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Brandon Glass helped this family of anglers into a pile of coho and this chrome chinook last summer in Astoria. This summer promises a lot more of the same with so many days available to fish.

Columbia River 2015 Salmon Seasons Set

Oregon and Washington fishery managers have announced the 2015 summer and fall salmon seasons for the Columbia River. The 2015 fall salmon seasons are based on strong projected returns of...

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Regardless of hook and bait restrictions, incredible days are to be had. Justin, Phil and Darren had no problem filling a fish box with single, barbless hooks last summer on the Kitimat. 

 Anglers Get New Rules for Susitna River and Little Susitna River Drainages

Anglers are advised that in an effort to meet king salmon escapement goals in the Susitna River and Little Susitna River drainages, the following...

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Mike and Perry enjoying some of Lane County’s finest while Sadie seems to be uninterested.

 Northwest Scores Huge Win to Remove Gillnets from Columbia River

In a landmark ruling in March, the Oregon Court of Appeals cleared the way for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to continue implementing a...

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Hopefully under Melcher, Oregon will remain one of the most wild and senic places in America and the fishing opportunities 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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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  (707) 840-9485

S & C Rod Racks S & C Rod Racks

Issue: June 2015

Stuart Carlson of S&C has taken rod racks to the next level and then some. The S&C racks will fit any standard Scotty, Folbe or Fish-On base. These are 100% adjustable swiveling 360 degrees in both horizontal and vertical positions and almost indestructible. Built from aircraft-grade aluminum, stunningly beautiful with the fit and finish of Old World Craftsmanship. These are an absolute must for every boat to stow or transport rods safely. Find a dealer near you at Dealer inquiries welcome: 503-358-4180

P-Line Introduces the Pro Steel Spoon P-Line Introduces the Pro Steel Spoon

Issue: June 2015

The P-Line Pro Steel Spoon sets the bar higher than any other steelhead spoon on the market. This spoon has been built to fish directly out of the package, rigged with a ball-bearing swivel and a single siwash hook, which means no upgrades are needed. Unique color patterns such as copper/gold and copper/silver have proven to be deadly effective. All at a reasonable price! Pro Steel spoons are available in 3 sizes, (1/4, 2/5, and 2/3 ounce) and 10 colors. A spare treble hook is included in the package for fisheries which allow the use of a treble. Pro Steel spoons are currently available and retail for $5.99.

Rainbow Plastics Rainbow Plastics

Issue: June 2015

Rainbow Plastics is now offering a glow-infused plastic throughout their entire line-up. Keeping with their tradition of offering the highest quality plastic floats and bubbles, Rainbow’s glow is no exception. These plastics will glow brighter, longer and the glow ability will not degrade over time. This is the best reusable glow you can get without a battery.

New from Promar New from Promar

Issue: June 2015

The latest landing net from Promar is model# LN-501BT, an adjustable, telescoping landing net with a number of bells and whistles, including a telescoping adjustable handle that extends from 54” out to a whopping 96”. The added extension is ideal when fishing from river banks, as well as drift boats and vessels with high bows and high rails. The handle can be completely detached from the 28” x 30” frame for easy stowing and transport. Sturdy lightweight anodized aluminum construction is durable and corrosion resistant. The new model is outfitted with HookResist netting, a lightweight, high-performance, rubber-coated mesh that cuts through the water with minimal drag. HookResist is a snag-resistant knotless coated mesh that is both soft on fish and easy on hooks. Contact Promar toll free at 866-264-1562 for a dealer near you.

Maruto Semi-Barbless Siwash Hooks Maruto Semi-Barbless Siwash Hooks

Issue: June 2015

The new design open-eye premium barbless sickle siwash made by Maruto of Japan was offered as a limited edition last year. This is a Grabber Hook, having the patented semi-barbless design that meets barbless definitions of WA, OR, ID, NV, CA, and AK. Due to enthusiastic field reports from both sport and pro anglers alike in 2014, this hook is now in full production and distributed by Angler Innovations of Boring, Oregon. Available in 1/0, 3/0, and 5/0 sizes, see them at your local retailer or online at 503-341-0287.

Brad’s Cut Plug Brad’s Cut Plug

Issue: June 2015

Brad’s has launched some new colors in their 2015 Cut Plug line-up that are must-haves: Candy Corn, Sa-Weet and Twisted Sister. The colors were developed by the demands of anglers and Brad’s Pro-Staff, when filled with your favorite scent these are sure to be producers. Available at fine tackle stores or see them at

Angler Innovations Angler Innovations

Issue: May 2015

The newest color for the popular Sure Spin Baitfish Helmet is the Clear UV Purple Haze, available in 8 sizes, from XXS anchovy size to 3XL for black label herring. Also new for 2015 is the Sure Spin Rigging Kit which comes with 15 rubber bobber stops that fit 20- to 60-pound mono, including a supply of toothpicks. Ask for both at your favorite tackle store.;

Side Drifter Side Drifter

Issue: May 2015

Ever lost a fish when the cast-in swivel pulled out of your inline lead weight?  SideDrifter Gear has solved this dilemma with their Inline Jig and Bead Fishing Weights.These are cast with a full 1/16-inch wire from end to end and conservatively rated at 40 pounds test. They are made in the USA with oversize #5 ROSCO swivels. The large diameter of the wire and swivels increases knot strength. Available in 1/4 to 1 ounce sizes online and at independent tackle shops.

New Gage Storm Surge Bibs New Gage Storm Surge Bibs

Issue: May 2015

New Gage Storm Surge Bib Pants from Grundens USA provides serious fishermen with advanced protection, ease of movement and superior breathability.

These bibs are tailored from heavy-duty 10,000mm waterproof nylon and feature expandable elastic side gussets, fully taped seams, an interior lining with unique North Pacific Weather Fax print, and heavy-duty Velcro-cinch ankle adjustments. Available in XS to 5XL. MSRP starting at $119, with matching jacket sold separately. Visit for more information.

Brad’s Killer Fish Brad’s Killer Fish

Issue: May 2015

Brad’s has introduced seven new colors in their Killer Fish line-up for 2015. These colors were designed by some of the Northwest’s top guides and anglers. #088 Midnight Blue, #501 Gator, #102 Green’s Copper, #510 Twisted Sister, #076 Met. Watermelon, #103 Salmon Tag and #513 Spotted Pickle. Brad’s is known for their attention to color and detail, and these lures are no exception. See them at your favorite tackle store or at

Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener - Ken Onion Edition Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener - Ken Onion Edition

Issue: May 2015

The WSKTS-KO Blade Grinding Attachment is a horizontal belt attachment designed for knife shaping, sharpening and honing tasks. This 4-pulley attachment is fully adjustable from 10° to 35° (in 1° increments) and includes 1” x 18” engineered abrasive belts in a wide range of grits. Allows you to customize your blade edge to best meet your needs or preference. Work Sharp Engineered, Ken Onion Designed. Attachment only, requires the WSKTS-KO Sharpener for use. Does not fit Work Sharp model WSKTS.

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

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