Washington steelheaders buy prime ‘reel’ estate to donate to state

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Josh Mills, with the Wild Steelhead Coalition, stands along the Grande Ronde River in November, 2019. Last month, the coalition purchased eight acres with plans to donate that land to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. (Fay Mills / Courtesy)

A prime piece of steelhead “reel estate” along the Grande Ronde River will become public property, thanks to the fundraising efforts of a group of dedicated anglers.

In late January, the Wild Steelhead Coalition purchased the eight-acre parcel featuring 2,000 feet of riverfront access. The undeveloped land, known as Turkey Run, is also adjacent to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife land already used by anglers and boaters. The land is about a mile upstream from the mouth of the Grande Ronde.Read Eli Francovitch’s story in the Spokesman-Review.

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Fly Fishing Film Tour hits Santa Ana on Feb. 27

Better lace up your boots before you get your socks blown off! The 2020 Stoke reel for the Fly Fishing Film Tour has landed and will give you a taste of the best fly fishing films of the year. Tickets will be on sale at flyfilmtour.com and your local fly shop soon. Grab your fishiest friends and we’ll see you at the show!