You should have seen their faces — nearly 100 veterans and professional river guides from throughout the Pacific Northwest took to the Columbia River on Saturday, Sept. 11, for a day at “ Fish’n the Brave.”

The smiles on their faces said it all, as each boat, proudly flying the U.S. flag, returned to Umatilla Marina in the early afternoon.

Those smiles were proof that it doesn’t get much better for a vet than spending the day with fellow veterans and with guides, who are honored to donate their time, boats, equipment, fuel and door prizes for this annual free event for veterans.

Tony Fisher, of Fisher’s Catch Outfitters, Tri-Cities, initiated the adventure six years ago. Today, more sponsors are coming alongside, including the city of Umatilla, its chamber of commerce, the American Legion & Auxiliary and a multitude of businesses and groups throughout the Columbia Basin and the Pacific Northwest.

The next Fish’n The Brave won’t be until Nov. 11, 2022. Our veterans organization salutes this program and proudly supports its mission. If you know any veterans who would love a day of fishing on the Columbia next year, I urge you to get their names on the roster at 509-727-7137.

Every freedom we enjoy in this country was purchased by the sacrifices of veterans. Please, always honor the fallen and support the living.

Cathy Stolz


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