April 21, 2010
Slide Show: The Oregon Steelhead Train
By Tim Romano
Here are a bunch of photos I took six weeks ago while traveling to eastern Oregon, where I rode a train for three days up and down 9 miles of the Wallowa River, hopping off to catch steelhead and getting back on when I wanted to find new water.
The Wallowa, a tributary of the Grand Ronde boasts a healthy run of hatchery fish as well as many wild steelhead. The train leaves the tiny hamlet of Minam and slowly sprinkles out thirty or so anglers that board the train each morning, making a slow amble to the Grand Ronde and then up and down the length of the track a couple of times throughout the day, picking up anglers and dropping them off to new water. It runs only about six weeks a year, from February through the middle of March.
For more information on the train check out, The Minam Motel and Tom Farnam (a guide) at Winding Waters River Expeditions. We stayed about 40 minutes away in the tiny town of Enterprise at the Ponderosa Motel (which was great) and ate fantastic food at Lear's Pub, and drank one of the best IPA's I've ever had at Terminal Gravity Brewing Company.
Enjoy the show,