Tarnished Brass

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After switching to chucking hardware over feathers, I pretty quickly got into making my own spinners. At $4 a pop in a sporting goods store, taking a little time to make your own only takes a couple minutes per lure, and costs half as much. Continue reading

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North Fork Trask

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Author’s note: This is a belated post. The North Fork Trask closes March 31. Be sure to check your regs!

The Trask quickly became my favorite river of 2017. I’ve seen, hooked, and landed more steelhead on this river in the past four months than ever before. Continue reading

The Upper Sandy

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The Sandy is one of the easiest rivers to access from Portland; only a 30 minute drive out to the mouth at Troutdale. There’s plenty of bank access on the lower river: Lewis & Clark, Dabney and Oxbow, as well as a few pullouts along the highway. I thought I’d try my luck further up the river as it’s getting later in the winter steelhead season and the fish should be spread throughout. Continue reading

Yes, we have no bananas

The “snowpocalypse” put fishing on hold for almost a month in Oregon as everything froze over, was covered in snow, then spent another week thawing and blowing out all the local rivers.¬† My cabin fever symptoms were somewhat assuaged by the arrival in the mail of Jed Davis’ Spinner Fishing for Steelhead, which I had time to read while¬†stuck indoors. Continue reading