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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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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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Russian River Steelhead Make It Through Drought
Now that the Pebble Mine threat is currently subdued, fishermen can get back to the business of catching fish. 

Ninety-six Russian River steelhead were spawned Feb. 20 at Warm Springs Hatchery, marking a strong but late start for the hatchery’s annual steelhead spawning operation.

The Russian River and its...

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Good Vibrations…

Salmon Spinner.

Like the old Beach Boys’ song, good vibrations are what you want in a salmon spinner. Since the returning fish aren’t actively feeding—their thoughts, if they have them, are on procreation rather than sustenance—fishermen need a trigger to get a bite response.

Too often that trigger will be some little thing, perhaps a change in color or maybe a slight change in speed or flash.

With spinners, though, a lot of the allure is vibration. Having the right vibration at the...

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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.

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.

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.


New TUF-Line Tournament 8

Delivers 8-Carrier Construction, Spectra Fiber Strength, and Superior Nano Coating Technology.

  New Tournament 8 is an eight-carrier braid, utilizing eight fiber bundles in the completed line rather than the more common four- or six-carrier construction. Producing the line from an increased number of smaller diameter micro-filaments, Tournament 8 delivers an incredibly smooth exterior finish, exceptional inherent body and supremely round profile. The line casts and handles effortlessly. 

Nano coating technology further refines Tournament 8 performance by creating a bond of nano particles resulting in a microscopic hydrophobic barrier. This barrier creates an ultra-smooth and highly durable finish. The coating reduces friction, increases casting distance and greatly extends...

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

New Rooster Tail Finish 
Tailored For Trout

Rooster Tail for Trout

Worden’s Original Rooster Tail is still, unquestionably, one of the most productive lures ever produced for trout. For 2014 Yakima Bait, the makers of Rooster Tail, have added some new, very exciting finishes. The new “Bleeding Frog” finish has already proved to be a homerun and it’s just hitting store shelves around the country. Here’s some good advice…don’t leave home without them!

Piranha Propellers 

Piranha Propellers

If you own a boat with a propeller you will hit it at some point, it’s just a matter of when. I run a jet unit on my main motor and most of my time is spent in shallow Northwest rivers, which results in me dinging or smashing a kicker propeller once or twice a year. The cost for repairing or replacing a propeller ranges from 65.00 to 150.00 every time—and that price can go way up if you damage the lower unit from a hard hit. Fortunately I just found the answer from Piranha Propellers, they have truly made a better mouse trap! Their propellers have removable blades that slide in and out of the hub, making repairs simple, vibrations gone and rebalanced in 5 minutes or less. Replacement blades start at $17.00. The unit also helps absorb shock to the lower unit. 
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Great Lakes Steelhead Company Products

Great Lakes Steelhead

For those in search of quality steelhead tackle, look no further. Great Lakes Steelhead Company’s Trick Em’ Beads and Trick Em’ Jigs offer a diverse line of fish-catching products. Trick Em’ Beads, offered in sizes 6mm-12mm, include over 100 custom colors. Trick Em’ Jigs, offered in sizes 1/64oz-1/8oz, include over 100 assorted patterns. Check out GLSC at or ask your local tackle shop!

Float-Fishing for �Salmon & Steelhead By Terry J. Wiest

Float Fishing For Salmon & Steelhead

Float-fishing provides the most natural presentation for catching salmon and steelhead. In this up-to-date book, The Float Fishing Guy shares his secrets of success! Basic and advanced techniques, including shotting and bobber doggin’; Rigging; Presentations; Reading Water; Equipment: Lures; Knots; everything you need to master this productive fishing technique.



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