Sunday, January 18, 2015

Monday, November 24, 2014

Aweful Handling of Fish

This is disgusting and even more so that it was posted on You Tube!!! Sorry, could not post the embeded video.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Trout Unlimited Be Steelheaded

It's hard to imagine an organization that fills in all the gaps in the ideal world for protecting our native steelhead and salmon in the Pacific Northwest and allowed for harvest and retention or hatchery fish in some settings. Over the years I have belonged to many of them and for some reason or the other always felt at odds with one or more things within in each organization. Recently Trout Unlimited is taking a stance on this subject and is ambitious in wanted to save both native fish as well as allow harvest of hatchery fish in specific areas.

This process will be an interesting one, dealing with a region that is not fly oriented and wanting to draw from non fly anglers in order to keep a well maintained balance and perspective on our local fisheries. Trout Unlimited has always been looked down upon in this arena in regards to gear anglers who have been given a bad rap, so this will be interesting to say the least.  I am skeptical myself in many ways much like in the past, but applaud the effort and willingness to bring forth a moderate view to our fisheries close to heart. I am also excited to hear that John McMillian, NOAA Biologist and son of Bill McMillian is leading the campaign here in Washington.

Wednesday November 20th, TU will be launching this campaign with meetings in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California.  Please check them out and see what TU has to offer.

You can see each location here.

Regardless of my skepticism, I think everyone should get involved in organizations that help to protect our fish and the fisheries we hold dear. Organizations like TU, Native Fish Society, Wild Steelhead Coalition and Coastal Conservation Association all hold their place in helping to maintain and restore our fisheries.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

This Week on Oregon Field Guide

This weeks edition of Oregon Field Guide introduces Chad Brown and Soul River to mainstream media. Please check out their feature Thursday night at 8:30 PM.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Wild Reverence Portland

Shane Anderson's Wild Reverence is playing at the Hollywood Theater September 28th. Please join the Wild Steelhead Coalition and pay homage to the Steelhead Gods and the rivers they swim in. Oh and enjoy a cold beverage while your at it.

12th Man and a Seahawks Victory!

#Century Link Field, Section 230. Go 12th Man!          Photo: Michael Davidchik

This has nothing to do with Steelhead or fishing, but everything about the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle Seahawks proved yesterday that their Super Bowl win last year against the Denver Broncos was deserved. What a great game and damn that stadium gets loud!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Oregon Bass

It's September and prime steelhead time, but I can't help but reflect on the Summer and time spent with the family and friends on the water. This year I was able to spend many quality hours on the water chasing other species of fish that everyone can enjoy. Steelhead are a blast, but trying to get kids into fishing is not about chasing that grab, more about constant interaction with nature, and fun activities that will keep their attention. 

Jennifer with her first ever smallmouth bass. 

Though smallmouth bass are not native to the Pacific Northwest, they are a perfect species in areas like the John Day River that kids and newcomers can interact with. At times the numbers alone on the John Day helped to maintain the attention my kids to the point where after enough positive reinforcement, you could see the confidence in the kids building.

First Daddy, daughter double.

Learning how to cast both spinning gear and flies can be hard for the newcomer. Coordination and attention can be difficult, but with patience, both from parent and child, fun and success can be found. As we all know, beginners have difficulty casting fly rods and with kids, its more about encouraging them working on their technique. There are times and places to help, but when frustration is written all over everyone's faces, there is nothing wrong with taking a break or introducing them to a spinning rod. One thing that I have learned over the years is the best anglers are able to adapt and fishing all methods can lead to becoming a better angler. 

A priceless moment finding your child casting on her own. 

When it comes down to it, I want everyone I am fishing with, kids or adults alike to enjoy their time on the water. As much as many of us label ourselves are fly anglers, what we really want it to enjoy that time on the water and make sure everyone around us does the same. Making sure your kids are having fun and bonding with them helps to carry the torch and appreciation for our resources. Though my daughter may not be fish crazy like her old man, I want her to learn how important this resource is and one day help to protect it when I am gone. 

Surafce oriented fish lead to smiles. 

We all hold lasting memories of our childhood fishing with family and that is the most important thing that we want our family to bring home. Spending time together brings us all together and the adventures we share are bonus.
Goose eggs

There are lots of things that both you and the family can learn about nature by just taking a walk along the river.

Kade with a Surprise Catch!

Every know and then you might even be surprised what you catch when bass fishing.

Matt Klara with a Oregon smallmouth. A nice one!

One thing that returned to my memory this year was the love of throwing and stripping streamers. You just do not do that with steelhead fishing, and since we do not have trout like Montana, we have an alternative. Smallmouth are everywhere, in most ponds, lakes and rivers etc and with a little exploring can find them. A lot of the same places you find bass you will find carp and sunfish as well to play with. 

You can find large smallmouth in certain locations at certain times of the year. It's not a mystery, especially in the places where there are a lot of crayfish and anadromous smolts.

For those of you interested in a John Day smallmouth adventure, check out Little Creek Outfitters.