A conservation group that loves to fish
South Sound Fly Fishers are devoted to the conservation of our natural resources. Our Conservation committee looks for issues and projects that would be of interest to the membership. In addition, we alert the membership to pending legislation that may affect our opportunities to fish or affect resources that we treasure.
Coastal Cutthroat Protection
Here in the South Puget Sound the Coastal Cutthroat fishery is one that many of our members hold dear to their hearts. This local treasure is rebuilding populations through study and research by the Coastal Cutthroat Coalition and maintaining a catch and release regulation on this fishery. However, there are still many potential threats to the health these great fish. The knowledge base of the cutthroat life cycle and habits contuse to be limited within the scientific community. This situation will improve with more study of these remarkable fish.
The SSFF is working in cooperation with the Coastal Cutthroat Coalition in gathering data on sea-run cutthroat. Members conduct spawning surveys and collecte scale samples and other scientific data to help expand our knowledge of these fish.
In coordination with the WDFW, the South Sound Fly Fishers have distributed and posted waterproof signs at fly shops and other sporting goods stores, along beach access points and public boat ramps to help fishers identify sea-run cutthroat trout and remind them that they must be released. The sea-run cutthroat is a truly unique fishery that with good catch and release practices and help from groups like SSFF we hope to be able to enjoy this sport for countless generations.
There is more about Coastal Cutthroat and some of the important ways to be involved in the protection of these sport fish in other parts of the website.
Wild Salmon and Steelhead
The South Sound Fly Fishers is not just a sporting advocacy group. We are also a resource advocacy group. That means sometimes there are tough choices to be made. In the Northwest, the debate about wild salmon and steelhead is ferocious and immense. There are many stakeholders with conflicting ideologies, even people within our own group have different opinions on how to "manage" this great resource.
As a group of fly fishers, we have first hand knowledge of what makes wild fish special. To the discerning eye (or hand) one can see that these fish cannot simply be replaced, they must be protected.