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Fishing The Coast, Oregon and Washington
January 2000
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Fishing with Milton Fisher
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"I fish! Fishing is my life! I fish for something every month of the year."
FISHING THE COAST


A journal of my adventures.

January 1st 2000

Happy New Years, and have a wonderful fishing day. I'm committed to doing family things today. No fishing for
this girl.... but I honestly hope that all of you catch your dream fish this year!
Best of luck..... and I hope you all have a wonderful New Year...full of love, and hope, and peace.
Jennie

January 3rd
Is it Christmas yet? I have a wish list prepared! Oops! I think I am a little late/early?
I need a new computer to handle all the equipment that Ifish needs to handle all the stuff.... just Stuff!
I need a computer techie to help me figure out discussion board and other woes.
That is all! Then I'll be all better.
Seriously, if you know anyone that fishes and likes Ifish that would like to help iron out some discussion board/CGI
stuff, let me know! And.... If anyone has a spare computer,.... Hey!
This is not a help wanted column.... I know.I'm sorry! I am just feeling the New Years crunch to keep up and current!
I want to fish girls and boys!!!!
The kids are back in school, my lines are hung carefully in the garage, and they need using! I am going to fish
today. I need to fish! I need to catch fish! YAY! I'm going to! Look out you little Steelies, I'm coming to tease
you..... ya ha ha.......
Have a great fish on kind of day!
The Wilson has been OK.. Haven't had a good report.. Seriously out of touch these last few days and for that I
sincerely apologize.... but the Discussion Board is so
good! Keep up the good work, and I thank you all for participating!

January 1st 2000

Happy New Years, and have a wonderful fishing day. I'm committed to doing family things today. No fishing for
this girl.... but I honestly hope that all of you catch your dream fish this year!
Best of luck..... and I hope you all have a wonderful New Year...full of love, and hope, and peace.
Jennie

January 3rd

Is it Christmas yet? I have a wish list prepared! Oops! I think I am a little late/early?
I need a new computer to handle all the equipment that Ifish needs to handle all the stuff.... just Stuff!
I need a computer techie to help me figure out discussion board and other woes.
That is all! Then I'll be all better.
Seriously, if you know anyone that fishes and likes Ifish that would like to help iron out some discussion board/CGI
stuff, let me know! And.... If anyone has a spare computer,.... Hey!
This is not a help wanted column.... I know.I'm sorry! I am just feeling the New Years crunch to keep up and current!
I want to fish girls and boys!!!!
The kids are back in school, my lines are hung carefully in the garage, and they need using! I am going to fish
today. I need to fish! I need to catch fish! YAY! I'm going to! Look out you little Steelies, I'm coming to tease
you..... ya ha ha.......
Have a great fish on kind of day!
The Wilson has been OK.. Haven't had a good report.. Seriously out of touch these last few days and for that I
sincerely apologize.... but the Discussion Board is so
good! Keep up the good work, and I thank you all for participating!

January 3rd

Let's see...... where to start!
Len wrote in about a very important "how you can help e mail" and I put it into a web page.. Took me
a while, but I figure it is one way I can give back to the hobby that I love....Hope it helps a little....You can
find it here....
Fishermen ALERT.
Stan wrote a column that is near and dear to my heart....Posted Here.
My aging lab is laying on the couch. My dog Hershey
is so wonderful.... Iv had him for 16 years. He doesn't get around as much, but still when I go fishing he is there,
wagging his tale at the first sight of me with a rod in my hand... Heading out the back door....He acts like a
pup again, if not briefly, until he tires out, and goes back up to the house for a nap. He does stay out a while,
and does really well for his age.
But oh, the turmoil that mounts in me when I appreciate the love and affection Bill's dog, Dee Dee shows me. Hershey
won't climb the stairs to visit me when I retire. He prefers his pillow by the fire. Bill's dog jumps up in my
lap, (All 86 pounds of him!) wagging his tail.... falls asleep with her head on my leg as I stroke her softly,
and begs for affection like Hershey used to. I have to say that I do love that!
Dee Dee has the enthusiasm and energy that Hershey used to. But sometimes Hershey will give me a sideways knowing
glance, while I have this big dog in my lap, and my heart just drops to the floor. I feel like he is crying. I
feel like crying.
Hershey can't hear anymore... He has cataracts on his eyes, he just needs a lot of rest, and although I know he
loves my attention, he just doesn't have the energy to pursue it. So I visit him on his bed... I lay by him, and
remember all of our memories...I pet him gently, and comb him and hope to God I don't fall apart when he goes.
But he will go..... and I will be left with more than 15 years of the kind of blessing that is very rare and special.
God help me to be Thankful.... instead of broken.

January 3rd

Let's see...... where to start!
Len wrote in about a very important "how you can help e mail" and I put it into a web page.. Took me
a while, but I figure it is one way I can give back to the hobby that I love....Hope it helps a little....You can
find it here....
Fishermen ALERT.
Stan wrote a column that is near and dear to my heart....Posted Here.
My aging lab is laying on the couch. My dog Hershey
is so wonderful.... Iv had him for 16 years. He doesn't get around as much, but still when I go fishing he is there,
wagging his tale at the first sight of me with a rod in my hand... Heading out the back door....He acts like a
pup again, if not briefly, until he tires out, and goes back up to the house for a nap. He does stay out a while,
and does really well for his age.
But oh, the turmoil that mounts in me when I appreciate the love and affection Bill's dog, Dee Dee shows me. Hershey
won't climb the stairs to visit me when I retire.

January 6th

So, so, so much going on! HELP! I'm getting way behind!
I am so happy to introduce
Tillamook Bait Company to Ifish! I have been talking with Marie.... Even bought
some of her gorgeous eggs! Wow! In jars, just like Mommy used to make! They are really nice....Tillamook Bait does
shuttles, refers some neat guides, and gives fishing reports if you call them! They will also be doing occasional
reports here on the web.
Did a nice drive down to three rivers yesterday, and the river was really pretty. I have never fished there before,
and lost lots of rigs at the hatchery hole. Went over to the hatchery and watched about 100 smaller steelhead in
a small, 12 foot area or so, try to fight there way up the riffles. Wow! I am always so amazed at their work ethic!
I thought I worked hard! Not! Talk about focused! They were all clogged up in there getting totally beaten up with
no sense to just give up and swim in calmer waters like I have done in my life!
The Kilchis is beautiful today! I fished it with Contest Winner, "Bill Madden" of Intel this morning.
What a nice guy! Bill Hedlund, (Let me be specific on Bill's here......) took us down, and I got out due to the
chills and a sore throat out in front of the house. Actually I got out a little selfishly, and quickly got to a
good hole before them..... Lost my rig first cast. Serves me right! So now I am toasty warm by the heater, a thermometer
in my mouth and Alka Seltzer cold medicine by my side. They are going to do the rest of the river...(Annnnnnnd
now..... for the REST of the river........) I sure hope they do well. The water is absolutely perfect! The weather
is good also.. I took some digital pics with my borrowed digital cam, and hope to post them real soon!
Anyway..... best to all of you.. and tons of big silvery fish!

January 7th

This is Bill, sitting in for Jennie this afternoon. Jennie is feeling sad and low because of an accident a bit
earlier.
She hooked a chromer steelie, played it well up to the bank----pop goes the leader! This is the first one she has
lost this season, and apparently has forgotten that losing fish is part of this ballgame. She'll be O.K.
The Kilchis is still in nice shape today because very little rain has fallen in the last day. Until the hard rains
hit us, it looks like all the rivers will fish tomorrow except the Necanicum may be on the low side.
We are nearing the peak of the hatchery steelhead runs so there are lots of fish scattered through out the systems.
Now is the time to fish every day you can get away river conditions allowing.
Pressure has been surprisingly light this week from our observations.
Get on out there and catch them!

January 10th

I fell asleep last night at 8 oclock, the light on, the TV still going... I was so tired that even though I
woke up through out the night, I didn't have enough energy to turn everything off. I have had SO many computer
problems; cant connect to my server, trying to install and configure the Davis weather station, trying to figure
out diplomatic issues on Ifish, that I needed a long winters nap. I got it! I wonder though, what is wrong with
Pacifier. I connect for about 1 minute and then it shuts me down.
I hooked and landed a spawner on Saturday. It was a lot of fun. She was about 10 lbs. I'v been losing so many rigs
that I decided to tie up a bunch of rigs and take them with me.
Then Sunday the river blew out. I wonder the color today. 0.45 inches of rain last night. Hmmmmmm. I have my weather
station hooked up and it clears every night at 6:p.M. So the rainfall is since 6. I will give you a sneak peak
at the unfinished product. Can't get the images to load and I was going to wait for perfection, but
here it is for now.
Notice it hasn't uploaded correctly since yesterday! Thus, a call to Davis this morning
is in order.
Well, off to get the boys ready for school, and a day at the mercy of my computer....The dog wants in too!
Will the rivers be out of shape all week? I don't know!
Maybe I'll just hope for one little bit of plunkable water???
Have a great day, everyone.... I'll be thinking fish!!!!!!

January 11th
WHEEEEE!
IT'S SNOWING!!!

I just LOVE the snow! I needed this!
I know, I know, it's hard to drive in, but it is SO gorgeous out here!
The dawn is slowly showing that...YES! The meadow is covered! Great huge, silent snowflakes are hesitantly dropping
from the sky. So slowly, like they are searching for the right place to land, to cover the ground in completeness!
OK, fish...... I bet the (its still snowing!!!) rivers will be fishable today, at
least the Kilchis....(it's SO PRETTY!) I am going to go out and check it at daylight.
(Honey, it's COLD outside!!) Ok, I need some shrimp.... (and
some earmuffs, and a sleigh with horses that wear bells....)
I'm sorry, I just can't write about fishing.... (where are the sleds, kids?) The sky
is bright white.... it Looks like snow..... It tastes like snow... IT IS SNOW!
I talked to Stan Fagerstrom on the phone last night, and darnit, if he didn't talk like snow was in the forecast,
and darnit, if I couldn't sleep wondering if I would wake up to it, and darnit, if I didn't wake up at 5 and hear
that silence. The silence that is snow in the country!
Jennie is happy. Jennie is a goofball! Jennie wants to go get the kids from school and play!!!!!

January 11th(Later)

(I am just editing this in. I found a very nice grey glove (fingerless) on the river bank in front of the house
on the Kilchis two or three days ago. Marty... One of your customers? anyone?)
Hey, I'v settled down now. I even fished for a bit in that freezing gluck. My, how attitudes change when great
big globs of snow fall down your neck from the trees!
Anyway, I updated Marie's page from Tillamook Bait, and Stan
sent me a
new column! Hey! COOL! Stan talks about anglers traveling by air, which I thought was very interesting,
and gave me some ideas of what NOT to do! Man, how terrible to have the airlines ruin your tackle! I would be LIVID!
Anyway, the snow is just gorgeous, and to prove it, I took some pics... Here they are!
This is a big pic with lots of K, so be patient if you really want to see it.. Anyway.. The snow is still pretty,
and I still love it, just from the warmth of my fire..! Bye!

January 13th

A nice cold drink.... Thats what I need.
Long day! Bill and I packed the rods in the car to head North to do some errands... But, we were planning on fishing
the Necanicum. NO LUCK! We simply did not have time, (dreamers that we are.) The Necanicum did look really nice
though, as did the Kilchis this morning. Too bad we couldn't get our lines wet. At least we don't have to go for
haircuts and grocery shopping on Saturday Morning though. We'll be Fishing~!
Tomorrow we plan to fish, not sure where or when, but darnit.... we have to!
Rainfall here, as you can check the weather station.....(Which
by the way is permanently linked on top this column, for future reference.) was not heavy today. Forecast calls
for heavy showers, but then again who trusts the weather man? I trust what the past shows, not the future predictions.
P.S. we have had 11.01 inches this month alone! Wow! Wet yet?
Have a great day, or night, as the case may be.... I'm darn ready to catch a fish tomorrow.... how about you?
JJ

January 14th

Imagine for a moment telling your arm to pick up a cup of coffee and it just sat there. You pull at it. You
will it to move even an inch and it remains still.
There is a lady that is very deeply and dearly loved that is on my mind today. A lady who
I have admired ever since the day I met her on a cold rainy Nehalem river morning. She was out painting
an old wagon. She had turned trash into treasure, and her pride in it was evident. The joy in life showed in her every movement. In her garden, in the hundreds of birds in the yard. She proved in her
every endeavor that it was a home in which she took the time and effort to love and care for every human and creature
near her.
Her kitchen was warm and inviting and always smelled of the things Grandmas houses smell of. A warm fire always
in the stove, good food in the oven, prize winning photos that she had captured of natures beauty, hundreds of
ribbons from County and State fairs.
I have in my mind a picture of Loretta helping Jim into his waders so he could go out fishing. She made sure he
had enough coats to be warm. It was endearing to see such a tough fisherman receive that kind of attention. The
picture stands firm in my memory. Thats what I want someday.... To love and care for a man so much as to do these
kinds of every day loving gestures throughout a lifetime. To be so dedicated to the ones you love that these kind
of things come naturally and easy. Loretta Erickson just plain loves people and life.
Loretta had a stroke two days ago and is in the hospital. I went to see her and still she joked.."Jim says
now I can fish at the handicap ramp!"
What spirit. What faith.
Lorettas family stands firm as an example of what family is and should be. Love, patience, forgiveness, understanding,
and Faith. (And most of all, JOY!)
Please keep Loretta and her family in your hearts and prayers.
...and please keep her birds fed!!)

January 15th

I didn't fish at all this week? How bizarre! Yesterday I was all ready when my son broke his braces... Off to
Astoria once again..
High winds expected Sunday. Really high winds..85mph... At least that is what is predicted. That makes me nervous,
because my sons are going to their Dads house in Astoria. I want them near me!
I am off to the ODFW Anglers Education Program to learn how to teach all kinds of neat things to the area youth.
Sounds like fun!
The Kilchis is beautiful this morning. Better fish today while the storm is at bay!
I have to transfer the entire weather station over to Bills computer this weekend sometime, so expect some weird
readings.... No fun!
I also got a handle on how to fix the discussion boards weird date and some of
the posting glitches. Yet another expense for ifish... YIKES! My piggy bank is running dry!
Well, off to the showers. Hope the wind doesn't Getcha!

January 16th

We were right! Yesterday evening after the ODFW Anglers Education School, we dropped by Tillamook Bait and got
some shrimp..... JUST incase the windstorm didn't hit till later! It isn't supposed to hit till around 11 now!
I turned off my computer last night incase of a power outage, and will do that often when expecting a storm. Thus,
there will be no weather uploads at those times. Too bad, because that is when the wind reports will be exciting!
I need a generator! (add that to my wish list!.,.geez!)
The Anglers Ed was excellent, and hopefully we will have pictures soon.
What a great day of fun fishing games and lots of discussion on ethics, etc.
I met Steve Hanson last night. Hi Steve! He dropped by after fishing the Kilchis, and we were in the middle of
Wood Stove burning troubles. Had the stove cleaned yesterday, and it wouldn't burn, so last night was a late one
with the Chimney Sweep guy out here trouble shooting. Nice guy, and we do have a stove to burn now if the wind
blows too hard.
I am going to go shower and hit the river before the storm hits.... Wish me luck! Yesterday Bill went out briefly,
and when he came in I asked him if he had any bites. "yip, one" he said...On the way out the door, later,
he pointed inside the boat and said.."See, there is my bite...." and there lay a beautiful hen! What
a tease!
Now I'm going to get my bite!
Good luck to all in the storm. 90 MPH winds forecast. Stay inside! Build a fire! Snuggle with someone you love.

January 18th

I knew it couldn't last. I was afraid it would! I was afraid that Bill would eventually call me "bad luck",
the way he calls a certain pair of jeans "good luck" if he catches fish in them. Bill is catching fish
again. The way he always did. He simply can't miss! Fish on! I hear it day after day! Go BILLLLL!
I loved yesterday... We went up the other side of the river, past the park. We were going to go way up, but gosh,
the road was gone! A section of about 20 feet of pavement disappeared in front of us! It was blocked by a downed
tree and some red tape, but it was really spooky! A great big section slid into the river below. A canyon was created
by it that was probably 25 feet deep. We grabbed our gear right there, and hiked down to the river. It was absolutely
gorgeous! A totally untouched feeling, although there was a little bit of garbage from earlier visitors. How sad!
Don't put too much oil in your reel before going on a trip. Even a short trip. My day was kind of challenged by
too much oil and it was very difficult to cast. Bummer! Good thing that it was so beautiful there that I didn't
mind, and just kind of stared in awe at the beauty. The sun was brilliant and the scenery indescribable! I went
home and flushed the reel with hot water.... It worked wonders and I hit the river below the house. It is really
low and clear, so black bottomed bobbers and light lines are a good choice.
Off to work....

January 19th

I have a personality conflict with my body. I love to hike into remote places to fish. You know, those "fanny
falls" kind of places where you need to just sit down and slide, and worry about how you are going to get
back up later? I'v been known to pack the fish out by wrapping several loops of line into a purse and slinging
the fish over my shoulder!
Lately though my body doesn't want to do that and I do! Brings me back to how Loretta must feel about her body
not obeying her mind when she tells her arm to move! FEH! It drives me crazy!
My legs, when I try to walk over rocks want to twist in ways they aren't suppose to! Sometimes I will be walking
along and PHT! I'm down! How embarrassing! The frustrating part is that they are just fine, and then go with no
notice! It is all part of the connective tissue problem I was born with. So, if you see me sprawled out on the
rocks, leave me there...look the other way, PLEASE! It is good long distance casting practice!
The Wilson is hot this week, and I am not! The Kilchis is low and clear.... Very clear! I want to learn how to
fish the 'low clears'! But Gosh, if I can't see um, and I can see the entire bottom of the river.. Are they really
there? They have GOT to be! I want um!
Off to work and fish, fish and work, work and fish.... fish and work! Bye!

January 21st
(lighten up, girlfriend...)

I decided not to go on the Wilson with Bill and his friend today, in favor of staying home and fishing the Kilchis.
The Kilchis is beautiful today. I fished for a little bit, caught a beautiful cutthroat by accident, and let him
go.
I look out at how beautiful it is here, the trees, the open sky, the meadow. The river plays music to me as I sleep,
and when I wake, and when all things are quiet and hushed.
Life is so changeable. Sometimes all I want is for the seasons to not change. Although I love them all, I get stuck
in loving the one I am experiencing, and hate to see the next one come, or the last one go.
As I look outside today, though, I see bleak skies. I am worrying about my future.
I see gray. I am pondering my fate. I see rain.
I cry.
Will I stay here in this house that is made of dreams? Is this where I belong? Have I done something to deserve
this paradise?
There are problems adjusting for everyone here. Life is an adjustment.. day to day to day.
My heart is aching today. I feel as lost as the winds that swirl with no direction around this canyon. I feel as
hopeless as a girl who fished the entire stretch of a river and did not find what she was looking for.
The more I think about it, the more I realize that God has placed rules in our lives, not because he is a big,
strict, awesome disciplinarian, but because he loves us, and wants us not to be hurt.
Seasons change, no matter where we are placed, where we land, what we do. Season after season after season.

January 21st

This just in from Bill:
It's going to be a crowded weekend on the rivers!
The Necanicum and Kilchis are running high and green but on the rise slightly. If rainfall after 6 P. M. till tomorrow
morning is not over 1/2 inch, both will fish beautifully!
One inch of rain could blow them out. Check Jennie's rain gauge on the station.... (If it is working,--darn technology!!!)
Since 6 P. M. last night, 1.02 inches of rain fell here which together with some heavy showers yesterday afternoon
caused the rises on all the rivers. For a weekday, the Wilson was extremely crowded with drift boats today
--30+ ?? Most boats had a fish or so in spite of rising waters today.
Have a good weekend!!!!!
(P.S. Jennie's mood is on the rise too!)

January 23rd

I put in a good decent day of work, came home, worked on the weather station for a while... (Like
it?
), grabbed my Loomis and headed out for the crick. (that looks funny in print!) Anyway, fished it for a
while, did the usual. Got a bite! Then Bill casts, and catches it! You don't know HOW many times this occurs! I
actually got a little sulky this time! A bright beautiful wild steelhead, still with sea lice. That means 36 hours
from the sea, right? (preface: sick humor follows...) So, we conked it over the head, dragged it up the
rocks, gutted it, took out the eggs, and gave the meat to the gulls. NOT!
Please don't take my sick and sullen humor seriously. It's not even funny, right? I knew it wasn't! Bill is an
expert at releasing them so that I'm not even sure they know they are hooked! The man loves his wild fish.
But I am serious about the smile and hopes in my heart for fishing the Wilson tomorrow. I can't wait! I really
can't!
I have these high, 'pie in the sky' hopes for a beautiful day on the river.
I just love seeing how beautiful the water is, and seeing folks we know, and watching everyone catch fish. I want
to catch one too! I have learned that if you start that competitive thing, (like I am starting with Bill!) things
turn out for the worse. No way could I outfish Bill... but I do like to catch fish! He is ahead of me! Oh well..
I still catch 'em, and after all, I am ONLY a girl! Why can't I be serious tonight? Cuz I want da fish and I lose
da fish!
The rivers are dropping. The Kilchis is running fairly clear. The Wilson is not dropping as fast as I thought it
would, according to the graph. Good
luck out there.. If you are on the Wilson, I will be the girl with the big fish!

January 24th

I am licking my wounds again. Bill did it again! Caught my fish! (Hey, RT., he loves the plug!...Did you give
that to me or to Bill?!?) Anyway, the plug caught the fish, not Bill, right?
What a cold miserable, east wind howling, freezing rain blowing sideways, finger numbing, WONDERFUL day on the
river! It was fun!
Received some disheartening news today. A reader wrote in about fishing the opposite side of the hatchery on the
N.F. Nehalem, which he has been fishing for 25 years. When he came back from fishing, his rear window was broken
and his rig had been broken into. He had a bunch of gear stolen. So, you go to
a familiar place that you find beautiful and untouched.. It becomes somehow yours. You feel you know each and every
trail, tree, downed log, etc on the way to the hole. You feel safe there. You feel like it is 'your escape from
everyday life. You have always met friendly people there, and have no reason to associate it with negative feelings.
So you put in your time at your hole, fish or no fish, you feel good just being out. What an assault to find this
kind of vandalism! It not only affects your material loss, invades your personal space, but add to that the loss
of feeling safe there! Plus, another reason to feel negative towards the world. Just what we don't need.
This kind of thing drives me absolutely nutty because I like to think the best of people and sometimes I feel like
my innocent outlook on the world is becoming more tainted. Yuck! I don't want that to happen! So you big, bad,
ugly guys who ruin it..... GO AWAY!!!
Please?
Have fun....... rain coming this week.. My thought is water going up??? or staying nice???? These and other questions
remain a fishing mystery!

January 26th

I love the North Fork Nehalem. I have memories of drifting that river that will last a lifetime. I love the swoosh
and
anticipation of the rapids, the Jack, the King, the Queen. Will we be all right?
Will I get wet?
"Swing one over there!" Jim would yell at me, just as I was settling in for a break, staring into the
clear water,
waiting for the next hole... River stress!
"Where Jim, where!?"
Before I got an answer I would throw it to where I thought looked best. Most often I did right, and sure enough!
FISH ON!!!!!
Rods up, rods down, rod tips away from the oncoming branches... Hold on for the rapids....(He wasn't kidding!!!)
"You may get a little wet!" Wet, Jim?
I'm soaking!!!!
Smile and wave to the bank anglers...
Feeling lucky!
When I went through an absolutely horrible time in my life.... 2 months of awful loss... My husband left for another
woman....(I think I fished too much...) My Mother died, my Grandmother
died, my cat died, and all 12 of my chickens died. I kid you not, this is all within 2 months! Anyway, I was dirt
poor, and I got a windfall of money I didn't expect. I took 100 of that money and did something for myself that
was terribly frivolous. I needed it! I had never drifted a river, and by golly I wanted to BADLY! So, I looked
in STS, and found Milton Fisher, guide on the NF., and I arranged for a trip. The rest is history. I got to know
the gang on the Nehalem. But that trip, the very first trip with Milton was like nothing I had ever experienced!
What a treat! It is SO gorgeous, and so unlike anything I had experienced as a bank angler. So.... the NF is special
to me, and I get to go tomorrow!
WHEEEEEEEE!

January 27th

Honey I'm home!
Big guys on the Nehalem today! Bill Monroe, Jim Martin, Rick Metsger, Jim Erickson, Paul McCracken... John Krauthoefer...
fun!
We all went down in rafts from different points, covered the whole dang river! I caught a recycled fish, and released
it. Fun though! It is unbelievable to catch a fish right in front of you, where you can see the bottom!
Quote from Jim Erickson:
Bill had four fish on, Jim Martin had four. John rowed the boat.
They put in at the hatchery at daylight, and started down. Bill Monroe (the great ."doubting Thomas"...
the typical republican... "you gotta show me to believe it"), floated along, and on his first cast in
the 30 dollar hole Bill's riggin' moved about 10 feet--- had his first fish on a jig! So much for not being able
to catch fish in crystal clear water!
Down the river they went....Bill hooked 2 more fish in the first two miles. Jim Martin (Chief of Fisheries, now
retired), another doubting Thomas, had four hookups in the same two mile stretch.
From there, they drifted casually to Ericksons where they shuttled their rigs and went on down the lower river.
Now they were following Senator Rick Metsger and Commissioner Paul McCracken, who also had just lost two-10 pound
chromers at Ericksons. They continued on down the lower river, in previously fished waters, and angled to no avail.
They pulled out and headed back to Ericksons for coffee and B.S.
Over coffee, Jim drags out the newspaper where Bill had written that very morning that the N.F. Nehalem was one
of the rivers that was low and clear and the fishing was very slow. (I would say, seven fish in the first two hours
disputes that story!)
After eating crow, Bill and Jim left for home with a new perspective on fishing the low clear water of the North
Fork Nehalem...
*Fishing is only going to get better as the rivers drop and get clearer! Don't give up! Just change your methods
and get um! Need info? Call Jim Erickson, at 1 503 368 5365!!!!

January 28th

I'v spent so much time on the computer today that I think I am becoming one with the screen. OMMMMMMM.
Introducing a new page with Pics from Steve Hanson... That's
right folks, it is R.T. totally, and visually revealed....
and you saw it here on IFISH!
Oh, I'm losin it!
I worked on Tillamook Bait Co's very own brand new domain. Got crazy
designing some fish backgrounds for them!Now I will go to sleep dreaming little fish all over!
Marie and Dennis will soon have a discussion board that they run featuring yet more reports on river conditions!
How lucky can we be? I am really very excited about it all!
Anyway..... no fish for this girl today. I didn't even get outside as much as I would have liked. Twice during
the day I glanced out at our meadow with the sun pouring down, and saw myself running with abandon with the dogs,
or playing Frisbee, or riding a horse through it... but no, I stayed put, got a whole bunch of work done, and now
it's time for basketball practice for my youngest.
Make sure you go check out Steve, and there will be a permanent
link under the discussion board link on the right, just in case you lose this one!
Byeeeeeeeeeeeeeee zzzzzzzzzzzzz

January 29th

Up and down today!
First things first, the good.... I am SO excited! Bill and I got the chimney guy to put the anemometer on the top
of the chimney! So now we have REAL wind speeds! Except for the fact that we live in a canyon and they swirl around
down here like mad. Hope it is in a good place. I sat and stared at it for quite some time.... 1 mph... 2 mph.....
It was really entertaining... Yaha.
So, we're getting things done like mad...we got the chicken cage all cleaned out of garbage and ready to disinfect
and get baby chickens. Now this is something that I absolutely can't wait for. This is the girl that thought the
highlight of her day was gathering eggs about 10 years ago. I did! I loved it! Couldn't wait to get out of bed
in the morning for the egg hunt! I had a baby banty named Robin, and I loved her so much! This cage is going to
be racoon proof to the max! Last one I built they got in, and one by one, no matter how much work I did to make
it a fortress, they all got killed. Not this time! We are talking bomb shelter! Oh! And I was carrying out some
tin sheets, and under one was a huge rat and it crawled over my hand! Bill got out his gun and we went hunting
for it. No luck!
So then.... It's dinner..... every one is calm and looking forward to halibut fish and chips... (MMMM!) and we
get the dogs food ready first, right? So Hershey, who usually won't eat unless you call the kitty to threaten him,
gobbled his down.... and Dee Dee... the ravenous, food loving dog that eats anything.... well.... she wouldn't
move off the couch! I mean, listless, no interest..... My heart sank. We knew it would happen. Living on a river
you just have to expect a dog to get salmon poisoning. We foresaw this event before we moved and have the pills
on hand. But still..... I would appreciate prayers for Dee Dee.. She looks like she wants to try her best to just
die.
Please keep her in your prayers.
Hershey and I lived along the Salmon River in Otis, and he has had it twice. So he is a connoisseur
of rotten salmon. He eats it all the time and is fine. I have had two dogs die of it when I was young. I remember
it being awful. I am nervous. Poor sweet dog. The vet sounds optimistic we caught it in time. Let's just hope.
I am off to play in Astoria tomorrow, and that is not what I want to do. I don't want to leave this
dogs side. I remember one time I had a dog, a puppy.. and he caught parvo, before it was a very common thing....
and I stayed up for nights nursing this dog. I fell asleep finally one night, and when I woke up.... you guessed
it, he was gone. Now I need to be right there..... all the time! I have to! I can't!!!!!
Bill will be here with Dee Dee. It will be all right.. it will be all right.
Oh! By the way! I put up a discussion board for Tillamook bait's
site!
Cool!

January 31st

Pro guide David Johnson called in a reports
from last weeks Wilson river fishing.Tues: Hooked 8 landed 6 with tow natives.Wed: Hooked 8 landed
3. 1 runback, 1 brood and 1 native.
Thurs: Hooked 2 fish. 1 runback
Anyway, Len Self writes in to remind you all of the rally in Portland on Feb 3rd.
I would imagine all of you know about it. But if not, please write to Len
Self for more information. All anglers with boats and trailers are urgently requested to attend!
Dee Dee seems to be doing well. Seems we caught the bug, or fluke, whatever.... in time! YAY!
The rain is coming and I think so too, will the fish! I'v got a horrendous week of doctor appointments this week,
along with trying to schedule all of the Northwest Steelheaders knowledgeable about river access issues into the
Sportsmens show. How did I get the job? I don't know! But I am learning a lot in the process, such as how to raise
my phone bill in 300 easy steps.
No, it really is kind of fun to talk with all these folks, and the Sportsmens show will be a blast!
Off for today. Enjoy the low clears for the day, and think higher water for later! There is a high wind watch out,
so try and check on my new anemometer location at the Kilchis
Weather Station!
Wheeeee!



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