Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Author Scott Sadil arrived Sunday, July 28, at Hell’s Gate State Park, five miles upstream from Lewiston, Idaho, completing a 471-mile voyage up the Columbia and Snake rivers in Tia, his home-built Swampscott dory.
Sadil sailed and rowed against the current of the Northwest’s two most important salmon and steelhead rivers in an attempt to raise awareness of their dwindling stocks of anadromous fish, finishing the journey in just 28 days.
“I was surprised to get there so quickly,” said Sadil. “After a week of rowing and slow sailing in 100-degree heat in eastern Oregon, the west wind finally started blowing through the Wallula Gap and didn’t stop until I reached Idaho.”
Sadil traveled 146 miles from the mouth of the Snake River near Pasco, Wash., to Lewiston in just four days, passing through the locks at Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose, and Lower Granite dams.
Author of four books and countless stories, essays and feature articles in which the sport of fly fishing often plays a significant role, Sadil intends to write about questions regarding the health of the lower Columbia and Snake rivers, along with their diminished salmonid runs, on his return home to Hood River.
Sadil teaches English at Hood River Valley High School.
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