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Fishing the summer run Chinook (salmon) on the Rogue River…
Growing up during my formative high school years, I spent many a summer afternoon and evening on the banks of the upper Rogue River in Southern Oregon, fishing for Chinook salmon. I would pack a small cooler of drinks and a sandwich and run my truck up to the river, then throw cast after cast into the Hoot Owl hole or the Slide hole (names of deep river holes that salmon would congregate in before making the next run of rapids toward their spawning grounds).
Fishing holes became like clubs in that the locals would come to the same places to fish and newbies (new fishermen to the hole) would be frowned upon. There was a strict code of rules to follow when fishing one of these holes.
The first of several included that the fellow furthest downstream would cast first up river and once he began his drift, the next guy up river on the bank next to him would cast and so on up the bank. Not doing so would cause lines to get fouled together, an issue that caused much consternation with the fishermen. When someone did hook up with a fish, he would holler “Fish on!” Hearing this, everyone was supposed to reel in as quickly as they could so that the lucky person could fight the fish without tangling lines.
I have seen cursing, fights, and even a non-rule follower get thrown into the river on more than one occasion by the group for “not following the rules” or becoming belligerent with the locals of the hole. A fishing culture all of its own with a strict fishing code of conduct was expected to be followed by the bank fishermen and the hole that they fished. Now there was also an ongoing battle with bankers (as bank fishermen were called), and the riverboat fisherman “boaters” as they were called as well. That is a story for another time…
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