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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-13-2012, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Wallowa/Minam fishing train

Potentially good news on the fishing train. I got an email this morning from a shop in Joseph saying the fishing train is likely to be running next year, and if there's enough interest, it may run this month.

I'm sure the good old $50 days are gone, but it would indeed be nice to hop a train down to Rondowa.
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Pardon my ignorance but what's the fishing train?
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cool - I've done that a couple of times.

There's a retired train that runs downstream on Wallowa River (Or) from Minam 8 miles or so and drops off fisherman along the way, 'bout the only access other than floating or hiking down. They come back through a couple of times if you want to hop back on and move to another location, also brings lunch. They took 25 "poles" a day, so you were spread out pretty well. This was my very first steelheading experience, all hatchery (at least what I caught), 2 hens and a nice buck (~10lbs).
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Originally Posted by Speysowa View Post
Pardon my ignorance but what's the fishing train?
Greatest thing since sliced bread and high button shoes. Get on train with fishing gear, train runs up the river (to over simplify) drops you off where you want, and picks you back up on the return trip.

This thing really was a 'one off.' Well, if you went back into the '40's with the CNR they'd do the same thing ... including the bags of food you'd ordered/had delivered to the train station (Hudson's Bay company). You'd just better be there when the train stopped or the Bears would beat you to it.

I kid you not ... and I was a kid at the time. Grand Father and I would row up to the head of the lake and take the short hike to the rail line ... and wait. Truth be told, I never saw a Bear but my head was swiveling around like the turret on a M1 Tank in combat. Hummm ... was "Papa" playing with my young brain?

Let's not go there. :>)


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