Sport: Midwinter Mania

Steelheads are the hardest of all trout to catch. Some fishermen spend a good part of three winters wading hip-deep in streams, shivering in day-long chilling rain, before landing their first one. But of all the joys of fishing, few compare with the thrill of hooking one of the fighting, silvery fish. Last week thousands of Oregon and Washington fishermen braved gasoline, tackle and whiskey shortages to try their cold-reddened hands at steel-heading.

The West Coast discovered this mid winter sport only 15 years ago. Their steelheaders' tackle was homemade —from coffee cans...

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