September 16, 2011
Walt Drorbaugh lived at the hatcher with his wife Elaine and son Dan, photo upper left, along with other hatchery workers. They had to tend the fish, including cleaning and maintaining the tanks year-round, even with several feet of snow on the ground, photo above.
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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.