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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-27-2009, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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On returning from a regretfull, extended, absence from the fly rodding for steelhead scene, I've discovered that I have missed much. During my frantic reimmersion, I've come-across several issues of "Wild Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon", circa 1994. I'm interested if anyone out there might fill me in on; how long it remained in publication and why it stopped? I found it to be excellent, cover-to-cover, and delight in each precious issue. Enlightenment would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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On returning from a regretfull, extended, absence from the fly rodding for steelhead scene, I've discovered that I have missed much. During my frantic reimmersion, I've come-across several issues of "Wild Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon", circa 1994. I'm interested if anyone out there might fill me in on; how long it remained in publication and why it stopped? I found it to be excellent, cover-to-cover, and delight in each precious issue. Enlightenment would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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"Wild Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon" started, as you noted, in 1994. The original seven issues or so were very large format. After discovering that the USPS was unable to reliably deliver those without destroying many of them, they reduced the format and changed its name to "Wild Steelhead and Salmon", which allowed them to include Pacific salmon in their features. The magazine eventually (after about twenty or so issues in all) morphed in "Fish and Fly." I asked Tom Pero (the editor and publisher) directly the reason for the demise and in Tom's usual way, he gave me a direct answer. He said, "The industry was just not willing to support (read: advertise) us." If you look through the issues that were published you'll see what he meant. Even "Fish and Fly" bit the dust last year only to be picked up by a UK company and returned to publication the beginning of this year. Most of us who love fishing for steelhead and/or Atlantic salmon miss this magazine more than we can even explain in words. Those of us who have all the issues treat them as if they were made of parchment and worth $100.00 an issue. With time, perhaps "Chasing Silver" will create a magazine that will do a fair job of replacing "Wild Steelhead", but they haven't done so yet with their first three issues. Don't get me wrong, they're good, but they're not yet in the same class.
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that about sums it up ...........

wild steelhead & salmon was class

nothing i have seen has filled its shoes
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Thanks for the Detail, JR Spey.

[QUOTE=JR SPEY;237911Most of us who love fishing for steelhead and/or Atlantic salmon miss this magazine more than we can even explain in words. Those of us who have all the issues treat them as if they were made of parchment and worth $100.00 an issue.


That's more along the lines of how I feel, as well. A damn shame it didn't fly. I especially enjoy the sketched Bill McMillan pieces printed in his personal hand. What a great concept. Anyway, I'll check-out "Chasing Silver" and hope for the best. Thanks, again.

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