Low runoff boon to spring recreation on reservoirs

Forecasts for below-normal spring runoff are prompting an early start to the boating and camping season behind the region’s big dams. Reservoir drawdowns are less severe this year because hydro-power managers don’t need to make room for huge amounts of snowmelt pouring out of the …

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In this photo provided by Azim Afif, people examine the scene after an earthquake swept across Everest Base Camp, Nepal. (Associated Press)

Everest avalanche kills 17, injures scores

KATHMANDU, Nepal – An avalanche triggered by Nepal’s massive earthquake slammed into a section of the Mount Everest mountaineering base camp, killing at least 17, injuring 61 and leaving an unknown number of climbers and guides unaccounted for on other routes, an official said today. …

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No fibbing allowed, says Uncle Bob Williams, as he puts the tape on Marie Hokanson’s trout at Waitts Lake while her granddaughters, Kaitlyn, left, and Makayla Duke watch the action. The rainbow caught from the Winona Beach Resort dock on Saturday was exactly 19 inches long. (Rich Landers)

Anglers find fish willing on opening day

Saturday’s opening of Washington’s lowland trout fishing season was blustery, wet and cold, but anglers who toughed out the conditions were handsomely rewarded. Overall, Spokane-region lakes produced some of the best opening day fishing in years, according to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife surveys.

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Stefan Woodruff, a fly fishing guide with Ellensburg Angler, releases a rainbow trout for David Moershel, while drifting the Yakima River. (Rich Landers)

Yakima fly fishing peaks with dry run

Fly fishing can sometimes be just like any other method for hooking a trout. Sometimes fly fishers get their jollies casting a weighted Woolly Bugger and stripping it back as fast as possible to trigger strikes – much like casting a Rooster Tail spinner.

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Two Spokane adventurers reported safe in Nepal

ADVENTURE -- Two well-known Spokane adventurers in Nepal have reported they are unharmed and doing OK as earthquakes continue to rumble and cause widespread havoc and death in the Himalayan ...

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