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Camp water is close to home. Here you will find information on stuff happening here in the shop and on our local waters. You'll also find our weekly newsletter feature, Trailer Trash Thursday, a fun collection of fly fishing videos, perfect for a midweek distraction. If you don't get the newsletter, be sure to sign up today!

Trailer Trash Thursday Bikefishing Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, September 21, 2017

It takes me a fully packed Fly Fishing Adventure Vehicle to just spend a few days chasing fish away from home. I can't even imagine doing it on a bike...



Steelhead Salmon Extinction in the Columbia

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Dalles Daily Chronicle Saturday, January 7, 1899

STEELHEAD SALMON

May Become Extinct Unless Artificial Means of Propagating Them Are Used.

The steelhead salmon, which are the most valuable of all for cold storage packing, is threatened with extinction in the Columbia, and unusual efforts are to be made to increase the output of fry the coming season.

Last season was the first year artificial propagation had been tried with this species on the upper coast. A hatchery belonging to Thomas Brown and George Broughton, on the Sandy river, was used for this purpose. The expense was defrayed by private subscription, and about one million Steelhead fry were turned into the waters of the Columbia. Fish Commissioner McGuire has already taken the matter up, and expects to make satisfactory arrangements with the men owning the hatchery to again carry on their work this winter. He has not yet seen the other members of the commission, but feels sure they will heartily co-operate with him in this matter. 

The scarcity of Steelhead Salmon has caused the price to go up, until this species is the highest priced now taken out of the river. The Steelheads spawn in the late winter and early spring, while the Chinooks spawn in the fall. The heavy freshets are very destructive to the Steelhead spawn and, for that reason, artificial propagation is absolutely necessary to increase the output.

Well, we all know how that turned out....

Trailer Trash Thursday 24 Hours in LA Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, September 14, 2017

Frankly, you can have LA, but I could do 24 hours there if I had to....I'm not too sure about the LA River though. Looks a little sketchy.


Redington: Find Your Water: 24 Hours in L.A. from Redingtongear on Vimeo.

Pelton Dam Brawl

Joel La Follette - Thursday, September 14, 2017
Heppner Gazette Times ~ February 12th, 1953

Pelton Dam Brawl
A public hearing on the Pelton Dam controversy Friday brought crowds of irate witnesses and rooters that rivaled the oleo hearing throngs of the legislative session. The large hearing room and wide halls leading to it became sounding boards for sub human behavior. Police were called to keep order.

Two bus loads of central Oregonians who arrived an hour before the time scheduled for the meeting were not all able to find seats. They came to rah for the Portland General Electric Company's proposal to build a dam on the Deschutes River.

Proponents testified that dam would provide 100,000 kW of power. Opponents testified it would only be 42,000 kW and at best would be only a drop in the river to alleviate the power shortage. A proponents said the dam would build up a sportsman's paradise. Others said the dam would ruin fishing for sportsman and commercial fishermen would suffer the loss of spawning beds above the dam that would ruin the planned build up of 3,000,000 pounds of salmon a year.

Trailer Trash Thursday Chum Salmon Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, September 07, 2017

Gear busters, drag screamers and a very cool hat top of this week's Trailer Trash Thursday....  

2016 FOM Chum 1920x1080 from Anthony Behm on Vimeo.

Project Healing Waters 2017

Joel La Follette - Thursday, August 31, 2017
There is nothing more valuable than time. It is something that we have a fairly limited supply of so when 14 of my friends donate their time to take a group of Veterans fishing for the day I need to give them a shout out and thank them. This years Project Healing Waters event was a great success thanks to the efforts of Dave Carpenter, Corey Egner, Ris Bradshaw, Bruce Berry, Steve Choate, Brent Collier, David Flood, Chris Foster, Paul Reynolds, Matt Sherman, Mark Landauer, Rob Perkin and Jim Drew. These gentlemen made it a special day for a very deserving group of Vets. Thanks guys!

Please note that Ris and Steve are in the witness protection program so their photos have been deleted... :)

To learn more about Project Healing Waters please visit their website.

































Trailer Trash Thursday Elk River Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, August 31, 2017

OK, the intro is a little out there, but the fishing bit is pretty cool and a great escape from what you're doing now...


The Elk River from Side By Side on Vimeo.

Trailer Trash Thursday Steelhead Camp Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, August 24, 2017

I'm reaching back into the archives for this Water Time Outfitters Deschutes Steelhead action vignette to get you tuned-up and ready for some exciting summer Steelhead fishing. You may recognize some of the smiles in this video...


Deschutes River Steelhead Summer and Fall from Rob Crandall on Vimeo.

Fishing Law to Be Tested

Joel La Follette - Thursday, August 24, 2017

Turn of the century anglers and game officials still were uncertain about the classification of many of our native salmonids which led to game-law enforcement problems. The definition of Trout and Steelhead had not yet been cast in stone so one man found a unique way to force the issue as reported by the Morning Oregonian of January 28th, 1920. While Steelhead in the Rogue River were much more plentiful at the time, we're still taking about Winter Steelhead here. I hope the officer and the lawyer brought a lunch and plenty of hot coffee


FISHING LAW TO BE TESTED
Man Will Try to Catch Steelhead in Presence of Officials.

MEDFORD. Or., Jan. 27. (Special.) - To make a test as to whether a steelhead is a trout or a salmon, and whether the law against catching trout at this season of the year applies to a steelhead, a local fisherman has agreed to catch a steelhead if he can in full view of local fish wardens and Attorney E. D. Briggs of Ashland has agreed to defend him. In the opinion of the fish and game warden the season on steelhead is closed, but there is considerable doubt among the sportsmen which result of this case is expected to remove.

Trailer Trash Thursday River Dreaming Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, August 17, 2017

Short and sweet. Love it.



"I Dreamt I Was a River" from Grand Prismatic Media on Vimeo.


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