OUTDO – A group of anglers is trying to get all Spokane River anglers speaking the same legal language about the fishing restrictions designed to protect the struggling native redband trout.
The group has worked with the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department to tanslate important rules into Russian for signs to be posted along the river.
The issue is about fish conservation, but the fundraising event to raise money for the signs is all about art and painting.
The Tipsy Muse event, set for Saturday (May 19), 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at Arbor Crest Winery, features participants getting chance to work on a painting alongside a professional artist. The participants get to keep their painting and everybody enjoys sipping wine and bidding on fly fishing trips, casino packages and other items.
For years, concerns have simmered about illegal fishing among Eastern European-Russian immigants, said Tyler Comeau, an Eastern Washington University student. Comeau has been working on the project with the Spokane Falls Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Fish and Wildlife police confirm that language barriers often are given as excuses for poaching activity on the river.
Cost: $45 (includes tasting fee) or $10 for spectators (non painting, but also includes tasting fee)
Limited tickets are available online only: