Wahl (Ralph E.) Flyfishing Papers and Photographs
- Roderick Haig-Brown reminisces about his first days in the Pacific Northwest in Seattle in the 1920s and 1930s, visiting Eddie Bauer's store, some of his favorite books, fishing expeditions, and the influence of Easterners coming out for public works projects. He turns to more serious subjects, discussing the quality of the fishing experience, the detrimental effects of hatcheries, and the challenge of maintaining clean streams. Audio available in-house at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.
- A proposal is made at the Flyfishers Club of Oregon for a national fly fishing organization with the goals of protecting fishing resources and providing education on the subject of fly fishing. The club presents Roderick Haig-Brown with a citation of lifelong contribution to the sport of fly fishing. Roderick Haig-Brown comments on the creation of various fly fishing organizations in North America and the burgeoning numbers of sports fishermen, necessitating greater attention to the waters as well as to fish stocks. He recommends support of creation of manmade lakes and fisheries along with the protection and preservation of wild fish and their streams in order to distribute the pressure on the resources more evenly. He expresses optimism in the future as regards damming, pollution, and stream management. He emphasizes the public ownership of these natural resources and the need to chronicle the developments, materials, and literature peculiar to the North American continent, nevertheless pointing out certain difficulties in the collection of artifacts. Audio available in-house at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.
- Roderick Haig-Brown discourses on the distribution of steelhead in the Pacific Northwest, explaining the relatively low fertility of the British Columbia coastal stream, and the mutually beneficial relationship between Pacific salmon runs and steelhead runs. He discusses the lack of effective stream management by government and the recent legislation designed to protect steelhead and salmon runs. He proposes a remedy of prioritizing land use decisions to center on recreation and fisheries rather than development, arguing that enough is known to put best practices into place. He explains the importance of the estuary in the life cycle and survival of fish and emphasizes the need to manage them with fisheries in mind. He disparages the use of hatcheries as an overly expensive and politically facile solution that should only be used as a last resort, producing inferior and disease-prone fish among other serious disadvantages. He summarizes the discussion on fisheries management and hatcheries at a recent American steelhead society meeting in California. As an aside, he touches on the possible solutions to the puzzle of identifying the major coho spawning streams on the Strait of Georgia. He recommends a program for improving the quality of the fishermen themselves as well as fisheries management through licensing programs that charge more for licenses and incorporate fishing education. In responding to a question from the audience, he discusses fish ladders. Audio available in-house at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.