Jan 15, 2016 by Jason Brooks
The Versatile Drift Boat

by Jason Brooks If you ask me what is the most versatile watercraft to pursuit salmon and steelhead I would have to say it’s the drift boat. With its distinctive up curved ends and flat bottom designed and built to float in skinny northwest rivers it also handles bigger waters...

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Apr 14, 2015 by Rob Endsley
Options for Securing Your Boat Trailer

Here in Washington state we have a huge problem with scum sucking varmints stealing boats, outboard motors, and marine electronics. Washington regularly ranks in the top 3 nationwide for property crimes and as much as we like to think our boats and cherished marine equipment are safe while they're on...

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May 21, 2014 by Rob Endsley
“Chirp” Your Sonar with Lowrance Sonarhub

I've seen Lowrance's new Sonarhub in action on Nelly's boat and on the Salt Patrol boat and the Chirped sonar images are ridiculous. This new technology allows you to actually see the fish feeding in dense schools of baitfish and it clarifies the sonar images immensely. The next time you...

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Dec 02, 2013 by Rob Endsley
A Boat Launching Nightmare!

I just ran across this photo from a flyfishing trip I took years ago to the Green River in Utah. While the Utah Parks Gastapo was busy searching our boat for beer, order cigarettes, and porn this rig pulls up with two driftboats in tow. "Where the hell are we...Mars?",...

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May 28, 2013 by Tom Nelson
We’ve Seen Forecasts…Now, Let’s See Some Kings!!!

With a damp, dreary Memorial Day weekend in the rear view window, it's time to look north for the first indications of our actual chinook returns. So why do we look north and what are we looking for? GREAT QUESTION!!! To answer that question, let's have a quick review of...

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Apr 18, 2013 by Tom Nelson
Opening Day 2013 “Top Ten Tips”

If there is a more popular fishing "rite of passage" than the lowland lakes trout opener, I sure don't know what it is! The Nelson Clan at Perrygin Lake in Okanogan County a few seasons ago... I would venture to guess that more "first fish" are caught on this final...

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Mar 21, 2013 by Tom Nelson
Boat trailering: Cougar Style!

Meet Robert Lee Tobeck: His resume is very impressive. Academic All American lineman at Washington State University, Pro Bowl center of the Seattle Seahawks during the highpoint of the franchise history: the 2006 Superbowl and former host of The Outdoor Line Radio Show. Unfortunately, none of this tremendous life experience has prepared...

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Jan 29, 2013 by Tom Nelson
SHOW BIZ 2013!

For those of you that have not yet had the opportunity to attend, here's a "Virtual hot lap" around the 2013 Seattle Boat Show at Century Link Field!   Stabicraft is here in Boat Country's booth, showing off the new Pilot House design. One very salty ride here... Master Marine...

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Jan 10, 2013 by Rob Endsley
Green Sinkers’n Cut Plug Herring

All that dad and I brought with us blackmouth fishing on Puget Sound today were our mooching rods, some sinkers, and a couple dozen fresh herring from Narrows Marina. Reports of rock solid winter blackmouth fishing in Area 10 have been trickling in to the Outdoor Line for the last...

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Jan 01, 2013 by Tom Nelson
Weldcraft Cuddy King 24

The mid twenty-foot range of boats is a popular, crowded and quite competitive marketplace. Within the reach of many boating families, the successful hull in this range is quite often called upon to be a stable & safe platform for fishing, camping and water sports. While many hulls claim to...

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