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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 is the co-founder of Su Salmon Co. and the volunteer president of the Susitna River Coalition. Photo: Travis Rummel
Net to Table: Su Salmon Co.
Ryan Peterson

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…

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“The Super Salmon:” A Film About One Tenacious Fish
Photo courtesy of Susitna River Coalition
“The Super Salmon:” A Film About One Tenacious Fish
Ryan Peterson

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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