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WDFW’s new director has his work cut out for him. Hopefully Washington will continue to have excellent wild fishing opportunities as well as harvestable hatchery fish like this chunky coho displayed by guide Jared Cady. 

 Commission Selects Unsworth as New Director of WDFW
Dr. Jim Unsworth, deputy director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, was chosen as the new head of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.


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Figuring out where our fish are being harvested in the ocean could easily influence commercial allocations which hopefully will put more chinook in sport fishermen’s hands. 

 WDFW Works with Upper Columbia River Communities to Highlight Recreation Opportunities in the Okanogan  Recreational opportunities abound through the fall and winter in the Okanogan region, and leaders from Brewster, Bridgeport and...

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Trees and bushes lining riverbanks are a lot healthier than gravel roads.

  600 Trees Planted to Help Repair Habitat

In October, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, and the Mid Coast Watersheds Council will place nearly 600 large plantation trees via helicopter in 9...

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 Fish are the most vulnerable when rivers are at their lowest and clearest.

  WDFW Updates Hydraulic Codes to Protect Fish

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has adopted a comprehensive update to the state’s Hydraulic Code rules, which regulate construction projects and other...

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New! Hawg Nose Flatfish From Yakima Bait

Issue: October 2011

Without a doubt, the most exciting lure innovation for river salmon in some time! Early tests prove the new Hawg Nose Flatfish is deeper diving with an exclusive “skip beat” action that drives salmon to bite. This lure fishes best in water running 1–5 mph. Buzz Ramsey was essential in the development of this lure which features all the right salmon-catching colors. Guides from Alaska to Northern California confirm this lure’s a winner!

New Okuma 350 Low-Profile Line Counter New Okuma 350 Low-Profile Line Counter

Issue: March 2015

A versatile salmon angler may troll, back-troll, back-bounce and cast floats. To date, these techniques favored different reels for each technique. With the all-new Cold Water 350 Low-Profile Line Counter, Okuma Fishing Tackle captures perfection in one salmon reel that can do it all, and it’s available in both right- and left-hand retrieve.

At the core of the Cold Water 350 is the low-profile design. Modern and sleek, the shape of the reel fits the hand perfectly, a critical feature when back-bouncing or casting floats. Centered within the die-cast aluminum frame, the machined aluminum spool holds more than 150 yards of 65-pound braided line. The thumb bar spool release is immediately available for ease of casting or feathering a drift. The Cold Water 350 advances the fishing industry with the addition of a mechanical line-counter to the proven low-profile baitcast reel.

Bite Buddy App Bite Buddy App

Issue: March 2015

Bite Buddy is the one buddy you’ll always take fishing. This high-tech rod sensor attaches to your pole, and sends notifications to your smart phone when it senses a nibble or a strike. The device uses Bluetooth to sync to your phone, and a gyro to sense the motion of the rod. The Bite Buddy app is completely adjustable for a wide range of fishing, in the boat or on land. The App also acts as a catch log. Simply snap a picture of every catch, fill in the stats, and share with your pals online. Bite Buddy allows you peace of mind that your rod will always be watched. For more information go to

Flying Fisherman Polarized AcuTint Flying Fisherman Polarized AcuTint

Issue: March 2015

This lens coloring system eliminates glare and enhances color contrast, without distorting natural colors. The enhanced visual sharpness and eye comfort adds to fishing productivity and maximizes the overall outdoors experience for anglers and water-sports enthusiasts. More information on Flying Fisherman products, along with testimonials, dealer locater and more at

The Bradley Blue Smoker Designer Series The Bradley Blue Smoker Designer Series

Issue: March 2015

Bradley is the ultimate solution in food-smoking technology. It’s easier to control and more versatile than any other smoker. With the automatic smoke generator, electronic control and fully insulated cabinet, Bradley Smokers eliminate drastic temperature fluctuations and interruptions in smoke production that adversely affect the taste of smoked foods. While other smokers must be tended constantly, Bradley Smokers automatically produce clean smoke for up to 8 hours without refueling. Visit us at

Dutch Fork Custom Lures Presents UV-Coated Ghost Blades Dutch Fork Custom Lures Presents UV-Coated Ghost Blades

Issue: March 2015

Transparent Ghost blades get even better with the glowing effect of UV coatings and maintaining the transparent effect of the Ghost Blades. All species of fish will love this new added effect and it’s sure to be a hit with fishermen too!

Luhr Jensen Releases More “Trouble” For Salmon Luhr Jensen Releases More “Trouble” For Salmon

Issue: February 2015

It’s no secret that the Double Trouble Kwikfish is the single most productive salmon finish ever created by Luhr Jensen. Building on this success, new colors for 2015 don’t seek to replace the Double Trouble, instead, they seek to enhance it. New Metallic Pink, Metallic Green and Metallic Blue Double Trouble finishes begin with a proven base and add highlights to increase color value, contrast and overall versatility. See all new Kwikfish at

Blood Run Tackle Blood Run Tackle

Issue: February 2015

Blood Run Tackle SST Floating Mono mainline was designed for salmon and steelhead float-fishermen. Floatants mixed with nylon resins plus an external barrier create a true floating and mendable mainline for spinning reels, baitcasters and centerpins. Softening oils and line conditioners create a soft and supple mainline in below freezing conditions. Offered in 8lb,10lb,12lb test 200 yards spools. Multiple color options in both low-vis (clear, natural) and hi-vis (lime, orange, chartreuse, blue). For more information visit

BnR Tackle BnR Tackle

Issue: February 2015

BnR Tackle is excited to announce the release of the newly designed 3.5” Holey Worm and 6 new colors. Design features a wider profile tail and molded eyes. New colors include Blue Tail, Green Tail, Cerise, Sky Rise, Steely Orange and First Cast. Available at Fisherman’s Marine and ORRT. See www.bnrtackle for more info and retailers.

Now In Red! Gamakatsu Big River Bait Hook Now In Red! Gamakatsu Big River Bait Hook

Issue: February 2015

Get salmon and steelhead seeing red with Gamakatsu’s Big River Bait hook. The unique design of this hook pins fish like no other and has won the favor of anglers everywhere! Look for them in red on store shelves soon and available in an expanded size selection from size 6 to 6/0.  For more info visit

Smile Blade Shrimp Rig Smile Blade Shrimp Rig

Issue: February 2015

Extremely popular while fishing for salmon or steelhead, this lure provides a set-up that is more likely to keep fish hooked. Its patented 1.5" high UV Smile Blade® and Cha Cha™ pill floats provide extra flash and wiggle in the water at speeds as low as 1/4MPH. The single 2/0 red hook can be tipped with a piece of shrimp, with a red #6 treble hook trailer which keeps fish on after they are hooked, allowing for a better opportunity to put more fish in the boat. This set-up was designed by a number of prominent guides for the early summer steelhead fisheries on the Columbia. Built with 6', 20-pound leaders it works well for the sockeye and chinooks also.


Issue: February 2015

P-Line XTCB is a new braided line which features DuPont’s Teflon Surface Protector. The benefit to the angler is a line which has more abrasion resistance, flows through the guides with less friction and allows for longer casting. Fishermen can also expect better knot strength than ordinary braids. XTCB has been created with an extremely tight weave and increased body which makes it perfect for both spinning and bait- casting reels. XTCB has an amazing strength to diameter ratio with virtually zero stretch. XTCB will be available in a standard version which is predominately 4 carrier (in the smaller sizes) and a deluxe version known as XTCB-8.

No-Mess Scent Sticks No-Mess Scent Sticks

Issue: January 2015

AN SPORTING Fishing Scent Sticks are a powerhouse when it comes to catchin’ fish. They’re a NO MESS, NO WASTE and ALL NATURAL potent formula that really puts a hurtin’ on the fish. If you’re fishing with plugs, lures or plastic baits, use AN SPORTING Fishing Scent Sticks and catch more fish.

Pro-Cure Introduces Its New Liquid Egg Cure  Pro-Cure Introduces Its New Liquid Egg Cure 

Issue: January 2015

Curing eggs couldn’t be easier! Shake up the Liquid Egg Cure to get all the ingredients thoroughly mixed, then pour the Liquid Egg Cure on top of your pre-cut egg skeins or clusters. Gently roll the eggs around until all the eggs are covered.   

Soak skeins or clusters from four to 12 hours, then drain and place on sheet to air dry to the firmness you want. Eggs are ready to fish or freeze, available in Red Hot, Orange Glow and Hot pink, enhanced with real Krill powder and UV Flash. For more information go to or call 1-800-776-2873

New Okuma Caymus New Okuma Caymus 

Issue: January 2015

All-new Caymus spinning reels deliver stunning engineering at an MSRP beginning at $49.99.  With its ultra-lightweight, aggressively ported spool and rotor and black and red styling, Caymus makes a statement on the water.  Backing up the fierce look is a core of excellence:  8-bearing system, including Quick-Set anti-reverse, machined aluminum spool, Blade Body Design, forged aluminum handle, EVA handle knobs and up to 18 pounds of max drag.  Available in sizes C-30, C-40 and C-55, Caymus takes on all steelhead and salmon spinning-reel techniques. See them at

Steelhead Bitten By New Mamba Kwikfish Steelhead Bitten By New Mamba Kwikfish

Issue: January 2015

Savvy anglers know that black head finishes contain an extra dose of attraction for steelhead. It could be enhanced contrast or maybe the black head creates a smaller profile. Whatever the reason, black heads catch fish. For 2015 Luhr-Jensen has introduced three new factory K9X and K11X finishes with factory black head. New “Mamba” finishes include, Silver Red Mamba, Silver Pink Mamba and Red Black Mamba. See them at

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