Introduction to FISHING IDAHO, An Angler’s Guide
by Wayne Walker
I left Idaho in 1958 to play football for the Detroit Lions, knowing I would return home for good someday. And though it’s taken quite a while, I’m back. Over the years and in all my travel as a football player and sportscaster, my desire to return never dimmed.
As a youngster in Boise I didn’t have far to go to enjoy the outdoors, and one of the things I loved most was fishing. During my high school and college days, my work with the Forest Service gave me the unbelievable opportunity of spending most of my waking hours in the midst of Idaho’s woods, mountains and waters.
Since then I have traveled, hunted and fished all across North American. And though there are certainly a lot of beautiful places out there, none are more beautiful than those found right here in Idaho. That’s why when Joe told me about his book and asked me to write an introduction, I happily agreed.
This book is more than about where to catch fish in Idaho. It’s filled with information about rivers, lakes, streams and reservoirs that can’t be found in any other single source. It offers tips on fishing equipment and techniques. It provides access information about areas where fish are to be found. When used with topographical or U.S. Forest Service maps, it opens limitless opportunities to not only fish Idaho, but to see its natural attractions as well—from its geological wonders to its awesome wilderness areas.
One of life’s real enjoyments is sharing. Some things can only be shared with family and close friends, of course, but there are things of common interest that can sometimes be shared with others as well. To me this book is one of those. It’s a way of sharing the natural wonders of this beautiful place called Idaho with people who can appreciate it, who will enjoy its outdoor pleasures to the fullest, but who, hopefully, won’t abuse it.
So use this book and enjoy yourself. And while you’re out there, be careful with the fish, be kind to the land and take time to smell the syringa.
Boise, Idaho — December, 1995