I’ve always felt that the Wild Steelhead Coalition embodies the soul of steelhead angling and conservation. And that soulfulness was in full form last night as a packed house of over sixty steelhead advocates filled the Georgetown Brewery for Writers on the Fly: A Benefit for the Wild Steelhead Coalition.
With cups of Georgetown’s great beer in hand and plates of the Steelhead Diner’s delicious food in our bellies, we listened to a slate of compelling authors read their steelhead tales.
Jack Berryman provided insight on the intertwined history of steelhead angling and conservation in the Pacific Northwest. Dylan Tomine read the tale of an almost fruitless steelhead fishing trip on a pristine British Columbia river. Cameron Scott recited poetry and short stories about fish, dogs, dads and life. And John Larison closed the readings with an astounding narrative about an encounter with one magnificent wild fish, and the lasting impression that watching it swim away left him with.
The event was a potent reminder of why steelhead and our grassroots coalition of wild steelhead advocates are so special. Our supporters make us one of the most authentic and soulful group of wild fish advocates on the planet. We’re bringing passionate people together and getting great stuff done and it’s what makes us such a strong and successful organization.
Thanks to Patagonia, Georgetown Brewery, Steelhead Diner, Emerald Water Anglers, Syzygy Fly Fishing, and our readers (Jack Berryman, John Larison, Dylan Tomine, and Cameron K. Scott) for making this evening such a success.