Combat Fishing

A New Recruit among the Veterans

Story and Photo by Diana Hooley

We drove to Riggins to fish because as a new fisherwoman, I had searched online about where to fish in Idaho in May. When I say “new,” I mean I have caught only one small trout in my entire life.

I caught it the previous fall at Baker Creek outside Ketchum. I think it might have been a fluke, because after I caught that one fish, my line got hopelessly tangled on various objects including the rod, several willow bushes, and myself.

Still, I was thrilled to catch the trout. It made me feel like I’d embarked on a new identity, that of fisherwoman. It felt so right, fishing, such a quiet, contemplative pastime. I thought of all those iconic fishing stories about people relaxing on riverbanks and fishing like Huck and Jim did in Huckleberry Finn.

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Diana Hooley

About Diana Hooley

Diana Hooley spent several years as a professor at Idaho State University before returning to journalism and freelance writing. She has written recently for the Idaho Statesman and the Twin Falls Times-News as a guest commentator on environmental and agricultural issues. Visit her at

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