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Save Our Wild Salmon

by Rob Elam
August 2009
 The interweb fishing boards are ablaze with news of the huge Columbia River steelhead returns. And while any steeleheader worth his whiskey should be planning a fall trip (or several) to the diverse tributaries of the Big C, we might pause to consider: wouldn't it be cool if every August was this promising?

If there is a god responsible for this year's bounty, his name is U.S. District Court Judge James Redden. This year’s bonus returns are largely the result of spilling more water over dams when this year's returning fish were migrating out to the ocean as juveniles. Judge Redden ordered in-river flow improvements after conservation and fishing groups fought to have them instituted—over the vehement objections of federal agencies.

Read more at The Flyfish Journal.

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