Fishing for the First Time

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 12:30pm


Maggie Dunn

It’s been five weeks now at HFF and I’m still in awe of this wonderful place I’m in. The schedule looks generally the same every week in terms of what I’m assigned to do. I’m still taking water samples twice a week and doing Creel (interviewing anglers about their fishing) as well as continuing to work on my project concerning various water rights in the Upper Snake River Basin.


Aside from all of that, I went fishing for the first time! Ben, Jamie, and I floated the lower river on a sunny, warm, beautiful afternoon. The river was fairly calm but it was really windy out which made learning to cast fairly difficult. I didn’t really mind because I was happy just to be out there learning how to do what I had interviewed so many anglers about. I ended up catching a couple of things-none of them fish-including some trees along the river bank and Jamie’s back, twice. Then while trying to get off the raft to wade in a certain spot, I rounded off the whole experience by falling into the river. Jack, my roommate, said that was actually a good thing because I was “baptized” by the river. After that little incident though I was really cold so we couldn’t stay out for as long as we had planned but at the last minute Jamie caught a Rainbow Trout with a streamer! Overall it was a fantastic experience and I can’t wait to do it again when I get the chance. It was the perfect way to tie together all of the work I had been doing in the office and helped me to find what could be a new passion and pastime here.