HAIKU MONDAY: On Wild Springers and Haiku Inanity

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is honked off trying to do the nearly unthinkable — catch a fin-clipped Rogue River spring chinook.

Can’t seem to get a hatchery dog to run into Hack’s plugs or bait quite yet.

Breed back the biters./Clip their fins, don’t shut their mouths./Springers tough enough.

For you few Haiku Monday virgins out there, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style about the outdoors,with a few forms of old Japaneze poetry sprinkled in as the shtick.

Seventeen syllables of inanity, thy name is Haiku.

Haikus aren’t for wimps/But they are for Fish Hack fans/All seven of them.

The early spring chinook bite has been pretty solid for the upper Rogue in mid-May, but it’s largely been a wild fish show.

Wild springers still haven’t rebounded enough to allow for Hack and others to turn their eyes into X’s, particularly the early-run ones.

Just as well. Hate to see the best salmon in the Northwest wink out because of the location and operation of Lost Creek dam.

Wild early-run springers are the biggest losers to the taming of the Rogue. Ironically, the explosion of fall chinook make them the basin’s well-documented biggest winners from the building of Lost Creek and Applegate dams.

So it looks like Fish Hack will have to save most of that blood lust for August and September, like usual.

August is for ‘nooks./Fall fish pay for springer’s shun./X’d-out eyes for you!



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    Mark Freeman

    I've underachieved as the Mail Tribune's Fish Hack since 1989. I can't help but find a few things to yuk about with pathetic regularity in the outdoors. My most treasured award? An OSHA citation for a messy desk -- Fire hazard. YEAH! Read Full
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