We are excited to announce that we will be holding our 2021 virtual fundraiser from November 8 - 12th. It goes without saying that our accomplishments wouldn't be possible without your continued support. That is why our theme this year is Reeling in the Year, to take a closer look at all of the progress we’ve made advocating for accessible abundant fisheries. 

This year, we have fought to create angling opportunities by advocating for a comprehensive solution for our endangered salmon and steelhead populations. Through our Rally for the River we highlighted the urgent need for a plan to address salmon’s dire state, an effort we will continue to work on in the future. We championed an amendment to the Columbia River endorsement bill to incentivize ODFW to continue their commitment to keep non-tribal commercial gill nets off the lower Columbia River. Real change was made to enhance salmon habitat and improve hatchery practices through the broodstock program on the Clackamas River. We worked hard to advocate for conservation efforts that meaningfully impact our community and our access to fishing like SB 320 that provides veterans with no-charge daily licenses, tags, and permits on ours and other nonprofit organization’s outings. The Steelheaders are investing in a future of full-length fishing seasons and increased bag limits through all of our initiatives, and that won’t change anytime soon. 

Going forward, we will continue working hard to bring ample fishing opportunities back to the Northwest. We hope you’ll join us as we “Reel in the Year” with our Virtual Auction, registration opens on Friday, October 15th and bidding will open on Monday, November 8th.

We can’t wait to see you there!

All of us at Steelheaders


Help Us Protect the Tillamook State Forest

Right now, the Oregon Department of Forestry is crafting a plan deciding how to manage our North Coast forests for the next 70 years. The old-growth trees in our state forests are vital for wildfire prevention and play a key role in maintaining clean drinking water for surrounding residents. It's crucial the plan includes strong protections for old-growth trees, rivers and streams, and endangered salmon runs to protect the integrity of the ecosystem and the growing outdoor economy. The North Coast is home to some of our last salmon strongholds, which directly impact the livelihoods of salmon and river-dependent communities and the state's recreation economy.

If you're a business owner or an organizer, please follow the link below to sign onto our letter expressing support for protecting our North Coast forests.

Not a business owner, but want to show your support? Become a North Coast Defender at the link below!


Urge Governor Inslee and Senator Murray Develop a Salmon Solution

Governor Inslee and Senator Murray agreed to craft a solution that restores the Pacific Northwest's iconic salmon runs, honors treaties, and works to keep stakeholders whole throughout the process four months ago. Yet as our salmon and steelhead suffered through repeated heatwaves and drought this summer, we continue waiting for their plan. What we are doing now is not working to bring back healthy salmon runs. It's time for a new approach to salmon and steelhead recovery that provides a better future for the Northwest.

Follow the link below to send an email asking Governor Inslee and Senator Murray to come together to invest in our communities, infrastructure, and build a better future for the region.


Welcome our Newest Staff Members

Tamsin Fleming

Operations Coordinator

Growing up in Portland, the forests and rivers surrounding the city were a defining aspect of Tamsin’s childhood and she has seen how important it is to actively conserve and restore these environments for future generations. Graduating with a degree in General Science and a double minor in biology and chemistry, she quickly focused on conservation biology after learning about the crisis facing Pacific Northwest salmon. Tamsin is excited to continue working to preserve waterways, recover native fish populations, and create sustainable infrastructure with the Steelheaders. In her free time, Tamsin is most likely to be found hiking, camping with friends, or cooking new recipes.


Gray Sorensen

Confluence AmeriCorps member

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Gray spent much of her childhood on and around the rivers, lakes, and streams of the Pacific Northwest. Family camping, fishing and hiking trips fueled Gray’s love of the outdoors. Fishing with her Dad inspired her commitment to conservation. Gray spent five years in Tacoma, Washington and received a BA in African American Studies and Spanish and an MA in education both from the University of Puget Sound. Through her education, Gray discovered a passion for environmental equity work and early education. As the Education and Outreach Coordinator serving both the Steelheaders and National Wildlife Federation through Confluence Environmental Center’s AmeriCorps program, Gray engages students, educators and community members through Fish Eggs to Fryfamily fishing events, and the Garden for Wildlife program while promoting environmental justice and increasing access to nature.


Get Fishy with Fish!

Go on an adventure with Fred the Fish to learn the impact that we as humans have on aquatic ecosystems. In this water pollution simulation, students introduce obstacles that Fred the Fish encounters as he leaves the safety of his clean river home for his journey downstream. As students add each “pollutant” or threat to Fred’s river, they discuss the impact they have on Fred and his watershed. Watch the video to see this interactive activity brought to you in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA!


Zoom Chapter Meetings

A few chapters have resumed Monthly Chapter Meetings via Zoom, and we hope to get everyone online as soon as possible! To get the Zoom link to access a meeting, please visit our Events Calendar. If you're having trouble setting up Zoom but would like to join a meeting, please reach out to us at and we'll help you out. As always, Chapter Meetings are free and open to the public. If you're new to Northwest Steelheaders, attending a meeting is a great first step to getting more involved with your local fishing community. 

Upcoming Meetings

  • Mid-Valley Chapter - Wednesday, Oct. 6 @ 7 pm
  • Columbia River Chapter - Wednesday, Oct. 13 @ 6:30 pm
  • Tualatin Chapter - Thursday, Oct. 14 @ 7 pm.



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