Hatchery Steel Get Slapped on Sol Duc

One of the loudest detractors of hatchery-raised steelhead is the Seattle, Wash., based Wild Steelhead Coalition. They take the best biological data and make strong arguments in favor of wild steelhead in the West’s best rivers. And they recently influenced the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to suspend Snyder Creek hatchery steelhead production on one of the Olympic Peninsula’s best streams, the Sol Duc. In addition, due to the decision, the Sol Duc will be regarded as a Wild Steelhead Management Zone, further protecting the river’s native fish.

Realize there aren’t many people fighting against this plague of impostor steelhead, which threaten the existence of the best steelhead, those fish that are genetically wired for specific rivers up and down the West coast. And in Washington state, where most of WSC’s work is done, this organization’s back is against the wall—many outfitters, anglers, native tribes, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife mindlessly promote hatchery steelhead—because hatchery steelhead can be whacked and taken home for dinner—instead protecting the native giants that grow to 30 pounds or more.

So, hats off to WSC, as always, and WDFW, for once, for making a strong decision that benefits fish in the long run and promotes the future of wild steelhead. Read the full story, HERE



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2 Responses to Hatchery Steel Get Slapped on Sol Duc

  1. Hale Orviston says:

    The Snider Creek hatchery is on Snider Creek, a trib of the Sol Duc. It was the Sol Duc that was declared a wild steelhead management zone, not the Bogie. The Bogie will continue to get hatchery plants courtesy of the Bogachiel hatchery which has been in operation since 1976.

  2. Tha says:

    A nod to Dave’s dog Rogue too who liked to ride the rapids on the fly deck of Dave’s drift boat and was wehsad off the boat when Dave went down in Blossom. Rogue, dog paddled the rest of Blossom, got out, shook off, and ran all the way back upstream, jumped in and tried to reach Dave who was right in the middle of Blossom perched on the bow of his boat. He was swept away by the current and again , dog-paddled his way down Blossom got out and despite Dave’s frantic pleas to stay Rogue jumped into Blossom and did it again with the same result. They finally got a raft out to Dave and reunited him with Rogue both a little tired and very glad to be out of an extremely challenging Class IV.GH

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