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For thousands of years the Indian nations living along the Columbia River have utilized the abundant salmon runs as one of the major food sources. With the arrival of the fur trading posts along the Columbia River in the early nineteenth century, salmon also became a trading commodity. In the treaty era of the mid-nineteenth century, the American government endeavored to remove the Indians from the Columbia in order to open up the area for exploitation and settlement by non-Indians. However, in the treaties the Indian nations specifically reserved their fishing rights, a fact that Americans have ignored for the past century and a half under the arrogant assumption that laws don’t really apply to Americans, particularly to corporations.

Shown below are photographs of the salmon fishing displays from the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon.

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Today’s questions: Do you fish? Do you eat fish? Do you hate fish? Are you having fish for dinner?

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  •  Fish... (8+ / 0-)

    fish and I have an interesting relationship. I used to go deep sea fishing with my grandfather, and lake fishing with my father. My dad usually threw everything back. My grandfather, we would catch and eat, mostly the flounder. I learned how to catch, clean, and cook my own flounder from my grandfather. So yes, I eat fish, but usually only white, mild tasting fish. I don't eat shell fish, and I don't eat fish that taste too 'fishy'. I've never tried Salmon.

    Dinner tonight is hotdogs and fries. Nothing complicated. We made chilli a couple of days ago, and that was lunch.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 01:20:11 PM PDT

  •  Fresh wild coho for dinner last night-- (9+ / 0-)

    grilled, with a mildly spicy rub. Fresh basil with pasta. (Corn was scheduled to be paired with the salmon, but when I checked the garden, the ears were not fat enough.) A few nice fresh veggies rounded out the menu.

    This fish was store-bought, which turns out to be orders of magnitude cheaper than any fish I catch.

    I don't fish as much as I'd like. Who does?

    "There is just one way to save yourself, and that's to get together and work and fight for everybody." ---Woody Guthrie (quoted by Jim Hightower in The Progressive Populist April 1, 2012, p3)

    by CitizenJoe on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 01:32:55 PM PDT

  •  Just About to Flip my Broiling Trout (7+ / 0-)

    Farm raised here in Ohio, farmed rainbow trout having a "Best Choice" rating from the Monterrey Seafood Watch.

    Loved eating wild salmon when we lived in Puget Sound. Also love our great lakes walleye but the Lake Erie waters have been warm this summer so the walleyes are hanging around deeper than many of the commercial nets go, so I've been told.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 01:47:06 PM PDT

  •  Hi I'm Tharu1 and I am a fishaholic... (7+ / 0-)

    My mom started calling me a fishaholic at about the age of 16, when I managed to earn enough money to buy a 6' by 13' trailer and moved into the back yard, just so I could fill it with aquariums and also be nearby the two old bathtubs that I started raising koi in.  

    So yeah; I fish, I do eat them, I could never hate them as they have paid my bills for my entire career, I also breed freshwater angelfish at home and still have a tiny koi pond, but mostly I just study them. And for dinner- I am grilling up some chicken on the bbq.

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    A yellowfin tuna about to be tagged and a yellowfin tun being tagged with a pop-up satellite archival tag
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    Me with three yellowfin tuna that were just too dead to tag and turned into poke the next day.

    You can go almost anywhere you want if you just keep walking

    by tharu1 on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 02:01:02 PM PDT

  •  You can catch salmon from the beach here (7+ / 0-)

    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 02:06:15 PM PDT

  •  Fish (6+ / 0-)

    I need to eat more fish than I do. It is one of the things I plan to add to my diet to help with the cholesterol. The medicine the doctor prescribed really messes up my arthritis.

    I have spent the last three days on the phone to moving companies. I need on Monday to call car movers. Reid has decided that since it is going to be a lot cheaper to move than he thought that he wants to ship the car as well so I don't have to drive him everywhere.

    Dinner tonight will probably be headache pills to start with since I'm battling migraine intensity headaches. They will settle down once I get my brother out here and everything set up. The stress at the moment is making the sinus headaches worse.

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 02:59:06 PM PDT

  •  The March On Washington (4+ / 0-)

    The rush to "mainstream" Dr. King deprived him of his radical message, he became Mr. "I Have a Dream." He became "Martin," even worse, turned into an acronym, MLK. Reclaiming his radicalness is a subversive activity. It won't be permitted.

    "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

    by DJ Rix on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 03:45:36 PM PDT

  •  My Indian neighbor says the fishing in (4+ / 0-)
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    the Columbia, near where the Great Rapids used to be, is pretty slow this year, at least so far.

    Even more of a concern is the threat of Hanford leaks into the river, and contaminated water from the Fukushima disaster polluting the Pacific Ocean. The day could come that we will have no wild fish at all that are safe to eat.

  •  Fished with a cane pole (6+ / 0-)

    as a kid. Now I cast like a pro with a rod and reel.

    Had salmon for lunch.

    Tonight Josh is cooking a pork stir fry.

    Lovely photos. Wado Ojibwa.

    "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

    by BlueJessamine on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 04:15:17 PM PDT

  •  Avid salmon fisherman here (3+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, BlueJessamine, Ojibwa

    I've been to busy or sick to indulge over the last few weeks, but I caught a Coho in early August, and my son caught two.  Right now I'm suffering through some summer respiratory ailment and watching the Chinooks begin their spawning run in Gorst Creek, Washington.  I'll get in a trip by the end of the week.

    The fishery at Gorst Creek is interesting.  The Suquamish run a set of hatcheries on the creek, and they've engineered the run to provide August Chinooks for gillnetting and sport fishing.  Damn generous of them in my view.  We still get sport fishers bitching about the gill nets while they try to "floss" (illegally snag) their limit of 3 Chinooks per day.  Whining hypocrites.

    I'll spend late summer pursuing Coho from the Hood Canal bridge to the shoreline of Bainbridge Island, on down to Olalla.  Come October I hit my favorite river for some wild Coho (sorry, ain't divulging that one).  In November it's combat fishing on the Cowlitz River.

    If you're pursuing Coho or Chinooks in the salt, try a Brad's Super Bait.  It's an artificial that imitates a cut plug herring, and it has a chamber in which a small piece of herring can be inserted.  I've done well casting one of these with a 1.5 ounce weight and a 10' surf rod loaded with 14# mono.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by DaveinBremerton on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 09:37:30 PM PDT

    •  Bait with a chamber? (2+ / 0-)
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      Ojibwa, DaveinBremerton

      How cool. Love this.

      Will have to stop in Cabela's the next time I am in Eugene. (In Oregon)

      Would love to see some photos sometime.

      Do you wear protective glasses to protect your eyes from flying hooks and sinkers?

      "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

      by BlueJessamine on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 06:26:50 AM PDT

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      •  Eye protection for flying hooks? (1+ / 0-)
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        I wear prescription glasses so I can see where the ocean is, so I've never given the eye safety thing much thought.  When my specs aren't on loan to NASA or being used to start forest fires, they have the side benefit of being good shields.

        As far as Brad's lures go, I fish mine on a very long mooching rig (barbless, of course).  I'll run a 9' leader and deal with the casting problem by using a very long (10') rod.  Since I use a casting reel, I dip it in a bucket of fresh water before I start, which adds 30% - 50% casting distance by lubricating the line and spool.  I figured this out accidentally by dropping my casting rig into the Cowlitz.  When I pulled it back out, I was suddenly casting halfway across the river where before I was lucky to get 50 feet.

        "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

        by DaveinBremerton on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 02:29:59 AM PDT

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