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:
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View the gallery and upload your photo of great trout and salmon streams of the West.
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 www.skagitmaster.com.
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.