Jun 07, 2017 by Rob Endsley
Look to the Upper Columbia For Summer Salmon Action

By Dave Graybill No other season attracts more anglers to the upper Columbia River than when the summer-run and sockeye salmon seasons open on July 1st every year. While most salmon seasons are announced by Emergency Regulations on the upper Columbia, the summer-run salmon earned a permanent listing in the...

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Apr 15, 2016 by Jason Brooks
Tributary Springer’s

By Jason Brooks Spring Chinook are undoubtedly one of the most sought after fish for the barbecue. Here is a quick rundown of some of the best Washington river’s for April and May Chinook. #1. The Mighty Cowlitz With 25,100 Spring Chinook expected to return to the Cowlitz River as...

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Feb 29, 2016 by Jason Brooks
Brooks Top Three Winter Steelhead Scents

By Jason Brooks Winter steelhead is one of the most popular fisheries in the northwest, mostly because we start catching them around Thanksgiving and continue clear into springtime. It is the longest run timing of any or our anadromous fisheries and gives anglers the most opportunity at catching fish. With...

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Feb 26, 2016 by Jason Brooks
5 Tips for Catching Trophy Steelhead

 By Jason Brooks With longer days and warmer weather the winter steelheader knows this is the time of year for big fish to arrive in our rivers. Those that might have not caught a truly large steelhead will learn a few lessons as soon as they hook the fish. Unfortunately...

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Mar 22, 2015 by Rob Endsley
Rigging and Fishing Yarnies for Steelhead

It's March 22nd here in Wet-stern Washington and I've been beating this yarnie horse for quite a while now. In the right conditions (low and clear) they flat out get the job done for winter steelhead and they are so, so, so easy to rig up. I just transferred over...

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Nov 27, 2013 by Rob Endsley
Winter Steelhead: Sight vs. Smell

An interesting question came up on my Facebook page the other day that's often talked about amongst us steelhead fanatics. What's the most important factor in getting a winter steelhead to strike...sight or smell? I would say without a doubt that sight, and more importantly presentation, is the biggest factor...

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Sep 25, 2013 by Rob Endsley
Bling Out Your Twitching Jigs with Polar Chenille

I've always liked to have a handful of twitching jigs in my box tied up with Flashabou. The smaller 1/4 ounce jigs have been a favorite of mine in low and clear water for years and lately I've found that larger jigs tied with some bling will also hammer the...

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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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Aug 09, 2011 by Tom Nelson
“Selective” Summer (So far…)

One of my favorite regional salmon fishing opportunities is our local summer chinook season. The Marine Area 9 & 10 selective harvest opportunity dates back to 2007 when, after several years of closures, the north central Sound again got to fish for summer kings. "I hope anglers remember how we...

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Jun 25, 2011 by Rob Tobeck
Fun, Sun and Fish in Florida!

One of the great things about fishing is that there is something for virtually everyone.  Nelly has his annual trip to Sitka and I have Florida.  One of the things that I love about fishing in Florida is the variety that it offers.  In two and a half days of...