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History of THE OSPREY

The Steelhead committee of the Federation of Fly Fishers was founded in 1986 when a group of concerned anglers, recognizing declines in populations of wild steelhead joined forces to giving a voice to wild steelhead. The following year, the first issue of our newsletter The Osprey was published. Throughout our 20 plus year history we have continued to lobby hard to protect wild steelhead throughout our region, and have provided a source for the relevant news of the day regarding management, science, policy and recovery of our wild salmonid fish. In our long history numerous well known anglers and advocates have joined our cause contributing their time and more importantly their voice to the plight of wild steelhead and salmon. Among the well known individuals who have contributed content to The Osprey are Dr. Rick Williams, Rob Masonis, Sen. Patty Murray, Bill McMillan, Bill Bakke, Pete Soverel, Stan Young and many more. Sadly, wild steelhead in most areas have continued to decline over the past 20 years. While we are distressed and deeply saddened by the lack of improvement, it strengthens our resolve that as a community of conservation minded anglers we can work together to restore wild steelhead and ensure our legacy is one of preservation rather than tragic loss.

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