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Fall Celebration of Wild Steelhead Brings Nature to Northeast Portland

A young junior angler
More than 500 Portland youth, families, veterans, and community members participated in a September 9, 2018, daylong event showcasing flyfishing, fly-tying and fish identification skills, and appreciating the natural world and being outdoors.
Led by Soul River, Inc., Executive Director and veteran Chad Brown, the fifth annual Celebration of Wild Steelhead promoted ‘fly fishing connecting to the community,’ and was hosted at Khunamokwst Park in Northeast Portland’s Cully Neighborhood.


A Celebration of Wild Steelhead youth participant learns flycasting. Credit: Ankur Dholkia, ALD Photography


Soul River, the Service, Metro and the Oregon Zoo, and several area nom-profits offered free fly-casting clinics, hands-on activities, music, an opportunity to talk to local outdoor recreation and conservation-based organizations.



Youth between the ages of 13-19 who completed a series of outdoor skills and educational activities received a fly rod kid and information about where to fish--and see fish. Credit: Ben Paull, OPST


Youth participants ages 13-19 had another reason to celebrate: those that completed a series of outdoor skills and educational activities received a free fly-fishing kit and tips on where to go angling.


Service staff--and volunteers--where on hand in to celebrate steelhead, salmon, and outdoor activiites at the fifth annual Celebration of Wild Steelhead in Northeast Portland. Credit: Jeff Johnson, USFWS


Staff from the Pacific Region Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program and Portland-Vancouver area National Wildlife Refuges shared information on recreation options at the Portland-Vancouver Urban Wildlife Program’s four area National Wildlife Refuges and two National Fish Hatcheries, along with education about native steelhead and salmon and their habitats. The Program is increasing the number of Service-supported fishing events in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area.



Last Updated: October 31, 2018
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