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28
NOV
2018

Merry Christmas!

Wanting to take the time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

A lot of interesting things going on around here.  Some good, some not so much.  Either way, we have good food and drink, and a warm place to sleep.

As we round into the Holiday season, and into the new year.  Please consider us as your fishing guides.  Winter Steelhead are coming into the local rivers as this is written.  A ton of fun.  Weather is always interesting too.  Although the salmon season was lacking, Steelhead season should be pretty good.  Some bigger ones should be around this year as well.  We saw a ton of little guys last year, so quite a few larger fish should be catting around from time to time.

Whether you are an old time customer, or a new one, we would love to see your faces from time to time.  We do our very best to answer the phone, and will always call you back when we can.  Send us a shout out, and we will get you on the calendar.

Hope everyone has the best holiday they can, and all remain safe.  Hope to see you on the water, in our boats!Summer_1_Oregon_Guided_Fishing

17
NOV
2018

Winter Chrome…

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Chrome, color, we don`t care…Steelhead have soul…Who is coming with us?DSC00591

17
NOV
2018

Salmon, in Conclusion…

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It seems that a lot of what we are trying to relay, is not being heard.  That is totally fine.  However, know this…We have been working on various projects for nearly 40 years now, to keep our fish, and keep them thriving.  We will continue to do so.  As always, under the radar, and expect nothing in return, other than a healthy fish population, and robust returning adults, in all forms.  Think of us as you like, but it has always been our purpose to love what we do, and love the fish.  Whether we make a living off of them, or not.

As we finalize our plan to inform, we will end this with just a couple of things, and a long time thought we have had.

With all of the factors that we have, one major factor is ocean conditions as a whole.  Dead zones are across the globe.  There are several here, in direct path of our migrating salmon.  On top of that, we have, what they call, “the blob”…The mother of all dead zones.  Placed in a very bad location, and directly in the path to the gulf of Alaska and beyond.  It expands, it contracts, and repeat…With the way the ocean currents are affected, it could be wiped out, if the currents, and other factors come together.  That being said, there is also the issue of the garbage patch.  A giant mass of swill from afar, and also from near.  Couple that with radiation from Russia and Japan, it, without a doubt is a contributor.

So, with many issues involved, and more.  For example, over harvest, pirates, fish farm pollution and disease, and you have a giant pot of potpourri.  Many things we can fix, many we cannot.  Help out to an extent, and let nature take it`s course as well.

Many years ago, there was a discussion of the salmon.  Frankly, it is a wonder that they survive at all!  But, there is a balance.  The term was, Alaska revolves around the salmon egg.  With that salmon egg, comes a defined balance.  Preserve The Balance!!!Leap #3editblog

15
NOV
2018

Steelhead Season!

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Steelhead season is coming right up.  Weather is still super fall, and the storms we usually see this time of the year, are way past due.

We start fishing next week, since our fall season for Chinooks was shortened.  Looking forward to it!

Here Fishy Fishy!!!DSC00737

11
NOV
2018

King Salmon Continued…Urban Sprawl…

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Continuing on with certain details that affect our fish.  Frankly, it affects our way of life and part of what the Pacific Northwest is all about.

We have seen many things change over time due to urban sprawl.  Most all of what the history of the Northwest once was, has been compromised.  The way we log, mills, fishing, hunting, public land access, stream access, and everything in between.

Seems that the all mighty dollar has created many issues.  The main issue, in our opinion, is that society exists strictly based off of metropolitan area proper.  The rest of the people that live outside of that demographic don`t exist.  People who work in the city, reside in the city, commute in the city for hours on end, are the only that matter.  Outside of the city is either, does`nt matter, or is a dumping ground.  Fair game so to speak.  Trespass, dump trash, shit, piss, dump animals, whatever.  Just today, was a prime example.  Fence, gate, no trespass signs, and all of that.  Hey, let`s just park right here, in front of this mail box, next to this sign, in this driveway, and go fish a closed stream!

Urban sprawl is a melting pot of issues.  Toxic in many ways.  Habitat degradation is a main source.  Takes away nature.  Generates heat.  Takes away from natural run off, and the run off that happens, over flows sewer system, and adds more pollutants to water than we can list.  We`ll just say, from concrete and asphalt, to pesticides, drugs, and far beyond that.

Tree`s and plant life suffer, animals and birds suffer, and certainly fish suffer, both as adults and as juveniles.  And, in many cases, the critters get stressed and shocked, by the sheer amount of noise and vibrations of the city, freeways, and so on.

As the city proper expands, much is compromised.  The list of issues is long.  Infrastructure cannot replace what has been taken.  Native plants taken away, to be replaced by a hard surface, and outsourced invasive flora.  So to speak.  As we move out further, we also seem to think that animals infringe on our turf.  Could not be further from the truth.  We infringe on them.  You see, we are woodsmen.  And want to keep it that way.

There are ways to help, but many factors have to come into play to make sure nothing suffers.  The best approach, is to figure out how to get all things to thrive, with zero impact.  Humans are supposed to be smarter than anything alive.  However, it sure seems that is not the case.  Move away from the pull of the dollar, and think about what is right.fall 2010#4 019

07
NOV
2018

Predation…

We`ll just get this topic, done, and out of the way first thing…Predation is a major player in our salmon stocks.  Right off the bat, the majority of people say, “it`s the seals”!  Yes, very true.  However, predation is again, many different things.  Pinnipeds, certainly.  The population of seals and sea lions is far above and beyond the historical level.  They are intelligent, and stealthy.  They also train their young to do and be the same.  Absolutely needs to be addressed.

Along with that issue, there is also a huge problem with predation on our juvenile fish.  From invasive species, such as bass, pike, squawfish, shad, musky, and various others, both in fresh water, and in salt water.  Compress that with many area`s being corked down, to where they, in many cases, have an all you can eat buffet.  There are many “meat eating” bird populations that are also far high in numbers and can be devastating, and in most area`s are!  These birds come in all shapes and sizes, and range from the spawning beds themselves, to the wide open sea.

With that being said, man has created many different problems when it comes down to a balance.  Grab one thing, and another suffers.  Grab another thing, and another will thrive.  Balance is key.  Even numbers across the spectrum.  It is an obvious issue.

Here is a list of predators we can think of, from the time a salmon egg gets placed in gravel.  Small fishes, birds of all kinds, invasive species, including fish, birds, crab, and various flora…Seals, sea lions, whales, sharks, and many more oceanic specie.  And, Humans!!!

Think about that for a little bit, and more on the next subject after a bit…website picture#!

04
NOV
2018

Steelhead Season…

Fishing_In_OregonAs we head into the holiday season, it also marks the start of Steelhead season.  Since our salmon season was shortened a bit, we are going to go a little old school this year.  As it once was, we are going to start Steelhead on Thanksgiving Day.  We will fish through April…We have a nice pretty new calendar here, and waiting for you all…Are you in?

04
NOV
2018

King Salmon…

blog2016#2As we wind down on our Fall King Salmon season, there are some developments, and plenty of things to think about.  Many know of the closure of most of the Oregon Coast streams.  A history making move from the state.  We are going to just throw some things out there over the next few days and weeks.  Just to get the word out, and food for thought.

Our salmon return here was off, by a large margin.  The salmon stocks to the Arctic, and beyond, is also low.  The Oregon salmon return, most certainly Kings, was the lowest we have ever seen.  Thus, a shortened season.  For us, as fishermen, it was a good move.  In fact, should have closed much earlier in our opinion.

As for the issues at hand.  Man, or we`ll just say people as a whole, are quick to judge, and put blame on others.  Whom ever that may be at the time.  For us, it is to evaluate the situation, observe, and attempt to inform and try and come up with a solution.  That being said.  We make our living off of a natural resource.  Also, we are sportsmen, and also environmentalists.  For us, it is the thrill of the hunt, and all tat goes with it.  We want to see nature, and all that goes with it for the rest of our lives, and beyond.  And, continue to have visits from all across the land, to experience it all with us…We have been part of many organizations of the years.  We won`t name any names, and they all have their place in the fishing industry, for us as fishermen.  However, in the grand scheme of things, it is always more beneficial to come together, as a general mass, and think, and plan, a look at the entire grand picture of things.  Will that happen?  One can only hope.  Will it not?  More than likely…

Here are some if the issues that impact our fisheries.  We encourage looking at the data, and statistics, plus whatever else you can find on water life…We all know what the first thing you think of, and what is generally said first…

In reality, the issues at hand, that impact or fisheries.  It is a giant potpourri of things, and melting in one pot, so to speak.

This is what we are dealing with.  Think about it.  Predation issues, Seals, sea lions, sharks, whales, and the like.  Bird populations on out migrating juveniles, invasive species, dams and barriers, water temperatures, radiation, dead zones, the blob, pollution, drugs and medications in the water, urban sprawl, over harvest, poachers, pirates, currents, climate change, live stock, irrigation, funding, production, hatchery issues, disease, and much more…

For now, we will be on our local streams, in our back yard, as volunteers, doing our best to collect data, and begin some sort of process to help get out fish on a rebound, and thrive…

More later on as we go…

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