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Rivers of a Lost Coast

Rivers of a Lost Coast, a new documentary about the fall of steelhead and salmon populations  in California rivers premiers in Seattle, May 9, 2009.  The film is narrated by actor and Seattle resident Tom Skerritt (A River Runs Thru It, Top Gun), and produced to benefit the Wild Steelhead Coalition.  -Absolutely a must see for fly fisherman, and an eye opener. (scroll below video clip for producers’ comments)

imageAt the turn of the 20th Century, a handful of pioneers carried their fly rods into California’s remote north coast and gave birth to a culture that would revolutionize their sport. For a select few, steelhead fly fishing became an obsessive pursuit without compromise.

Leading the pack was the mythical, Bill Schaadt, an off-kilter angler famous for his ruthless pursuit to be ‘in the fish’. The new endeavor was ruled by a demanding, unspoken code, which made ‘breaking in’ almost as difficult as ‘breaking out’.

By the early 1980s, the Golden State’s coastal fisheries found themselves caught in a spiraling decline. As California searched for its disappearing salmon and steelhead, these men foraged for their souls

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