The Steelhead Yarn Ball (Yarnie) or Puff Ball as it is also commonly called, is a great alternative to using Corkies or Birdy Drifters when you're steelhead fishing. This rig can also be used for salmon and trout. This demonstration shows you exactly how to tie the special knot used for this rig, as well as how to create the yarn ball [...]
This page has a great brine recipe that we use, however if you don't want to do all of the mixing, Pautzke has a great pre-made brine that you can order below. Brining herring is an invaluable technique when you're salmon fishing, it toughens the bait, tends to make it shinier and allows you to add scent to the herring prior to using [...]
Does the Willamette River's Multnomah Channel play a part in the lanes springers will be using to travel? Yes a very large percentage of the Willamette River Spring Chinook will take the Multnomah Channel route to get up into the main-stem Willamette. The Channel comes in about 15 miles downstream of the Willamette Mouth so it is the first strong [...]
Wrapping a Kwikfish with a Sardine fillet is a much more effective way of fishing these lures! Check out this video on this tried and true technique!
Spring chinook fishing on the Columbia near the I-5 bridge in early April, 2010!
// // Pros and Cons of Anchoring for Spring Chinook This is the second half of a two part article. Go here for the first half. Anchoring Advantages: Easy for beginners, less stressful Able to precisely target a fish holding spot where the salmon come to you; you don’t have to find them Cheaper, saves on gas and bait Can get [...]
// // This post should actually be called "How to Catch Spring Chinook on the Columbia River!" and "Why is trolling so much better than anchoring?" What fishing technique or method is the best one for catching spring Chinook on the Columbia River? Before I answer this question, let’s take a look at the methods that are available for us [...]
// // Where do I fish on the Columbia River for Spring Chinook? This is one of the main hurdles that anglers of all experience levels must overcome, knowing where to fish and why. This article addresses the basics of this. Anglers obviously want to go where the fishing is going to be best and since our Spring Chinook tend to move fairly [...]