Category Archives: Northwest

Mandated: Release Wild Steelhead on the Hoh, Bogachiel and Sol Duc

If you follow this blog and my writings in other places, you know that more than anything I love wild steelhead. Love the country they live in, love their life history stories, love the way these fish fight, and I … Continue reading

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Alaska’s Marine Resources Not Affected by Fukishima

This is great news for those of us who treasure Alaska’s salmon, equally for its table quality and fighting ability. That goes for halibut, blacked, lingcod, and other species, too. This report tells us that it’s safe to serve Alaska’s … Continue reading

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NPFMC Reduces King Salmon Bycatch Limit

This news comes on the heels of  a recent announcement that the king salmon season for streams draining into the Bering Sea has been cancelled for 2015. Hopefully that closure, plus the implementation of these new pollock fishery recommendations will … Continue reading

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Northern Pike Make Their Way to Lake Roosevelt

What some people see as a nuisance, others see as opportunity. Now, I’m not saying that northern pike belong in Lake Roosevelt, let alone the entire Columbia River system, but if they are there they can be caught. Here’s an … Continue reading

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Five Minutes of Bliss

This came across my bow this morning and it pretty accurately sums up a day on a coastal steelhead stream, which is about the best way of spending a day that I can imagine. And I’ll have to imagine this … Continue reading

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More Canned Beer for River Floats

Show up for a float down the river with a six pack of bottled beer and everyone knows right away what you are: A rookie. That’s right. Bottles are kryptonite to a quality float trip because 1) they can break … Continue reading

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Hiking the Cascade Crest Trail—fishing could be next

This would be an epic trip and as a kid growing up in western Washington, I always wanted to take this challenge on. Now, after the book Wild came out and everyone having decided that the CCT is something they … Continue reading

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Climate Change Could Be Good For Dolly Varden

I don’t know how you feel about dolly varden/bull trout, but I like them. Especially when it’s so hard to find steelhead on some of western Washington’s rivers these days. In Alaska, dollies always play as the ugly stepchild to … Continue reading

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The Best Northwest Winter Steelhead Flies

I thought about putting this post together on my own, telling you which are my favorite Northwest winter steelhead flies, but it’s already been done, and done well at that, by the Fly Shop in Welches, Oregon. Most of the … Continue reading

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Welcome to 2015—Another Search for Skagit Steelhead

Ok, technically, I fished western Washington’s Skagit River system on December 29, not on the first day of 2015, but it felt more like an introduction to the new year than a wrap up of the past. That’s because there … Continue reading

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