Central California Coho
Swimming Hard from the Edge of Extinction
by Michael Carl
About the Book
Today, fisheries biologists fear coho salmon face extinction along the Central Coast of California. Is extinction inevitable or can we recover their populations in time?
By their nature, coho are reclusive. They enter their streams to spawn when the flows run high and off-color. They prefer the cover of darkness to move upstream and typically build their redds in the most remote stretch of a coastal stream. They spook easy and rarely are seem in their element. Avoiding public awareness seems to be by choice, but their long term survival looks dire without greater awareness on our part.
Michael Carl is a lifelong angler as well as a freelance writer and photographer. As a native Californian who has lived in the Sierras, the Central Valley, and on the Coast, he's fished most of California's rivers and caught all the state's unique species of trout. His writing and photography have been published in American Angler, Bay Nature, Earth Island Journal, Fly Fisherman, Northwest Fly Fishing, Outdoor Life, Salmon & Steelhead Journal, Salon, Smithsonian Ocean Portal, Southwest Fly Fishing, and TROUT. He lives in Half Moon Bay, California with his wife Debbie and a coonhound named Walker.