In the heart of Oregon lies a powerful desert river where anglers can walk miles upon miles in pursuit of hard-pulling “redsides” and summer steelhead.
In the early 1900’s, two railroads began the laborious work of building parallel tracks up opposite sides of the Deschutes River Canyon. This construction project sparked the Railroad Wars. Dynamiting, sabotage, and brawls disrupted the long summers and brutal winters. It was no easy task. Thick basalt to blast through, extreme heat in the summer and bitter cold winters required meticulous engineering and tough souls. A surveyor of the Pacific Coast railroad once said “Nature seems to have guaranteed the canyon forever to the wandering savage and the lonely seeker after the wild and sublime.”
The EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Announce a Long-Awaited rule.
As an angler I depend on clean water — to drink when I’m thirsty and to stand in when I’m fishing. Clean rivers and watershed health is directly related to healthy populations of migratory salmon, trout and other native species. Also, headwaters are the heart of clean water, flowing down to fill our rivers, wetlands and streams. This is why the Clean Water Act is so important to anglers. Without cold, clean water, fish and wildlife lose habitat and anglers lose opportunity.
Maintaining public access to the places we love to fish
Public land is a birthright and rightfully belongs to all Americans who depend on them for access, angling opportunity and economic security. In an increasingly crowded West where open space is rapidly becoming one of the rarest and most valuable assets of the Western lifestyle, ensuring that these lands stay in the public trust is more important now than ever before.