With a record run of more than 315,000 steelhead running from the ocean into the Snake River and over Lower Granite Dam, savvy anglers are dropping other obligations to get a piece of the action. These photos follow a group of five anglers who booked a trip with veteran Snake River fishing guide Pete Paolino. They landed nine of the powerful sea-running rainbows during he day. Three of the anglers caught their first steelhead on this trip, and the joy on their faces tells the story.
Read for Rich Landers’ story from the Nov. 15, 2009, Outdoors section.