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Pink Worms for Steelhead
A silver bullet of a steelhead plunged out of the water doing mid-air flips. Getting a good look at the fish my heart rate raced. The big hen finally conceded as I grasped her tail. Holding her in my hands I couldn’t believe how a fish could be so beautiful and so big. I eased the hook and pink worm rig out of her mouth while keeping water running through the gills. A few quick photos and I eased her back to the current seam she had been sitting in when she violently grabbed my offering.
Category: Rivers  Date: 2/1/2016  Author: Jason Brooks
Beaver Lake Trout
2015 Beaver Lake Fall Fishing ReportEach fall the King County lake, Beaver Lake, located in the town of Sammamish, Washington, gets a stocked with some jumbo broodstock rainbow trout. This can be a fun fishery, especially with light gear, as the coho season winds down.Some people call these fish triploids, because they are big. However they aren't triploids, they are broodstock. Without going into all the details, triploids are fish were created sterile at the hatchery. Because they...
Category: Trout  Date: 2/1/2016  Author: Nathan Nesbit of
Bass Rod Essentials
While you can use just about any fishing rod to catch bass, it certainly becomes easier when you use the best tool for the job. Some poles are just plain better suited for a given situation than others are.You can fish a drop-shot rig with a flippin’ stick, but it won’t be very fun and you probably won’t catch many fish. You will have much better results if you choose a rod with the right combination of characteristics – especially as it relates to rod length, power and action.Suggesti...
Category: Bass  Date: 1/31/2016  Author: Ben Team for
From Tie-up to Take-down
As the sun crawls over the far eastern hillside, a slight breeze pushes along the cotton ball-like clouds of mist hovering over the river surface. Preparation the evening prior has rewarded you the first cast of the morning, while those surrounding struggle to thread line through their favorite float. A foot prior to retrieval, your float slips silently beneath the surface; the snap of a rod later, you are rewarded with the cathartic bend of a rod. Fish on! The #10 Maxima makes short work of th...
Category: Rivers  Date: 1/26/2016  Author: Ryan Hung
Crappie Fishing Tips #173
Fishing Weed Mats: Once water temps heat up in spring and aquatic weeds begin to emerge, a crappie angler can take advantage of a crappie's natural ambush tendencies by understanding how crappie relate to water weed cover like Milfoil and Coontail. For example, floating weed mats provide crappie with shade and over head security. The fish can often be found just under the outside edges of the weed mat, preferring to hang just inside the shade that the mat provides. Weed mats that form o...
Category: General  Date: 1/24/2016  Author: Jiggy's Corner
Dictionary of NW Fishing
Anyone who wades, rows, or motors here quickly learns Pacific NW anglers speak a colorful language fraught with clouded meanings and misdirections for those unfamiliar. Only insiders know the secret code, learned over many years. It is vital to decipher these words to avoid confusion, hurt feelings, and embarrassment. Always – SometimesArmstrong Motor – OarsArtist – Unemployed fishermanBacklash or Bird’s Nest – What happens when a newbie uses a level wind reel.Bait Stealer –...
Category: Stories  Date: 1/24/2016  Author: Scott T. Starbuck
Vancouver Island Outlook
Happy New Year everyone. I hope everybody had a great holiday season with family and friends. I was fortunate enough to spend the holidays in northern Alberta with family. We made it up to Jasper for a ski and snowboard session, shot the guns at some targets, and got out on the ice for some rainbow trout fishing. Below is my daughter Kenzie with her prized trout. Category: Saltwater  Date: 1/21/2016  Author: Adrian O'Connor, Reel Obsession Sport Fishing
Early Season Ice Out Walleye
With the shotguns, bird dogs, and decoys having wrapped up another successful Columbia Basin waterfowl and upland bird season, it’s now time to get the fishing gear ready for one of the best times to walleye fish in Washington State. Cold? Yeah you bet it’s still on the chilly side here east of the mountains but the walleye bite will be red hot. Walleye, as with all of Washington’s spiny rays, winter in deeper water where conditions remain more stable and where they are not subject to harsh...
Category: Lakes  Date: 1/15/2016  Author: Keith Jensen
Outdoor Trade Show Season!
It’s that time of year again when January brings the outdoors into the indoors with various Sportsman’s and Outdoor Shows throughout the region. Possibilities of good deals on tackle, gear, boats, and trips along with seminars from the pros, it can be a bit overwhelming. More than once I have walked away on the last day of one of these shows and back at the truck with the gates closed when it hit me, “I forgot to get some...or look at…” That is why I often go to the shows with a list and make s...
Category: General  Date: 1/2/2016  Author: Jason Brooks
Salt, Pepper, and Magic
Long have humans cultivated the art of food preservation -- from pemmican to hardtack, and the prized delectable we'll be learning how to concoct today. For the latent chef or kitchen bystander: food reveals it's true flavors by the practiced hand, adept in planning and repetition -- and yes, writing down your cooking goals most certainly helps. Before we begin, please remember how the end result will always reflect the original quality; it cannot surpass it. And to that end, for the primitive ...
Category: General  Date: 12/30/2015  Author: Ryan Hung
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