Ryan Peterson

Ryan Peterson lives in Anchorage, Alaska. He has been a staffer in Juneau; a fly fishing guide in Bristol Bay and Kamchatka, Russia; and a writer and filmmaker covering conservation stories around the North Pacific Rim. The irony of evolving from catch-and-release fly fishing with barbless hooks to killing as many salmon as he can with a net is not lost on him.

Net to Table: Su Salmon Co.

Mike Wood’s last name is a wholly appropriate coincidence of birth. He’s got a fetish for the stuff. When building his off-the-grid log home masterpiece on the banks of Alaska’s Susitna River, he’d range out into the surrounding boreal forest, select each perfect tree, hug it at the chest in solemn ceremony and then gleefully…

Ryan Peterson
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“The Super Salmon:” A Film About One Tenacious Fish

It is with great pride and excitement that we are sharing The Super Salmon with the world—a little movie about the Su and the spotlight it’s been in these last few years. From the first screening in Talkeetna a year ago, to the dozens more that have followed across Alaska, the Lower 48, Canada, and…

Ryan Peterson
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Xboundary – Defending Alaska & British Columbia salmon rivers from open-pit mining

An open-pit mining boom is underway in northern British Columbia, Canada. The massive size and location of the mines—at the headwaters of major salmon rivers that flow across the border into Alaska—has Alaskans concerned over pollution risks posed to their multi-billion dollar fishing and tourism industries. These concerns were heightened with the August 4, 2014…

Ryan Peterson
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Help Protect Bristol Bay – Watch Sea-Swallow’d and Take Action Today

As with any creative endeavor, the process of building is fraught with self-doubt. But when I showed a draft of my film, sea-swallow’d to my friend Teplin Cahall 5 months ago, I got a boost. You see, Tep can’t talk. He was born that way. Because of this and some associated developmental issues, he sees…

Ryan Peterson
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One in Winter – Fly Fishing for Winter-Run Steelhead

We understand mere fragments – of most things really, but especially of a fish called steelhead. Its nominal definition goes that it’s a rainbow trout that migrates from river to ocean and back again to spawn, like a salmon. But like most living things, after you dedicate time to deep observation, their essential superpowers transcend…

Ryan Peterson
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