FISHING -- Although there were a few jokes about the prevalence of "smoked fish," the sentiments were genuine last weekend as the ninth annual Brewster King Salmon Derby dedicated proceeds of a raffle to victims of the sprawling Carlton Complex wildfires.
The three-day derby raised $1,700 for fire victims in a drawing for a donated YETI cooler.
Just as important, the 275 participating anglers and their families spent money at local businesses, including those in Pateros, where many homes were lost to the fires sparked by lightning more than three weeks ago.
Wind that fanned the continuing fires forced anglers off the water in fog-like bank of smoke on Saturday, but conditions improved again on Sunday.
The Brewster area of the Columbia River is flush with fish this year, including a record run of sockeye salmon.
The largest fish of the derby was a 25-pound chinook caught by Wiley Flohr of Wenatchee to win the youth division.
The top adult division salmon weighed 21.85 pounds caught by Corey Maynard.