He was very lucky to have had all those good days on wonderful Steelhead rivers.
In California we lost all our habitat to dams (mostly), logging, AG and development too.
I started fishing Steelhead in ~1960 with night crawlers on a one piece spinning rod I built myself on the Lower American River as a teenager. I was lucky that I moved to fly fishing for them in ~1965.
Now at 68 I just want to hook one more 5# wild Steelhead on a two-handed fly rod, swinging a classic wet fly on a floating line on the Klamath River.
Imagine the lose that the Greatest Generation experienced with their fishing (and hunting)?
Bill Kiene - Senior Travel Advisor
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