Gabe Babcock of Milwaukie, a sculptor and ceramic artist, is delving for the first time in a new medium and subject with a strong message — life with and respect for the fish. (Bill Monroe)
He’s morphed into the “Salmon Boy.”
The reference is a legend among Pacific coastal tribes involving a boy. (Tribal societies were male-dominated, but in these days of powerful female involvement in conservation, it’s more of a “Salmon Child.”)
At mealtime, the boy rejects a piece of salmon, tossing it aside in disrespect.
Later, while playing near the river, he’s kidnapped by the salmon people (in some versions, he drowns and is swept to sea, where they adopt him) and goes to live with them, gaining a new admiration and understanding of the salmon people and their remarkable life’s journey.
The author seeks out water likely to hold the largest fish in a stream.
Photos courtesy Toby Halley
The most important things to look for are are depth, current, and structure.
Depth: The deeper the water, the better your chances of finding a bigger fish. Trout like deeper water because it will protect them from many predators, and the water temperature is cooler near the bottom.
Current: The current delivers food to trout. The fish will sit in the slower water and pull food from current seams. Look for the foam line on the sides of the current. Trout like to use as little energy as possible.
Structure: Structure is probably the most important of this list. Structure is somewhere trout feel safe and where they can hide out from predators or rest until they start feeding. Structure can be something as simple as a log, rock, or a undercut bank.