36TH ANNUAL STEELHEAD DERBY
Another year, another successful derby!
It’s that time again – February 22-24 was the 36th Annual Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery Steelhead Derby! We had a great weekend with a ton of activity including; fishing, raffles, an auction, lots of great food and drinks, and a great presentation from the Nor Cal guides and sportsman association in which they presented a $1,500 donation to the hatchery. The weather wasn’t ideal, but overall it was a wonderful weekend and the fundraising was a great success. The exact numbers aren’t in yet, but the derby raised around $50,000 and that money will go towards the continued operation of the hatchery for the next year.
Congrats to the winners! In first place we had team 19 Kathy Figas, Linda Sundberg and their guide Mick Thomas. Bob Figas, Garth Sundberg and their guide Phil Desautels. They caught 6 fish for a total of 170 inches. In Second place we had team 10. Chuck Howard, Darin Bradbury and their guide Rye Philips. Chris Howard, Tom Bessett and their guide Frank Duarte. They caught 5 fish for a total of 130 inches. In third place we had team 2. Eric Sherwood, Kevin Lee and their guide Gary Early. Doug Huckfeldt, Jerry Sax and their guide Jason James. They caught 4 fish for 109 inches. The top rod (the most fish caught by a single angler) went to Jerry Sax and guide Jason James, catching 3 fish totaling 87 inches. The biggest fish went to angler Marc Scarr and his guide Chris Griffin with a 38 inch Chetco river steelhead. A total of 34 fish were caught, 17 on the Smith and 17 on the Chetco, with a grand total of 950 inches. Thank you to all of the participants, volunteers, guides, staff, sponsors, Amber Allison Photography, and the coordinator for another great derby! Until next year!