Recent Posts


Winter Spey Strategies Winston Soul River Oregon Back Roads Kenny 5 Legs Jason Atkinson Fly Reels Steelhead Sanctuary Little Creek Outfitters Steelhead ODFW invasive species Pelton Dam Yellowstone Redband Trout Eric Neufeld Sea-runs Spirit River Twin Bridges Coho Salmon CFR Sage Bozeman Big Bugs Warm Water PMDs Bonefish Christmas Trees Williamson River Roamerica Atlantic Salmon Fly Expo Salmon Oregon North Umpqua Dolly Vardon Sharks Parasite F3T Frank Amato Water Time Outfitters Willamette Falls Trout Guided Fishing Oregon Trout Trail vintage news Wader Maker Contest Brian Silvey Oregon Trout Bum Trout Unlimited Travalley Spey-O-Rama Black Spot A River Between Us Trailer Trash Thursday Native Trout Coho LaFollette homestead Jurassic Lake Klamath Kate Koff Simms Metolius River Mountain Goats boat cleaning stations Prineville Costa Nehalem River Bill Black Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Instagram John Day Deschutes River Alliance photography native fish Chinook Salmon Pyramid Lake Caddis Film Contest Lahontan Cutthroat Olympic National Park Steamboat Inn Salmon-Trout Trask Conway Bowman pay it forward Senator Ron Wyden Nautilus Reels Kispiox Redfish Fishing Report Sweden Keepemwet Fishing Dean Finnerty on-line fly shop Port Orford Owyhee River Dry Fly Cuba Trout Bum Road Trip Cookie Lady Lost and Found Adventure Crooked River Catch Magazine Bears Road Trip Montana Bruce Buckmaster Vets Douglas County New Zealand Mousing Mako Shark Chum Salmon Columbia River Poachers Casting for Recovery Fall River "Clipped" Tying Contest Grand Teton Stefan Tritscher Kevin Callaway Deschutes River Renzetti Fly Tying Elk River Trout-a-Thon Mending Rogue River Argentina North Coast: Rio Fly Lines Coat Drive Sandy River Salmon Watch Seychelles Senator Jeff Merkley McKenzie River Frank Moore history Rob Crandall Fly Fishers Club of Oregon Tenkara Kenny Morrish Marty Sheppard West Slope Cutthroat Southern Coast Streamers Rainbow Trout Soft Hackles Winston Fly Rods Corey Koff Elk & Sixes fly fishing Bryan Huskey McKenzie Salmonfly hatch Bamboo John Day River Deschutes Green River Invasives Steamboat Creek Spring Chinook Carp Patagonia Skaters Fly Fishing Collaborative How to G3 Waders Boston Whaler Bulkley March Browns A River for Christmas #keepemwet Native Fish Society hatcheries Rio small creeks Dale La Follette Sr. Outdoor Adventure Day Klamath River Sea lions Trout Spey Sea Trout Rio Products Mexico Kamchatka Lincoln Motor Company roll cast Smithers PGE flies Klamath Lake British Columbia Wild Steelhead Coalition tippet rings Puget Sound Brown Trout Whitefish Klamath Dams Kickstarter Christmas The Creel Fishing License Winter Steelhead Bamboo Rods BC Willamette Snow Northern California Travally Atlantic Salmon Goldenstones Salmonflies State of Jefferson Jay Nicholas frying pan river Big Trout Willamette River Extinction Ochoco Creek Echo Bill Bakke saltwater Fly Fishing Film Tour Florida Keys Salmon habitat Wild fish Green Drakes Salmon Fly Tarpon Blast from the Past Redside Rainbow Bauer Fly Reels Permit Bass Colorado Legos Deschutes National Forest Todd Moen Summer Steelhead Clackamas Maupin Metolius Brian O'Keefe Cutthroat Trout hot water Scientific Anglers FarBank Project Healing Waters Sage Fly Rods Home Waters for the Holidays Mia Sheppard Clackamas River Press Release Hardy Reel Morrish's Fluttering Stone Bull Trout Nevada SA Sea-run Cutthroat Spey Fishing Tips Craig Montana Small Streams Black Friday Simon Gawesworth Alaska Pacific ocean Abel Reels


Camp Water

Camp water is close to home. Here you will find information on stuff happening here in the shop and on our local waters. You'll also find our weekly newsletter feature, Trailer Trash Thursday, a fun collection of fly fishing videos, perfect for a midweek distraction. If you don't get the newsletter, be sure to sign up today!

What About Salmon Protection?

Joel La Follette - Saturday, May 13, 2017
What about salmon protection?

That the food fish of our state need better protection that is now afforded his agreed.
You have already or doubtless will received considerable literature on the subject, but no matter how attractive the argument, stop and consider how much it may be colored by self interest.

The United States Bureau of Fisheries are the greatest expert authorities on the subject and have no ax to grind. Read what they say.

Department of Commerce and Labor
Office of the Secretary, Washington DC
Hon. Charles W Fulton

Sir: The Department realizes the importance of various questions affecting the salmon fishery in the Columbia River brought up in your letter of the 18th ultimo, and has taken this opportunity to make a thorough investigation of the matter. There can be no question that the status of the fishery is unsatisfactory, and that under existing conditions the trend may be steadily downward, with the result that in a comparatively few years the run of salmon will be reduced to such degree that thousands of fishermen maybe thrown out of employment and much capital rendered idle.

The federal government is without any jurisdiction whatsoever in the premises, and the duty of conserving the salmon supply in the Columbia devolves on the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho; but this department has been charged by Congress with the important fish culture operations in the Columbia basin, and has felt compelled from time to time to direct attention to the necessity for giving adequate protection to the various species of salmon frequenting that stream.

The department is convinced that the run of salmon in the Columbia can be amply maintained for an indefinite period if artificial propagation is supplemented by rational protection; but artificial propagation alone cannot cope with the situation, and, as a matter of fact, the recent experience of the department has shown that its benefit labors are rendered almost futile by the failure of the states to appreciate this fact.

The department sees no reason for the elimination of fish wheels from the river as there is no evidence to show that this form of apparatus is particularly destructive to salmon. The condition that is especially favorable for the passage of salmon, namely very high water, renders the wheels unserviceable and, on the other hand, periods of very low water, are also unfavorable for the wheels. During the past two or three seasons the catch of salmon by wheels has been comparatively small; but even if it were very large it would be a fact of no special significance in the present connection.

The Columbia River is, however, made to yield a quantity of salmon far greater than regard for the future supply permits, and the drain is yearly becoming more serious. No one familiar with the situation can fail to appreciate the menace to the perpetuity of the industry that is furnished by the concentration of a tremendous amount of fixed and floating apparatus of capture in or near the mouth of the river.

This apparatus comprises about 400 pound nets or traps, over 80 long-sweep seines, and more than 2200 gill nets, the last having an aggregate approximate link over 570 miles; and these appliances capture more than 95% of the fish taken in Oregon and Washington waters of the river, the figures for 1904 being nearly 34,000,000 pounds, or 98.7 percent of the total yield. Under such conditions, it is self evident that but comparatively few fish are permitted to reach the upper waters where the spawning grounds are located.

The details of the measures necessary to place to save an industry of the Columbia River on a permanent basis cannot be elaborated by the department at this time, but in general it may be said there should be (1) a restriction on the amount of apparatus employed in a given section; (2) an adequate, weekly closed season covering possibly two days at first, the reduced later if the circumstances warrant it; (3) an annual closed season, preferably at the beginning of the salmon run, and (4) joint arrangement between the states, so that protective measures can be harmonious.

Respectfully, Oscar S Straus

Oscar Solomon Straus (December 23, 1850 – May 3, 1926) was United States Secretary of Commerce and Labor under President Theodore Roosevelt from 1906 to 1909. Straus was the first Jewish United States Cabinet Secretary.

I came across this article in the Madras paper while doing research on another project and thought I'd share this perspective from 1908. 
Post has no comments.
Post a Comment

Captcha Image

Trackback Link
Post has no trackbacks.

Contact Us

21570 Willamette Drive West Linn, OR 97068

2014 Royal Treatment Fly Fishing
Privacy | Legal