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Commission Curtails Smelt Fishing in Puget Sound
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved new regulations for recreational and commercial smelt fishing in Puget Sound in order to increase protection for the valuable...

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WDFW Will Not Release Hatchery Steelhead Unless Legal Issues are Resolved
Is this steelhead “wild?” Does it have an adipose fin or is that just a weird reflection off a shadow? Hard to say, but what I do know is this fish fought hard and gave one lucky angler a memory they won’t soon forget.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will not release early winter hatchery steelhead into rivers around Puget Sound as planned this spring unless it can resolve issues raised in January by the Wild Fish Conservancy and restated in a lawsuit the group filed this...

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State and Federal Agencies Evaluate New Drought Contingency Plan To Help Commercial Fishing and Utilize Trucking of Salmon Smolts
These little guys are so vulnerable, even without drought conditions, there’s no good reason not to give them a helping hand in a pinch. 

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have agreed on a temporary contingency plan for the release of hatchery smolts in 2014 due to drought.

The goal of the...

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One of the problems I’ve had in the past is keeping tackle dry when I’m out in the boat. Partially that is my fault as I tend to take enough gear to fish for the rest of my life, and as a result, it’s often left on the deck or rod trays in utility boxes.

Of course, waterproof utility boxes are an answer. They work great at keeping water out. But what happens if you have to open one to get that spinner or jig or hook when it’s raining? Of course, that never happens, right?

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Anglers in the Northwest have been asking for left-handed line-counter reels and Daiwa has responded by introducing 7 new models. Starting with an easy-to-read line counter that is very accurate to ensure you’re at the correct depth every time you let out. Daiwa’s legendary durability and silky smooth drag and oversized paddle handle make reeling as easy as possible. Both the Accudepth and Sealines are available in size 27 and 47.

Pot Puller - Polished Stainless Steel

 Pot Puller - Polished Stainless Steel

Our pot puller is made with heavy gauge polished stainless steel. It not only looks good, it will save your back from those heavy pots and will last the lifetime of your boat. The nicest affordable davit system available. Please ask for them at your local retailer or contact Folbe Products at 206-763-3521.

Lamiglas Fishing Rods

Lamiglas Fishing Rods

Lamiglas is excited to announce the introduction of a new series of American-Made fishing rods. The Redline series has 10 great new actions and taper designs—from the HS 710 MHC, the ultimate Hover Rod for salmon, to a great new bobber and all-purpose salmon spinning model, HS 94 HS. And many others. The Redline is built with a rugged composite handle, ring lock guides with concept spacing. All offered with Lamiglas’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

GPS Ranging

GPS Ranging

Your smart device automatically captures your position and the direction of your target. When you take a picture of something with your iPhone or iPad, when coupled with the range of the target, it gives you all the data necessary to generate the “remote” GPS coordinate of your target. It’s simple; snap a picture, enter the distance to the target (from a rangefinder or other tool) and GPS Ranging does the rest. For more info visit



Hobie partners with Power-Pole Micro Anchor: The efficient, all-electric Power-Pole Micro quickly, easily and quietly anchors Hobie’s Pro Angler 12 and Pro Angler 14. A simple push of the button to engage the anchor combines with Hobie’s MirageDrive pedal-propulsion system to leave hands virtually free. The system includes a wireless remote control, advanced wireless dash switch, hardware, fully adjustable mounting bracket, electrical cord/plug/battery terminals, quick-release cord, free app (Android), USB Connector, and Bluetooth.

Crystal Basin Tackle & Guide Service

Crystal Basin Tackle

When it comes to getting the most action out of a hoochie, Crystal Basin Tackle has the answer. Following their great success with the original Hoochie Thing for kokanee and trout, Crystal Basin turned their attention to salmon. Introducing the Hoochie Thing2, made on 25-pound test and two 3/0 hooks. It comes in 5 productive colors that big salmon can’t resist. Add a small strip of bait to the hooks under the hoochie.

Lightweight, soft on hooks - easy on fish!

Promar Grande Series Landing Nets

The latest evolution of Promar Grande Series Landing Nets features HookResist, a new generation of snag-resistant netting. The new material is lightweight, rugged, and snag resistant. The flat-bottom design allows the angler a convenient surface for hook removal, as well as minimizing the amount of stress to the fish. The new rubber-coated netting features larger mesh, allowing the angler to rake the net through the water with little to no drag. HookResist mesh is also available on Promar’s Swing Landing Nets and LN-900B Angler Series. Visit Promar online at or call toll free 866-264-1562 to find a dealer near you.

BnR Tackle

BnR Tackle

BnR Tackle Flasher Spreaders are designed to keep your flasher, weight, and bait separated while dropping, trolling and fighting a fish. The Flasher Spreaders are manufactured in Oregon using the highest quality US-made hardware, including high tensile strength stainless-steel wire to eliminate kinking and tangles. Available as a sliding or fixed spreader at local retailers or

Rainshadow ETERNITY² Nano Rod Blank

Rainshadow Eternity2 Nano Rod Blank

Innovative. Cutting-edge. Impeccable. This flagship nano constructed series is the highest quality of rod blanks that RainShadow has to offer. The ETERNITY² trend-setting rod blanks set the bar by being ultra-sensitive, incredibly durable, with feather lightweight construction. Utilizing state-of-the-art RX9 materials along with radically advanced processing such as Ultra-High Modulus Reinforcement (UHMR) and High Density SC (HDSC). This lineup includes all forms of bass casting/spinning, and fly rod blanks. To cap it off, we integrate Nano Compound Technology (NCT) to ensure each blank not only operates with surgical precision, but also retains incredible power.

Ardent Reel Care

Ardent Reel Care

Kleen: Ardent Reel Kleen Cleaner is a chemically engineered solvent specifically developed for regular cleaning of fishing reels. It dissolves old grease and dirt for easy cleaning and will not damage internal parts like some cleaners can. 

Lubricate: Ardent Reel Butter Bearing Lube utilizes the latest in lubrication engineering technology. It penetrates deep into ball bearings and roller bearings for a complete flush of dirt and foreign debris.

Condition: Ardent Line Butter Conditioner is the next generation in line management and protection. Line Butter is engineered to maximize line performance and castability for all types of lines.

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