We start by sending volunteer "scouts" out every few days to look for the first fish to appear. These scouts are not counting fish, they're simply trying to determine when the main part of the run will arrive. That's when we'll need to muster our troops. That's when we need all of our volunteers. That's when we need you.
In past years, when we've had large runs, we would sometimes go out and count on 3 or 4 successive Fridays. If the run was small and short-lived, we would only survey on a single Friday. Volunteers are split into 2- or 3-person teams, and assigned different reaches of the creek. They're given everything they need to collect data, although they will need their own wading gear. (You WILL be getting wet!)
Volunteers need to be fairly fit: you may walk as much as 2~4 miles for the day, and you will also need to be somewhat flexible in your availability. The fish determine for themselves when they show up, and we need to be ready to meet them.
* - Kids under 18 will need an accompanying parent or guardian.