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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!

ODFW Sets Summer Salmon and Steelhead Seasons

Joel La Follette - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Press release from ODFW


Monday, June 12, 2017

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Oregon and Washington fishery managers have announced the 2017 summer and fall salmon and steelhead seasons for the Columbia River.

The summer season is similar to last year, except that the daily bag limit on hatchery steelhead has been reduced to one fish due to poor expected hatchery and wild steelhead returns. The season begins this Friday, June 16 with a daily bag limit of two adult salmonids, which may include up to two hatchery Chinook, but no more than one hatchery steelhead. Sockeye may also be retained as part of the adult daily limit. The season is expected to remain open through July 31.

Fishery managers are forecasting a return of 63,100 summer Chinook and 130,700 summer steelhead, and 198,500 sockeye salmon, all lower than last year’s actual returns.

The fall season, which begins Aug. 1, includes the popular Buoy 10 fishery near Astoria and the fall “upriver bright” Chinook season in the mainstem Columbia. Upriver bright Chinook are well known for their larger size and aggressive nature. Fishery managers forecast that 582,600 fall Chinook will enter the river this year, which is down from about 640,000 returning fall Chinook in 2016.

Due to the low projected returns for upriver summer steelhead, additional protective regulations are needed this fall including area-specific steelhead retention closures. The rolling 1-2 month closures start in August and progress upriver following the steelhead return to reduce take of both hatchery and wild fish. These closures affect the mainstem Columbia and the lower reaches of specific tributaries. When retention is allowed, the 1-steelhead bag limit will also remain in effect throughout much of the fall.

Anglers are reminded that Columbia River fisheries are managed to quotas and that regulation changes and in-season modifications can happen quickly, based on actual returns and harvest rates. ODFW recommends that anglers make sure they understand the latest season dates and regulations before venturing out on the water by checking the Columbia River Regulations Update Page online.

Trailer Trash Thursday Sage Advice Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, December 15, 2016

Here's a new informative video from the nice folks a Sage.



Presenting Your Fly from Sage Fly Fish on Vimeo.

Trailer Trash Thursday Spey Strategies Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, December 01, 2016
Our good friend Rob Crandall of Water Time Outfitters has teamed up with a couple other rockstars to produce a great new video on Winter Spey Strategies. Marty Sheppard and Dean Finnerty join Rob in providing tips, tricks and techniques for successful winter Steelhead fishing on the swung fly. The full DVD is available in our on-line Fly Shop. 

Rob will be in the shop this Saturday, December 3rd for a Free Winter Steelhead Seminar. Fun starts at 10:00.


Winter Spey Strategies- DVD Trailer from Rob Crandall on Vimeo.

Trailer Trash Thursday Way of the Fish Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, November 24, 2016
Since you will be tripping out on tryptophan later today I figured a slightly longer edition of Trailer Trash Thursday was in order. Enjoy the show,  have a little more pie,  then take a nap... 



Way of The Fish | Chromer Sport Fishing from Chromer Fishing on Vimeo.

Trailer Trash Thursday Steelhead Sanctuary Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, September 01, 2016

I first met Frank and Jeanne Moore about 12 years ago when I screwed up my courage and traveled the gravel road that leads to their log cabin. Frank nearly crushed my hand in a welcoming handshake and we've been friends ever since. The proposed Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary still needs to be approved by lawmakers in Washington, DC.  Contact your representatives today.


Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary from Pacific Rivers on Vimeo.

Trailer Trash Thursday Steelhead Country Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Wild Steelhead Coalition, Patagonia, and award-winning filmmaker Shane Anderson have teamed up to produce a new film series called Steelhead Country. The six-episode series explores the rise and fall of angling for wild steelhead in Washington State – from the heydey of steelheading on the Puyallup River to the litany of legendary rivers that are now closed throughout Puget Sound, including the mighty Skagit. Follow along as Steelhead Country explores the past, present, and hopeful future for this iconic species.


Steelhead Country preview from Wild Steelhead Coalition on Vimeo.

Washington is Steelhead Country, the epicenter of the wild steelhead world. For generations, Washingtonians have been raised with a fishing rod in their hands and a love of steelhead in the hearts. This passion has proven infectious and inspired anglers from all corners of the globe to make the pilgrimage to the state’s famed waters in search of wild grey ghosts, some reaching sizes found in few other places on earth. But while the allure of Washington’s majestic wild steelhead continues to grow, regrettably the state’s steelhead stocks have suffered the opposite fate, as their numbers have plummeted to a fraction of their once great abundance.

Steelhead Country dives deep into how Washington’s mismanagement of its iconic State Fish has caused the precipitous decline of its wild steelhead populations. Moreover, Steelhead Country encourages the state to move toward a more sustainable, conservation-oriented management model for wild steelhead – a model that preserves angling opportunity while also helping restore and sustain wild runs for future generations. It’s not too late to bring them back.

Stay tuned for the full series coming in September.

Trailer Trash Thursday Kamchatka Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, July 28, 2016

Since today's newsletter is on the short side, I thought going a tad longer on the video would be OK.  If this doesn't get you excited to chase Steelhead you better check your pulse.   

YETI Presents: Kamchatka Steelhead Project from YETI Coolers on Vimeo.

Trailer Trash Thursday Skater Fly Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, May 26, 2016

This video proves you don't need a Spey rod and sink tips to get it done....I  love it! 

Single Handers & Skaters from curtis ciszek on Vimeo.

Trailer Trash Thursday Banjo Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, February 11, 2016

This week's film has everything you need to help you make it through the work week. Banjo music, small stream Steelhead and watching some poor guy chance a flat tire in the dark. See, being at work ain't all bad. Click on the Vimeo logo to go to full screen viewing.


Oath to The Iron trailer from Tyson Vassar on Vimeo.

Trailer Trash Thursday

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, January 06, 2016

This week we take another look at one of the films coming up in the Fly Fishing Film Tour on February 12th. Enjoy!
Tickets are on sale now in the shop.






CHROME - Official Trailer from Conservation Hawks on Vimeo.



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