Stan Fagerstrom 06/30/15
I cut my fishing teeth catching bluegill, crappie and perch.There's nothing unusual about that
Andy Schneider 06/26/15
July 1st anglers finally get a 7-day a week Halibut fishery inside the 40-fathom line. While nearshore Halibut was open during ‘All-Depth' days, we haven't had the greatest ocean conditions coordinating with out seasons
David Johnson 06/18/15
This spring, like all the others, we have used a lot of bait to catch springers.We use a lot of shrimp and eggs followed by herring
Chris Grech 06/17/15
Serious anglers trust AFTCO when it comes to rod parts, gaffs and gloves. The same great company also makes an excellent line of fishing clothing as well
David Johnson 06/15/15
Some of my local friends recently had family visiting from Kansas and they asked if I could take them fishing. Of course I could!I asked if they were interested in salmon or something else with more action
Andy Schneider 06/12/15
Conversations stopped in the boat for a moment while the fancy yellow fiberglass "Go-Fast" boat, throwing a 30-foot high rooster tail, skipped along the water at 70-mph. The boat didn't bring the crew to speechlessness, but with the exhaust so loud it drowned out any attempt at verbal communication
Stan Fagerstrom 06/01/15
The well-liked and respected man who gave American anglers their first look at Gamakatsu Hooks was the late Walt Hummel of Washington State.Walt lived in Woodland, Washington
David Johnson 05/31/15
We are almost over with another fun and productive springer season. Lots of fish and lots of smiles and laughs
Chris Grech 05/30/15
The folks at PowerPro recently unveiled their newest creation. As we all know braided lines have revolutionized fishing over the past 10 to 15 years and PowerPro continues to be one of the worldwide industry leaders
Carmen Macdonald 05/29/15
A couple weeks ago I got one of those phone calls that as soon as you see the caller ID it gives you pause. Cheryl Posey doesn't phone this early in the morning
Let me warn you. There is nothing going on, here.
It's quiet here and I am actually pretty happy about that. The
field and trees are tinder dry. Pretty much the same as all over
There is nothing more frightening than to wander around on the
hot and dry river bank, and to look up to see fire trucks head
up the logging road, on the other side of the river. That has
happened, before, and I don't want to see it again, thanks! I
mean, we are stuck here! There is but ONE way out, from our Kilchis
river home. To the right is the park, which is the end of the
line, and to the left is town. So, if there is a fire to our left.
Um... I've had this thought through my head, many times. What
do we do? Cross the river in our truck? Is that possible? Or,
shall we just put a life jacket on, and float down the river to
town? What about our critters?!
Oh, quit, Jennie. It won't happen! Right? Right!
It's so boring, here, that I have to make up wild fantasies to
break the tedium.
I was going to have a friend over, today and she was going to
bring David along. She cancelled, after seeing the traffic reports
on the news. She was also concerned about watering her plants.
Bill went to town, yesterday and said the traffic was backed up
thru town, to a dead standstill.
I'm kind of worried about my garden, back in Oregon City, too.
David promises he is keeping a good eye on them. We'll see! (Yikes!)
I'm half tempted to travel back to OC, and go to my sister's celebration,
tonight. I haven't been for a while. The last time I went, they
had a helicopter land on the property and take people for heli
rides! My Dad was there, and loved it. It's just so weird and
quiet, without my Dad around. Even in his older years, he was
the life of the party. I love you, Dad!
Well, to show you how lively and exciting it is here, I'm going
to stretch a bit further, this Independence Day! I'm going to
do what I'm really not supposed to do.
By golly, I'm going to buy some fireworks and set them off. Sparklers,
that is. I mean, what is the Fourth of July without sparklers?
i will let Bill have one, too!
This is all dependent on one thing.
Will I still be awake when it gets dark?!
I will keep you in gripping suspense until I write again.
Last night, in the middle of the night, Bill whispered
to me, "Happy July!"
I loved that. He won!
Happy July, everyone!
I know why I don't write as much!
Remember a week or more ago, I said I had these "Aha!"
moments thru out my day when I wanted to remember to write about
Well, yeah! I still have those! But, I've forgotten them, by the
next morning! That's my problem! LOL
I have to tell you, I do remember yesterday, having several of those,
"Oh! I've got to write about that, tomorrow!" moments,
but yeah! I've forgotten what the heck they were by morning!
Just another sweet reminder moment, where I realize that age is
catching up with me! Gah! I don't like that!
I have to really think about it, and by then, the passion is subdued.
But, I have done my morning thinking, and this is what it was.
What the heck are these things!?
I can not for the life of me, figure out what I have growing in
the forest, out there, but I have declared war. I cannot stop myself
from trying to eradicate them.
I have done endless research on the net, trying to figure out what
they are. I don't think they are man root, "marah oraganus"
or whatever you call them... (Otherwise, known as wild cucumber).
I really don't think that's what they are, but they might be?
But, I did find out that my pulling them up, like you'd pull a weed,
isn't doing much good.
I guess that they have a long, tuberous like root underground, and
this is what continues to thrive, and sprouts again
next spring. I have to kill that!? Oh, my! In a
tangle of weeds, trees, vines, weeds, and all of that, I have to
find the place it comes out of the ground, dig down and kill that??
Well, good luck, me!! I don't think so!
These are long green vines, with curly cue tendrils that hang down.
They are awful, fast growing plants that wind up and around all
of the trees and choke out the daylight!
I can't go outside with Willie, without finding a patch and instead
of dedicating my attention to my demanding dog, I must... I cannot
stop pulling these darn things! I am trying to save the trees or
blackberries from being choked out. I know. Blackberries are not
a prize for most, but I love to pick berries! I'd rather have blackberries
than I would, whatever this invasive species is!
They have the ugliest of spiny fruits that hang down, and they look
like something out of a sci fi movie. What's worse, is that each
year, there are more, and more of these!
I have nightmares of them coming closer and closer to the house,
until we are all shaded in by this crazy vine! It reminds me of
shows I've seen about Kudzu.
I began, early in the Spring, untangling and pulling them out from
their reaches. But, now? The danged survivors are upwards of 30
feet tall, winding up and through the trees heights. I grab the
widest stem I can find, and pull it out of the tangle of leaves,
above. I can't quit, until I have found most of them in one spot.
Then, and only then, can I return my attention to Willie. By that
time, he's bored, and wants to go in.
It scares me, sometimes. I'm sure that one of these times, it's
going to be wrapped up and about a bee hive, or something I shouldn't
be messing with! Yikes. A couple times I have pulled, and have been
warning-whacked by a bee. I always wonder, "Is that the first
in a series?" I run! So far, I've been lucky!
But, one good thing... Every year, Bill and I study the coming of
the fruit tree blossoms, and wonder if we are going to be blessed
with real fruit. Pears, cherries, apples, etc. We can't figure out
if it's the weather, or the lack of honey or mason bees, or if it's
the tree that needs to be pruned. What?
But, we were just sure that nothing was going to fruit, this year.
I have a habit of studying each tree, when I get to the coast. One
by one, I stare up into the leaves, searching for any sign of a
pear, an apple... just one cherry? Well...
I found Asian pears! WHOO HOOO! We have asian pears, this year!
The last time was the year we had our very last ifishstock! It's
been about 10 years! I couldn't wait until Bill got home from town
so I could hold his hand, and take him out to see! He hadn't noticed
them! WHOOP! So exciting!
The blueberries are ripening. We always have good luck, there.
Wow. It's summer time! The blackberries are next! Blackberries,
and squash, and tomatoes! Oh, my!
I thought about all of that, as I walked passed a good bramble of
blackberry vines, and studied the oncoming fruit.
Just wow. It seems like not a week had passed, when I was excited
about our first Hood Strawberries. Now, we are already onto blackberries?!
Where did the interim days go?
Because, after blackberries is Halloween, and that means that after
that, winter comes, and...
I just have one thing to say about all of this. You'd better enjoy
each fruit that comes, and not take one berry or pear for granted!
That's what I have to say about that!
Just so you all know, I'm doing an order for Salty Dog Burgees, and you need to pre order, if you want one! You can pre order at the store. Just scroll down on this page, till you get to the Salty Dog Burgee pic, and go to the right to use Paypal. Remember that you can use Paypal with your own credit card. It's just a method that I use that is simple!
The flag is over to your right, or you can click here to see the thread.
You can also just find the Ifish/decals store link up top and click on that. :)
Please order asap, so we can get going on this! The faster, the better! Gotta have a flag, you know! Aye, maties!
Oregon city is pretty with its fragrant blooms crowding
the air, but the Kilchis house is just plain fairy tale land.
As I walk around the block in my Oregon City neighborhood, I really
enjoy those warm, evening breezes. I stop to smell each neighbor's
rose display, and chat with any or all of the my neighbors that
are likewise enjoying the evening. I do love that! I love having
But at home, there are things that make anyone envious! The crystal
Kilchis river waters cascade over moss coated rocks. They are deep
green and drippy just about year around. The entire picture gives
the area a cool and comfortable feel.
If you listen closely, the river is playing an orchestral concert,
featuring new composers each night. The music is dependent on the
water's level and force. The different melodies bounce off the trees
and hills that rise sharply from the river.
Tonight, I'll listen from under a stack of covers, windows full
open to let the cool air and music surround me.
In the mornings light, tiny blue butterflies dance in the suns rays,
fluttering just off of my fingertips. Pink salmon berry blossoms
burst out against thick grassy brambles. Underneath a carpet of
moss on a shaded trail, little purple flowers poke smiling faces
out and about and rock back-and-forth in the breeze.
Perfect magic, pure joy.
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I love my life, and it's a pleasure to fish it.
For the past 5 or 6 years I have instructed family/friends that my ashes are to be spread at B-10, when the time comes, hopefully in a time far-far from now (previously it was a trout stream in the Yakima Valley where I am from). I am often asked why B-10 and respond by saying "I just love it". When thinking about why to myself (it can't only be the catching fish part since I have pretty good success up river and have been skunk at B-10 before ) I make a mental list of the following:
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Report Game Violations!
Washington: 1 800 477-6224
Oregon: 1 800 452-7888
(503) 368- 5670
Shellfish Regulation Hotline
Long, long time member, Hogmaster
Long time member Dab (Donald A Bench)
Long time member Bob Dawson
Jim Erickson memories
Fischer Online memorial
Milton L. Fischer Fellowship
Jeff A. Weathers
White (Underwater videos)
Cooper aka Freetofish and
X-Man (Dale Hert)
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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!!)."