As usual, once Labor Day roles past summer is over and the lower Columbia crowds evaporate.To their loss! I would say they all missed out
Carmen Macdonald 09/10/14
It seems that at this point, every couple of months I see another article published by notable researchers like Michael Blouin, Mark Christie and Michael Ford. To cut right to the chase, these studies conclude that the Relative Reproductive Success of hatchery fish is lower than that of wild fish
Stan Fagerstrom 09/04/14
My companion didn't quite manage to turn a cloudy sky blue, but the cussing he was doing must have come pretty close.Ever find yourself fishing in some far off part of the world and the rod and reel you're having to work with just won't get the job done? That's where my friend found himself on the morning he was doing such a thorough job of practicing his profanity
Chris Grech 09/03/14
Hogy Heavy Minnow Jigs will catch just about anything that swims, especially in deeper water. They can be cast and retrieved or simply jigged vertically
Andy Schneider 09/01/14
Starting Tuesday, September 2nd, Buoy 10 officially transitions from Chinook fishing to Coho fishing. Coho fishing has been gaining momentum in the Columbia Estuary over the last couple weeks, until this weekend where it when from good to phenomenal! With a Chinook prediction of 1
David Johnson 08/07/14
Late June and the month of July in Oregon has an unbelievable amount of outdoor opportunity, especially in the fishing world.Columbia summer chinook, halibut, tuna, rockfish, ocean salmon, summer steelhead on the big river and in tributaries, trout, warm water fish, crabbing, great clam tides, sturgeon…
John Childs 08/04/14
Sunrise in Astoria's West Mooring BasinTides are one of the most important factors for fishing Buoy 10, and creating a game plan on when you should be in certain places is of vital importance. Have you ever noticed the guides shooting up and down the river? Well there's a reason for that, and it usually involves knowing a certain part of the river should fish on different stages of the tide
Andy Schneider 07/30/14
Swimbaits for AlbacoreThere is nothing better than catching any fish with the lightest tackle possible and still being able to land the fish. This applies to Albacore fishing too; nothing beats almost getting beat by a hard fighting Tuna! If you have ventured over the 125-line before, you most likely know that using Swimbaits is must in August and through September
Chris Grech 07/28/14
The PENN Battle II has been awarded the Best Saltwater Reel Award at the 2014 ICAST show in Orlando, Fla. The popularity of the PENN Battle spinning reel family continues to grow as anglers recognize the durability and fishability found in this finely crafted reel
Stan Fagerstrom 07/28/14
Everything else is packed. You've got everything ready from rain gear to long underwear, but one question remains
(Licensed Oregon Fisherwoman)
I spent a bit of time this morning updating the
Data/Marine page on ifish. Do you
even know (you probably do!) that some of the links were from
2004?! That's hilarious to me, but probably not so much to those
who use it! At the very least, though, I know that the main
links folks normally use were available, there.
I cleaned it up, though, and it looks mucha betta! Not only
that, but the links work! Yay!
It's beautiful here, today! Just beautiful!
Yesterday, Willie and I went to our favorite "private"
beach. I better not talk about how private it is, or those darn
ifishers will take it over. You know how they are about hot
The thing is, and the entire reason I began ifish is so that
others can enjoy nice places! Both to fish in, and to enjoy
their life in! Cracks me up, darnit, that people don't seem
to understand that life is short, and we'd better make certain
one another have a darn good time while we are here. Otherwise,
we are going to be living around a bunch of grouches!
Not only that, but the number one most important thing about
sharing your private hot spots with others, is that they in
turn will learn to love these places! If they catch fish somewhere
that you love, they are going to be the first ones to help you
when these places are at risk of closure, or in need of boat
ramp repairs, etc. Those very people you cringed at, when you
saw them, will be the first in line at meetings to help you
keep these fishing areas open for fishing! Ever think of that?!
I'll tell you, many years ago, Bill Monroe shed that clarity
with me, and it washed over me like a girl who had just had
cataract surgery! I could see! I understood it most clearly!
Yes, Mr. Monroe! You are right!
Do me a favor. Think about it! Don't be a galoot! You don't
really have to have eye surgery to see that this is true!
Click on the lower right corner to enlarge!
So, if you want a day to relax, enjoy, and spend
time with your dog or kids, go to Garibaldi, cross the tracks,
and where the bathrooms, showers, and fish cleaning station
is, there is a road that goes all the way down to the bay. Take
that, and park at the end.
Walk towards the bay beach and enjoy!
It's really, really lovely there! I like to take a book and
hide amongst the driftwood while Willie plays!
Make sure if you aren't the only one there, that your dog is
leashed and under control!
Ever wonder what it would be like to be out on the ocean during a Tsunami? A thread was posted on Salty Dogs about that, just yesterday.
Cascadia Quake While at Sea!
I have added the link to the entire page about it, on the marine/info links page, always at the top of every ifish page.
Anyhowwwww, I'm off to the coast! FINALLY! I'm so excited!
"Willie! Let's go to the river!"
September 14, 2014
Sent to me:
Don's celebration of life will be at Good Shepherd Church in Boring Oregon on Saturday, September 20th at 10 AM.
All ifishers are welcome to come and celebrate!. Don loved ifish and everyone involved in it I hope see you there!
Ryan, Joyce, Daniel, Linda and the rest of the Pultz family
Sadly, I have added Don to the casting
memories area of ifish. I cannot believe this. I simply
cannot believe this...
I cannot understand how people get by in life, without our Heavenly
Father. What point is there, without Jesus?
I actually have much respect for those that don't believe. I
can't imagine being strong enough to endure the things we do,
Oh! I want a bumper sticker that says something like this:
"Ha Ha, Satan! I know how the story ends!"
September 13, 2014
Ugh. There is this time of day when I can't sit at my computer to write, because the sun shines hard in my eyes, off to the left. Never thought I'd be tired of the sunshine. Never, ever! Remember last winter, when we are all bluesing over the rain and clouds, wishing for sunshine? If only we had sunshine, life would be better! Remember?
I'm so excited about the new Cabelas! I'm going to go visit it, soon! What will life be like with a new store like that to go to?
Frankly, I'll always be a Fisherman's gal, but there are just some things that Fisherman's doesn't carry that I'll be able to drool over at Cabelas. Oh, boy. New things that I don't need to drool over, I'll be drooling and dreaming of!
I was watching this video of this gal who comes to 'de clutter' people's homes, and one thing she said really hit me. Well, two things.
She goes through and finds your files, and starts throwing out electric bills and such. "Get rid of these! They are online!" Hm. They are! I have kept every power bill since I've been getting them! So, I'm going to go through my old utility bills and I'm going to throw them out! Yikes, but that seems scary to me, but I'm going to do it!
But, that was the second thing that hit me. The number one thing that hit me was regarding catalogues. I love me a good catalogue! And when Cabelas came out with the hardback "bathroom" edition, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven.
But, about catalogues she said, "Get rid of them! All they have are things that you don't need to think about, and certainly don't need to buy!" Wha? I mean.. uh... Wha? We aren't supposed to dream?
You know. She's right.
Dreaming only puts us into that phase of thinking "if only I had this, I'd be happy." It's not quite that basic, but when you think about it, it kind of is! I find things I didn't even think of that I turn into needs. If only I had that one jacket right there, I'd be warmer in the boat. It would be lighter, and less wet, soggy material for my body to carry around. I'd hurt less! Right? Must buy it! I'm going to look forward through each "bad" day until I have it! Then, my days will all be good! You know, as soon as I have that jacket I didn't know I needed!
Bill and I are both die hard jacket lovers. Coat lovers. Sweatshirt lovers. Anything warm lovers! You should see our coat racks! What's worse than loving them is having too many to justify buying a new one!
But, back to the dreaming- I'm really seriously trying to get that kind of thinking out of my head. Why can't I just realize that every day is a good day, and I don't need anything but myself to be happy! Darnit! Why can't I get that through my head?
"Today is the day that the Lord hath made! Let us be glad in rejoice in it!" You know?!
And the sun is shining, just as I'd wished it would be! So, I have all that I need and all that I'd wished for, last winter!
As the morning sunshine streams in and hits me hard, my brow begins to sweat.
Maybe I don't need a jacket after all. Maybe a new tee shirt, and perhaps a black out curtain for that window. I wonder if Cabelas carries black out curtains. Because, if I had a blackout curtain, I'd be happy for the rest of my days.
Haha! I just said that to make a point! (Kind of...)
My wife Brooke, friend Mike and I all rode together on Wednesday and my dad Terry was meeting us up there on Friday.
My wife Brooke was the lucky tag holder and we had been doing a lot of shooting practice, a little exercising, and had made two other scouting trips. Shortly after finding out that she had drawn this tag we found out that we are expecting another baby. She had been throwing up a lot/was pretty drained of energy leading to the hunt but luckily the week of the hunt was week 14 in her pregnancy and she was mostly over the real morning sickness by the start of the hunt.
We arrived after dark on Wednesday and set up camp. The plan was to get up early and drive the road on the east side of the river glassing the west side for rams. Brooke recently got a new job and wasn’t able to take the week of the hunt off she could only take the couple days prior and the weekends, it sucked but we were going to make the best of it. We were up at daylight on Thursday and we could start glassing from camp. We had rams spotted within 20 min of the alarm going off.
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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!!)."