The Wild Steelhead Coalition and our thousands of members are proof positive of the inextricable link between fly fishing and conservation. There exists a litany of reasons that can explain why this link exists, but the short and simple explanation is that without fish and clean water our cherished sport would not exist.
Our friend – Alaska-based fish conservationist Sam Snyder – has taken a decidedly deeper dive into this subject with the publication of his new book Backcasts: A Global History of Fly Fishing and Conservation. Backcasts is a collection of writings from notable authors that celebrates the centuries-old confluence of fly fishing and conservation as well as explores the role anglers have played preserving, managing, and restoring the world’s coldwater fisheries.
Particularly notable is WSC Trustee Jack Berryman’s chapter titled “Protecting a Northwest Icon: Fly Anglers and Their Efforts to Save Wild Steelhead”. In this chapter, Jack writes extensively about the Wild Steelhead Coalition and explores how a collection of anglers has banded together to protect and rebuild struggling wild steelhead stocks in the Pacific Northwest.