Columbia River Springer “Go to Baits”

Columbia River Springers are here.  So what baits and lures should you use to get into these spring time Chinook salmon? Well I can tell you what I will use. As always, I make sure I have lots of gear and I am ready to switch gears at any time, however I have a few go to methods for…

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Balancing Your Fishing Gear

As a full time sportfishing guide, I fish with a lot of people from all over the country.  Occasionally, I receive comments about the setups and gear we are using when fishing for steelhead and salmon. Statements like “This barrel swivel seems really small.” or “I never would have thought we could catch such big fish with gear like…

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Reading Water

Reading water seems like a daunting task.  What are the fishing experts and writers talking about?  At some point in our fishing endeavors, we have all started with the concept of reading water.  Depending on how it is explained, we either understand the information quickly or we continue to struggle. Many anglers fish areas repeatedly, some with success and…

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Waterfowl – Are You Ready?

Waterfowl general season is just a few days away.  Are you ready?  Have you really gone through all of your gear?  If not, it is time to check your gear now.  If you don’t, inevitably you will forget something. It is easy to prepare for big game hunting, as it usually requires several or more days in the field….

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Rod Tip Damage – Pro-Tip

We have all reeled in our gear and over-reeled our swivel into the first eye on the rod.  For some unfortunate anglers this first eye on the rod has been damaged, or at the very least you are now trying to dislodge your snap or barrel swivel from the first eye. Here is a technique many professional fishing guides…

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Tangled Lines – Pro Tip

Do you fish from a boat and tangle up your line with that of your fishing partners? Have you wondered how fishing guides on the river can fish so many guys without having a tangled mess on every drift? Well here is the key.  Use rods and reels that are all the same.  This includes using the same weight…

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