What is a "steelhead flyfisher"? In this age of compromised rivers and diminishing habitat a steelhead flyfisher is not merely an angler who pursues sea-run rainbow trout with a fly, but one also fully committed to the preservation and protection of wild steelhead and their rivers.
This committment includes a desire to become educated on issues affecting the health of wild steelhead. It means becoming a citizen and steward of the Pacific Northwest, writing letters to agencies and officials, making your voice heard, speaking for the fish, and contributing money to vital efforts. It means carefully weighing your consumer and political choices and evaluating the impact they may have on the ecology of anadromous rivers -- not only locally, but regionally as well. More than anything, it means rolling up your sleeves to help, in any way you can, with the fight to save wild steelhead.
Below is a list, by no means all-inclusive and in alphabetical order, of organizations you may want to join or support and resources that can be helpful:
by Dylan Tomine
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