Wild Steelhead populations are on the decline, but one man hopes to change that.
It has long been known that trout have inspired inspirational books, soul searching poetry, and even iconic movies more than just about any other fish that swim in fresh or saltwater.
There is just something about this fish species that has captivated so much of our fishing culture, that we as fisherman, have to stick together to make sure that these fish will be here for generations to come.
Unfortunately, this may not be the case for the wild steelhead. In the documentary Wild Reverence, now on tour, Shane Anderson is shown chasing steelhead as he raises awareness to help restore wild populations all across the West. Trout Unlimited shared news of the film’s tour and message.
John McMillan, Science Director of Trout Unlimited’s Wild Steelhead Initiative, who is helping to bring this tour to light, said:
The message is strong and clear: The majority of wild steelhead populations in the Lower-48 are listed under the Endangered Species Act, and if our course of action remains the same, this may be the steelhead’s last stand. But, Shane also clearly demonstrates that there is hope by focusing on rivers where wild steelhead have rebounded and continue to thrive. We need to learn and apply lessons from those places to ensure that there are wild steelhead for future generations.
If you would like to try to catch this film while it is still on tour, hopefully you live in the Western part of the United States. This eight stop schedule started on September 12th and ends on October 2nd passing though Washington, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and California.