I was invited to spend some time today at the Clackamas hatchery. First,we sorted fish that came into the trap. It was a lot of fun, but we had to work fast. Those guys do a great job and deserve a ton of respect and support. When we were done at the trap, I was able to release the springers and steelhead that were allowed to be recycled into the river. Very cool!!
This is me with a nice steelhead that we will get another chance at.
This is me opening the gate valve on the truck that releases the fish.
Not to put a damper on things but these fish went on through once without getting caught. River conditions haven't improved and steelhead are still steelhead. Not like stocked trout. At least those out there this weekend will know they are fishing on top of fish, not necessarily biters. It is always a spectacle to watch yahoos fishing right behind the recycling trucks on the Willamette tribs.
Jason my friend, put a little sun tan lotion on those white legs before they burn like a slice of toast.
Great pictures and nice report. Hope all is going well. Maybe next time you see those fish they will be boarding your drift boat.
The fly fishing site looks good.
We still have to make one of those trips for summer fish as I need more help than most. My boat or yours, all I need is enough water to take mine and I am ready. Gotta get dialed in on the Clack. for some summer fun.