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McNary sophomore Kyle Hooper ﬁ nished sixth at the district
meet in the 500 freestyle as a freshman.
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“I think we can really set
the standard high this year by
pushing hard and continuing
to practice really hard.”
Sophomore Kyle Hooper,
who fi nished sixth in the GVC
in the 500 free as a freshman,
returns. Brock Wyer and Har-
rison Vaughn, who swam on
the fi fth place 200 medley re-
lay with Biondi are also back,
as are Jabez Rhoades and Wyatt
Sherwood, who were on the
sixth place 200 free relay team.
Sherwood, Vaughn and Hoop-
er also swam on the 400 free
relay squad that took seventh.
“The boys will be much
stronger than last year,” Lewin
said. “We have a handful who
hadn’t swam club before but
after last season, they started
to swim club. They saw what
it takes to get to that next level
where they want to be. We’ll
have a lot more depth than in
McNary opens the season
on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 3:30
p.m. in the Kroc Center against
“I’m just excited to see how
we’re going to swim in the fi rst
meet,” Lewin said. “I’m just re-
ally excited to see where we’re
A key factor in this siege
of salmon fever, is what hap-
pens to the salmon as it moves
closer to spawning.
In the ocean they have that
sheen or brilliant nickel color
that anglers dream of. As they
move through tidewater and
enter fresh water, color chang-
First, nickel fades and be-
comes a copper or light
bronze. At this point quality
of the meat begins to dete-
riorate. Deep orange/red meat
becomes pink. Purists will re-
lease this fi sh, some will keep
them and be happy. After a few
hours in the fi sh box, or on
the bank, the fi sh will become
darker, possibly ugly.
Next come darker shades,
then black, maybe some red.
Now the fl esh is pale pink or
white. Flavor is gone. These
fi sh should be released.
“It’s a smoker,” is a source
of laughs and many stories.
Angler lands a 20-pounder,
obviously well into the col-
or change. Seasoned anglers
would release it immediately.
But, this is the fi rst fi sh he has
caught. It’s big. His family and
friends will be impressed. He
has heard all the talk about
keeping dark fi sh. He feels the
need to justify keeping the
fi sh. “It’s a smoker.” Implying
that smoking will assure the
fi sh is good to eat.
Seasoned salmon anglers
say, “If it’s not good enough to
eat fresh, it’s not good enough
After an hour or so on the
bank, the fi sh is ugly. He quiet-
ly slips it into a bag and heads
Salmon fever hits its peak
with both bank anglers and
Bank access is severely lim-
ited on these rivers, forcing
bank anglers to concentrate at
these holes leading to enter-
tainment if you are an observ-
er, challenging experiences for
To grasp a view of salm-
on fever at its peak, picture a
deep, wide pool on the river, a
strong current fl owing in. Al-
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der and willow limbs provide
cover along the bank.
A convenient parking place
on both sides of the river pro-
vide easy foot access.
Every available spot on the
bank is fi lled with an angler.
The water is alive with
salmon. Mint-bright fi sh cart-
wheel out of the water ac-
companied by big “Ohs and
Wows” from the crowd. Fish
of all sizes and colors are per-
forming acrobatic stunts.
Huge vees, like scenes out
of Jaws, stream across the pool.
Big fi sh. Excitement is electric.
A guy walks up, sees all the
activity, dashes to his car, grabs
rod and reel, comes back and
wades into 50 degree water up
to his waist, without waders or
boots, and starts casting. Salm-
on fever claims another.
Crowded conditions, inex-
perienced anglers, lack of river
etiquette, improper gear, greed,
and lots of fi sh, equals a recipe
for bedlam any minute.
These salmon are fresh
out of the ocean and power-
ful. A hooked fi sh takes off
like a charging bull. With all
those lines so close together,
4-5 other lines are tangled in
a matter of seconds. At least
three guys feel something, set
the hook and yell “fi sh on”
and reel frantically.
Now we have a spider web
of tangled lines and lures, thir-
teen people reeling and jerk-
ing, some colorfully describing
another combatant’s ancestry.
Then, things get bad. Drift-
boaters and “Bankies” have a
colorful history of rock throw-
ing, lead slinging and swearing
over perceived violations of
river etiquette and personal
Two unsuspecting drift-
boats, rounding the corner,
racing to the next hole, are
swept into the middle of the
chaos by the powerful current.
The ambient temperature
rises a few degrees from all the
swearing, exchanging of in-
sults and implied blame.
Cooler heads eventually
prevail, and after some serious
line cutting and retying, fi sh-
In October, fi shing buddy
Tom Gerald, of Keizer, and I
decide to give it a try. Figure
we need all the help we can
get and book a trip with Tra-
vis Mattoon, of Adrift Angling.
Mattoon is known as one of
the top guides on the Nes-
Mother Nature smiled
down upon us. Rain comes,
the river rises and begins to
fall. October 26 is a beautiful,
We meet Mattoon at the
Three Rivers parking lot.
Boats are lined up waiting to
Mattoon informs us we will
make a long drift. We will go
upriver and launch at Farmers
Creek, fl oat down past here to
We get in line at Farmers
Creek in the dark. Three/four
boats are ahead of us.
Mattoon was on the river
yesterday. He wants to zip
downriver to a hole where he
hooked fi ve.
With the electric motor we
quietly ease by boats anchored
in someone’s chosen spot, dark
images against the shimmering
We reach the “hot spot” and
there sits another guide and
two clients battling a salmon.
Disappointed, we move down
to the next hole and immedi-
ately land a nickel-bright 12-
We are now the fi rst boat to
fi sh these holes.
Before the fi rst boat catches
up, we have released two coho,
(protected species) and one
deep bronze chinook in the
By 9 a.m. we have three
beauties in the box, chrome
bright with sea lice. And we
have missed two more good
bites. We have had a good day.
By now boats are drifting
past at a steady pace. Going
to be interesting ahead. Mat-
toon’s truck and trailer are fi ve
Three Rivers launch is the
only area with easy bank ac-
cess. Both banks are crowded
with anglers. Boats are lined
up waiting to take out.
We round the corner below
Three Rivers and “Wow.” It
looks like Buoy 10 on the Co-
lumbia, stuffed onto a river 20
yards wide. Boats are fi shing
only a few yards apart while
multiple boats are trying to
work through the maze.
This confi rms all that I have
read and heard, has to be salm-
Mattoon seems to know
at least half of the boaters.
We bask in the sunshine and
visit our way downriver. To
our surprise, we actually see a
couple of fi sh hooked in all of
that traffi c.
Tom and I keep looking
at each other, in some stage
of amazement or shock. How
could you fi sh like this?
At Cloverdale we patiently
wait in line to take out. Back
at Three Rivers to our truck,
the parking lot is packed. Late
comers had to park boat trail-
ers along the county road.
Three nickel-bright salmon
in the box, three released, (one
a smoker) thanks to the coop-
eration of Mother Nature and
the skill and guile of our guide.
Checked with Tom recent-
ly, no signs of salmon fever. Yet!
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“We like to dictate our of-
fense by our defense,” Kirch
said. “When kids buy into that
you give them a little freedom
to play out in transition and
that’s fun for them. We cer-
tainly maintain that and giving
up a good shot for a great shot
and being unselfi sh.”
Kirch expects the Greater
Valley Conference to be just
as tough as it was last season.
Sprague returns four starters,
including Teagan Quitoriano,
co-GVC Player of the Year
and a fi rst team all-state selec-
tion. West Salem senior Kyle
Greeley, the other GVC Player
of the Year, is also back along
with two other starters.
“We’re kind of under the
radar, which is fi ne by us,”
Kirch said. “I think we’ll sur-
prise some people. I think our
kids have a little bit of a chip
on their shoulder, 61 wins
in the last three years, some
people may think it’s over and
done with but our kids feel
challenged to maintain that
reputation of being a very dif-
fi cult team to play.”
McNary opens the season
Thursday, Nov. 30 at home
against Grants Pass at 7 p.m.