The wild?–it’s calling you.
Let us probe the silent places, let us seek what luck betide us;
Let us journey to a lonely land I know.
There’s a whisper on the night-wind, there’s a star agleam to guide us,
And the wild is calling, calling . . . . let us go.” ― Robert W. Service
By Rick Fowler
Fishing new waters has always intrigued me. There’s a unique excitement about casting into a river, lake or ocean for the first time, anxious to see just what I’ll haul up the first time my line goes tight. This sense of euphoria and wonderment was very evident in a September 2015 excursion to Alaska. Continue reading FISHING THE WILD ALASKAN WATERS, EXCITING AND INTRIGUING→
Any amateur can fall in a river. The seasoned professional knows how to do it right.
By Terry Otto
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→
The morning was shaping up to be a perfect day for catching trout. Mid-fifties temperatures, the gray skies spitting an occasional sprinkle, two hours on the river and no sign of anyone else fishing for trout. I had been casting the olive sculpin straight out across the water and letting it swing back on a tight line. The heavy fly on a 6-weight Sage flyrod with a sinking tip line had no issues with the distance. It felt almost like casting a spinning rod. The streamer “swam” back across the river, stopping directly downstream, where I retrieved it, took a step or two and started a new swing. Continue reading A Good Day Trout Fishing→
From time immemorial, fishermen have looked for efficient ways to do their job. The first fish net, an invention so intuitive that it was invented in many places worldwide, is a great example of less effort for more fish. On the Niagara river on the US/Canada border in 1860, a man named Edward vom Hofe created a system to more efficiently catch fish. It consisted of an elevated pole, a heavy weight on a cable, and a fishing line that could float freely at depth from behind the weight while trolling. Continue reading A Brief History of the Downrigger→
Bull Run Cutthroats: Learning Lessons From a Special Trout
By Terry Otto
The Bull Run watershed is a rain-catching basin on the west flank of Mt Hood. The municipal water source for Portland, Oregon, and closed to the public since 1895, this remarkably beautiful and wild
sub-alpine protected habitat is home to a population of native coastal cutthroat trout. The isolation of Bull Run cutthroats(Oncorhynchus clarkii clarkii) has allowed biologists to study trout behavior without interference from the angling public. It’s a rare opportunity. Continue reading Science: Bull Run Cutthroats→
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