Rich Brooks, retired former UO (and Kentucky) football coach, is still running up the score
Rich Brooks the storied former football coach for the University of Oregon Ducks (1977-94), is new to a lot of things -- Twitter, fancy cell phones, retirement, etc.
But he's not so new to fishing for winter steelhead.
Brooks, also an Oregon State University graduate and a Beaver football defensive back, has retired from his last job at the University of Kentucky to a home near the McKenzie River and Springfield. (He reportedly had a bass pond in his old Kentucky homestead.)
In a recent Tweet quickly noticed by many of his former acquaintances and friends, he captured a magic moment on the Umpqua River, near Elkton, with guide Bob Ballin and buddy Stan Potter, both of Eugene.
"We're all close friends," Brooks said in a followup email after his photo and account of the trip appeared on the net.
The trio hooked 28 steelhead, landing and releasing 20 of them, all wild fish.
"We were side-bouncing puffs of egg-colored yarn," he said. "It was a fantastic day; With the river as low (as it is) and cold water, the fish are not moving upriver as fast and there are some great fishing conditions.
"It was a day that it seemed easy to catch steelhead and we all know that is not true."
"Have a good holiday season."
"You too, coach. ... And welcome home."
source: Bill Monroe, Special to The Oregonian
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