Archive for the 'Salmon' Category

16
Oct
14

A Big Tree………How big?

I was working my way up a Oregon coastal river searching for Chinook salmon. I was focused upon the water, moving up pool to pool looking for signs of fish. I suddenly came upon the largest fir tree I have ever encountered. I wanted to explain the size. Not having a tape measure for circumference or diameter measurements, I used the only thing I had with me…a 9′ Winston rod. I placed the rod as best I could so the width, at least, could be judged. Truly a beautiful tree towering over other fir and alders. The root system was partly exposed winding through the grass and other trees like pythons, thick and strong.

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12
Oct
14

Comet Sighting in Oregon

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First significant Fall rains may, finally, raise the coastal rivers and flush Chinook salmon up out of the bays and tidewaters into the fresh, sweet waters. A chuck & duck (heavy fly pattern that may well embed itself in the back of your head on the forward, power stroke of a cast…so you duck or bend forward on the forward stroke) fly pattern to dredge the pools is a Comet. I know these are much bigger than usual, with bigger hook and dumbbell eyes. Oregon salmon often like that chartreuse green color. 

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24
Apr
12

“Hatcheries Suck” by Steven Hawley

H/t to Horatio Nailknot/FB in pointing me to this pointed piece about man’s meddlesome ways with Wild Fish via hatcheries and cherry-picked science:

“For reasons that have little to do with biological health, or even sanity, the Obama Administration and key members of Congress think this is a swell idea. Hatcheries suck because they’ve masked a staggering loss of biological diversity and abundance. With a century of hatchery experimentation in the rearview mirror, nearly everything has been lost for Pacific salmon in the Lower 48, including a grip on reality. Most weeks of salmon season here in the Columbia Basin, it’s possible to track down a forecast from some misguided guide, federal mouthpiece, blogger or outdoor pundit chortling about the “near record returns of kings over Bonneville Dam.” This is so patently false it shouldn’t even qualify as a delusion.” DrakeMag

NATIVE FISH SOCIETY

09
Apr
11

Reed Canyon & Fish? (Inner City Discovery)

My 93 y/o aunt lives adjacent to Reed Canyon and the headwaters of Crystal Springs. I never paid  much attention. So, recently I was driving her to an appointment and what did I see but an obvious habitat improvement project. But, why there? I did a little query and what do you know, a fish habitat story worth following: The Reed Canyon Restoration Project

“Between 1973 and 1993, four population inventories found 16 species of fish from eight different families in Reed Lake. These included: Chinook Salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha (juveniles and adults); Steelhead and/or Rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss (juveniles and adults); Cutthroat Trout, Oncorhynchus clarki (juveniles and adults)…”

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Crystal Springs from Reed Canyon (Habitat Improvement) SwittersB

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It will be interesting to followup on this project over time to see if a safe passage way can be established/maintained.

20
Feb
11

Fishing With Jay

Fishing With Jay

13
Feb
11

Alaska’s New AG John Burns on State Sovereignty & the Resources

Alaska’s new Attorney General, John Burns, is an avid fly fisher. He also provides not so subtle clues on his position re statehood, state’s rights, Federal regulations and ‘overreach’, development of resources  and the environment in a piece in the Juneau Empire………

“Burns stated the biggest challenge so far is prioritizing the multitude of issues affecting the state. Outside of Alaska is the concern of state sovereignty and the frustration of dealing with Federal regulations and unnecessary overreach, and the federal government seeking to regulate that which they cannot legislate.”

“From our perspective, the ability of our state to become a state, to become an independent entity is critically dependent on its ability to develop its resources,” Burns said, quoting Parnell. Burns urges all Alaskans to read the Statehood Act as well. “The frustration is that, I strongly believe that anybody that lives in the state of Alaska, who has lived here for a long period of time, is an environmentalist. You cannot live in this great state and participate in all that we have and not want to see it continue. But at the same time we recognize that you can have different and responsible development coexisting with that ability to participate. The frustration that I see is that the rest of the world does not believe that we are competent enough to responsibly develop our resources. I don’t think that they believe we care about this wonderful state. To me that belies comprehension. Every Alaskan I have talked to, who has been here for any length of time, is here because it is such an incredible state. The thought that we would do something to ruin it is beyond comprehension to me.”

I wonder if Mark or Brad at Alaska (Juneau) Fly Fishing Goods (nice shop by the way) might ask John Burns, the next time he drops in to heft that new 6 wt., what his take is on the Pebble Mine issue and that  whole process. Unofficial position, of course.

 

07
Feb
11

Game Fish Mounts by David Campbell

 

David Campbell Steelhead Cheek (SwittersB)

DAVID CAMPBELL’S MOUNTING~REPLICA WORK (ASSORTED GAME FISH)




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