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Catching Snake River sturgeon

Hells Canyon's dinosaurs live past a century
Posted at 5:52 PM, Jun 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 09:10:58-04

Hells Canyon is a place of extremes.

It is the deepest gorge in North America, and in it's depths swims a true river dinosaur, the white sturgeon.

Homer Brown of Hammer Down Adventures makes a living taking anglers up the Snake River to catch them.

It starts with two hundred pound test line, and salmon bellies on a large hook.

And it doesn't take long before Homer hooks into a monster. He quickly hands the rod to one of his clients and the fight is on.

Even with a specialized fish fighting belt, battling a giant prehistoric fish is hard work, and after several minutes this angler passes the rod to the next.

For the next hour or so, one angler after another takes his turn, and finally the eight foot sturgeon is in Homer's grasp.

Because dams limit their ability to spawn, anglers are not allowed to keep snake river sturgeon, but this dedicated guide makes sure they get to take something home, swimming the sturgeon to shore, where these anglers pose with their prize before sending it back to the deep.

To this group from Utah the experience is like no other.

To Homer Brown, it's just another day at the office, and he loves his job.

To see what happens when you hook two sturgeon and have to chase one downstream through rapids, join the Idaho Back Roads group on Facebook.