Macroinvertbrate Sampling on the Salmonberry River

Alex and I had a great time on Saturday sampling macroinvertbrates with Ian of the Native Fish Society and the Association of NW Steelheaders. We went up into the headwaters of the Salmonberry River on the NW coast and than hiked up a small creek to take the samples. The creek had filled many feet deep with sediment from the 2007 flood that ravaged the area and the creek had cut a new path through all the sediment. At one point the entire creek disappeared under the sediment and reemerged 100 feet or so down stream. Many bugs were collected for counting and I was really surprised to see the amount of golden stoneflys that were in the creek. If you look carefully in the photo of the sample bottle you can see one of them at about 9’oclock. I will definitely be back out there next year to do the sampling and see how the river has changed (I will post up on this blog when I hear news about events like this next time).

I Won Something

I finally won something! Back in 2009 I submitted a photo for a “photo of the month” with Big Y Fly and got an e-mail last week that they wanted to use my photo. They sent me a nice assortment of beadhead flies and a nice hat (the way I go through hats you can never have enough).

Here’s the photo I submitted (I have become much better with my photos, thanks to my wife, so no judging):

Hatchery Rainbows

Some great McKenzie River hatchery rainbow trout are out on the grill cooking away. The largest fish was taken on a 30′ cast across the river. I had to keep the line from pulling with the two currents in the middle, but when I got it right the 16 inch fish slammed the size 14 goose biot parachute adams and the fight was on.