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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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These two Eel River steelhead were lucky enough to get through the low water unscathed.

EPA Announcement is an Appropriate and Measured Step to Protect Bristol Bay The Environmental Protection Agency announced it would begin a process under the Clean Water Act to protect Bristol Bay from harmful mining development...

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New "Twitch-blade" Jigs

Issue: February 2011

John’s Jigs introduces an exciting new “Twitch-blade” pattern to its popular line of steelhead and salmon jigs. Its innovative design was inspired by Frank Amato who would entice reluctant fish by adding a small spinner blade to the tail of his favorite salmon flies. Man does it work! These jigs fish extremely well for salmon when twitched just off the river bottom. They are also deadly for steelhead when fished under a float. The enticing Twitch-Blade easily spins when twitched or held against the current and it flutters like a spoon when dead-drifted. For more info visit: ?

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.

Ardent Reel Care Ardent Reel Care

Issue: June 2014

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.

Great Lakes Steelhead Great Lakes Steelhead Company Products

Issue: May 2014

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!

Rooster Tail for Trout New Rooster Tail Finish 
Tailored For Trout

Issue: May 2014

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!


Issue: May 2014

The STORMR STRYKR Jacket is designed to withstand the harshest weather and working environments. It utilizes Neoprene Core Technology. A revolutionary outerwear design, it affixes ultra-thin neoprene core with proven outdoor fabrics in a special lamination process. As a result of this breakthrough, STORMR products provide superior warmth, inherent flotation and incredible flexibility. Interior moisture-wicking fleece keeps you warm while the exterior windproof, waterproof shell beads water on impact.  Abrasion-resistant material in high-contact areas, along with a fleece lining and PU-welded splash-proof pockets. The wrists, waist and hood are all adjustable, and internal neoprene cuffs and the form-fitting design make this jacket provide maximum comfort without inhibiting mobility at all. A water-repellent exterior shell, 3M reflective graphics and nearly five pounds of positive buoyancy make this jacket the first choice in foul-weather gear for all hardcore outdoorsmen who don’t sit by the fire when the nastiest elements prevail.

Piranha Propellers Piranha Propellers 

Issue: May 2014

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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