Rusty Gates Receives FFF Conservation Award

Author: 
Grant Brown

The Federation of Fly Fishers has awarded long time friend of the chapter Rusty Gates their 2008 Conservation award. The FFF wrote in their Conclave publication, "Whether leading stream clean-up work, engaging in critical lawsuits or advocating for fisheries, Rusty Gates of Grayling, Michigan has made extraordinary personal contributions to our fisheries."

Rusty Gates of the Anglers of the AuSable of Michigan and the Evergreen Fly Fishers of Washington. Rusty Gates has put in over 20 years of work where he has help put in place catch and release regulations on the AuSable River; he assisted in state legislation on projects that would affect water withdrawal, and local zoning regulations to benefit fisheries. Whether leading stream clean-up work, engaging in critical lawsuits or advocating for fisheries, Rusty Gates of Grayling, Michigan has made extraordinary personal contributions to our fisheries.

Evergreen Fly Fishers of Washington is a very active club when it comes to conservation. Here is just a sample of the kind of work they do – annual river clean-ups, macroinvertebrate river sampling, distribution of salmon carcass to enrich rivers, the rescue of salmon fry trapped in low water pools, stream and riparian restoration, active participation in a river stewardship program, and improving fishing access to their local waters.