Thursday, September 22, 2016
Ok, you may have heard that we at the Wild Steelhead Coalition are having a little shinding this Friday Night.....
Good, than I'll expect to see you there. You see, Mr Ragan is one hell of an artist. Oh, by the way, he's flying in a steel guitar player from somewhere down south.
It's kick ass Americana, soulful as it gets.
Join us, help us raise money and have a great time. See you Friday
Get your tickets HERE.
Monday, September 19, 2016
One thousand blog entries. It's a number that's snuck up on me.
It all started HERE on January 25th, 2009.
It's been 7 years of writing. The early entries sometimes make me cringe when I re read them, but they formed the base point to where this outpost is now
Most of all, I am thankful for what this blog has done for me. I am so appreciative of the people out there that continue to read what I put out there. The connections I have made with amazing people, the organizations, the businesses and wild places have become cornerstones of this life I am living.
Over 570,000 pageviews. Tens of thousands of unique visitors.
I am humbled. Here's to the next 1,000, or whatever is around the corner
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Last year's event was amazing. This year its going to be bigger, way bigger
Be a part of the 2nd annual "Free the Snake Floatilla" on Saturday the 17th.
From the Free The Snake web site
Last year more than 300 people from throughout the Pacific Northwest came together for a river recreation day to combine their voices in support of lower Snake River restoration. This year, the Free the Snake Floitilla is back and will paddle through the heart of Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington to the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers.
Wild salmon, steelhead, and pacific lamprey are dying by the thousands due to the dams on the lower Snake River: Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose, and Lower Granite. These four unnecessary dams are costing taxpayers millions to maintain and repair. Meanwhile, energy produced by these dams is being replaced by clean energy alternatives. The dams’ primary purpose, barge transportation, has declined nearly 70 percent. It’s time to remove these outdated, low-value, deadbeat dams.
Join us September 17, 2016 to tell our elected leaders it's time to remove the four lower Snake River dams, begin the largest wild salmon recovery effort in the world, and revitalize economies, communities, and cultures throughout the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies. It's time to free the Snake!
It was very impactful to be there last year. My two young boys got to witness history. The route of restoration is before us.
Register and get more info via the Free The Snake site and be a part of history, again.
Oh, if you're struggling to understand why taking out these 4 dams on the lower Snake River is a good idea....then watch this
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
You launch in the shadows of downtown, a cool water refuge amongst 500,000 people living their lives. Most oblivious to the jewel the city has running through it, let alone the public land adjacent to it that lets anyone and everyone use it
The 4 mile float along the lower Spokane is a corridor of wildlife in the midst of urban living. Various land grants started Riverside State Park in 1933 and today it's a vital part of the health of our river and the city itself.
It offers wildlife a place to call home. Parkland a place flourish. An escape into nature five minutes from the front door of Nordstrom.
It's a buffer to life's craziness. I take solace knowing I can tangle with a wild redband rainbow as thousands of cars rush overhead the Maple Street Bridge. It's there, in perpituity because of a strange concept that we have in America
There's 640 million acres of public land across our country that are there for the good of the people. Some in far off distant and remote stretches of the West, others right smack dab in the middle of cities all around the country.
It's weird because most countries around the world have NO public land that allow for the type of recreation that we just know as normal
Private rivers and forests. Pay to play. The domain of kings and queens
What we have is so special. So incredibly special and yet it's at risk.
Right now, there are interests lining up to try and take public lands out of the public trust.
They decry the federal government's waste and poor management of land in their control all while defunding the agencies that can take care of them
They want public land in federal control transferred to state's control.
Often times when that happens, states lack the ability to care and maintain that land, and boom....the land that once was public is now purchased in excess land selloffs and into private control
You're now locked out....typically to resource extraction interests. Timber, minerals and natural gas for example
If you spend anytime outdoors, chances are you are using public lands. Some state, some federal, it doesnt matter.
Fish, Hunt, Hike, Bike, Swim, Run, ATV, Horseriding, Ski and so many more. It doesnt matter, we all use it together.
It's time you become #publiclandsproud, educate yourself and act
First step in the process is get to the Sportsman's Access Coalition page and sign the petition backed by the dozens of groups and businesses that stand for public access. You're name will be added to the list delivered to governors, local politicians, congressional delegations, senators and more as one of the tens of thousands who've drawn a line in the sand on this issue.
Second, join the awesome groups like TRCP and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. These men and women are on the frontline of the fight to keep our land public. They know the legislation. They know the lands at risk and they deserve your money and support
Lastly, incorporate the hashtag #PublicLandsProud in your social media where applicable. It will help to expand the message to others and who knows, there might be a contest or two out there sponsored by outdoor retailers who get that their success is tied to our outdoor heritage.
Imagine your favorite deer stand locked up behind a timber company gate
Imagine the boat launch roped off or the sportsman's access to your favorite river is gone.
Imagine your mountain biking trails are gone
Piss you off? Good. Dont let it happen on your watch.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
It stared back at me from the computer screen like a gleaming piece of gold
"Fly Tying Collection--$500"
A fellow tier from Seattle clued me into this goldmine, as somehow it escaped my notice on Craigslist in Spokane. There it was, an almost unbelievable amount of tying materials, gear, hooks and more for a ridiculous price
Finally the poster got back to me and we arranged a time to see it. His father had passed and he doesnt fish or tie, so it was time for it to go.
It was bin after bin. Row after row of just about everything you could think of and a little bit more.
38 full or partial necks or saddles. Dozens and dozens of threads. More tools than I could imagine
Did I mention 5 different vices?
If you ever need chenille, v rib or any type of pheasant, I'm your guy.
It really got me thinking about the gentleman that assembled this collection over the last few decades. What got him excited about tying and fishing? Where was his favorite place to go, what was his favorite fish to pursue? The amount of materials suggested he was a commercial tier, but his son said it was just his hobby
I found it a bit sad that this man's passion didnt stay in his family but in a way, I'd like to think it did.
While I never met the man, I'd hope he'd be happy to know that all of these items will be put to good use. I hope to teach my son's on the some of the vices in the collection. I hope they tie their first crappy, ill conceived wooly bugger with the chenille and saddle hackle that he bought years ago
It's taken me a few weeks to really go through the collection and I'm still not done. I'm still discovering treasures daily.
Thank you craigslist, you've been good to me.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Music lovers, we gots something for you!
Get ready to listen to some killer music, drink some tasty beer, and hang with some great people, all in the name of steelhead conservation. Iconoclastic singer-songwriter Chuck Ragan and Filson have teamed up and are hosting a benefit concert on Friday, September 23rd to support the Wild Steelhead Coalition’s work. The concert will be held in Filson’s new, beautiful Flagship Store in Seattle.
Chuck Ragan is renowned as a “deeply compelling songwriter and an effortlessly charismatic performer, as well as a true believer in music’s ability to illuminate and inspire”. So it is no surprise that he is an avid angler, a lover of steelhead, and a big fan of the Wild Steelhead Coalition’s work.
General Admission for the show is $25 with doors opening at 8:00 PM. There are also a limited number of $100 VIP tickets available. VIP tickets get you into the show an hour earlier (7:00 PM), so you can spend time chatting with Chuck while eating some delicious prepared by Chef Kevin Davis of Steelhead Diner, Orfeo, and Bluacre Seafood and drinking two free beers out of your complimentary Stanley Tumbler.
Pick up your tickets HERE and see you at the show.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Wild Steelhead Coalition, Patagonia, and award-winning filmmaker Shane Anderson have teamed up to produce a new film series called Steelhead Country. The six-episode series explores the rise and fall of angling for wild steelhead in Washington State – from the heydey of steelheading on the Puyallup River to the litany of legendary rivers that are now closed throughout Puget Sound, including the mighty Skagit. Follow along as Steelhead Country explores the past, present, and hopeful future for this iconic species.
Washington is Steelhead Country, the epicenter of the wild steelhead world. For generations, Washingtonians have been raised with a fishing rod in their hands and a love of steelhead in the hearts. This passion has proven infectious and inspired anglers from all corners of the globe to make the pilgrimage to the state’s famed waters in search of wild grey ghosts, some reaching sizes found in few other places on earth. But while the allure of Washington’s majestic wild steelhead continues to grow, regrettably the state’s steelhead stocks have suffered the opposite fate, as their numbers have plummeted to a fraction of their once great abundance.
Steelhead Country dives deep into how Washington’s mismanagement of its iconic State Fish has caused the precipitous decline of its wild steelhead populations. Moreover, Steelhead Country encourages the state to move toward a more sustainable, conservation-oriented management model for wild steelhead – a model that preserves angling opportunity while also helping restore and sustain wild runs for future generations. It’s not too late to bring them back.
Stay tuned for the full series coming in September. Get more info via the Wild Steelhead Coalition