Portland, OR: U.S Fish and Wildlife and Soul River /NCO are teaming up with other area vendors to organize a fun-filled, family-friendly outdoor music event, The Celebration For Wild Steelhead.
The celebration promotes ethical and respectful fly fishing and the conservation of Wild North American Steelhead with a fun filled day of music, fly fishing workshops, conservation, and other exciting activities. This legendary species’ habitat along the western coast of North America is being threatened by outside forces and as a result the steelhead populations are being destroyed. This community outreach event encourages the community to come together to learn more about this iconic species and how we can come together and save them from extinction. Local businesses are reaching out to share the sport of fly fishing with inner city youth, veterans groups, and new generations to share responsible practices to fish respectfully and minimize angler’s footprints. There will be free fly fishing instructional workshops that cover fly casting, fly tying, responsible practices, as well as conservation seminars. By teaching new anglers the values of responsible fly fishing we can ensure the future of wild steelhead and the river ecosystems. Soul River will also be giving out free beginner fly rod kits to youth in attendance. (Quantities are limited)
The weekend celebration kicks off Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 1:00pm in Peninsula Park where there will be instructional workshops, giveaways, and a live reggae/blues performance by The Rising Buffalo Tribe. This event will continue until 6pm.
The event is free and open to the public. The event encourages the participation of youth groups and families to promote safe, responsible, and respectful fly fishing to a new generation of environmentally conscious anglers while teaching the community about their impact on the environment.
We will be giving 100 flyrod beginner kits out to 100 youth from various organizations through the portland city.
Assist in the development and application of an environmental stewardship ethic for our society, based
on ecological principles, scientific knowledge of fish and wildlife, and a sense of moral responsibility.
Guide the conservation, development, and management of the Nation’s fish and wildlife resources.
Administer a national program to provide the public opportunities to
understand, appreciate, and wisely use fish and wildlife resources.
Thank you to the U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE for backing Soul River/New Currents, Outdoors in our pursuit to reach community youth and veterans! By taking these two groups into the outdoors and providing the means (from gear to logisitics), these expeditions become not just another outing, but an opportunity to expose new minds to Mother Nature. We use fly fishing as an opportunity to learn, heal, and act as a vechicle to explore art, science, self awareness and respect, not only to Mother Nature and ourselves, but to others around us.
Thank you U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE for your support of Angler’s Quest, May 30th to June 1st on the Hoh River in the Olympic National Forest. Your continued support is appreciated and aligned with the mission of SR/NCO in helping us bring new minds into the oudoors and reconnecting each participant back to nature.
We want to also give a big THANK YOU(!) to our partners and sponsors – Tualatin River Valley Wildlife Refuge, LOOP USA, Sierra Club, City of Vancouver Parks & Recreation, Scientific Anglers, Costa Eyewear, SKOUT Organic, Sea Run Pursuits, EvolTwin Printing & Education Recreational Adventures
Just as the saying goes, it still rings true that it takes a village of unselfish souls to make a change in the heart and mind of a single youth. Just as the Soul River Runs Deep logo and brand embodies a brand of art, design, humanity, and fly fishing, behind the shield of the NCO logo stands the humanity mission and responsibility of accessibility for all people – no matter what your age, race, creed, ability, or gender is. Anglers and friends of the river and ambassadors of Mother Nature traveled over 252 miles north to the Hoh River in the Olympic National Forest bringing with them nothing but passion, heart, knowledge, and guidance to inspire new minds. Participating youth and veterans came from Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington to share in the one mutual love and spirit we have – fly fishing! The group was a beautiful tapestry and representation of diverse backgrounds, from ethnicity to socio-economic status to gender identity. The art of fly fishing is a lifestyle guided by the rivers we fish and the outdoors we respect. It’s a way to live by when shown through the eyes of an angler who reveals secrets and imparts wisdom through science, humanity, responsibility, art, respect, and consideration. The art of fly fishing goes deeper than the water’s surface with many layers that probe a child to smile and cause an adult to rethink their own thought in how they see the world.
Professional anglers from various walks of life gave a service to 18 youth and veterans in a way of exposing them to the wonder of the outdoors, teaching many facets and multiple layers of fly fishing. Participants learned and soaked up the ideals of what fly fishing is all about on many intimate levels and in an unconventional approach. Our main focus was be authentic and do our best to make change one soul at a time by being a friend and providing an equal share of learning opportunities. And that is what we have successfully done! It was an honor to be in the presence of Mother Nature’s theater (spotting bald eagles and being in the presence of a herd of elk in our camp), as well as with friends on the water and at the base camp who committed/gave their time to selflessly serve and teach new minds as ambassadors of the outdoors. There are no celebrities here, no rewards, no paycheck, and no award of the year! Just anglers, youth and veterans! Precisely what NCO by Soul River Runs Deep is all about! This outing was a huge success and there are many more to come!
We want to give a big THANK YOU(!) to our partners and sponsors – U.S Fish & Wildlife, Tualatin River Valley Wildlife Refuge, LOOP USA, Sierra Club, City of Vancouver Parks & Recreation, Scientific Anglers, Costa Eyewear, SKOUT Organic, Sea Run Pursuits, EvolTwin Printing & Education Recreational Adventures