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With no water in California rivers, fish have the deck stacked firmly against them.

Diverse Coalition Negotiating Historic Venture to Reintroduce Salmon to Sierra

Spring-run chinook salmon could return to their historic spawning habitat on the North Yuba River under a still-developing agreement involving three...

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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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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

Cousins Tackle Columbia Composite Series Rods Cousins Tackle Columbia Composite Series Rods

Issue: August 2015

Introducing the new Columbia Composite Series from Cousins Tackle — nine new American-made rods designed specifically for “rod holder” salmon/steelhead fishing techniques. Anglers will find perfectly designed actions for trolling baits and spinners, wobbler fishing, downrigger fishing or anchor fishing with plugs. 

Every rod is based on a lightweight, durable graphite/fiberglass composite blank. Forgiving actions make fish hold on longer, yet are powerful enough to handle large weights and battle big fish in strong currents. Distinctive woven graphite handles slide in and out of rod holders easily, and are durable, easy to maintain and won’t absorb scents. Two cork-grip models also available. Learn more at

Work Sharp Work Sharp

Issue: August 2015

‘Wow’ is an understatement. The folks at Work Sharp have developed the best sharpening systems I have ever used. The Work Sharp Guided Sharpening System with its pivot response system actually follows the curve of the blade, making it fast and easy to get a razor edge. Quick-change diamond plates and ease of operation make it easy for beginners or the pro. To learn more and see these products in action, go to

Bradley Magic Mats, 4 Pack  Bradley Magic Mats, 4 Pack 

Issue: August 2015

Bradley Smoker introduces Bradley Magic Mats. These mats fit perfectly in your Bradley Smoker racks—no more foods sticking to your racks. The Bradley Magic Mats allow you to easily peel food off the mats, eliminating big chunks of food residue on the rack. The Bradley Magic Mats are reusable and you can easily wash them in the dishwasher. The mats have a fine mesh that allows the smoke to penetrate the food easily.

Brad’s Mini Extreme Wobblers Brad’s Mini Extreme Wobblers

Issue: August 2015

Two new colors have been added to the Mini Extreme line up BX-28 (Mr. Wilson) and BX-40 (Candy Corn), the Mini’s are deadly at the top and bottom of the tides or just trolled at a suspended depth. Now available at fine tackle stores or check them out at

Clackacraft Clackacraft

Issue: August 2015

Since 1978 building a prop guard. No holes to drill compression fit. Protects prop and Skag. Installs in minutes. Manufactured in lightweight aluminum and hot dip galvanized. Fits most major brands from 2 to 20 hp.; 503-655-9532

Bechhold Predator Bechhold Predator

Issue: August 2015

For deep fishing, 50 feet or deeper, you gotta try the new Bechhold Predator. It will suck in fish up to a 1/2 mile away and it’s guaranteed to out-fish the competition. The Predator comes with a money-back guarantee, “if it doesn’t out-fish what you’re currently using, send it back for a refund...ask the competition if they will make a guarantee like this?” The 8-inch comes standard with 2 lights, or 4 lights in the 8-inch Predator. The 11-inch comes standard with 2 lights, or 8 lights in the Predator series. Check out to see them in action.

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.

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