August 11, 2016

Wading in

New technologies and an expanding consumer audience are casting a strong light on the fishing wader market. Meanwhile, high-detail, realistic designs are swimming to the top of the embroidery market. “Glowing.” That’s the word that Gerry Walton, president and CEO of Fly Technologies, uses to describe the state of the wader market in 1997. Business […]

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August 3, 2016

Mad about Shad

You don’t have to be a specialist to take your share of shad. Way to go, Meredith!” said guide Mike Bogue. “You’ve got a fish on all right.” The fish Bogue was referring to was my 19-year-old daughter’s first American shad, a tipper male of about three pounds that she hooked on the Sacramento River […]

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July 25, 2016

Put your best foot forward

CREEP THROUGH THE SEEPS In the autumn, when snow is beginning to gather in the high country, a footloose angler can stride through the racket of gathering waterfowl and into a curious group of desert lakes stocked with rainbow trout. Ice Age floods excavated sixty-some potholes in the parched Columbia River Basin scablands. Man added […]

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July 20, 2016

Jetty setting

Oregon’s coastal jetties offer action for boat or shore anglers. Fishing Oregon’s coast once meant catching salmon from a boat, but salmon seasons have either been sharply cut or even closed. Now anglers frequently jig in and around the state’s jetties to take an assortment of weird-looking but good-eating bottom fish. Selection of a jetty […]

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July 14, 2016

Power to the parts!

Once you know how much power you need to operate your boat’s equipment, it’s time to plot the path of the wiring that will deliver the goods. All right, we’ve got a couple of nice deep-cycle batteries, a good marine grade alternator, an external, field adjustable or, better yet, an automatic multistage regulator and a […]

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July 3, 2016

Let’s party

MY ARM WAS ACHING, my back was getting sore, and the stubborn 50-pound bluefin tuna I had been fighting for over 20 minutes was still digging and pinwheeling. When the long-handled gaff reached out and struck home, I was as relieved as I was pleased to have finally achieved one of my longtime goals: I […]

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June 21, 2016

High-tech hydraulics goes fishing

In British Columbia, the commercial fishing industry has changed dramatically. Fishing areas that were traditional high producers have been put on tonnage quotas. These quotas vary in different areas and allow only relatively small catches. While the fishing vessels that made up the trawler fleet in the past literally had energy to burn, today’s conditions […]

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