The Coast Mountains of British Columbia force moisture-laden air coming across the Pacific Ocean to rise, resulting in heavy rainfalls along the western slopes. Rising rivers trigger the spawning urges in Pacific salmon, which migrate out of salt water and estuaries, up increasingly small rivers, to their natal spawning grounds. Anglers who cast for these fish—such as 11-year-old Charlie Moen, shown here on the Kimsquit River—must be prepared to brave the elements.
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