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July 2016

We all like to hear our buddies fishing stories but without pictures no words can do justice in relating the experiences. After hearing about the “20 pound steelhead” or “50 pound Chinook” our first reply is “Let’s see the pictures” and of course when our fishing partner starts back peddling about not having a camera or the batteries were dead we dismiss the exaggeration as nothing more than a tal...[more]

Fishing a new body of water of which you’re not used to can be intimidating at best. There may be particular lakes and rivers that you have “dialed in” where you know what to use to catch more fish; but fishing a new lake or river has its own challenges in and of itself. In previous articles and seminars that I teach, I emphasize to my fellow anglers to use the tools available to find out as m...[more]

June 2016

Now that fly-fishing has become fairly mainstream it is enjoying a rather large influx of beginners each season. These newcomers are getting younger and the percentage of ladies increases every year. It is believed by some in the fly fishing world that ladies compile the largest group of newcomers to the sport. I guess it’s not just your father’s sport anymore. I started fly fishing in the earl...[more]

The scream of the reel as the broad shouldered king salmon took another run was music to my ears. The single action reel handles spun dangerously around as I got my hand out of the way just in time. They don’t call them knuckle busters for nothing and I had learned that painful lesson earlier in the day. That said, it was a lesson gladly accepted because it meant the fishing action was hot – and i...[more]

As the blanket of darkness starts to lift on the mighty Columbia River I can make out the faint shapes of boats trolling just outside the mouth of the Okanogan River. I grin and look at my group of four guys “Ready for an action packed day of catching Sockeye?” I get the usual answer thumbs up and “hell yeah’s!” I ease the boat into position and drop the first bait down to 19ft, as I start to gr...[more]

If you walk into a tackle shop you will be bombarded with what looks like a billion different lures in many different colors. How do you know which ones will catch fish, not just fishermen? This article covers the best 10 lures I've used when fishing for trout. These lures can be used from boat or shore, and will catch fish year round. Of course even the best lures aren't going to product ...[more]

“Conconully, that tiny town nestled in a mountain valley on the sunny side of Washington's North Cascades, bounded by two lakes, and embraced by state and national forests -- is waiting for you. It is a unique community in the heart of Okanogan County and the welcome mat is always out!” Thus starts the Conconully Chamber of Commerce web site. JoAnn and I had been looking forward for months to o...[more]

June marks the kick off of the summer steelhead season. Most rivers will still be running cold and a little high from snow runoff but by the end of the month they should be in shape. Other rivers, like the Cowlitz will be prime, as well as some of the coastal rivers that drain the short distance to the Pacific Ocean as the Olympic Mountains rid their snow early. One of the many draws of the summer...[more]

May 2016

Kayak river fishing is a world of its own, requiring a large, specialized skill set to cope with the constant changes of moving water. Besides contending with the meandering of the river’s twists and turns, you will need 360 degree awareness, as well as a good sense of speed and timing, because the current can pick up and drop off at a moment’s notice. The reward for developing those skills is a...[more]

With all of the uncertainties of early spring (unpredictable weather, spawning, baitfish runs, etc.) behind us, we can now concentrate on putting some firm and relatively reliable late spring and early summer patterns together as walleyes will become much more responsive and begin to feed in earnest. This being said, it is no longer necessary to employ the dainty little tactics that are so comm...[more]

Crankbaits for Spring and Summer Walleye As the old saying goes, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. The same is true for catching walleye. In Washington State when someone talks about techniques and tactics for walleye fishing, bottom bouncers and spinner rigs normally dominate the conversations. Without a doubt, the bottom bouncer/spinner rig accounts for the vast majority of walleye...[more]

Soft plastic lures are the quintessential bass bait. They may not be the most popular lures among tournament pros, and they aren’t as trendy as swimbaits (which are arguably a type of soft plastic bait) or umbrella rigs are; but anglers will continue to cast plastic worms into lakes and rivers for as long as bass live in them – and they will continue to catch fish while doing so. There are a...[more]