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News, Notes & Fishy Quotes by Josiah Darr

WDFW’s new director has his work cut out for him. Hopefully Washington will continue to have excellent wild fishing opportunities as well as harvestable hatchery fish like this chunky coho displayed by guide Jared Cady. 

 Commission Selects Unsworth as New Director of WDFW
 
Dr. Jim Unsworth, deputy director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, was chosen as the new head of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Figuring out where our fish are being harvested in the ocean could easily influence commercial allocations which hopefully will put more chinook in sport fishermen’s hands. 

 WDFW Works with Upper Columbia River Communities to Highlight Recreation Opportunities in the Okanogan  Recreational opportunities abound through the fall and winter in the Okanogan region, and leaders from Brewster, Bridgeport and...

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Trees and bushes lining riverbanks are a lot healthier than gravel roads.

  600 Trees Planted to Help Repair Habitat

In October, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, and the Mid Coast Watersheds Council will place nearly 600 large plantation trees via helicopter in 9...

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Tackle Reviews by Guys Who Know

Lures for bass fishing.

 Good Vibrations…  Bill Lewis originated the lipless, vibrating lure better known as the Rat-L-Trap—one of the all-time great lures for bass fishing.

But, wait for it, it’s not only a good bass lure, it also scores very well when fishing for walleyes, panfish and assorted other warmwater critters. The biggest pike I ever caught (over 44 inches and probably topping 20-plus pounds) hit a lipless, vibrating bait.

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New Okuma 350 Low-Profile Line Counter

New Okuma 350 Low-Profile Line Counter

A versatile salmon angler may troll, back-troll, back-bounce and cast floats. To date, these techniques favored different reels for each technique. With the all-new Cold Water 350 Low-Profile Line Counter, Okuma Fishing Tackle captures perfection in one salmon reel that can do it all, and it’s available in both right- and left-hand retrieve.

At the core of the Cold Water 350 is the low-profile design. Modern and sleek, the shape of the reel fits the hand perfectly, a critical feature when back-bouncing or casting floats. Centered within the die-cast aluminum frame, the machined aluminum spool holds more than 150 yards of 65-pound braided line. The thumb bar spool release is immediately available for ease of casting or feathering a drift. The Cold Water 350 advances the fishing industry with...

Bite Buddy App

Bite Buddy App

Bite Buddy is the one buddy you’ll always take fishing. This high-tech rod sensor attaches to your pole, and sends notifications to your smart phone when it senses a nibble or a strike. The device uses Bluetooth to sync to your phone, and a gyro to sense the motion of the rod. The Bite Buddy app is completely adjustable for a wide range of fishing, in the boat or on land. The App also acts as a catch log. Simply snap a picture of every catch, fill in the stats, and share with your pals online. Bite Buddy allows you peace of mind that your rod will always be watched. For more information go to www.MyBiteBuddy.com

The Bradley Blue Smoker Designer Series

The Bradley Blue Smoker Designer Series

Bradley is the ultimate solution in food-smoking technology. It’s easier to control and more versatile than any other smoker. With the automatic smoke generator, electronic control and fully insulated cabinet, Bradley Smokers eliminate drastic temperature fluctuations and interruptions in smoke production that adversely affect the taste of smoked foods. While other smokers must be tended constantly, Bradley Smokers automatically produce clean smoke for up to 8 hours without refueling. Visit us at www.bradleysmoker.com

Flying Fisherman Polarized AcuTint

Flying Fisherman Polarized AcuTint

This lens coloring system eliminates glare and enhances color contrast, without distorting natural colors. The enhanced visual sharpness and eye comfort adds to fishing productivity and maximizes the overall outdoors experience for anglers and water-sports enthusiasts. More information on Flying Fisherman products, along with testimonials, dealer locater and more at www.flyingfisherman.com

Dutch Fork Custom Lures Presents UV-Coated Ghost Blades

Dutch Fork Custom Lures Presents UV-Coated Ghost Blades

Transparent Ghost blades get even better with the glowing effect of UV coatings and maintaining the transparent effect of the Ghost Blades. All species of fish will love this new added effect and it’s sure to be a hit with fishermen too! 
www.dutchforkcustomlures.com

BnR Tackle

BnR Tackle

BnR Tackle is excited to announce the release of the newly designed 3.5” Holey Worm and 6 new colors. Design features a wider profile tail and molded eyes. New colors include Blue Tail, Green Tail, Cerise, Sky Rise, Steely Orange and First Cast. Available at Fisherman’s Marine and ORRT. See www.bnrtackle for more info and retailers.

Luhr Jensen Releases More “Trouble” For Salmon

Luhr Jensen Releases More “Trouble” For Salmon

It’s no secret that the Double Trouble Kwikfish is the single most productive salmon finish ever created by Luhr Jensen. Building on this success, new colors for 2015 don’t seek to replace the Double Trouble, instead, they seek to enhance it. New Metallic Pink, Metallic Green and Metallic Blue Double Trouble finishes begin with a proven base and add highlights to increase color value, contrast and overall versatility. See all new Kwikfish at Rapala.com.

Blood Run Tackle

Blood Run Tackle

Blood Run Tackle SST Floating Mono mainline was designed for salmon and steelhead float-fishermen. Floatants mixed with nylon resins plus an external barrier create a true floating and mendable mainline for spinning reels, baitcasters and centerpins. Softening oils and line conditioners create a soft and supple mainline in below freezing conditions. Offered in 8lb,10lb,12lb test 200 yards spools. Multiple color options in both low-vis (clear, natural) and hi-vis (lime, orange, chartreuse, blue). For more information visit www.bloodruntackle.com.

P-Line XTCB

P-Line XTCB

P-Line XTCB is a new braided line which features DuPont’s Teflon Surface Protector. The benefit to the angler is a line which has more abrasion resistance, flows through the guides with less friction and allows for longer casting. Fishermen can also expect better knot strength than ordinary braids. XTCB has been created with an extremely tight weave and increased body which makes it perfect for both spinning and bait- casting reels. XTCB has an amazing strength to diameter ratio with virtually zero stretch. XTCB will be available in a standard version which is predominately 4 carrier (in the smaller sizes) and a deluxe version known as XTCB-8.

Smile Blade Shrimp Rig

Smile Blade Shrimp Rig

Extremely popular while fishing for salmon or steelhead, this lure provides a set-up that is more likely to keep fish hooked. Its patented 1.5" high UV Smile Blade® and Cha Cha™ pill floats provide extra flash and wiggle in the water at speeds as low as 1/4MPH. The single 2/0 red hook can be tipped with a piece of shrimp, with a red #6 treble hook trailer which keeps fish on after they are hooked, allowing for a better opportunity to put more fish in the boat. This set-up was designed by a number of prominent guides for the early summer steelhead fisheries on the Columbia. Built with 6', 20-pound leaders it works well for the sockeye and chinooks also.

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