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'They kicked me out'

The fisherman shown here in the classic gesture of narrative exaggeration is Henry Clineschmidt of Redding, Calif., but the fishy tale he tells is true. In 1950, disturbed that Shasta Dam had all but doomed game fishing in California's Sacramento River, Hank Clineschmidt decided to do something about it. He organized a club, sold $21 lifetime memberships to 500 conservationists and began to restock the starved river. So great was the enthusiasm of anglers that he was soon moved to organize a second club with the same objective.

Over the last 10 years the two organizations, Kamloops, Inc. and Steelhead, Inc., have stocked California's lakes and streams with 8 million or more Kamloops, steelhead and kokanee salmon. "The kokanee live on plankton," says Clineschmidt, "and in turn provide good forage for the Kamloops. It's an ideal situation." In recognition Hank Clineschmidt was recently made a California fish and game commissioner—an honor which cost him dear. "When we started the clubs," he explains with a sly grin, "I stipulated that no state commissioner could ever be a member, so my friends kicked me out."