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Apparently there’s an unwritten rule on the Siuslaw that when a compromise can’t be reached, it’s time to start shooting Minn Kotas.

Illegal Gill Net Captain Caught in Astoria
Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife troopers cited an Astoria man on several commercial-fish-related charges after seizing 748 pounds of illegally caught chinook salmon on the Columbia River...

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Small pull-cord-style life jackets are a lot better than nothing, because no matter how beautiful they are, no fish is worth someone’s life.

   Life-Jacket Code Scheme to Change to Eliminate Confusion
In a move that’s expected to benefit recreational boaters, on Oct. 22 the US Coast Guard will drop the current life jacket type code scheme—Type I, II, III...

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This giant hatchery winter steelhead was caught in mid April and is a perfect example of why broodstock programs work and we should be looking to change environmental barriers to wild fish as opposed to looking to abolish hatcheries. 

Hatchery Reduced Fitness Causes Undetermined
Hatcheries are commonly used throughout the Pacific Northwest to help provide salmon for harvest, mitigate for lost and degraded habitat, and to conserve endangered and threatened wild...

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Pro Reports by Keith Jackson

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Duch Fork Custom Lures

Dutch Fork Custom Lures makes Ghost spinner blades, and they’ve been in Pro Reports before. The blades are plastic, and as a result are very lightweight—we’re talking potato-chip light.

While this may not seem like a big deal at first glance, the light weight does make a significant difference in the way the blades perform. And that difference can be a trigger that will make fish bite.

Because these tough blades are so light, it doesn’t take much to make them spin...

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Dutch Fork Custom Lures Presents its NEW “No Loss” Double Quick-Change Clevis

Dutch Fork Custom Lures Presents its NEW “No Loss” Double Quick-Change Clevis

In addition to our single “no loss” quick-change clevis, anglers can now run 2 spinner blades side by side on a harness or spinner for trout, kokanee, salmon, or walleye, without the worry of losing their spinner blade. These clevises will work on any spinner blade metal or plastic, have been proven all across the USA and will spin slowly at .4 or fast over 4 mph! Clevises come in a 25 pack and retail for around $5.99. Keith Eshbaugh; Dutch Fork Custom Lures; 724-884-3977

Scotty Downrigger Rod Holder Adapter

Scotty Downrigger Rod Holder Adapter

Turn your downrigger mount into a rod-holder mount with our new 423 Downrigger Rod Holder Adapter. In combination with a 241 or 241L Mount, easily place the adapter on top of your 1023 Tilt Up Mounting Bracket, select your favorite rod holder and you’re set to go. Built to last with rugged engineering-grade nylon. www.Scotty.com

Smile Blade Spin Drift Trout

Smile Blade Spin Drift Trout

The Mack’s patented Smile Blade, Wedding Ring Crystal, and the VMC Spin Drift hook create a deadly combination. The smaller profile creates immense wiggle and flash that trout can’t resist. The ultra-sharp hook and built-in swivel enticingly spins bait to induce more bites. Add this to the high UV Smile Blade and high UV beads and you have a combination that will put more fish in the boat every time! www.mackslure.com

Bait Buttons

Bait Buttons

Bait Buttons is a simple, quick and easy way to keep your roe, coon shrimp, plastic worms, fish pills and other natural baits in place on your hook while fishing for steelhead and salmon. Choose from two sizes. The Original for hooks up to 4/0, and Big Game up to 10/0. Find them online at www.baitbuttons.com or at Fisherman’s Marine, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Bass Pro Shops and ask for them at your local bait and tackle store.

Clark Fork Fillet Knife by Columbia River Knife & Tool

Clark Fork Fillet Knife by Columbia River Knife & Tool

The Clark Fork fillet knife houses a tail mechanism that protects the blade when closed and then folds into the handle for a secure lockup of the blade when it’s open. There’s no more risk of blades closing midway through filleting, be it on the kitchen table or the tackle box. A double-injection-molded handle also provides a secure grip and the knife is light enough to throw in a backpack for easy use. When fully open the blade is a long 10.940”. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $19.99. (800) 891-3100, email: info@crkt.com, on the web: www.crkt.com.

“Bobber Doggin’ Baits & Beads”

“Bobber Doggin’ Baits & Beads”

Bobber dogging is fast becoming the “preferred technique” by a growing number of steelheaders, and some salmon anglers as well. Josiah Darr and Mike Kelly have designed their innovative system to fool wary steelhead. In this video they discuss why you should try bobber dogging, how to go about it, details on the rigging, sections on fishing both baits and beads, and all specifics on the gear you need for this advanced steelhead angling system. At fine tackle stores or call Angler Fish Productions 1-800-359-3474.

Bait Injector Caps

Bait Injector Caps

Now available in two sizes to fit standard bait injectors & magnum bait injectors. For years anglers have asked for replacement bait-injector caps with needles. Needles get damaged and lost, or anglers just wants to screw a needle/cap assembly onto their favorite 2- or 8-ounce scent bottle, and inject. Both sizes are available in 3-packs at your favorite tackle store. Go to 
www.Pro-Cure.com for more information

ALPS MVT Toray Trigger Reel Seat

ALPS MVT Toray Trigger Reel Seat

 The MVT (Micro Vibration Transmission) design is based off the wildly successful TexTouch casting graphite reel seat. 6061 T-6 double-locking nuts and a double-keyed body strengthen the hold on the reel and eliminate hood spin. The MVT raises the bar with three cutouts for maximum blank exposure. ALPS incorporated incredibly light yet strong Toray chopped carbon fiber. Then topped it all off with a dark carbon woven insert to give it a little extra swag. Choose from 14 different sizes and 3 body/hood colors. Sizes 10.0-13.5 only available with dark carbon woven inserts. Batson Enterprises, Inc.; 877-875-2381; www.batsonenterprises.com

Buck Knives 

Buck Knives 

Buck Knives introduces the Clearwater Series of fillet knives with the 3 edge system to make the most out of filleting your catch. First is the tip edge to poke through scales and get things started, second the short back side is sharpened to do the dirty work around the gills and boney areas, saving the front side of the knife for super-clean cuts. With its perfect flexibility the knife glides with ease down the rib cage leaving nothing behind. This is a very-well-thought-out knife. Made in the USA and comes with the “Buck’s Forever Warranty”. www.buckknives.com

Orca Coolers

Orca Coolers

Simply the best cooler you can buy at any price, anywhere—and they are 100% Made in the USA! ORCA coolers are roto-molded in America’s heartland, lockable and come with a lifetime guarantee. They feature premium insulation that keeps your food and drinks cold and makes ice last days longer. The padded carrying handles make it easy to transport the cooler from your house to your vehicle. Every ORCA cooler sold benefits conservation throughout the United States. Available in sizes to meet every need. Sale of the pink ORCA cooler benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s breast cancer research. www.orcacoolers.com

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