On Nov. 10, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game released some 200 steelhead into the Boise River for fishermen--fly and spin alike--to try their hands at. This will be the first of at least three steelhead releases in the coming weeks, with the next releases slated to be in the 200 fish range also.
These particular steelies spent two years in salt water rather than the typical one, thus yielding the 9-pound average for this batch, up from last year's stocks.
The older, larger fish mean that there won't be as many as in previous years, but with the potential for a meaty monster--the range is anywhere from 6- to 12-pounds (drool)--it should make this and subsequent steelie releases much more exciting. Anglers, thread your reels.
Visit fishandgame.idaho.gov for updates on release locations in the coming weeks.
Now, what do Henry Miller, Elvis Costello, Steve Martin and Frank Zappa have in common? Give up? They've all been credited at some point with inventing the phrase, "talking about art is like dancing about architecture." And though it speaks to art's inexpressible beauty we think it would be fun to lace up your ballet slippers and twirl on the roof of the Aspen Lofts.
Well, now thanks to the Middle Snake River Group of the Sierra Club, those who don't know the difference between a flying buttress and a Corinthian column have another option: biking about architecture.
"I wanted to make a bike tour of downtown and see some of the old buildings, [to] give a historic perspective of when it was built, some of its uses in the past, some little anecdotes about it, who used it, why it's still important to Boise," explained tour leader Lon Stewart.
On Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can join fellow architecture-curious bikers for a tour of significant downtown buildings. The free tour departs from the Sierra Club building and winds 3 to 5 miles through downtown, stopping at various buildings along the way.
"I think it helps everybody appreciate the value of the downtown region ... if they know the previous history of it and why we should help preserve and honor our old buildings in downtown."
Tour-goers must pre-register by Thursday, Nov. 18, by calling 208-384-1023 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., FREE, donations accepted, Sierra Club, 503 W. Franklin St., 208-384-1023.