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I have owned a several travel rods in the past but the quality was always lacking. Enter the Fenwick Methods Travel Rod
It's that time of year again, Spring Chinook Fever is setting upon Northwest Anglers faster than the resurgence of the measles. While both illnesses have similar symptoms; fever, red and soar eyes, exhaustion
I remember it like it happened yesterday.I had finally managed to get home again after World War 11 finally ended and I had the "Fishin' Itch" so bad it was about to drive me bonkers
Fishing with "The Girls"Several years ago I wrote an article for Salmon Trout Steelheader Magazine titled "Fish like a Girl". I started out the article saying, "If anyone ever says you fish like a girl take it as a compliment
Carmen Macdonald 02/13/15
Candidates for the Director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife were interviewed publicly today in a Commission meeting. In all honesty, it came across as more of a campaign than a hiring process, but more on that later
Spring Chinook fever has struck early this year; internet forums, sporting good counters and general fishing conversations are already ablaze in talk of ‘The First Springer' and the season to come. Maybe due to the mild winter weather, Spring Chinook Anglers are chomping at the bit to get out and start trolling Herring or anchor up with some Kwik's
Allan Ranson's third lure choice is probably going to surprise you as much as it did me.If you've read my past three columns you know they've been devoted to sharing certain thoughts of one of the country's top experts on bass fishing and the building of the baits that catch ‘em
Last weekend I was invited on a camp trip over on the Deschutes River. Amongst the group there were bird dogs and chucker hunters, trout flies and trout anglers and steelhead flies, gear and steelhead anglers
The marine world is way overdue for a light this over built and this reliable.DuraBrite Lights have been leading the electronics industry for over 40 years
Is 2015 going to be a "Do Over" of 2014? Yep, I think so. And in some instances Much better

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Jennie and Willie
Jennie Logsdon Martin L.O.F.
(Licensed Oregon Fisherwoman)

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March 3, 2015

Don't let this one get away!
With springer fishing opening up, everyone is getting excited about the 23rd Annual Spring Fishing Classic held on April 4, 2015. This is the first event of the year for NSIA, and on top of spending the day on the water, every contestant goes home with a prize!
This year the event will be at the Kliever Memorial Armory. Once again there will be a $500 prize for the biggest fish and team prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
Tournament fishing areas include the Columbia River and its tributaries. After fishing, participants will bring their catch back to the armory to be weighed and enjoy dinner, a silent auction, raffles, and a chance to win a Willie Boat!
The first 35 teams to register are entered into a drawing for a free team in 2016's derby, so hurry and get your team signed up! Entry fees for the event are $80 per person, a team of three is $240. You can enter at any Fisherman’s Marine & Outdoor store, by visiting www.nsiafishing.org or by calling 503-631-8859. Free Spring Fishing Classic t-shirts come with registration.
Contact NSIA for complete derby rules.
!!!CONTEST!!!
Upload a picture of a springer you have caught and the best picture will receive a Wright & McGill Eagle Claw Essentials IM-7 Graphite Salmon and Steelhead casting Rod! Winner will be announced Friday, April 3.

By the way, if you haven't had a look at the NSIA website lately, you might enjoy doing so. It has gone through a major overhaul, and it looks abs ahhhmazing! Not only that, but it's filled with information that is right up our alley.
There is this thing going around Facebook about a person who sits down to google something important, and four hours later is watching a youtube video on something totally unrelated. That's how I groove on the internet. I get stuck in a process of clicking on links out of curiosity until it's wayyyy past my bedtime.
Well, the new and updated NSIA website got me in that way, except I just kept clicking on NSIA links! I got lost and two hours later, I was still exploring NSIA and all of the info, there! It's amazing! It's interesting, and it's totally fishing-addictive!
Go click on it, and come away fish-educated! Way to go, NSIA!

March 1, 2015

Happy March! I did it first!
Poor Bill! I wake up early and I wake up happy. He was sitting at the kitchen table, draped over it like he were a table cloth-sloth, with his coffee cup sitting in front of him. Bill wasn't awake, yet.
I was dancing and prancing around, feeding the animals and busily sing-songing to all, as if Bill were a member of the living.
"Jennieeeee. I'm just not awake, yet." He warned, as he lay his head back down on the table.
"But, Bill!" I cheered. "Look at the all the animals in the zoo! They are jumping up and down for you!" I got him! He couldn't help but laugh.
I'm obnoxious in the morning. I know.
I grabbed the dogs their treats, quickly fed Molly Mae, (who swears she is a dog, too) and I was off to the computer room to hand out the dog's breakfast treats.
Both dogs know that they are to sit before recieving their treats, but Willie is a bit slow with the rules. He's one of those dog- in- your- face type dogs. Food first, rules later. (If at all)
Learning dog tricks is a cooperative thing, sometimes. I let my dogs pick their own tricks. Does your dog do anything funny? Name it, and turn it into a command! That's how I do it, and pretty soon, everyone thinks you are the most clever dog trainer ever!
When I was young, I had a dog named Ginger who did the most amazing things, all on her own. I named them all as commands, and pretty soon, she would do them on command. Like, "Open the door, Ginger!" Ginger had already mastered the trick, herself, and all there was to it, then, was to match the words with the action. Ginger would go over to the music door, where my Mom taught piano lessons, and open the door!
Oh-- and I had already trained Ginger to shake hands, so then I swapped my hand out for a book, pretended it was a Bible, and commanded her, "Ginger, do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?" Ginger would gingerly place her hand on the "Bible".
Ohhhh. I became famous for Ginger tricks! But, Ginger did them mostly on her own! (Sh! Don't tell anyone!)
So, now there is Willie.
Willie forgets to "sit" before being awarded his morning treats, so Revvie and I silently wait, until he figures it out,. It's so funny, once he finally understands! Revvie and I will be sitting patiently, and we are both staring at Willie, waiting for him to get with the program. He knows he's not getting his treats, and you can see his little brain wondering what the hold up is.
"Ohhhh! I'm not sitting!" and he immediately flops down onto the ground! Not in a 'sit" but, in a full on 'chest to the floor'- flop!
Once his mind figures it all out, he can't be any quicker to fall to the ground with a whack! Every time it cracks me up! This delights him as much as a treat.
I decided to command it. "Willie! Hit the deck!" and it's so perfect! He is now learning that "Hit the deck" means "get down on the ground for treats!" It makes me, the 'trainer' appear remarkably clever, and Willie, the same!
So, today is Jennie's "Trick your dog into training" class! Have a go at it!

February 28, 2015

Well, this isn't working out so well. You know, -this not writing about my life as much, and instead posting things that give back to the fisheries. :) I'm just no good at following rules. My head has words in it, and they must come out!
So, I'm going to write whatever comes to mind, today. You know, like normal.
I can't see, darnit! I just wish I could see! It's like my vision is blocked by a chalkboard or something. I see all gray, unless I'm standing in front of a bright sunny window, and then it's bright, but no images. If I am seeing bright, I can make out my hand waving in front of me. Not the image of it, but something waving back and forth. Movement, I guess. I also can make out my curly eyelashes blinking. Isn't that weird?
By Monday, I'll have gone an entire week without going to the Casey Eye Institute! That's the first full week off from the doc, since this entire fiasco began on January 27th. Wow. That's a long time!
The doc said that it could take months for the blood to reabsorb. Has it? Or is that what is still blocking my vision? I'll have to ask him on Monday. So many questions, I have. Like, "Has anyone regained vision after what he calls "A massive choroidal hemorrhage?" Every case report of these ends up in blindness, that I can find! Not good!
Oh, how I dislike learning new medical terms. One of my doctors said he can tell that I've had a hard time, by how many medical terms I use! Oh, great!
I'm keeping an intensive journal of nearly everything that has happened, day by day, moment by moment, since the big event, two days after my surgery.
I had all of the signs that things were not well, when I left the hospital after my first surgery of sewing the haptics down. I had low pressure in my eyes. I had a very high INR, and I was on beta blockers. All of these things are proven to lead to a choroidal hemorrhage. So, why didn't they see that? Notice it? Keep me in the hospital, to watch for that? I was not well when I left after the first surgery. Obviously. :(
And now... now I can't see. Oh, great.
It was always my worst nightmare, since oh... college days or so, when I learned more about marfan syndrome. The nightmare is that I would be blind and unable to care for myself as an older woman. Well, the blind part is now true. Thank God, though, that I have both David and Bill who take "care" of me! Whoop!
And I take care of them, in return.
Last night, Bill and I had the most awesome spaghetti and clam sauce. I can still cook very well! When I was in Oregon City, I made the most delicious spinach and feta pizza for David and I. It was to die for! I have pics on my facebook page, if you are interested in being my friend. :) (hint, hint.)
There, I also talk about my eye problems, but mostly... I just enjoy silly videos of pets, and quirky quotes, etc. I enjoy my facebook friends, so much! Almost as much as my ifish friends!
Being at the beach this week has been absolutely and most thoroughly enjoyable. The weather is like Palm Springs or something!
(Side note!- My brother Gary has invited me to his Palm Springs condo the last week of March, if I'm well enough. I told the doc, and he said, "Well, barring any unforeseen problems, you will be able to travel, but you won't be well." ?? What does THAT mean?? I don't know, but well or not, I want to GO!
We are having amazing sunshine and odd warmth that you would never expect for February! Every couple of days they forecast rain, and we get a small Hawaii-like douse of it, and then more sunshine! Heavenly sunshine!
(Flooding my soul with glory divine!)
Right now, it's so bright out that my eye is half closed. My "blind" eye is so sensitive to sunshine that I have to wear two pairs of sunglasses! Isn't that strange that a "blind" eye would be sensitive like that? I mean, if you can't see? Bizarre. Learning new things, each day!
Willie is at my feet, whining to go out, as usual, and I must say, it is time. He has been very patient!
The river is calling our names. Let's go, Willie! Let's go! We only have two more days of Heaven, here!
By the way, still enjoying my Birthday week, complete with a chocolate cake for breakfast, each morning!
I'm going to do a little watercoloring later, with some prints I did as a high school student. They are postcards of sight seeing things in Canby. Here they are, if you want to see them just in ink.
Canby Ferry.
Boy Scout A frame at the Canby Park
The Paper Mills on 99E

Continued...
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Most of you already know all about this. http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/ore...l#incart_river
This winter's steelhead lure dujour matches fad-happy anglers' dreams with a whopper of a season on the north Oregon Coast. The entree'? Think bead; salmon-egg orange, red, pink...nothing more than a simple bead threaded onto leader and jammed above a hook with a toothpick, then fished beneath a bobber dancing downriver through the rippling current. Total cost? A relative few cents each for the bead, hook, swivels and split shot, a buck or three for the bobber and WHAM!
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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!!)."
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