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Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: October 09, 2018

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Program regular, Josh Mills goes steelhead fishing with his dad on his birthday. “Every year we go down to the Clearwater River for my dad’s birthday. He is a well-known fish vacuum but it never ceases to amaze you when he has continued his streak of catching a steelhead on his birthday. We go out and float the lower Clearwater with a couple of friends and we get to the first run and there are not a lot of fish around because it is a poor return year on the Snake River Basin. So were not expecting much. But all of a sudden I look over at my dad’s rod and it is just bent in half and he shrieks like a five-year-old girl. Everybody is fired up and excited because he manages to hook one of the best steelhead that I have seen in a long time on the Clearwater. It’s only detraction was a slight net mark but it was all of 37 to 38 inches which, given the equation, once a steelhead hits 30 inches it is approximately 10 pounds and then every inch adds another pound at that point so the fish was a beautiful hen of 17 to 18 pounds. It was everything you go to the Clearwater for and respect it for because it is a river that does not give up the goods very often. It was so cool watching him battle of fish on his 78th birthday.

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