Johnny Jackson - Fishing at Celilo
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"Where my uncles fished it took two men to pull, one man hanging on to the big pole and one to hold the rope. So when the fish hit the water was so strong when would be pulling the pole and the other pulling the rope up to get that fish out before he got out. That’s when the fish were strong, not like today. You see that on that island you can see the falls were 20, 30 foot deep. The water was that thick--you could see a steelhead, a chinook jump. If he get inside that water he went over. We used to look at him--it was wartime, we used to look at him and go there goes another torpedo. Because it, seeing them move, it was torpedo. Seeing those fish go over we used to call them torpedo, as kids. We used to watch them. That’s how strong the fish was in those days. The Falls made them strong. The struggle and struggle and all the fighting going back up to Columbia."