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Cautious handling a must during catch-and-release steelhead fishing

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If there’s a consensus about anything in Northwest fishing circles, it’s that steelhead and salmon deserve the highest respect. Their migrations up and down natal streams and survival in the predator-infested nightmare of the ocean set them apart in the angler’s heart.

But some fishermen are convinced, especially this time of year near the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers, that we could show more class.

“Since the Aug. 1 opener of the lower Clearwater River for steelheading, we…

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