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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Reel Time trivia winner hails from Ellensburg


Congratulations to Richard Torset of Ellensburg who is this week’s Reel Time Trivia winner.

The trivia question of the week was:

This river is a fly-fishing haven and probably one of the best in Washington for casting a fly with the chance of hooking a big wild rainbow or cutthroat trout.

It is located just west of I-90 on the other side of the Cascade mountain range, and is catch and release only with selective gear rules and no bait is allowed. Hatches include baetis, drake, caddis, stonefly and terrestrials.

The best fishing usually occurs at the buggiest times so mornings and evenings produce the best trout bite as they rise to the surface to feed. The best drift is along the farmland properties that line the upper section, the lower part is a canyon with great wading access spots, but beware it is filled with boulders.

The correct answer Torset gave was the Yakima River.

“I grew up in the Stanwood area and loved fishing at a very young age,” Torset said. “My father and I would spend opening day fishing Lake Sixteen, and also saltwater fishing off Maple Grove on Camano Island.”

Torset said they would take family fishing trips to Spectacle Lake just about every year in his late teenage years

“I graduated from Central Washington, and worked for Washington State Parks for five years, moving to four different parks during that time and fishing many areas of the state,” Torset said. “Our family has acreage on Sidley Lake (where the windmill is on the south side of the lake) so my kids also grew up fishing a lot.”

Torset’s son Casey started young also and has become an avid fisherman, and fishes the Columbia for springers, the ocean in the summer, and loves the Clearwater for steelhead.

“In my retirement, I still want to try many new places and hope to get in on some triploids at Billy Clapp, the San Juans, and maybe a halibut also,” Torset said. “Some of my best memories are of fishing, and now (I’m) trying to get my grandchildren to learn the same enjoyment that I have been lucky enough to have.”

One thing that really amazes some people is that Torset and his wife recently moved from five acres of land on the Yakima River, and through all the 12-plus years they lived there, he never did fish it.

“Isn’t that crazy,” he said.

Torset wins a nice outdoor book.

This will be an ongoing weekly trivia contest where the winner who answers the question first will receive an outdoor prize that will range from books, Berkley bait, lures and other nifty items from the outdoors gunnysack.

The next trivia question will posted on Monday, Feb. 27. Winners are announced the following Friday.

Here are our rules for The Seattle Times contest.



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