September 16, 2011
Early fish hatchery operators Walt Drorbaugh, second from right, and Boy Haught, at right, lived and worked in relative isolation, tending the fish, harvesting them and then transporting them to the many creeks around the Rim Country.
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Having hiked and fished just about every stream under the Rim that had any chance of holding a trout has been an adventure over the last 50 years. It still gets the adrenaline pumping in this aging outdoorsman — trying to outsmart a wild trout and succeeding in catching one of those brightly colored game fish on ultralight gear. When I find a secluded stretch of water that has a rainbow, brookie, or brown trout, I often wonder how that fish took up residence in a creek that is very much off the beaten path.