03, 2002, 1:00 to
obtained while developing floating line fly fishing
techniques, lead both gentlemen to believe that the
wild fish were superior.
the American Fisheries Society. This started the informal education
of Bill Bakke. He devoured all the scientific information he
could find on fish life history. This interest lead him to
respect the fish he caught on his skating flies even more and took
him down the road of conservation.
Bill Bakke is the Director of The Native Fish Society. He was the Founding Director of Oregon Trout. Bill has been an advocate for will steelhead and salmon all his life.
|May 18 - 19, 2002 At: Oxbow Park On: The Sandy River How to get there.|
What is the Sandy River Spey
the West's most beloved fish-
No fish creates more human passion than the steelhead. Its natural range is the North Pacific Rim from Baja California to the southern tip of
|Russian Kamchatka. It has been transplanted to nearly every state in the Union and to all continents except Antarctica. Steelhead are anadromous, which means that the spawn in freshwater, but spend part of their growing period in saltwater. If salt water is not available, they quickly adapt to an entirely freshwater environment. Where lakes are available they replace the ocean part of the life cycle.|
|However, where no large bodies of still water are available, steelhead can remain in flowing water their entire lives. Some individuals may stay in their parent stream for their entire lives even where larger bodies of saltwater or freshwater are available. Steelhead which do not have a saltwater component in their life cycle are commonly called Rainbow Trout. In all of its many forms, steelhead are very|
| desirable to
At present far more steelhead are raised in hatcheries than are
produced naturally in the wild. In recent years wild
steelhead stocks are in decline throughout their entire range.
This is apparently true of sea run hatchery steelhead as well.
Probable cause is depletion of the Ocean food chain brought about by
the over harvest of shrimp, krill & squid. Man made changes
in native spawning streams and competition and genetic intervention
from hatchery programs are also held responsible for declines in wild
steelhead. Over harvest by both commercial and sport fisheries
have had negative effects. In the 1990's harvest by all
factions was heavily curtailed. Recent rebounds in returns of
both wild and hatchery fish is largely do to sympathetic Ocean rearing
conditions. Wild juvenile steelhead numbers in our local
river systems lends optimism that long term
catch and release management does work.
Even when runs are in a depleted condition steelhead draw considerable angling activity. In years when numbers are high, fishing pressure is correspondingly high. This is because steelhead fight hard, are beautiful to look and the rivers where wild steelhead return to are places that are comfortable to humans. If you would like to know more about steelhead from a scientific point of view, please attend the January 27 Round Table. If you would like to know more about fly fishing for steelhead, check out Steelheadquarters.
|This Diamond Hone Hook Sharpener is the most important tool in your arsenal. Sharp hooks land a higher percentage of fish than dull ones. Wish I had a buck for all of the steelhead and trout I've seen lost to poorly maintained hook points, in my twenty years of guiding. MB|
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Because of the overwhelming
demand and an extensive waiting list left over from our March 8-Hour
School, (filled in 8 days) we are offering an April School:
|ST-CLASS-4||8-hour steelhead class with Mark Bachmann, Brian Silvey and Ron Lauzon.||$150|
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long & prosper,
Mark Bachmann & Patty Barnes