Last weekend we camped out at the mouth of the Deschutes River for the Native Fish Society River Steward retreat, hosted by NFS staffers Russell Bassett and Tom Derry. It was a great event, full of presentations by top fisheries biologists and policy-makers, and presentations by the River Stewards themselves.
We shot a video of some of the river stewards at the event, and they got to talk about the projects in watersheds around the state. Definitely check it out:
For more info on the River Steward program, contact Russell Bassett 503-829-6211.
While that’s all pretty great, the fishing was even better. Early mornings and late evenings, desert rainstorms, and jumping sea-run salmonids. Can’t beat it. I caught steelhead on a floating line, but a sink tip would have been helpful during the middle of the day. Johnson Creek river steward Will Govin sent us these photos:
Will went 4 for 5 on Sunday night, with 3 wild, 1 hatchery and one that never slowed down and eventually freed himself well downstream.