Andy Schneider 11/06/15
As anglers of the Northwest, we all day dream of doing things a little different, something to give us an advantage while out fishing. For some, it's better fishing equipment
David Johnson 10/13/15
I am so spoiled and blessed. We have caught so many fish this fall and had so many fun days
Chris Grech 09/30/15
Looking to pick up n early holiday gift for someone you know or maybe for yourself? The Weego Jump Starter Battery+ bundled with a free Weego smartphone charger is coming and it makes a great gift for anyone.Weego is pocket sized and capable of starting 12V batteries in cars, boats, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs and more, as well as charging phones, tablets, speakers and laptops
David Johnson 09/23/15
Astoria-My TakeMy take on Astoria. There are so many good things and some bad
Andy Schneider 08/30/15
This year I was lucky enough to be able to take two full weeks off to pursue some Buoy 10 salmon. While this sounded like something amazing to do back in January, when I was making reservations, halfway through my trip I was beginning to question my sanity! Arriving in Warrenton mid-August I found myself right in the middle of prime King season at Buoy 10 and like most anglers found plenty of willing Chinook everyday, while Coho seemed to be a little more elusive
Chris Grech 08/05/15
We're in the middle of summer and it's time to talk about grilling. I enjoy grilling year round but it's the most fun in summer since that's when the most people show up! I've always been a big fan of Weber gas grills for their legendary durability, consistent cooking temperatures and availability of replacement parts when needed
David Johnson 08/05/15
Fresh Vs. Frozen- The Great Buoy 10 Debate For years Buoy 10 anglers have debated, "What is better, fresh or frozen herring?"There are many, many anglers who swear by fresh herring
Carmen Macdonald 08/04/15
I have to admit, it's an exciting time. Years ago I was part of the group of testers that had the first samples of the Hydro Vibe blade that would become the Luhr-Jensen Hydro Vibe spinner
Andy Schneider 08/01/15
What's it going to be like to have 1,677,200 fish moving through the Columbia Estuary this year? Amazing, awesome, phenomenal, superb, incredible, stunning, marvelous are words that are going to be describing 2015's Buoy 10 season. But there is another word that we will hear many times this season, "fast!" Not only will this season be here and gone before we know it, but there will be many ‘fast' days on the water
Stan Fagerstrom 07/30/15
Catching bluegills with a fly rod can be a real kick in the butt.Using the long rod and flies might not work as well in as many different situations as the miniature jigs and curly tailed plastic worms I talked about in the last column
I come from a family of shoppers. Not so much
my Dad, of course, although towards the end, he did learn the
satisfaction of having the best of the best, also. My Mom and
sisters, though, seemed to have the shopping bug at birth.
They are girly-girls. Where did I come from?
My Mom prided herself on getting the sale of all sales at Nordstrom.
She was also mighty good at getting the best parking spot, even
in the midst of Holiday shoppers!
She'd meet me at school, and excitedly describe the cutest dress
she saw at Nordstrom as she drove me to the doctors or to my
On and on, from the pleats to the frilly hem, she described
the item, getting me all excited about the prospect of seeing
it, soon! But then, she'd kill all my dreams with these words,
"I almost got it for you!"
Of course, that wasn't always the case, or I wouldn't have been
excited about it. There were times when she'd scour the sales
racks and bring me home the cutest clothes! I'd go nuts!
I carried on the tradition whenever I could afford it, as a
young twenties. I'll never forget my first credit card. I really
didn't deserve it, and knew I couldn't afford it: Nordstrom
gave me a credit card at the irresponsible age of 21!
There was a lady at a desk at Nordstroms, trying to give away
credit. Somehow, I was sucked in. I told the very lovely lady
that I didn't think I'd qualify, and she said, sweetly, "Well,
let's just try!" Five HUNDRED dollars worth of credit back
then, was worlds apart from what I could afford to pay back!
I still have the classic "Classique" black blazer
that I bought, that day. It was a smart purchase. It was! I
mean, I wore that blazer to so many business opportunities,
and it is still a smart choice, today. I still wear it!
But, with that purchase, I learned one of the biggest lessons.
ever. Credit is not free. I think I made a
zillion 11 dollar payments on that 500 dollars worth of credit,
and I think Nordstrom made a lot more than the 300 dollars the
blazer price tag had displayed.
I still keep my Nordstrom credit card, and I think I have 10
thousand dollars worth of unused credit on it! Credit cards
But, as a member of my family, I think it is law that we all
have a Nordstrom credit card. I just don't understand why they
don't carry tackle. Meir and Frank used to!
In my wallet lies a thousand Nordstrom dreams, forever tempting
me! I win, though, because they don't carry waders.
During my twenties, I was a yellow rod fishing girl. I fished
with only my Dad's older rods, and my Grandpas Mitchel 300.
But as I stood next to other fishers on the banks of Oregon's
rivers, I would notice a particular reel that caught my eye,
or an especially warm fishing outfit that the guy next to me
had, while I was standing there, freezing in my sweats and old
rubber hip boots.
Keeping in line with the effort to always be different than
the family that raised me, I learned about "fishing fashion!"
I learned about Shimano reels, and breathable waders! I subscribed
to Salmon, Trout, Steelheader and admired the gear. I dropped
dead in my bed after a long day on the river, dreaming about
Cabelas credit cards!
Oh! Fingerless wool gloves and electric socks, oh my, oh my!
Give me those powder blue neoprenes and Lamiglas rods!
I went stir crazy! I started a fishing web site, and companies
sent me flyers about their latest and greatest products and
I fell victim!
I bought, and I bought, and I bought! My closet is full to the
brim with fishing clothes and the shelves in the garage contain
reels and rods and pliers and lures, and scents and everything
my little fishing heart ever desired!
Of course, my man didn't get upset. He was addicted, too! He
fully approved of anything fishing! Bet my sisters husbands
aren't like that!
Yesterday it was frigid, here at the coast. The frost never
melted from the meadow, and there was a hint of moisture in
the air that froze my fingers just a bit more, than the day
My sisters all have the cutest gloves, mittens and scarves that
they sport when they go downtown shopping, or to church on Sunday.
I have a shelf at the coast that keeps my gloves and mittens
and cold weather accessories. My sisters really have nothing
on the cost of all these things. They cost a pretty penny, and
they are made of the finest merino wools, just like theirs!
However... mine all have the fingers cut off!
What the??? How can I stay warm, anywhere other than the river,
when my fingers are hanging out?!?
I have found that during the Holidays, or occasions when I have
to dress up, the only things I have to wear that are lovely
enough, are classics, handed down from my sisters, my Mom, or
things I have found at Good Will!... and the one classic blazer,
from long ago!
However... see me on the river, and I am a fishing fashionista!
This year, to heck with it all.
I have decided it is going to be a Cabelas Christmas with no
competition. To heck with fashion like my family knows it. I
am what I am.
It has taken me 55 years to own it. (in more ways than one!)
I'm wearing my powder blue waders, dangit! Perhaps with my black
'Classique' blazer. (Do you know how much that cost!?!?) --
and if it's cold, I'm wearing my Patagonia fingerless gloves.
That way, my manicure will show!
(Either that, or egg goo?) Tee hee!
Last evening, David and I were lounging around,
and I asked him what he was thankful for, this year. He listed
off so much! We are truly blessed.
Last year I came upon a little baggy of lists. It was from way
back when the kids were little. On the days preceding Thanksgiving,
I would have everyone at the dinner table write down what they
were thankful for. I cried, as I read them. Especially little
Happy Thanksgiving to you all! sniff, sniff...
This will be my first Thanksgiving alone.
David is going to the traditional family dinner in Lake Oswego.
I asked our roommate what he was doing and he is going to Salem.
I was in process of thawing out a turkey breast. Perhaps I don't
need it? Perhaps a Marie Calendar's Turkey pot pie would be
better for one?
I am having coughing fits, day and night. This is the longest
sickness I have ever endured. Kind of like an energizer bunny,
it keeps on and on....
I'm hoping that this is the last stage of this illness!
I have the type of coughing where you cough so hard I might
crack a rib! It makes you sneeze and my eyes tear up and my
nose runs! Trying to get a Kleenex to any facial part is near
It's pretty much like "whack the mole" but much, much
more difficult. Yesterday, I was having one of the coughing
spells where you think your lungs will explode. It's kind of
scary, because I can't breathe! I was desperate to get some
soothing cough syrup down me to stop the spasmodic fit. Good
luck! The sugary elderberry syrup went all over the floor, in
my hair, and on my shirt. I was able to get a drop or two to
The thing is, I feel mostly OK? I'm eating. I'm not weak, like
Bill says he is, but... I just don't want to be in public when
I start this coughing! It's embarrassing and unattractive!
Bill is staying home at the coast. This is horrible for me,
because he doesn't sound at all well, when I talk to him on
the phone. I spend my days miserable, worried about him. He
isn't eating! Bill! You have to eat, honey! You have to drink!
Bill spent so much time smoking the traditional salmon for before
the big Thanksgiving dinner, and now he can't make it, either.
I wish I could drive to the coast to be with him, but with the
icy roads and the heavy traffic, we have decided it would be
best to put it off until the next couple days when things quiet
So... sniff, sniff.... I'm sad. I miss Bill!
OK. Buck up. It's just another day, right? RIGHT? Why would
I put it upon myself to make myself sad? It IS just another
day! I can be thankful, anytime and I am! It's just the break
of tradition, I guess, that bugs me. That, and missing all of
my loved ones. My family. I have David, most of the day, though.
Things to be thankful for... check!
This is Thanksgiving, and the big picture in my mind is a huge
family get together, with tons of laughter and love. I'm just
going to miss that. :(
Oh! Just remembered. Tomorrow is the Civil War, so Bill probably
isn't desperate to have me around tomorrow. I guess I'll try
to get in on some local sales for Christmas. Then, I'll travel
to the coast on Saturday.
With all that is evacuating my head space, there are Kleenex
everywhere! On the floor, in the couch, in between the covers
on my bed. Trash baskets overflowing! I should have purchased
green and red tissues, and call it Christmas decorations! Yeah!
Bill? I miss you! I'll call you in a minute,
and we can commiserate our "alone-ness" together!
I totally understand, now, the sadness people go through during
the Holidays. It's just no fun to be alone, is it?
I think I'll turn on the Hallmark Channel and watch other peoples
Holiday stories. Hallmark movies are always feel-good movies.
Regardless, and in spite of, I want to wish all of you a Happy
I can smile through this. I can! I will!
Fishing Life, Complete!
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I love my life, and it's a pleasure to fish it.
A few people have pinged me lately asking for tips for fishing casting spinners. I'm no pro, but I catch a few and use casting spinners pretty much exclusively for salmon & steelhead year round. Here are a few tips that work for me. I'm hoping you other gear chuckers will add a few thoughts of your own.
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reminder from Jennie!
Do not burn yourself out! Be as I am - a reluctant
enthusiast...a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves
and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight
for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can.
While it's still there. So get out there, and hunt and fish, and
mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the
forests, encounter the Grizz, climb the mountains, bag the peaks,
run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet air, sit quietly
for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely
mysterious and awesome space.
Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain active and alive, and I promise
you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies,
over those desk-bound people with their hearts in a safe deposit
box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you
this: you will outlive the (bad word edited for this family site!!)."