly maintained roads and leaky old mines. In California, you can [ READ MORE... ]
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Multi-benefit flood control projects in California's Central Valley, which will help bolster depleted runs of salmon and steelhead in the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, will benefit from funding authorized by the state's new parks-and-water bond legislation.   On Sunday, October 15, Gov. Edmund [ READ MORE... ]
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Construction phase, Jack of Hearts Creek Coho habitat restoration project   The rarest species of salmon in California is getting some help in a legendary coastal river system, thanks to Trout Unlimited’s North Coast Coho Project (NCCP) and partners. Recently, the NCCP finished the construction [ READ MORE... ]
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A bigger-than-average trout from a nameless creek, Sierra National Forest. By Sam Davidson For no good reason one of my favorite words is equinox. It sounds like a cool drum set, or a fancy word for a horse’s muzzle. Of course, the term (which stems originally from the old Latin aequinoctium, or “ [ READ MORE... ]
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Finding refuge from the heat, Stanislaus National Forest. By Sam Davidson   Across the country, summer is prime time for trout fishing in the mountains. At higher elevations you typically get relief from sweltering lowland temperatures and find the kind of small water-wild fish opportunities that [ READ MORE... ]
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TU's VP for Western Conservation, Rob Masonis, and other signers of the new Central Valley Salmon Habitat Partnership flank California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird at the signing ceremony on August 29, 2017.   By Sam Davidson During the hottest and driest time of year here in [ READ MORE... ]
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Yuba River Chinook salmon. Photo: Jacob Katz   On August 25, a coalition of conservation and recreational groups, including Trout Unlimited, submitted formal comments on proposed requirements for relicensing dam and diversion operations on the Yuba River, one of California’s most important—and [ READ MORE... ]
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By Sam Davidson Nowadays there is no age limit, apparently, for quarterbacks. Or for fly fishing. Last weekend, my eighty-year-old mother joined legends such as Lefty Kreh and Frank Moore in providing more proof of the latter, as she waded up and down the banks of the South and Clark forks of the [ READ MORE... ]
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It is no secret that good conservation outcomes, as a rule, don't happen overnight. Today’s action by California’s Central Valley Flood Protection Board to adopt a new plan for reducing flood risks and restoring ecosystem health is a huge step forward for salmon and steelhead conservation that has [ READ MORE... ]
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Moments before the fateful spill, East Carson River. By Sam Davidson The defining moment of a recent road trip to fish some of the fabled streams along the east side of the Sierra came mere seconds after I snapped a photo of TMP getting a good drift through a sweet reach of the East Carson River. [ READ MORE... ]
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