Steelhead Spawning in the Elwha
Share From Oregon Fly Fishing Blog LINKPosted on July 6, 2012 by Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
On the heels of yesterday’s sneak peek of DamNation comes word from the Seattle Times that steelhead have been spotted spawning in the previously inaccessible stretches of the Elwha River above the dam removal site. For the first time in over 100 years, wild steelhead are finding their way up the Elwha and reclaiming their spawning grounds. In an uphill battle to recover the Northwest’s rivers and native anadromous fish runs, this news in nothing short of inspiring.
It’s like Field of Dreams,” (said fish biologist John McMillan). As in, build it, and they will come. Or in this case, un-build it. “Not everyone gives them enough credit,” (McMIllan) said of the wild fish. “I give them a lot of credit.
Read the full story here. Thanks to Mitch Baird for the tip.
I am a biologist grew up with a fishing rod in my hands. I have been fortunate enough to embrace my love of art and science in my career. Most of my free time were well spent in the nature, either studying bird behavior or chasing variety of fish with fly rods. My favorite art medium is watercolors, I love the natural and spontaneous feel created by watercolor pigments. I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University. Welcome to my website. Mark