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The broodstock programs that have been implemented so far have produced excellent results like this dandy fish for Dan, Justin and Ed.

 Steelhead Collection for Mad River Fish Hatchery
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) trained 21 anglers at Mad River Fish Hatchery to aid in the collection of wild-origin steelhead from the Mad River. These anglers...

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The Owens River isn’t big to begin with and can use as much water as it’s allowed. What it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in beauty.

 Permanent Flows Ordered to Restore Owens River Gorge
After decades of court proceedings, the Owens River Gorge has begun to receive additional water to help restore historic fish populations and increase fishing opportunities. Read More

Hopefully under Melcher, Oregon will remain on of the mostwild and scenic places in America and the fishing oppurtunities will only get better.

 ODFW Gets Melcher as New Director
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has chosen Curt Melcher to be the next director for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The decision was announced during the Commission’s...

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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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New! Mulkey's Guide Flash Spinners

Issue: September 2012

Just in time for fall salmon, Yakima Bait proudly introduces Mulkey’s Guide Flash Spinners. Designed by Pro Guide Terry Mulkey, this spinner features a faceted blade, ultra-sharp Owner hook and squid body that results in the ultimate trolling spinner for chinook and silver salmon. Durable powder-coated blade finish is enhanced by a 2-part UV urethane overcoat that’s available in 31 different colors.

Hot Spot Lures Hot Spot Lures

Issue: April 2015

Hot Spot Lures introduces some new colors for 2015! The Red Racer is a new version of the original old favorite, now with Moon Jelly UV tape. The Outfitter is a UV blade with Moon Jelly tape and is effective at all depths. Green Onion is a new Chartreuse UV pigment that reflects with maximal Edge Glow, equally effective inshore and offshore. Available at fine tackle stores or at

Light Up Your Lures Light Up Your Lures

Issue: April 2015

With 3 LEDs in red, white and green, you can plug and play with all your lures and baits and find the perfect combo—no matter what you’re fishing for and in all conditions. With 150 hours of battery time you could fish for 6 straight days and nights and still have light. For more information: 509-466-2502 or

PowerPro Maxcuatro Line PowerPro Maxcuatro Line

Issue: April 2015

Introducing the newest generation of PowerPro using the latest technology in Spectra fiber. The new PowerPro Maxcuatro is 25%* thinner than existing PowerPro lines with equivalent strength. With a 4-carrier braid made with the newest Honeywell Spectra HT fiber, Maxcuatro optimizes your casting distance while increasing your reel’s capacity.

Downsize your tackle and maximize your total fishing performance with Maxcuatro by PowerPro. Available in 50, 65, 80 and 100 pound, in PowerPro Green and Hi-Vis Yellow.

Fishing Mount Hood Country Fishing Mount Hood Country

Issue: April 2015

Gary Lewis Outdoors, 2015; $24.95; 128 pages; ISBN: 978-0-9761244-6-7
In Fishing Mount Hood Country, award-winning authors Gary Lewis and Robert H. Campbell tell tales of water, trails, trout, steelhead and salmon and provide a detailed, thoughtful look at the best fly- and gear-fishing. 

The book is divided into two sections—Western and Eastern—by the Pacific Crest Trail. The story is told in 40+ chapters, illustrated with over 200 full-color photos and maps. Hike the trails that lead to rainbows and cutthroat in remote high-country lakes and drift the rivers for steelhead and salmon. 

Available in bookstores and on the web at www.garylewisoutdoors and at

Rockaway Roc Fish Hook Remover Rockaway Roc Fish Hook Remover

Issue: April 2015

Rockaway Fishing Tackle’s Roc fish hook removers are made of surgical stainless steel and rustproof. Titanium nitrite coating adds unique coloring and toughness. The precision curved jaw allows you to see around the instrument tip and clamp on to the hook at the best angle to prevent damage to the fish’s mouth. Mulit-use: knot tying, rigging, portable fly-tying vise. Sizes: 6, 8, and 10 inch. Belt-loop holsters included with 8- and 10-inch models. Tested in salt water by professional guides and anglers. Roc is the choice of professionals. Money-back guarantee if not completely satisfied. Watch the Roc in use at

Blood Run Tackle Fluorocarbon Leader Blood Run Tackle Fluorocarbon Leader

Issue: April 2015

Blood Run Tackle fluorocarbon leaders were the first specie-specific-designed leader for Salmon and Steelhead anglers beginning in 2008. Using the highest quality resins and unique construction to match their intended uses, we match quality with performance under every condition. 6-17-pound test are designed for float-fishing and river casting, with specific suppleness and abrasion-resistant characteristics. Heavyweight 20-50-pound leaders are designed with stiffness and durability for trolling and heavy-tackle situations.

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

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