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Grocery Shopping Astoria 2014

We had the opportunity to fish Buoy 10 this September.  It turned out to be a great trip, good weather, and plenty of fish..  All except for the first day, our Captain decided we needed some beach time!!

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Sunset Waves at the wreck!


First light Troll!


Our Company!

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The Mouth of the Columbia River!


Day 1, fist light, Beached!! No tide for another 5 hours!!

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Amber is our secret weapon, she brought a lot of fish to the boat!





Been busier than a one armed paper hanger tying flies..  Got a little steelheading in a couple of weeks ago, got down to the Big D and it looked like chocolate milk!  Fished anyway, and even managed to hook one…  Go figure hu!  Well last night I finished the flies for the Umpqua submission, they’r on the way to Colorado as I write..  Did some elk hunting last weekend, please note I said “hunting” not “killing”, as like most years in the past, I did not fill my tag.  Headed back down to the D for some more steehead action this weekend, hope to have a good report..  In the mean time, stay cool!


100 Huds Worm Hooked Minnows!



Grocery Shopping!!

Spent the weekend of August 24th salmon fishing down at Astoria, OR at buoy 10.  The fishing was great, most of the fish, however, were wild Chinook that had to be released unharmed..  That’s ok I guess, hopefully there will be some left for years to come.  We did manage to keep 2 hatchery Coho, and one hatchery Chinook, my sister landed, it was her first salmon she got to keep!!  We fished out of Dad’s boat, with myself, my wife, my dad, and sister, we had a great time with the family..  The Host camper makes for a great place to stay and  Dad’s boat worked perfect for salmon trolling.  This was a complete gear fishing experience, it’s the only “gear” I own, the fresh salmon fillets in the freezer are worth it!!


Sunday Morning at Sunrise, Oregon side mouth of the Columbia.

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The Crew! Me, My Wife, and My Sister..



Weekend Tying!

With no fishing this weekend, (not that there wasn’t any good fishing to do, just that I was too lazy to do it), I spent most of the weekend tying..  Started out with a pattern that I have submitted to Umpqua, they have requested additional samples..  I hope that’s a good sign!  Then I worked on a display piece for the Fin & Fire Fly Shop in Redmond, and finally ended tying another large Pony Pony streamer….


Huds Weedless Deceivers in the full color range!


Standard Deceiver patterns mounted on a piece of Redwood Burl!


A greenish yellow Polar Pony pattern, 3/0 Gamakatsu hook!



Tying Giant Streamers with Polar Pony

After seeing some of Steve Silverio’s patterns in person at IFTD I got the bug and decided to try my hand at it.  Basically Polar Pony is hair from the Icelandic Horse, very long and translucent, it acts and ties very similar to bucktail.  While I think my streamers can most certainly use some work, I do see the benefits to using Polar Pony over Bucktail for extremely large patterns..  So keep watching, I’m not done with this stuff yet!!


4 streamers tied with Polar Pony as the main ingredients.


Keep in mind these are tied on 6/0 Gamakatsu SL12S and are around 12″ long.