Trout Unlimited’s Wild Steelhead Initiative subject of Thursday’s Puget Sound Fly Fishers meeting

Trout Unlimited’s new Wild Steelhead Initiative will be the subject at the Thursday, Nov. 13, meeting of Puget Sound Fly Fishers.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Tower Lanes Entertainment Center, 6323 6th Ave., Tacoma, with an optional $15 dinner.

John McMillan, Trout Unlimited’s Washington representative, will be at the meeting to discuss the initiative that aims to protect and restore wild steelhead and fishing opportunities between Alaska and California.

McMillan, an author and fishing advocate, will explain how the heart of the initiative is a new community called Wild Steelheaders United. The group is being formed to inform and organize anglers and others who care about fish.

“The initiative focuses on river systems that have high potential to support robust, fishable wild steelhead populations, while accepting that properly managed steelhead hatcheries may be appropriate to provide fishing and harvest opportunity in rivers that no longer have the capacity to support wild steelhead,” read a statement released by Puget Sound Fly Fishers.