Presidents Run - Fly Fishing Forum
Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum No such thing as rainbow trout, only landlocked steelhead

Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 04-07-2006, 11:22 PM
rich_simms's Avatar
rich_simms rich_simms is offline
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Rivers of North Sound & Oly Pen
Posts: 319
Presidents Run

When I reviewed our WSC membership list recently, I was not only truly amazed by the geographic diversity of our membership, but also our membership’s diversity of experience and passion for steelhead. I feel honored and privileged to lead an organization with such depth and skill. As President, I often run into many who have heard about our organization and want to know more about us or want to share a piece of information or an opinion about a specific steelhead issue. Sometimes it is a positive experience and sometimes it turns into a challenging discussion, but I always chock it up to a positive experience and an opportunity to learn another perspective.

On a recent steelhead adventure, I had just completed fishing for the day and was tugging at my wading boots and enjoying the last moments of a good day as a vehicle pulled up behind me. A fellow fisher jumped out of his rig and we exchanged the typical inquires about our luck or lack thereof for the day, and river conditions. He spied the WSC sticker on my camper and asked me about the organization and what we were about. After providing him a snapshot, he began providing some pointed opinions--by the way, I don’t believe I have ever met a fisher without an opinion, especially about what an organization should be doing--“ You know…”, oh, oh here it comes, I thought. “You guys seem to do a lot of work, but what are your accomplishments?” I quickly rattled of some examples and offered to send him some info, but he replied, “No, I’ll look ya’ up on your website.” We wished each other good luck and he sped off. I finished packing my gear away, and as the last rays of sun filtered through the moss laden trees I got into my vehicle to begin my drive home.

On the way home I found myself reflecting over the fisher’s comments from our exchange. I formulated a couple of important items to keep in mind: we live, unfortunately, in a “have it now society” where expectations are often formed in which accomplishments are often synonymous with the total end result, poof! All the problems will be solved if you can just do this. In the grand scheme of steelhead conservation I have learned that accomplishments are incremental and you build on those accomplishments, no matter how small, to create positive change always with the big picture in mind. But as I reflected further, it occurred to me that many people often miss our organization's biggest accomplishment. As a humble organization we have brought a tremendous amount of visibility, awareness and exposure to the plight of wild steelhead! And that simple BIG accomplishment in it self has created an opportunity for us to achieve success in increasing the return of wild steelhead.

It has taken a tremendous amount of work but when I am on the river with its awesome surroundings, stepping into a “fishy” steelhead run with its relentless force, to make the confident cast and suddenly have the fish take, feel the power of that first run and admire it as another experience is captured in my memory, it is truly worth it. And when I come home to have my young son Derek ask me if I caught a fish and I can tell him a story of the river and its fish, see his eyes full of wonder, I hope the work I continue today will afford him the opportunity in the future to catch a wild steelhead and gently release it back into its home. I hope you will find the time to join me and continue our work together.

Rich Simms
Wild Steelhead Coalition

-Lost poor realitive of the Simms family fishing fortune
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-08-2006, 12:10 PM
Eric's Avatar
Eric Eric is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 962
Very nice piece, Rich.

Yes, I hope we can continue to help you in every way we can. WSC's influence on wild steelhead management policy, watershed management policy, forest management policy is vital. An organization with credibility can really accomplish a lot.

Thanks for all you and the Coalition have done.

-- Eric
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-08-2006, 12:16 PM
juro's Avatar
juro juro is offline
Coast2coast Flyfishaholic
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Steelhead country|striper coast|bonefish belt
Posts: 20,594
No need to ponder - it is the most important organization to represent the precious resource of wild steelhead ever formed. Thanks for holding the torch and leading the way.

Wild steelhead forever!
IFFF Certified THCI @ 2005
Capeflyfisher Guide Service
Island Hopper, Guitarist, Incurable Dreamer
and Founder, Worldwide Flyfishing Forum
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-13-2006, 11:58 PM
rich_simms's Avatar
rich_simms rich_simms is offline
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Rivers of North Sound & Oly Pen
Posts: 319
Eric & Juro, Thanks

-Lost poor realitive of the Simms family fishing fortune
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Fly Fishing Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Home Waters
Your home waters
Current Favorite Fly
If you only had one... (change anytime)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Summer run? watersprite Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 0 05-05-2002 07:02 PM
NO RUN TOMORROW juro Stripers and Coastal Gamefish 3 06-30-2001 01:54 AM
First summer run... juro Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 4 05-15-2001 08:06 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:25 PM.

vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright (All Rights Reserved)