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A Washington Fish Tale - Novice Catches The Chinook That Almost Got Away

A father, daughter, husband, and brother float the Icicle River in search of salmon.

I was visiting my family in Wenatchee, Wash., in late May, early June. My dad Bill Mott had scheduled a guided fishing trip for us with Brad Wagner of Bobber Down Guide Service — a half-day with my dad and me, and the other half-day, my husband Mac and brother Chris would be joining Wagner for the second tour.

This day was the perfect time for the first run of the Chinook salmon in the Icicle River. A tributary to the Wenatchee, the Icicle is a small river running through the Central Cascade Mountains in the Bavarian-clad town of Leavenworth.

The Adventure Begins

We began our adventure in the...


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