Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Raft River rising

On a recent journey, the muddy Raft River, tributary of the North Thompson, evoked the June spring floods of my childhood on the Skeena. My brother and I used to rush down to the bridge each day to see the rising water and throw in sticks to watch the river carry them downstream.

The Raft River is part time home to four important salmon species: the Sockeye, Coho, and Chinook. All these important food fish must swim up the province's major salmon rivers, then their tributaries, in order to reach their home streams where they hatched. There, journey over, they spawn and die.

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