HAIKU MONDAY: On Early Steelhead and Tyson’s ‘Courf!’ Returns

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack struggled to get dressed and make that Monday cameo on the Fish Wrap.

After three days of shorts and flip-flops, these-here jeans pulled on like sandpaper and work boots felt like vices.

Monday morning clothes/Scrape and bind tortured torso./And it’s not a suit.

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 and whatever else comes to mind, with a few versions of bad Japanese poetry sprinkled in for the schtick.

Hit the upper Rogue — Hack’s home waters — the other evening for the first summer steelhead trip of the season, and Fish Hack was clearly underwhelmed.

With 214 summers already making it to Cole Rivers Hatchery, you’d think ol’ Hack could run into a couple somewhere between Dodge Bridge and TouVelle. But nothing.

Fish Hack skunked? That’s news/Dude gets down with Rogue steelhead/More often than not.

Used to be a pre-July Fourth fish was a rarity. But the past three years has shown the best June returns to Cole Rivers in at least 20 years.

Now, most anglers want to say it’s the removal of Savage Rapids and Gold Ray dams from the Rogue, two of the biggest dam-removal projects for salmon and steelhead benefits so far in the West.

Courf! as Mike Tyson would say (Don’t get it? Check out the Tyson blog HERE.) you’d think so, but there is no proof. Flow and water temps play juist as key rolls in when steelhead migrate as concrete impediments.

So it’s just a correlation, but one that may get stronger as the years go by.

It’s good to be bummed/When July Fourth fish don’t bite./Nice problem to have.

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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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