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Beginning with small bands of nomadic hunter-gatherers , Native Americans have inhabited the Colorado River basin for at least 8,000 years. Between 2,000 and 1,000 years ago, the river and its tributaries fostered large agricultural civilizations – some of the most sophisticated indigenous cultures in North America – which eventually faded due to a combination of severe drought and poor land use practices. Most native peoples that inhabit the basin today are descended from other groups that settled in the region beginning about 1,000 years ago. Europeans first entered the Colorado Basin in the 16th century, when explorers from Spain began mapping and claiming the area, which later became part of Mexico upon its independence in 1821. Early contact between Europeans and Native Americans was generally limited to the fur trade in the headwaters and sporadic trade interactions along the lower river.

I boated my fish and dropped it into the basket at the side of the boat. It was just shy of 9 inches long and was not even the biggest catch of the day. Dad reached over and added his catch to the basket too. We both just smiled at each other—this was fun. Then, I made another cast and instantly hooked yet another chunky bluegill.

Dirty Red - Cold Bassin It Up