Graphic depicts the life cycle of steelhead and rainbows in Southern California

This chart graphically explains the lives of both rainbow and steelhead trout. (Courtesy Arroyo Seco Foundation)

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2011 in review

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Dateline: Oso, Wash. Hot tub in progress

TRUCKIN': A group of Oso, Wash., locals get innovative. Note the rerouted exhaust to "heat" the hot tub water! (Will Burns)

One of the joys of fishing new places is meeting the locals. While chasing the dream in Oso, Wash., earlier this week, my son and I were hailed by this hearty group at the town gas pump/lunch stop/tavern.

“Ever seen a hot tub in the back of a pickup?” one 20-something shouted from his seat in the water.

The answer to that was a definite “no.”

These boys had rerouted the exhaust pipe with PVC to pour the hot fumes into the truck bed. It didn’t do much to heat the chilly water, but it did make for a crazy time (and a lot of carbon monoxide!).

See you on the river, Jim Burns