The Other Side of the River

Sage Fly Fishing - Leah Ricketts - River Snorkeling

(Photo: Leah Ricketts via Outside Online)

Ever have the urge to just dive into that perfect pool and see what you are missing? Ya, us too. So why not not throw on a snorkel and explore every place you wish you could put a fly? Russ Ricketts and his wife Leah have made it a habit in Leavenworth, Washington. In a recent Outside Online article, Russ explains whats its like on the other side of the river, and surprisingly how much you can find.

FISHING TACKLE: I’m a fisherman, but I had no idea how terrible of a fisherman I was until I realized just how many fish there are down there. They are kept company by every lure and lead weight lost or abandoned by hopeful fishermen. Monofilament line can snare waterfowl and fish, so it should be removed whenever possible. Luckily, it generally comes packaged with other fish gear that holds some value. Matt and I picked up 52 pounds of lead in a two-hour swim. A 10-ounce sinker sells for $2.59. Do the math.

GOLF BALLS: What is it with hitting golf balls into water? Negatively buoyant, golf balls sink. Picking them up is fun and can be an easy way to pay for that sexy wetsuit (or golf lessons). Don’t worry, there’s plenty for everyone.

Not only can snorkeling improve your knowledge of how the river works and where to find more fish, but it can also improve the health of the river by finding and removing trash. Surely a day snorkeling the river may be a tad more wet and cold than fishing in the comfort of your waders, but not by much (especially by our northwest standards).

Read Outside Online’s full post here.

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  3. Russ says:

    Thank you for covering our crazy brand of fun. Snorkeling in your local river is a wonderful way to learn more about the fish we love. Wether it’s a big mountain river like my adopted home, the Wenatchee, our the little creek that runs through suburban housing tracts or farm fields, swimming with the fish will open your eyes to the underwater world in ways you never imagined. I still fish, but the more I snorkel the less I feel the need to bring a fish to the bank. Stewardship of our rivers naturally falls to fishermen because we care deeply about the fragile state of our waters. We care because we know that the rivers our grandfathers fished should be protected for our grandchildren. Every time I drive over the Deer Creek bridge in Oso I make a promise that I will not let that happen again. I will speak for the fish, I will stand up and be counted as one who fough the good fight. Snorkeling in a cold ass river may bring a shiver to your spine, but the cold feels good, like honest labor. Speak up. Be heard. Get out and explore your local rivers.

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