Salmon Derby testimonial

Andy Martin.
Last weekend myself and a couple other Brookings guides (Sean Clemens and Travis Sallander) traveled to Grants Pass to participate in the Middle Rogue Steelheaders salmon derby. Like the Rowdy Creek derbies, the guides donate half of their daily fee as part of the fund-raiser. The proceeds go to salmon and steelhead habitat and enhancement projects on the Rogue River. These projects are important here on the coast, because the salmon and steelhead we catch near Gold Beach (as well as in the ocean) depend on the in-stream habitat on the Middle Rogue during the early stages of their life. The fishing was slow, mainly because warm water on the lower river kept most of the salmon in the bay. The derby was still a huge success. More than 30 guides participated. The auction and banquet raised a lot of money. The Middle Rogue Steelheaders do an excellent job partnering with the river guide community and local sport fishing industry to raise money to help fish and fishery projects (which is refreshing since the Brookings-based fishing club is more interested in trying to pass restrictions that limit fishing opportunities and guides). The derby was extremely well organized with a substantial volunteer effort. Hats off to the Middle Rogue Steelheaders and their impressive job organizing and executing such a great event

I want to congratulate the Middle Rogue Steelheaders for putting on a successful salmon derby. The event was extremely well organized from start to finish. Your group does an excellent job.
You have a very dedicated group of volunteers and as a guide and river angler I appreciate your efforts.
Andy Martin
Wild Rivers Fishing
Brookings Fishing Charters

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