Janis and Lexi get reacquainted with the waters off of the south end of Quadra Island. Good times .
Betty phoned to arrange things, as she does every year. She has a summer home on Quadra and has been coming up, from California or Hawaii, with her family since, .. let's not count. So while we were fishing, Janis was recalling fishing around here when she was a little girl, and Alexis had even made some of those trips too, they have been friends for so long.
Both of those fish were very good size immature chinooks, with tiny eggs inside. We often call those kinds of chinooks " winter springs ". Springs because Canadians often call chinooks Springs, named for the early run types into the big rivers like the Fraser and Columbia. There are so many run-timing types of chinooks it gets complicated. These are called winters because they winter over, and are the only salmon species fished for in winter. So these, caught just a day after the equinox, are Autumn Winter Springs. That sounds crazy, but a local angler would know exactly what you mean.
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