Fly Fishing

If you fish, odds are you spend a lot of time on the river, thinking about the river, planning your next trip to the river, dreaming about the river. You know the joy of casting to rising trout at sunset, of experiencing an afternoon hatch and the feeding frenzy that follows, or of hooking a steelhead at dawn while the rest of the world sleeps. You also know the importance of clean, cold water, healthy habitat and public access. These are the values that motivate us at Western Rivers Conservancy as we work each and every day to save our most outstanding streams.

Across the West, WRC’s riverland acquisitions are conserving vital forests and riparian areas, protecting sources of cold water and creating sanctuaries for fish and wildlife. Our projects also ensure new or continued access to outstanding fly water—on streams like the John Day River in Oregon, Montanan’s Madison River and its famed trout water at Three Dollar Bridge, or at Sarvis Creek on the upper Yampa River in Colorado.

Other great fly fishing streams that we’ve conserved or are working to protect include:

  • Hoh River, Washington – WRC completed protection of one of the West’s greatest salmon and steelhead rivers by purchasing nearly all the riverland between Olympic National Park and the Pacific Ocean. 
  • Sandy River, Oregon – We worked with Portland General Electric to remove two dams on the Sandy River system and create a 17-mile conservation and recreation corridor.
  • Little Cimarron River, Colorado – In partnership with Colorado Water Trust, we are working to reestablish year-round flows on a gem of a trout stream and tributary to the Gunnison River.
  • Klamath River, California – To ensure the long-term survival of the Klamath’s salmon and steelhead, we are creating a salmon sanctuary at Blue Creek, a major cold-water tributary 16 miles upstream from the Pacific.
  • Salmon River, Idaho – Near the BLM’s Pine Bar Recreation Site, one of the most popular boating put-ins on the Salmon, WRC is working to conserve 1,284 acres, including six high-gradient cold-water tributaries.
  • Skagit River, Washington –Western Rivers Conservancy has protected more than 2,300 acres along the Skagit, one of the Evergreen State’s renowned salmon and steelhead rivers.

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Skagit Master DVD Library
WRC sponsered the making of Skagit Master, volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4. These films feature innovative steelheading techniques on some of the West's greatest rivers. For every DVD Skagit Master sells, $1 goes back to our conservation work. You can purchase any of these four great videos at

Abel Fly Reels
Abel has rolled out a series of limited edition fly reels to support Western Rivers Conservancy’s efforts to protect outstanding streams in the western United States. We are giving them to anyone who makes a donation of $2,500 or more as our way of saying thank you. Learn more here