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From Your Flyfisher Foundation
President - Rick Pay
Vice President - vacant
Secretary - Tony Reser
Treasurer- John Redhouse
Immediate Past President - Janet Arenz
Auction Chair - John Pyrch
Membership - Brian Light
Program - Dave Moskowitz
Conservation - Lisa Hansen
At-Large Board Members
David Moyrc (2014)
Anne Tattam (2014)
Curt Marr (2015)
Harold Weight (2016)
Editor - Lisa Hansen
Webmaster - Joe Palanuk
Communication & Info Coordinator -
Bylaws - Tom Tongue
Flytying Roundtable - Joel LaFollette
Make your dinner reservations
for the monthly meeting
April 8, 2014
Neil Thompson, OSU Graduate Student Scholarship Winner
Our Graduate Fellow Researches Hatchery vs. Wild Steelhead
An all around outdoorsman in the midst of doctoral research to document why steelhead reared in
hatcheries are less likely to survive than those fish with wild parents will be our April speaker.
Neil F. Thompson, OSU PhD student in Zoology, is the 2013-14 recipient of our Flyfishers $5,000
His boyhood home near Boston was surrounded by marshland, stream and pond where he constantly
explored and probed, so his parents started calling him “fish-man.” That early imprint directed Neil to
the University of Vermont for a biology degree. He assisted in avian malaria research and realized he
could combine his interest in water and fish into a career path as a research scientist. For his senior
project his fishery professor lined him up to validate a method of deepwater electro-shocking to
visualize lake trout fry on Great Lakes cobble reefs.
On graduation Neil conducted population genetic studies of whitefish in Lake Champlain, then sampled
sea lampreys for Vermont Fish & Wildlife and coordinated with landowners impacted by sea lampricide
treatments in the Lake Champlain Basin.
Aside from his work as a fisheries technician for Vermont he could be found diving on the many historic
shipwrecks found in Lake Champlain or fishing or kayaking. And when the lake froze, it was off to ski in
the mountains. But he wanted more than a tech position, and this led him to OSU to fulfill his desire to
be a biologist leading the studies.
His doctoral dissertation is focused on determining if high hatchery rearing densities are driving the
ability for domestication selection to act. And he is combining experimentation with genetics to get a
broad assessment of impact densities on juvenile salmonids.
In Oregon when hasa break Neil says he’s either rowing a boat for friends or swinging flies for chromers,
and in the fall he’s in the woods for archery or rifle season. Somewhere in between (he is also a
teaching assistant in human anatomy and physiology) he finds time to dive and explore amazing areas
like Clear Lake in the Cascades.
Considering all the current whirl around wild versus hatchery steelhead and salmon in stocking,
survival, fishing regulation and management decisions, Neil’s work and his April presentation to our
Club couldn’t be more timely.