Colville Tribe teaching traditional fishing method

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BRIDGEPORT, Wash. (AP) -- Colville Tribal elder LeRoy Williams has fished all his life using the traditional methods of fishing with hoop nets and dip nets.

The Wenatchee World says (http://bit.ly/qflAv5 ) the 65-year-old makes his own dip nets and hoop nets at his home in Nespelem.

Now, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation has hired him to test his handmade traditional nets and to teach others how to use them.

The tribe hopes newly-taught members can help catch some of the tens of thousands of salmon expected to return to the upper Columbia River once the Chief Joseph Hatchery is up and running.

The tribe is also testing methods so that individual tribal members can catch fish without leaving the reservation.

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Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com