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
David Johnson 07/21/15
Don't get me wrong, I used to be a huge fan and supporter of the ODFW. I still am
David Johnson 07/20/15
Astoria 2015- Hook, Line and Sinker (and Divers)With the 2015 Astoria/Buoy 10 season just a few more weeks out it's time to start getting geared up.This is what I'm going to be using:All my rods are GLoomis
We had plans to fish today, from way back to last
Guess what happened this time?
Argh. Here I sit at my computer, wondering what it's like to
fish! What is it like, you guys? To sit on a boat, with the
waves, rocking you back and forth, watching the tip of your
rod work with the rotation of the blades. I can see it in my
But, this isn't a vision problem. This isn't about my wellness.
This is about Jennie the nurse.
Bill had been complaining about having to blow his nose excessively,
when I called from the city. Bill doesn't get colds. He doesn't
"do" sick. :)
He is the almighty care taker!
When I arrived, I noticed a bad cough, every time he turned
around. "Bill? Do you have a cold?" He didn't think
He does, and it's bad!
I made him chicken and dumplings, and have been trying to keep
But, he was going to fish, by golly! There was nothing going
to stop him from getting me on the water!
He told me about Molly Mae limping, the morning I got there.
Molly is our fishing cat, you know. Many of you have seen this
Molly in the drift boat
Or this one...
Molly casting for steelhead
Nothing could stop us from fishing... except for
animals. They come first. Molly has been suffering all weekend,
waiting for her leg to either get better by today, Monday, or
to go to the vet. She is going to the vet.
I mean, after all, fishing season will start with the rain,
and how the heck will she be able to fish, if she can't jump
on my shoulder?
She is getting older, but by golly, she can still get on my
shoulder! That is, when she's well! That silly, silly fishing
Poor thing has been hiding under the bed, or behind doors, so
that the dogs won't bump her. My heart is heavy for her. I hope
it's not broken. I have no clue what has happened, nor does
Bill. But, she needs to go to the vet, and by golly, we are
Bill is pretty ill, also, and really shouldn't be out on the
river, but it is Molly who made the decision for us.
Pets rule. People drool.
I love that cat so much!
Molly the fishing cat
She even has her own fishing bell!
Good morning, October!
I got to Oregon City, thinking I would have to clean gutters
and blow leaves around, but nope! The colors are still hanging
on the trees! In fact, many of the colors are still green! I
even have tomatoes on the vine, and new tomato flowers! Not
that they'll produce, but still! There is the feeling of summer,
lingering in the air. The tank top afternoons don't remind me
of Fall so much, either!
But, yesterday morning, I got out my kerosene heater and lit
it in the garage, while working. There was a definite Fall chill
in the air! Now, that reminded me of winter, for sure! I have
tons of crafts out here, and on very special winterish days,
I light my heater and spend all afternoon creating things!
At the Kilchis house, David's old bedroom is now our fly tying
and crafts room. I haven't spent much time their, yet. (In the
craft and tying room) but, I can definitely picture myself getting
lost in projects there, also. And there, I even have heat!
I'm off to go search for chanterelles with David, this morning.
I have a new entire forest to search. I can't wait!
It's difficult to write, today and to be cheery. Every exclamation
mark feels a bit forced. Yesterday was tragic for so many people.
God Bless and carry the people of Oregon and all of their friends
and families. The tragedy of these shootings are happening far
I woke this morning out of a deep sleep and had that, "Something
is wrong, today" feeling. Then it dawned on me how the
news was on all day, yesterday in my home. People wherever you
went, were speaking in whispers about "how awful",
It's not time to talk about gun control, in my opinion. At least,
not yet. Let's love the people affected and wrap our community
arms around them.
Fishing Life, Complete!
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I love my life, and it's a pleasure to fish it.
Willamette Valley Fishing Report
Trollers working the water downstream of the Portland airport continue to surprise themselves with good success using frozen herring, Brads Lures or spinners near the bottom. This technique is primarily used for spring chinook but every once in a while, Columbia River fall fish succumb to this method. If you think it's going to work as well next year, be prepared for disappointment but who knows.... Bonneville anglers continue to do well also, with sporadic fast action for those that are willing to hit the water on a consistent basis.
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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!!)."