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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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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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Small pull-cord-style life jackets are a lot better than nothing, because no matter how beautiful they are, no fish is worth someone’s life.

   Life-Jacket Code Scheme to Change to Eliminate Confusion
In a move that’s expected to benefit recreational boaters, on Oct. 22 the US Coast Guard will drop the current life jacket type code scheme—Type I, II, III...

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Apparently there’s an unwritten rule on the Siuslaw that when a compromise can’t be reached, it’s time to start shooting Minn Kotas.

Illegal Gill Net Captain Caught in Astoria
Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife troopers cited an Astoria man on several commercial-fish-related charges after seizing 748 pounds of illegally caught chinook salmon on the Columbia River...

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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

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

New Color Steelhead Worm! New Color Steelhead Worm!

Issue: January 2015

Mad River Mfg introduces Capt. America! A new color designed by the pros. With the popular color combo Cerise and Blue, comes a new color worm that has already been proven deadly for steelhead. Available in 3” and 4” sizes. Ask for them at your local tackle shop or visit Mad River Mfg. online at; (707) 840-9485.

Bait Buttons Bait Buttons

Issue: December 2014

Bait Buttons is a simple, quick and easy way to keep your roe, coon shrimp, plastic worms, fish pills and other natural baits in place on your hook while fishing for steelhead and salmon. Choose from two sizes. The Original for hooks up to 4/0, and Big Game up to 10/0. Find them online at or at Fisherman’s Marine, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Bass Pro Shops and ask for them at your local bait and tackle store.

“Bobber Doggin’ Baits & Beads” “Bobber Doggin’ Baits & Beads”

Issue: December 2014

Bobber dogging is fast becoming the “preferred technique” by a growing number of steelheaders, and some salmon anglers as well. Josiah Darr and Mike Kelly have designed their innovative system to fool wary steelhead. In this video they discuss why you should try bobber dogging, how to go about it, details on the rigging, sections on fishing both baits and beads, and all specifics on the gear you need for this advanced steelhead angling system. At fine tackle stores or call Angler Fish Productions 1-800-359-3474.

Bait Injector Caps Bait Injector Caps

Issue: December 2014

Now available in two sizes to fit standard bait injectors & magnum bait injectors. For years anglers have asked for replacement bait-injector caps with needles. Needles get damaged and lost, or anglers just wants to screw a needle/cap assembly onto their favorite 2- or 8-ounce scent bottle, and inject. Both sizes are available in 3-packs at your favorite tackle store. Go to for more information

Scotty Downrigger Rod Holder Adapter Scotty Downrigger Rod Holder Adapter

Issue: December 2014

Turn your downrigger mount into a rod-holder mount with our new 423 Downrigger Rod Holder Adapter. In combination with a 241 or 241L Mount, easily place the adapter on top of your 1023 Tilt Up Mounting Bracket, select your favorite rod holder and you’re set to go. Built to last with rugged engineering-grade nylon.

Dutch Fork Custom Lures Presents its NEW “No Loss” Double Quick-Change Clevis Dutch Fork Custom Lures Presents its NEW “No Loss” Double Quick-Change Clevis

Issue: December 2014

In addition to our single “no loss” quick-change clevis, anglers can now run 2 spinner blades side by side on a harness or spinner for trout, kokanee, salmon, or walleye, without the worry of losing their spinner blade. These clevises will work on any spinner blade metal or plastic, have been proven all across the USA and will spin slowly at .4 or fast over 4 mph! Clevises come in a 25 pack and retail for around $5.99. Keith Eshbaugh; Dutch Fork Custom Lures; 724-884-3977

Clark Fork Fillet Knife by Columbia River Knife & Tool Clark Fork Fillet Knife by Columbia River Knife & Tool

Issue: December 2014

The Clark Fork fillet knife houses a tail mechanism that protects the blade when closed and then folds into the handle for a secure lockup of the blade when it’s open. There’s no more risk of blades closing midway through filleting, be it on the kitchen table or the tackle box. A double-injection-molded handle also provides a secure grip and the knife is light enough to throw in a backpack for easy use. When fully open the blade is a long 10.940”. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $19.99. (800) 891-3100, email:, on the web:

Smile Blade Spin Drift Trout Smile Blade Spin Drift Trout

Issue: December 2014

The Mack’s patented Smile Blade, Wedding Ring Crystal, and the VMC Spin Drift hook create a deadly combination. The smaller profile creates immense wiggle and flash that trout can’t resist. The ultra-sharp hook and built-in swivel enticingly spins bait to induce more bites. Add this to the high UV Smile Blade and high UV beads and you have a combination that will put more fish in the boat every time!

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”.

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.

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;

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