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    A Queer Fish

    Joel La Follette - Thursday, June 15, 2017

    In a letter to the Salem Statesman Hon. John Mento, of Marion county calls the attention of The Astorian to a queer fish caught in a high cascade mountain stream recently by Mr. Shrum. Mr. Minto says this fish was twenty two inches long, with a general appearance, on a hasty glance, of being a trout, but upon a critical inspection proved a fish that might be described as a cross between the catfish of the Mississippi waters and a trout; head large, mouth to correspond, body roundish and tapering from the gills to the tail, color very dark on the back and gradually lightening to a whitish yellow underneath, the whole body splashed with irregular sized orange colored spots.

    Perhaps it was the habits of the fish, as described to me by many of the young men in camp and which was confirmed by the oldest of them who have had opportunity to observe them, that gave him (to me) the most repulsive look which I ever noticed in a fish of the trout kind.

    To these habits I invite the attention of all lovers of that kind of food fishes, the salmon; and those in Oregon who have interested themselves in keeping up the supply of salmon in the waters of the state. The egg eater is the name applied to the fish by the anglers here. They are frequently caught from two feet to thirty inches long. They wait upon and diligently watch the female salmon and salmon trout, and devour the spawn. The male salmon chase them, and fight them, but wolfish in their nature, they are persistent in their quest of prey.

    At other times than the spawning season they are sluggish in their habits, take slowly but certainly such baits as a piece of raw meat, and never (according to my informants), rise to a fly or other surface feed. Mr. E Henness, who is well acquainted with the fish and its habits here and has trapped and fished on many of the head branches of the upper Columbia, tells me he has always found the egg-eater in streams frequented by salmon, but has never noticed them in waters where the salmon was not or could not be. If my information is correct, its destruction, as a species, as soon and complete as possible, would certainly be one means of conserving the public interest in the wealth of salmon the waters of state are capable of yielding.

    As you may have guessed by now the species in question is the Bull Trout...and that's the news. 

    Fly Fishing For Salmon

    Joel La Follette - Thursday, June 08, 2017

    This week's Blast from the Past grabs a headline from The Daily Morning Astorian from May 5th, 1885. Evidently, our early Oregonian angling fraternity hadn't discovered the wonders of our native Steelhead yet.

    Fly Fishing For Salmon

    The Coos Bay News says: ''Several salmon have been caught with artificial flies on south Coos river lately." If the salmon of this coast would take the fly like those of the eastern provinces of Canada a great many sportsmen would be among our summer guests.

    The story has long been current among New England sportsmen that, during the controversy between this country and England respecting the northwest boundary, a son of Lord Ashburton visited this region fully equipped for testing the game qualities of our salmon. When he failed in his pursuit he sent a dispatch to his father saying; "Cede the blamed country to the Yankees; the salmon won't rise to a fly."

    A great many men in the eastern states would estimate the value of the country then in dispute to themselves by the standard alleged to have been employed by young Ashburton. These men now find it difficult to obtain at any price fishing rights in the provinces. If salmon would rise to the fly in our rivers, there would be no difficulty in accommodating all the sportsmen of the country with abundant opportunities for this lordly sport. As a matter of fact, we believe the question m which the young Englishman was so deeply interested has not yet finally settled. 

    Salmon sometimes do rise to a fly. The Coos News says a boy caught one a short time since on a home-made fly, which weighed twenty pounds. Salmon fishing for sport may be one of the undeveloped resources of the Pacific Northwest.

    Lord Ashburton 1774 - 1848

    New Trout Fly Called "Williams' Special"

    Joel La Follette - Wednesday, May 31, 2017
    New Trout Fly Called "Williams' Special"

    Stone Fly Made True to Life By Portland Tier - Comes in Two Size Hooks

    A brand new trout fly has made its appearance in Maupin and by those who have tried them have proven to be the best ever. The new fly is called "Williams' Special" and was made after a pattern supplied by Johnny Williams of this city.

    Last summer Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Motley, Portland, were visitors at the Maupin Camp grounds. While here Mrs. Motley told of being a fly tier and Johnny Williams caught several small stone flies and asked could she duplicate them. The lady said she could, thereupon the camp ground man gave an order, specifying the flies must be true to the sample. Saturday he received an initial shipment of the flies. They have been tried and exceeded all expectations, those using them making good catches of good trout. The flies received by Johnny come in two sizes - 12's and 14’s - and are as true to nature as is possible to make them.

    Mr. Motley writes that among her orders for flies this spring has been one from President Coolidge, while Congressman Hawley has ordered many for friends at Washington, D. C.

    Meier & Frank of Portland want the exclusive sale of the new fly. The hook on which the fly is tied comes direct from Oslo, Norway, none of the kind desired being made in this country. The first order for hooks placed by Mrs. Motley brot but 1500, and as these have been tied and the demand so great, the lady has ordered a large supply to be delivered as soon as possible.

    Multnomah Anglers club members who have used the Williams Special, are enthusiastic over them. Mrs. Motley searched the state over for the right feathers for the special finally securing what she wanted from near Roseburg.

    The Maupin Times April 26th, 1928


    Has No Desire to Arrest Violators
    Therefore Asks That the Laws Be Adhered To

    With fishing season now open Harold Clifford, state game warden, make an urgent request that all citizen observe the law that have been made for the protection of fish.

    "We have no desire to arrest men or women for violation of the law," he said last week. "We want them to know, that all citizens of Oregon they are harming their state and themselves by angling in closed streams, taking more than the legal limit or catching fish under six inches in length. Our warden make it their business to educate the fishermen. They make arrests only when they find fishermen willfully and viciously violating the laws. If a man is angling for trout he is entitled to sixty fish in one week they are his fish if he can catch them. When he takes more than that number he makes it necessary for the warden to do his duty and make an arrest that will mean punishment."

    The Maupin Times April 25th, 1929

    A Plea for Trout

    Joel La Follette - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    Transcribed from The Dalles Daily Chronicle, January 13th, 1893


    It Is Necessary for Us to Read the Fish Commission the Riot Act About Black Bass.

    It is proposed sometime soon to send out another carload of Bass from eastern waters by the United States fish commission to stock the lakes and streams of Oregon and Washington. Our mountain trout has been the divinity of anglers in Oregon streams for time immemorial, and there is a wholesome objection raised to the proposal of the United States fish commission in its efforts of supplanting them with bass from anywhere.

    Judges, presidents, senators and plebeians, who have gone many miles to toss the gamy speckled trout a fly will ask the press of this coast to enter a protest against this proposed desecration, which is a worse one than the infliction visited upon our “preserves” by the introduction of carp and bull-pouts.

    Our mountain trout is the acknowledged king of all fresh water fishes. No other will take the fly like him or compare in gaminess; nor is there any so toothsome. The black bass is a very good fish compared with the bull-pout and sunfish, but he is hot in the same category with the trout.

    As food the black bass brings eighteen cents a pound in the New York market today, where the trout sells for a dollar a pound. There is a corresponding difference in their game qualities. The bass is not the superior of our trout, in size even. Any one who has ever caught either the large bass, or the small-mouthed bass, in eastern waters, where the fishing is considered good, will tell you, if they ever had the experience, that they, never had so much sport in a whole day, as they found in Trout lake, or any one of the hundred trout streams in the vicinity of The Dalles in half an hour.

    This is not the climate, either, for bass, under the most favorable circumstances, and he would never flourish here. He is no comparison to the trout in any sense, and our Rod and Gun clubs should teach the fish commission that their labors in this behalf would never be appreciated.

    Our fish is a true trout, though differing slightly from the eastern brook trout, and being a purely Pacific coast product, it should be our pride and ambition to keep him at his best. Then we may treat out eastern visitors to sport such as they can only read about at home. Nothing less than the speckled beauties we have is good enough for the waters of our magnificent regions. Let us put a stop to the fishing out of season, slaughtering trout with giant powder and set-lines, and the Inland Empire will long remain a spot tor anglers to dream of.

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