I bought Silver Bow fly shop in 2005, and we started taking people out on the Spokane River in 2010. We’re inviting our customers and friends to Water to Wine because we’re committed to protecting and enjoying our urban fishery. Join us as we auction off items, celebrate our progress and invest in doing even more.
My story is personal. I grew up in the Valley and I’m a small business owner. Spokane and this river are in my DNA. I get to fish and float a river that not only is home to native fish species, but offers a slice of wilderness experience right in the heart of a large metropolitan area. There are not many cities that can boast that. Doing right by the Spokane River should be as important as trips to our favorite fishing spots along the Coeur d’Alene, St. Joe, and Clark Fork.
I find solitude slipping down to the river before or after work angling for redband trout, westslope cutthroat, and brown trout all within minutes of my home and business. Often times we see wildlife along banks and enjoying an ecosystem thriving in an industrial city. Fishing many rivers across the west has made me truly appreciate what the Spokane River has to offer and the fact that we can say it’s in our backyard is just that much more amazing.
From a business perspective, the Spokane River offers opportunity for all of us to benefit from. From outfitting business like mine, to restaurants and hotels catering to recreational users, to businesses looking to recruit employees from outside of the region. The Spokane River is a driving economic force that all of us should and need to get behind. River access, water quality, trail systems, healthy fish, protected shorelines, all of these aspects are vital pieces of the equation to making the Spokane River special and to continue providing opportunity for local businesses and visitors alike.
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