Category Archives: Oregon

Bundy’s Occupation of Malheur Wildlife Refuge Is A Sham

There are two pieces on the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge worth reading here, one being a great opinion piece from the New Yorker, and the other an opinion I wrote for Fly Rod & Reel back in September, … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation, Culture, Oregon | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Deschutes Steelhead Turns On

Got some reports of late from Oregon’s legendary Deschutes, and although fishing can be hit or miss any day of the season, right now there are plenty of hits being had. One friend said he fished the mouth recently and … Continue reading

Posted in Oregon, Spey, Steelhead, Uncategorized | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Oregon’s Lower Deschutes River Steelhead Need Help

My friend Dave Moskowitz is sending a shout out for funding, with all dollars going straight to the protection of Oregon’s fabled Deschutes River. And not just any stretch of the Deschutes, but the Deschutes’ best section, the lower 50 … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation, Northwest, Oregon | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Best Winter Steelhead Lens, Smith’s Low Light Igniter

My favorite sunglasses lens for low light or overcast conditions is, unequivocally, Smith’s Low Light Igniter. This thing seems to draw light to the eye, even on those days when it seems like getting Noah to build another ark is … Continue reading

Posted in Gear, Oregon, Spey | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Winter Steelhead Oregon-Style

Spent last week in Oregon, enjoying the first big rains since anyone could remember. “If you had been here last week,” the regulars said, “it would have been sunny and 65 degrees.” I thought I’d timed it just right, expecting … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Northwest, Oregon, Spey, Travel | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Setback For Southeast Oregon’s Lahontan Cutthroat

It wasn’t like I was about to jump in the truck and head to southeast Oregon to fish Lahontan cutthroat trout, but I do keep my eyes on efforts to reestablish that fish to its traditional watersheds, and I have had … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation, Northwest, Oregon | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Fly Fishing for Steelhead with Jeff Hickman on Oregon’s Clackamas River

There’s something that just feels right about fishing steelhead on broad and deep coastal rivers, under cedar and spruce canopies, with bald eagles winging overhead and mist blocking out the sun—for days at a time. That was the scene last … Continue reading

Posted in Northwest, Oregon | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Image of The Week: Shore Lunch Deschutes-Style

I took this shot in August while floating Oregon’s Deschutes River with fellow writer Chris Santella. When we stopped for lunch Santella put his final touch on our sandwiches, fresh blackberries from a nearby vine. After lunch I walked over … Continue reading

Posted in Northwest, Oregon | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Same Fish on Oregon’s Deschutes River

Hey, I’m not saying this is the same fish, but Peter Crow, marketing director for Smith and Suncloud glasses, and I had some fun yesterday as I was drumming up support for Angler’s Tonic in 2013. I mentioned that I … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Industry, Northwest, Oregon, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Groups Sue to Stop Hatchery Salmon on Oregon’s Sandy River

Two wild fish advocacy groups have gone back to federal court in Portland to stop releases of juvenile salmon and steelhead from the Sandy Hatchery. In filing the lawsuit, the Native Fish Society and McKenzie Fly Fishers rejected a state settlement offer … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation, Northwest, Oregon | Tagged , | Leave a comment