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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-03-2012, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Selling Clearwater steelhead (book)

Trafficking, a Memoir of an Undercover Game Warden is a hard book to put down. It's a nonfiction account of two Idaho game wardens investigating the sale of moose, elk, and steelhead in Orofino/Clearwater area. I think most Spey casters will find what goes on in this account of the darkest side of poaching to be flat disgusting, but the story itself is riveting.

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It's on Amazon, both print and Kindle.

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My mistake.. thought this was posted in the classifieds section.

Thanks for the interesting read suggestion.

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I do have a few wild fish in the freezer I might sell you but after reading this book, you might wanna pat me down for a wire!

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Game Warden in Orofino ????

I gotta read this book. It must be a work of fiction!!!! As far as steelhead are concerned, I did not think they existed in Orofino or Clearwater County. In six years of fishing the Clearwater River, for at least three months a year, the only place I have seen a warden is at the gas station in Orofino, or when one stopped by the Red Shed Fly Shop. I have never seen one on the river!!!! Actually, I took a picture of the three I saw at the gas station to prove they existed. They were checking elk hunters. This has been my complaint with Idaho Fish and Game, Steelhead are of no importance.

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Well.... read the book and you'll understand why you didn't notice these wardens! Quite the twisted story.

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Well there might be some under cover wardens around on the Clearwater but they aren't doing much in the way of stopping illegal angling abuses on the Clearwater. If they are it ain't making the paper. I'm not saying these wardens aren't working just that it's not on the Clearwater, which is exactly Cookie's point.

IDFG enforcement officers out and about on this river are the exception not the rule. It's always the same tired answers from above. They have bigger fish to fry, it's elk season, not enough funds, no manpower, yada, yada, yada. Everyone that fishes here with a shred of common sense has figured out that Steelhead are pretty low on the priority list of the IDFG.

I have fished the Clearwater every year since 1971. It was with gear until 1985 when I first fly fished for chrome. In all that time I have only been checked twice. In 1985 at Bedrock Creek on the highway side of the river I was checked and actually that day I was trout fishing but it was during steelhead season. The last time was 2007 at the Casino run above Lewiston. I was using a two hander. He looked at my license but not my punch card, nor did he seem to want to check my fly for a bent down barb. So much for doing his job. The IDFG has a pretty laid back enforcement attitude on the Clearwater which is really surprising considering what a great river this is.

In spite of my rant I plan on reading the book Lazer is recommending. That being said I'm a lot more interested in enforcement that's in plain sight and a lot more of it.

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Work of Fiction !!!!

I will read the book. I would like to know why I did not notice any game wardens on the Clearwater River. I can tell what I did notice. I noticed illegal activities which ranged from chumming to guiding with out a license. I witnessed continual mismanagement on an incredible resource on a daily basis. There is a video of this on You Tube that is an excellent example of the attitude many folks have that fish the Clearwater River. It is deplorable how Steelhead are treated on this river! Until I can read the book and prove the facts it presents, I will consider it an extreme work of FICTION. The stuff that goes on there would not happen if there was any presence by Idaho Fish and Game.

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reading the book and found it spellbinding to say the least. You wouldn't be able to see this kind of work out in the open, so certainly don't believe it to be a work of fiction as Cookie alludes to. Under cover probably means just what it suggests.

I also agree that there should be wardens about on the Clearwater. I have only been fishing the Clearwater for 6 years now, and have never been checked by, or seen a warden. I sure hope that changes, as they surely are needed.
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I will read the book. I would like to know why I did not notice any game wardens on the Clearwater River. I can tell what I did notice. I noticed illegal activities which ranged from chumming to guiding with out a license. I witnessed continual mismanagement on an incredible resource on a daily basis. There is a video of this on You Tube that is an excellent example of the attitude many folks have that fish the Clearwater River. It is deplorable how Steelhead are treated on this river! Until I can read the book and prove the facts it presents, I will consider it an extreme work of FICTION. The stuff that goes on there would not happen if there was any presence by Idaho Fish and Game.
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Did you report any of these multiple illegal activities when they happened to the IDFG?
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Good grief! Does somebody need to start a poll to see who believes there are enough game wardens out and about?

I started this thread because I had picked up a book that I had a hard time putting down –an expose' on what was going on in the back alleyways of Orofino with our steelhead (and elk and moose).

Has this spring run-off muddied our spirits a bit? (Don't take that sentence too serious!)

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Lazer, One doesn't need a poll to tell if there are enough IDFG enforcement officers out and about. On the Clearwater at least there aren't. That fact is a pretty sore subject with Cookie, myself, and quite a few other steelhead anglers, both local and visiting. The lack of angling regs enforcement on the Clearwater are an absolute shame considering how much revenue is generated by this fishery. The gripe ain't about the local wardens, it is about not enough local wardens.

While I have the book on the way I personally don't care to much about what goes on in the dark of the night in Orofino. I do care about what goes on in broad daylight between Lewiston and Orofino and in the way of IDFG angling enforcement it's not much if anything.

I'm sorry if you don't like the thread hijack but this subject needs a lot more daylight.

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