Tom Derry

Director of Wild Steelhead Funding

Tom Derry joined the Native Fish Society staff in October 2005 as the Director of Wild Steelhead Funding. Tom and his wife Connie relocated to the Molalla River after years of living and working in central Oregon.

An ardent steelhead and trout angler and committed conservationist, Tom owned and operated the Kokanee Café for 11 years on the banks of the Metolius River in Camp Sherman. During his time on the Metolius, Tom was very active in fish conservation on both the Metolius and Deschutes rivers and was very involved in stopping the stocking of trout in the Metolius and returning it to a river managed for wild fish.

Through his years as a restaurant owner and fishing addict who frequents the great haunts of the Pacific Northwest, Tom has met many people from wide walks of life who share his concerns for native fish. Tom’s many connections assist the Native Fish Society in growing its membership and financial base.

Born in Portland, Tom’s recent return to the Willamette Valley finds him heavily involved in working to improve the Molalla River and its habitat for fish. In addition to his development duties, Tom serves as a NFS Molalla River Steward and is on the board of Molalla RiverWatch and the Molalla River Alliance.

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Posts by Tom Derry

Giving the Molalla River a Chance

Guest Post by Luke Whitman and Ben Walczak of Oregon Department of Fish and WildlifeHistoric land use practices have taken their toll on native fish in the Molalla River, especially salmon and...

A Season of Stewardship on the Deschutes

River Steward Stories: Matt Mendes, Warm Springs & Lower Deschutes Rivers“Sometimes, we would just put the truck in first gear and walk alongside throwing empties in the bed,” explained Matt...

Homewaters: Dig Deeper - A Fundraiser for Wild Resilience

In 2020, we’ve all had to Dig Deeper. For our wild, native fish, this is also true. To reach their spawning grounds this fall, wild fish have overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges. But once...

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