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Nighttime Bassing: Night Fishing Part 2

Big Bass Wait Out the Summer Sun, Feeding at Night Instead 

(Nighttime Bassing is Part 2 of the Nighttime Fishing Series)

By Terry Otto

“Plucka-plucka-plucka-plucka-plucka-KAPOW!”

The night was so dark I was fishing by ear, and when the big bass exploded on my black Arbogast Jitterbug I almost jumped out of my skin.  The rod came alive in my hand, and the big fish tried desperately to bury himself in the weeds.  After tiring, the chunky 5-pound bucketmouth let me hold him gently for a bit before releasing him. Continue reading Nighttime Bassing: Night Fishing Part 2

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Nighttime Steelheading: Night Fishing Part 1

Warm Summer Nights are Great for Catching Nocturnal Steelhead

(Nighttime Steelheading is Part 1 of the Nighttime Fishing Series)

By Terry Otto

One of the best things about nighttime steelheading is that you leave the daytime crowds behind.  I was sharing the bank with just two other fishermen in a spot that was jacked with fishermen during the day.  I cast a glow in the dark corky tipped with a sand shrimp, into the clear water of the rifle.  I didn’t have to wait long. Continue reading Nighttime Steelheading: Night Fishing Part 1

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Fishing with Barbless Hooks

Barbless Hooks Are Increasingly Common Outside of Fly Fishing.  For the Uninitiated, Here’s How You Fish Them Right.

By Terry Otto

Trout anglers have been doing it for decades.  Ocean salmon anglers have adopted it, too.  However, with more and more salmon and steelhead rivers going barbless, including the Columbia, many anglers are just now having their first experience with barbless hooks. Continue reading Fishing with Barbless Hooks

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The Art of Falling

Any amateur can fall in a river.  The seasoned professional knows how to do it right.

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The steep bank looked slick and dangerous, and I thought briefly about the tired shape of my wading boots.  The smart thing to do would be to back down the incline carefully, even though I was eager to fish.  I chose to ignore the little voice in my head, and I stepped forward. Continue reading The Art of Falling

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The Columbia River spring Chinook is a special fish.  If you doubt it,  just take a look at the Columbia in late March when the run is just getting started.  From Cathlamet, Washington, to Troutdale, Oregon the river is covered with boats.  It sometimes seems as if every boat in the Northwest is on the river, trolling, anchoring with plugs, and working hard to catch one of the region’s most sought-after fish.

Columbia River Spring Chinooks
Buzz Ramsey of Washington prepares to release a wild Columbia River Spring
Chinook.

They are worth it.  Big, strong, and built for action, Continue reading Columbia River Spring Chinook

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