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Tue., July 5, 2011, 1:15 p.m.

Ralph: Lindsey & North Idaho Lakers

Rich Lindsey keeps a wire cutter in a pole holder in the back of his boat. It's a pocket size cutter used to dislodge fouled fish hooks and snip tangled leaders. Mostly, it's used to kill fish. This is done with swift dexterity and a mantra. The mackinaw - invariably the fish his clients hook are V-tailed lake trout - is held with one hand by its gill slits as clients admire its lines, size and verticulation. The other hand, the one grasping the implement makes one or two swift movements as the dull steel knot of the wire cutter thumps the fish between the eyes. Lindsey, one of the Idaho Panhandle's premier fishing guides, a guy who has been at it longer than anyone in this land of woods and mountains that plunge into the gem-like lakes of prehistoric glacial gouges, has his own way of doing things/Ralph Bartholdt, Skookum Photography. More here. (Courtesy photo: Ralph Bartholdt)

Question: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being an expert, how good of a fisher(wo)man are you?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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