The Daily Triplicate tells us there are salmon watching tours being organized by some local groups. What, no tours on the Eel?
How many of you have never seen salmon heading upstream to spawn? I've only really seen them once that I recall. It was after I first moved here back in '73.
Took a backpacking trip up to Redwood Creek right before the first rains were going to hit. I believe it was September or October. Parked my car in Arcata- for some reason not wanting the burden of having a car along- and hitchhiked north.
Got there quickly enough and headed up a trail along Redwood Creek. Crossed the river and, water being pretty clear, noticed salmon swimming upstream. For some reason I hadn't even thought that there might be salmon to see on that trip.
I thought that pretty cool and got the idea of trying to catch one. Didn't have a fishing pole so I found a long straight stick and sharpened it into a spear.
I'd been under the impression that salmon lose all caution when they're heading upstream and figured it would be easy to spear one just by standing in the shallow river and spearing one as it passed by. Such was not the case.
After about 20 minutes of the fish artfully dodging me and making it upstream, I gave up. I thought it would be so easy.
Left there the next morning. Good thing I did as I was not really prepared for the rain that came. The rest of that trip was really a fiasco. I was happy to have seen the salmon, but even happier when I finally made it home.