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This giant hatchery winter steelhead was caught in mid April and is a perfect example of why broodstock programs work and we should be looking to change environmental barriers to wild fish as opposed to looking to abolish hatcheries. 

Hatchery Reduced Fitness Causes Undetermined
Hatcheries are commonly used throughout the Pacific Northwest to help provide salmon for harvest, mitigate for lost and degraded habitat, and to conserve endangered and threatened wild...

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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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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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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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New Mad River Worm!

Issue: February 2013

Pink Pearl with Pearl Tail. This is a perfect contrast of colors and great for all water conditions. Designed and tested by top fishing guides out of northwest WA. Now this color is available to the avid fisherman. Ask for them at your local tackle shop or visit us online at www.MadRiverMfg.com  (707) 840-9485

Buck Knives  Buck Knives 

Issue: October 2014

Buck Knives introduces the Clearwater Series of fillet knives with the 3 edge system to make the most out of filleting your catch. First is the tip edge to poke through scales and get things started, second the short back side is sharpened to do the dirty work around the gills and boney areas, saving the front side of the knife for super-clean cuts. With its perfect flexibility the knife glides with ease down the rib cage leaving nothing behind. This is a very-well-thought-out knife. Made in the USA and comes with the “Buck’s Forever Warranty”. www.buckknives.com

Orca Coolers Orca Coolers

Issue: October 2014

Simply the best cooler you can buy at any price, anywhere—and they are 100% Made in the USA! ORCA coolers are roto-molded in America’s heartland, lockable and come with a lifetime guarantee. They feature premium insulation that keeps your food and drinks cold and makes ice last days longer. The padded carrying handles make it easy to transport the cooler from your house to your vehicle. Every ORCA cooler sold benefits conservation throughout the United States. Available in sizes to meet every need. Sale of the pink ORCA cooler benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s breast cancer research. www.orcacoolers.com

Storm Collection: 
Clean Lens, Clear Sight by UnderArmour  Storm Collection: 
Clean Lens, Clear Sight by UnderArmour 

Issue: October 2014

In collaboration with optic industry leader ZEISS, the UA Storm lens represents the peak of innovation by combining remarkable anti-corrosive and hydrophobic technology with the finest optics in the world. Lenses are by Zeiss, with a hydrophobic, anti-static and scratch-resistant hard coating that’s easy to clean. Anti-corrosive and impervious to oils, saltwater, insect repellent, sunscreen and other outdoor substances. ANSI Z87.1 for superior impact resistance and eyewear protection. Elite performance polarized UA Eyewear: 1-888-727-6687; www.UAeyewear.com

Big River Open-Eye Barbless Big River Open-Eye Barbless

Issue: October 2014

Gamakatsu's new Big River Barbless Big River Open Eye hook is the ideal replacement hook for plugs, spinners and spoons where barbless hooks are required. The unique shape of this hook holds fish tight and substantially better than conventional siwash or treble hooks. Available in sizes 1/0 - 7/0. gamakatsu.com

ALPS MVT Toray Trigger Reel Seat ALPS MVT Toray Trigger Reel Seat

Issue: October 2014

 The MVT (Micro Vibration Transmission) design is based off the wildly successful TexTouch casting graphite reel seat. 6061 T-6 double-locking nuts and a double-keyed body strengthen the hold on the reel and eliminate hood spin. The MVT raises the bar with three cutouts for maximum blank exposure. ALPS incorporated incredibly light yet strong Toray chopped carbon fiber. Then topped it all off with a dark carbon woven insert to give it a little extra swag. Choose from 14 different sizes and 3 body/hood colors. Sizes 10.0-13.5 only available with dark carbon woven inserts. Batson Enterprises, Inc.; 877-875-2381; www.batsonenterprises.com

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 www.robohandle.com

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. 
www.lamiglas.com

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 www.magicezy.com

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. www.StormrUSA.com.com

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. www.costadelmar.com

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. www.Daiwa.com

 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. www.folbe.com

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. www.crystalbasintackle.com

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. www.lamiglas.com

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