2015 – Transitioning to “KEEP ‘EM WET”

The Native Fish Society recently launched their Keep ‘Em Wet Campaign that encourages anglers to do a better job of handling wild and native fish. They’re even holding a photo contest with some awesome prizes for the top 3 photos submitted!  For details, visit either of the links above.

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For the most part, I’ve been pretty darn careful when it comes to handling wild and native fish.  I use rubber or mesh nets instead of the older style woven ones.  I try to keep contact to a minimum and revive and release a fish as quickly as possible.  But there is more I can do.  So, I’m making the commitment to do more,  as an angler and as a guide.  Starting now, the “Hero” shots are a thing of the past.  No more grip and grins with a fish held high over the boat, rocks, etc.  If the fish isn’t in, or partially in the water, I won’t post it on my website, blog, facebook page or google+ page. Continue reading

Lack of Fishing leads to Thinking

Obviously, I need to get out and do some fishing. Without it, I end up with time on my hands. With time on my hands, I start surfing the web and end up reading about fishing. This week I spent some time reading the ODFW 2015-2017 Budget. (You can lead a former accountant to water, but he’s still going to look at the numbers….)

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Fishing Journal 02/16/2015 – Metolius River, Oregon

The Metolius River is one of the cooler places to visit here in Oregon.  It bubbles out of the ground near Black Butte, fed by by snow melt seeping through volcanic rock.  This gives it a very constant temperature and rate of flow, making it a year round fishing destination. The river and surrounding area is amazingly beautiful.  But this is a fishing journal entry, not a geology lesson, so for more information visit the Wikipedia Page.

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I live about 75 miles from the Metolius River, but seldom take the opportunity to visit and fish it. Until this week, I could count on one hand how many times I’d fished it, and worse yet, I could count on one hand how many fish I’d caught there.

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British Columbia Mining

Six months after the Mt. Polley mine tailing pond disaster, the company (Imperial) gains approval to start another similar mine further north – near the headwaters of one of Alaska’s rivers.  Six other mines are also planned or are operating in this region!

Alaska will see little to no economic benefit from these mines, the only thing they will get are the RISKS associated with them.  The primary risk being damage to a billion dollar fishing industry!

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Should Canada’s Mining Industry have priority over Alaska’s Fishing Industry?

Take Action Today! – http://www.salmonbeyondborders.org/what-you-can-do.html

 

Unpopular at the Boat Ramp

I say and do a lot of things that make me pretty unpopular on the river.  The same things that usually won’t get me invited back to do a 2nd presentation at the local fishing association meetings.

It’s not that I’m rude, loud, obnoxious or otherwise an annoyance to society, it’s that I’m not shy about telling things like I think they ought to be when it comes to water, fish and fishing.

Being a fly fishing guide on a river that is primarily dominated by bait and gear anglers doesn’t help either.  We share the same river, but not the same principals and ideals.

There are a several “hot topics” with anglers and here are a couple I feel strongly about:

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