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
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 Siletz flows out of the coast range between Salem and Corvallis and into the Pacific just south of Lincoln City. We were out at Newport for a long weekend, so I had to take a day to explore a new river! Continue reading
This one is a little out of the way. The Salmonberry is a tributary of the Nehalem, and about 1.5 hours out of Portland off Hwy 26. The disaffected Old Tillamook Railroad runs from the coast almost into the city along the Salmonberry and the Nehalem. Continue reading
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
I started spinner fishing around the time I started the blog. I experimented with different brands of spinners; Mepps, Rooster Tails and Blue Fox mostly. They say that the different patterns and colors catch more fishermen than fish, and I think that holds true. Continue reading
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