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Oregon Trout Fully Stocked, but Looking to Get Better
Each year the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife successfully stocks 7 million legal-sized trout in lakes, ponds and reservoirs all across Oregon. However, finding an affordable way...

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This stupid bird is a major culprit in our declining anadramous fish runs and the reason we’re protecting them in a location they’re not even native to is twice as stupid as they look.

 East Sand Island Cormorants in Trouble
East Sand Island’s double-crested cormorant colony has grown to a record size of approximately 14,900 nesting pairs in 2013 (over 40 percent of the western population). This single...

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The better we understand habitat, the more we can help conserve it. That will put a smile on any angler’s face. 

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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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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Nightmare Worm!

Issue: February 2011

Mad River Mfg. has a new color steelhead worm. The color was designed after the super popular nightmare jig pattern. The nightmare worm has already been guide tested and proven to catch big fish! Available in 3 and 4 inch sizes. Order online today or ask for them at your local tackle shop. ?Visit: or call 707-840-9485.

RoboHandle RoboHandle

Issue: September 2014

RoboHandle is the perfect tool for the person who fishes alone. It allows the angler to safely and comfortably net a fish without losing grip on the handle—or their rod. Attach the handle to a net, slip your arm through the ring and hold onto the pistol grip. With both the ring and grip, the angler uses their strong bicep muscle rather than the weaker forearm muscles and wrist to hoist fish into the boat. For more information, ask your favorite tackle dealer or see

Lamiglas Rods Lamiglas Rods

Issue: September 2014

Lamiglas Fishing Rods is proud to announce two new additions to their rock-solid SI Series of rods. The SI 710 MHC is the ultimate Salmon Hover Rod at 7’ 10” and rated for 10-20# line. It has a Moderate Fast Action while maintaining the ability to pick up the softest of bites on days with less favorable conditions. By popular demand Lamiglas also introduces the SI 106 MHC; it is 10’ 6” and rated for 10-20# line. This model was designed with many applications in mind, from an all-purpose Salmon and Steelhead float rod to spoon-fishing and drift fishing larger tributaries for those who prefer a little extra length and power. Both models are built with the tried and true Fuji K-Frame Titanium Guides, as well as Lamiglas’s proprietary handle and reel seat construction.  Look for these rods in your local Lamiglas retailer this Fall.

MagicEzy 9-Second Chip Fix MagicEzy 9-Second Chip Fix

Issue: September 2014

MagicEzy 9-Second Chip Fix uses an exclusive nanotechnology-based formula to quickly fill, bond, level and color chips, gouges, wide cracks and deep scratches in fiberglass boats. There is no need to prep the area with sandpaper, mix messy catalysts or add color tinting. This product is available in 11 popular colors, carries a 3-Year Repair Warranty and retails for $24.99 USD. Visit

STORMR Rain Gear STORMR Rain Gear

Issue: September 2014

In a sea of copycats, STORMR’s Fusion Series is a game-changer. Using VAPR Tech, no other outerwear offers a DWR-treated, windproof, waterproof, breathable shell combined with high-stretch neoprene panels for increased range of motion and superior comfort. The Fusion Series sets the bar for the evolution of lightweight rain gear.

New 580P Mirror Lens from Costa New 580P Mirror Lens from Costa 

Issue: September 2014

Anglers now have the choice of 580 mirror lenses in Costa’s hard-coated glass or its impact-resistant polycarbonate material. Additionally, Costa offers its 580P mirror lens with prescriptions, made of Trivex plastic.

Costa’s 580 lenses block yellow light resulting in unmatched level of polarization and razor-sharp color, and feature a premium anti-reflective coating.

Costa’s 580P mirrors repel oil, water and dust. Lens color options include blue mirror (on a gray base) or green and silver mirror (both on a copper base).

The new 580P mirror lenses will be available in Fall 2014, in 14 of Costa’s performance sunglass styles. Prices will vary and start at $179.

Daiwa Daiwa

Issue: August 2014

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

Issue: August 2014

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.

Crystal Basin Tackle Crystal Basin Tackle & Guide Service

Issue: August 2014

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.

Hobie Hobie

Issue: August 2014

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.

Lamiglas Fishing Rods Lamiglas Fishing Rods

Issue: August 2014

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

Issue: August 2014

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

Promar Grande Series Landing Nets Lightweight, soft on hooks - easy on fish!

Issue: June 2014

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.

New TUF-Line Tournament 8 New TUF-Line TOURNAMENT 8

Issue: June 2014

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 the longevity of Tournament 8’s working life. 

Tournament 8 is available in Green and Blue in 10-, 15-, 20-, 30-, 40-, 50-, 65- and 80-pound tests. Contact:

BnR Tackle BnR Tackle

Issue: June 2014

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

Issue: June 2014

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.

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