Dec 28, 2011 by Guest
Well, Are We Ready?

BY JEFF LUND. Are we standing on top of a grassy hill, fishing rods, hunting rifles, mountain bikes, ab-rollers, recycling bins and piggy banks raised above our collective heads, calling out “Freedom” like William Wallace, ready to attack the new year like “warrior poets”? Hope so. By this time next...

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Dec 22, 2011 by Tom Nelson
Tobeck’s Christmas Crab

Ever since former Seattle Seahawk and WSU Cougar lineman Robbie Tobeck stepped away from The Outdoor Line, I've had to listen to the "Cantankerous Cougar's" complaints: "Boy, I never hear from you anymore,... We haven't been out fishing since I left the show"... etc,etc... you get the drift. So, after hearing...

by Rob Endsley
Rigging a Slip Float for Low Water Winter Steelhead

We're in the middle of our second La Nina winter in a row here in Washington and the weather maelstrom that many of the meteorologists predicted, well, it hasn't materialized yet. Knock on wood! This has been the driest December on record and that's dropped many of the cricks in...

Dec 05, 2011 by Tom Nelson

With memories of last year's San Juan Island (Marine Area 7) smokin' hot blackmouth (winter feeder chinook) opener spinning through my head, I couldn't wait to get up to the Islands for the opener! Add the fact that I'm going to have my pard' Robbo Endsley and Island guru Jay...

Nov 24, 2011 by Tom Nelson

To simply state that there is water everywhere just doesn't do justice to our current state of affairs. At least we are armed with more information for this season's series of November drenchers. Thanks to the new Langley Hill radar we have a better view of incoming fronts. This new...

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Nov 17, 2011 by Rob Endsley
Another Mar Don Medley

This weeks adventure took us to Mar Don Resort on the Potholes Reservoir for a combination duck and goose hunt with the Meseberg's, owners of the Duck Taxi. Seven of us hit the road on Monday afternoon for two days of fun in one of the Pacific Northwest's most productive...

Nov 07, 2011 by Tom Nelson
Bayside Marine Salmon Derby 2011: Blackmouth On The Bite!

For the second year in a row, I've had the opportunity to fish the Marine Area 8 & 9 opener to "scout" or pre-fish the opening event of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series, the Bayside Marine Derby. Usually,  there are a few "easy" fish available on opening day and you...

by Guest
Washington OK’s Another Round of Razor Clam Digs

OLYMPIA - Clam diggers today got a green light to proceed with a two-day razor clam dig Nov. 11-12 at three ocean beaches. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests showed that the clams on the three beaches are safe to eat....

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Nov 04, 2011 by Tom Nelson
Winter 2011/2012 Steelhead Smolt Numbers Released!

Throughout all this talk of budget cuts, ocean survival and La Nina the fact remains that the hatchery steelhead are on their way!   Here's why I'm looking at this year's hatchery runs more positively that the last couple years: Look at the "bumper crop" of pinks & coho we've seen...

Nov 02, 2011 by Rob Endsley
Four Techniques for Schwacking Chum Salmon

I was talking to guide Phil Stephens of Mystical Legends Guide Service last week about how the fishing had been recently on the Humptulips River and he exclaimed, "There's plenty of kings and silvers in there but you can't get past the infestation of chums to get to them!" Eeek...tough...

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