Author Archives: Kyle Smith

Pollution in Paradise

Many readers of this blog probably have a few Willamette steelhead in their grip and grin photo collections, but it’s important to remember that not so long ago, the Willamette wasn’t much of a river. Pollution in Paradise is a … Continue reading

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North Coast Land Conservancy Needs Your Help

The crew at North Coast Land Conservancy suffered a catastrophic loss last week when their headquarters at Circle Creek in Seaside burned to the ground. Not only did they lose their home office, but along with went thousands of hours … Continue reading

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Willamette River Wins Prestigious International Award

On October 8th, the Willamette River was awarded the Thiess International Riverprize, an annual award given by the International River Foundation based in Brisbane, Australia. Riverprize recognizes outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river basin management and is the most … Continue reading

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Willamette River Clean Up- THIS SATURDAY!

No plans this weekend? Why not spend your Saturday building up some fishy mojo river karma and volunteer to take part in Willamette Riverkeeper’s 4th Annual Great Willamette Clean Up. Here’s the details; Take part in this 187-mile effort to … Continue reading

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Governor Kitzhaber Calls for Salmon Solutions

If you haven’t seen it yet, head over to Saturday’s Oregonian and read the editorial submitted by Governor Kitzhaber in which he announced his commitment to opening a stakeholder dialogue to recover wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia Basin. … Continue reading

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New Intruder Tying Materials from Fish Skull and Greg Senyo!

Fish Skull and Greg Senyo have taken tying intruders to the next level with a line of shanks, articulated hook wire, and some other new products that just arrived in the shop. Senyo’s Articulated Shanks come in five colors and … Continue reading

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ACTION ALERT: McKenzie River Angling Regulations Hearing Update

McKenzie River Redsides need your help! Public testimony is being accepted by ODFW until August 23rd on two regulation proposals that will have significant effects on the health and viability of McKenzie Trout. See below and please consider sending an … Continue reading

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Deschutes Steelhead Fly Fishing Report

With temperatures nearing 100 degrees, steelhead fishing has been slow to moderate across the state. Out of town friends made for inflexible Deschutes plans, so we stuck with our Monday through Friday float from Macks Canyon to Heritage. Five days … Continue reading

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Sandy River Hatchery Program Lawsuit Update

The lawsuit challenging hatchery practices on the Sandy River, east of Portland, continues in court, with our own local McKenzie Flyfishers joining other conservation groups in the action. Native Fish Society, McKenzie Flyfishers, the Federation of Fly Fishers, and the … Continue reading

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Umpqua Smallmouth Report

Our friend and Caddis Fly Customer, Brad Emery, sent us some photos and a report from a recent trip he took down the main stem of the Umpqua River for smallmouth bass. Brad is part of Central Oregon Project Healing … Continue reading

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ODFW Sport Fishing Regulation Changes- Artificial Lures

We hope everyone is gassed up and ready to pack the house at ODFW’s public hearing meeting tomorrow morning in Salem. In addition to the changes on the McKenzie, ODFW will also be accepting public comments on a proposed rule … Continue reading

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Big Win for Conservation Areas on State Lands

Earlier today, the Oregon Board of Forestry moved to approve the creation of a new category of state lands. Although the change doesn’t set aside any new conservation tracts in Oregon’s 820,000 acres of state forests, the vote marks an … Continue reading

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