I Headed down the Willamette from Swan Island Yesterday and when I got to the Columbia my jaw dropped and I'm sure my eyes were the size dinner plates! :shock:I am still a salmon/ steelhead rookie with less than a year under my belt and only all of you fine folks to learn from on this forum, and this was my first time in my boat fishing on the Columbia. I have never in my 39 3/4 years seen so many boats in one place at one time! I honestly think there was at least 500 from just below I-5 to just past what I believe is Davis Bar...? I was intimidated as hell, I've never done anything like that and almost turned back. Then I said to my buddy who's been fishing the same amount of time as I have that we have just as much right to be here as the guides and old timers so I went for it. I went to the back of the line, if you could call it that, pulled out a herring that I brined, cut then rigged all for the first time in my life and dropped it down after testing the roll (which I will proudly say was nice and tight!). Even with the bucket with the hole in it dragging out the back (learned on this forum) I was still about a half mile an hour faster than most of the other boats so it was exhausting weaving my way through especially with the huge wakes from the hundreds of boats racing back upstream but I made five passes down, had one big bite on my pole and over all a really awsome time.