Lipstick on a Pig – Hydropower Impacts on Wild Fish

The representatives of the 4 H’s (Hydro, Harvest, Hatchery and Habitat) are working overtime to paint a pretty picture here in Oregon. Lately I’ve been seeing lots of TV ads from groups like the Associated Oregon Loggers, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Northwest River Partners, and others. The commercials feature shots of lush, green forests, and crystal clear […]

NOT Steelhead Green

“Steelhead Green” is a term used by NW anglers to describe a river that is dropping and clearing after a winter storm.  When that happens, the river takes on a greenish look.  It’s generally when fishing gets good for steelhead.  The fish are on the move and in a mood to bite. Here in the Willamette […]

Water Lovin’ Tree Hugger

Being called a “tree hugger” makes a guy stop and think.  At least it made me stop and think.  It was said in jest and I got a laugh out of it for sure.  I know where it came from too.  Lately, I’ve been a little more vocal about something I care about – Wild […]

2015 – Transitioning to “KEEP ‘EM WET”

The Native Fish Society recently launched their Keep ‘Em Wet Campaign that encourages anglers to do a better job of handling wild and native fish. They’re even holding a photo contest with some awesome prizes for the top 3 photos submitted!  For details, visit either of the links above.   For the most part, I’ve been pretty darn […]