Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Historical Documents...

A window to the outdoor world in 1964 and 1965.  Yard sale gold, ready to come to my home after sitting untouched in an old tackle box for decades.

From the era of the Lyndon B. Johnson administration.  The time of Vietnam.

54 years ago.

Combination hunting and fishing licenses were $8.  Your deer tag was $2, Elk $7.50, and in case you were wondering you could pick up a beaver tag for just one American dollar.

The real find, the untouched 1964 steelhead "punch" card.  I remember my father always calling them a punch card but I personally had never seen one.  Catch a fish and punch the dot and take your fish home. 

On the back of the card...

"Your game department plants more than 2 million downstream migrant steelhead each year.  The information received from your punch card is vital in determining the success of these plants.  You will help your steelhead program by turning in your punch card"

Hilarious.   There are almost 2 million plants in the Columbia system alone now...

The window is an amazing look back.   May we learn from our history.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Bundyville Podcast...


I'm just up for air after taking in the whole 7 part podcast series "Bundyville" from award winning journalist Lean Sottile, Long Reads and Oregon Public Broadcasting

It's a full detail on the Bundy family saga and their attack on public lands in the west.  It's a beautiful example of in depth reporting that finds the nuances and clashes that go back a hundred years or more that boiled up and created what we saw in 2014 at the Bundy Ranch and eventually Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

If you're a public lands advocate, I hightly suggest spending some time and listening to this series.  Get to know the players saga.  See how the federal land transfer advocates are cozying up to this crazy family. Make your own conclusions on how this rogue family is trying to create their own set of rules and inciting violence all while giving the middle finger to public land owners in this country.

It's worth your time.

Click HERE to start your journey down this rabbit hole.  Enjoy.

Friday, May 11, 2018

From The Simple Files...

Thread, wire, bead, Hungarian Partridge

5 minutes of wrap time

Deadly effective.

Monday, May 7, 2018

A Special Dog...

Sure, you've a few labs in drift boats before.  They always give me a smile

 But how many of them are 100% blind and fully capable of having a hell of a time on river.

Pate is my buddy Zack's best friend and at 10 years old,  he wasnt given a good shake when it comes to eyes.  One eye is completely gone post surgery, and the other is just a fixture.

It doesnt matter.  Sure he bumps into a tree or two, maybe racks his shoulder on a boat seat here and there.

All he cares about....

is that he gets his licks when a fish is at hand.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Back On The Traditionals...

Out with the gigantic and in with the teeny tiny traditionals.  One of the wonders of steelhead is the variance of what they will grab.   They'll eat full dress Atlantic Salmon flies, and then stoop to eat a pink worm.  You never know, do you?

Feather alchemy.

More examples of feathers and frills HERE.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Blending In...

A beautiful morning in the turkey woods. 

Staying still, next to a big pine tree you can really blend in.  When you've set up and begun the wait, the woods come alive

So much sound, it's almost deafening.

Gobble Gobble...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Let The Fish Have Sex...

For all that is holy, would you just let the fish have sex and stop fishing for spawners on their beds.

Pro tip....

Browns are fall spawners.  Rainbows are spring spawners.  Summer run steelhead, in the Columbia River Basin typically are spawning late Feb-May. 

No amount of likes or bro-fives is worth fishing for spawners.