We sat down with Sylvia Strike of Southern California (virtually!) to learn about her angling passions and hear how her travels from Ohio to Southern California shaped her conservation passion.
Hi, Sylvia! You’ve been a member of CalTrout for over ten years. What drew you to CalTrout?
I became a member because you are a conservation group well known for your determination to conserve the habitats of fish. I’m most interested in the projects in Southern California because I would like to see the steelhead here saved from extinction. The preciseness of your initiatives and comprehensive approach bring results.
Those are some great reasons! We’re happy to have you here. What does being a CalTrout member mean to you?
It means that although I would be ineffective acting alone to assist in the conservation of California’s fishing habitats, by contributing to your efforts I can help.
We understand you are a fly fisher, too. How did you get into the sport, and what is your favourite angling memory?
I was a fly fisher for many years until some physical disabilities made it difficult for me. After my first husband died I remarried and my second husband was a fly fisherman. It looked like so much fun that I took it up and fly fishing was something we did together for many years. We belonged to a trout club in Zanesfield, Ohio. One day I hooked a brook trout that probably weighed only 1 1/2 lbs. but he fought like he was a Tarpon. I netted him and gently removed the hook and he swam away. I have caught other larger fish in many other settings but not a fighter like he was.
Memorable fish are the best fish. Do you have a favorite river in CA?
I have fished in Montana, Michigan, Idaho, Wyoming and mostly in Utah because I owned a ski condo in Park City but I have never fished in California. I hope to see the steelhead migrating in Trabuco Creek someday here in Southern California.
Thanks for sharing with us!
If you’d like to share your CalTrout story, please e-mail Ashley at AWhite@caltrout.org