"The North Fork’s origins are in the Bitterroot Mountains, its spawning gravel the valleys of the Clearwater Mountains, a geography unremarkable among Idaho’s Steelhead rivers. At least no terrible rapids nor nearly impassable falls can be identified as factors in the natural selection process that produces a population of summer steelhead that are larger than any others in the United States. But that is the overriding fact of this race, giants known to weigh over thirty pounds, the legendary steelhead of the Clearwater and all the rivers to which it flows: the Snake, the Columbia and the mouths of a dozen tributaries."
"At the time [early 1960’s], Idaho’s two powerful U.S. Senators, Henry Dworshak and Frank Church, had gained federal approval for the construction of an enormous dam across the mouth of the North Fork of the Clearwater at Orofino. This dam, six hundred feet high, would produce a reservoir so vast that the river itself would be eliminated, and with it, the spawning grounds of the North Fork Steelhead."