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The California coastal stream where the author tried to begin again. By Sam DavidsonThe photos didn’t do justice to the fish. I had been waiting patiently for word from the Steelhead Whisperer, who had spent most of the day on his favorite winter water on the central California coast. But for hours [ READ MORE... ]
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Guide Leslie Ajari and her father, Bruce, on the Trinity River. The northwest corner of California is famous for a variety of reasons. Its towering redwoods—among the largest living things on Earth, inspire awe and were the “green gold” that drove a century of logging activity to support the build- [ READ MORE... ]
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By Charlie Schneider Note: California’s Russian River is famous among anglers for its steelhead fishery, but in recent years this watershed has been the focus of an intensive effort to recover coho salmon, now one of the rarest native fishes in California. TU grassroots and programs such as the [ READ MORE... ]
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The salmon and steelhead fisheries of California's Eel River were once bountiful -- and could be again.  California’s Eel River—the state’s third largest watershed—is legendary among anglers for its wild steelhead and salmon fisheries. But like so many coastal watersheds north of San Francisco, the [ READ MORE... ]
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A native Chinook salmon from California's Central Valley. Conservation of freshwater biodiversity faces major challenges. The fragmented nature of freshwater habitats often results in species populations being highly vulnerable to extirpation. Moreover, areas managed for resource conservation [ READ MORE... ]
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Jessica Strickland and her daughter Vida, project managing in the Sequoia National Forest backcountry. By Jessica Strickland Working with Trout Unlimited really is just NOT boring. What we do as field staff is so diverse that I have become a woman of many hats.  A recent weekend was a great example [ READ MORE... ]
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Participants in the 2018 Large Wood Technical Field School, hosted by TU and the Salmonid Restoration Federation. Photo: Dana Stolzman, SRF One of the biggest coldwater conservation challenges in the western U.S. is recovering coho salmon in California, the southernmost extent of the species' [ READ MORE... ]
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Adult Chinook salmon in California's San Joaquin River.  California salmon and steelhead reside at the southern limits of the ranges of their various species, and have evolved a diversity of strategies to survive in California’s highly variable climate. However, alterations in land use and resource [ READ MORE... ]
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Luck, or skill? In the case of exceptional anglers like the Steelhead Whisperer, it's mostly the latter. By Jim Burns Consider how much of your fly fishing is skill, how much is luck. This summer I excitedly boarded a plane with my fly tube and sat down, expecting nothing more than a peaceful [ READ MORE... ]
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A central California coastal steelhead.   Editor's note: The following first appeared on the Wild Steelheaders United blog.  By John McMillan One significant way in which steelhead differ from salmon is that O. mykiss have the ability to survive spawning and try to make the journey again. This [ READ MORE... ]
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