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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER

Russ Ricketts

Ever have the urge to just dive into that perfect pool and see what you are missing? Ya, us too. So why not not throw on a snorkel and explore every place you wish you could put a fly? Russ Ricketts and his wife Leah have made it a habit in Leavenworth, Washington. In a recent Outside Online article, Russ explains whats its like on the other side of the river, and surprisingly how much you can find.

FISHING TACKLE: I’m a fisherman, but I had no idea how terrible of a fisherman I was until I realized just how many fish there are down there. They are kept company by every lure and lead weight lost or abandoned by hopeful fishermen. Monofilament line can snare waterfowl and fish, so it should be removed whenever possible. Luckily, it generally comes packaged with other fish gear that holds some value. Matt and I picked up 52 pounds of lead in a two-hour swim. A 10-ounce sinker sells for $2.59. Do the math.

GOLF BALLS: What is it with hitting golf balls into water? Negatively buoyant, golf balls sink. Picking them up is fun and can be an easy way to pay for that sexy wetsuit (or golf lessons). Don’t worry, there’s plenty for everyone.

Not only can snorkeling improve your knowledge of how the river works and where to find more fish, but it can also improve the health of the river by finding and removing trash. Surely a day snorkeling the river may be a tad more wet and cold than fishing in the comfort of your waders, but not by much (especially by our northwest standards).