Freshwater News | February 2014

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Northwest Sportsmen’s News Special Edition


VOL. 32 • NO 2 • February 2014

For 2014: Go Fish! by Trey Carskadon “Go fish.” Excellent advice given the literally thousands of prospects across the northwest this year. Here’s a snapshot of what’s ahead given recent “run forecasts” and anecdotal information that’s sure to fire your imagination and excitement to get out and go fishing.

50 species in one year! Tyler Hicks is so convinced that 2014 is the year to go fishing that he’s pursuing his “Cascadia Big Fishing Year.” Tyler’s goal, to catch 50 different species across the northwest in one year. Most of it will be from a kayak but he'll certainly be walking, hiking, bank fishing and harvesting from fresh and saltwater shorelines. Shellfish count too. He’s off to a good start with half a dozen (probably more now) species already caught. You can follow Tyler’s adventure on under “Cascadia Big Fishing Year.” What you’re sure to find is there are dozens of species that get little or no attention—and all of them are fun to catch.

Grayling in a NW lake? Did you know that grayling are available in a Washington lake? You’ll have to bust a gut to get there, it’s a grueling 7 mile hike along what’s been characterized as a “bear run” not a trail, with at least one “dangerous” creek crossing. It’s probably the relative lack of human contact that has allowed this small population of grayling to survive as they have. But they’re there.

Columbia salmon runs For anyone that fished Buoy 10 last year, you know just how good it was. There were more “epic” days than skunks. For many, limit catches were the rule. Plan on that happening again. Spring Chinook are a little more uncertain. Last year, 59,800 Willamette springers were forecast, the actual return came in light at 47,300 into the

Columbia (some of these fish are caught and harvested before getting to the Willamette) and 43,800 returned to the Willamette. Only 29,600 cleared Willamette Falls headed to upstream haunts. For those of us that fished the Willamette last year it was a disaster. It seemed like the better fishing was early, in March, but it was scratch fishing most trips with one-fish days being “good days.” This year, 58,700 are predicted to return. Depending on water conditions and when the fish come, fishing could be decent with a few very good days. We’ll see. The better bet will be on the Columbia River but how that’s managed will determine what kind of season we have and how good it will be for sportsanglers. There’s 227,000 “upriver” spring Chinook expected to find the Columbia this year. If the run materializes as planned, AND we get a season that spills over into April, fishing should be excellent. It’s a relatively low bar to clear with a onefish limit but spring Chinook are such a prize to harvest they are (arguably) the best-eating Chinook in the world, that a one-fish is enough so that as many anglers as possible can enjoy them. And why only one Chinook? Because it slows the catch rate down on the Columbia and extends the season. The further we get into April the better for spring Chinook. To that end, the states have fishery management tools available to them that slow catch rates. It’s the reason certain areas are closed some years, primarily because they’re too productive (i.e. near Bonneville Dam). That season is being shaped right now with a goal of fishing as far into April as possible before closing. Outside of the sockeye fishery in Lake Washington, Columbia River spring Chinook get people fishing in numbers that are mind-boggling.

Pro Guide Terry Mulkey shows off a nice Wilson River winter steelhead.

Another Epic Year Predicted on the Columbia Courtney Mostul with her Columbia River Salmon. Photo by Craig Mostul Steelhead Steelheading has changed dramatically these past 20 years. What used to be a reliable fishery in December and early January has all but disappeared. There are a handful of streams that still deliver early action, but the bulk of the fish now return in February, March and April. This reflects “brood stock” hatchery efforts that rely on wild fish that are spawned, reared in a hatchery environment and then released into their native rivers. They return about when they were caught and spawned, in February, March and April—not December or January. This change has left a noticeable void in our annual fisheries but for those that participate, fishing most years is really good in late winter and spring.

There are some real bright spots already in 2014. The Chetco has been belting out some remarkable winter steelhead. Professional guide Andy Martin, a Chetco pro, has been logging incredible catches all season with a couple good months of fishing still ahead. Expect the Nestucca, Siletz, Wilson and Clackamas to deliver excellent steelhead opportunity in February, March and early April. However, these seasons create quite a conundrum. March can produce some strong fishing in the Columbia for spring Chinook. If the water conditions are good, that is, the river’s fishable and not a chocolate brown with full-sized tree's bobbing in the current, fishing can be exceptional. And particularly towards the end of the month, as the run builds.

Spring Chinook By mid-January of this year, several spring Chinook had shown themselves at the counting window at Bonneville Dam. I saw them. Perfectly chromed specimens, several with a clipped adipose fin, meaning they were put in the river for us anglers to catch and keep. That kind of a sign is a good one and makes the choice difficult on where to hang your hat, or at least drown your bait, on the Columbia or in some steelhead river? It’s a great problem to work through. For me, spring Chinook season extends into early June. May is a peak month for me on the Willamette. I’ll start fishing in continued on page 4






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For 2014: Go Fish... continued from page 1 February, get dialed in, and spend a few more days in March with most of my time on the Columbia but a couple days on the Willamette...just because.

What gear to use... My set-up is a simple one. A Big Al’s Fish Flash, I like red and chartreuse in the 8" or 10" but if the water’s clearer like it was last year then purple’s a good color for me or red as second choice. I love the new UV blanks on these inline flashers, Chinook seem to notice them better than the standard nonUV flasher blanks. I run about 42" to 50" of 30 pound Maxima fluorocarbon leader and then a 3-hook rig I like with a herring that’s been brined in a sea salt brine sweetened with Atlas-Mike’s garlic scent. My “3-hook rig” uses a 4/0 Gamakatsu Big River Bait Hook as the top hook with two pink 3/0 Gamakatsu Octopus Hooks below it. That means you tie the two 3/0’s first (they’re tied 2" eye-toeye from each other) followed by the 4/0 Big River Bait Hook that’s tied 3" eye-to-eye from the middle

3/0 hook. I plug-cut green label herring and have found a dependable supply of these herring and blue labels too at West Marine at Jantzen Beach. Ahead of all this gear is a lead dropper, I use a slider for my weight but sometimes use a spreader for no reason in particular other than it’s close at hand. The dropper is a foot to 16" in length. Most days I'm fishing either 4 or 6 ounces of lead depending on the current at a depth of either 14 or 17 “pulls.” A “pull” is taking the line from the face of the reel to the first guide on my rod...roughly 2'. The pace of my troll pulls my line, always Maxima #30 Hi-Vis, at a slight angle which lets me know the gear is working. That means the Fish Flash and herring are spinning. I use a rig very similar to this at Buoy 10. There’s a new rule in place on the Columbia River and a number of Columbia tributaries that requires the use of barbless hooks. For me, this means the hooks I'm using need to be pinched with pli-

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ers so each of the barbs is flattened. On the heels of spring Chinook and winter steelhead comes summer steelhead and summer Chinook. Both begin to show in good numbers around the middle of June. I’ve been told by fish-biologists steelhead are “hard to accurately predict.” Determining the run size is a kind of wait-and-see approach. It’s mostly ex post facto...a look at the run after it happens. A few years ago the return size was so large it exceeded any previous return recorded. “Historic.” Everyone seemed to be caught off guard, but was understandably pleased with the result. Fishing was equally “historic” that year.

Summer Chinook Summer Chinook are forecast to be down slightly from last year. A sub-par run is anticipated, ranging somewhere around 67,500 fish. Truly, you only need to catch one of these behemoths to have a great summer Chinook season. These are wonderful eating, hardfighting, girthy, big shouldered fish that certainly deserve to be called “kings.” I’ve only caught a few of them but I vividly remember each one. Yakima Bait Company’s new Mag Lip 5.0 should be tailor-made for these summer Chinook and springers too. Early testing has proved this plug especially effective for Chinook and there’s every expectation it will deliver some big catches throughout 2014. Use any color but start with chrome and chartreuse—it’s always a good choice, especially when baitwrapped with fresh sardine and then left to marinade overnight in

a mixture of Atlas-Mike’s Lunker Lotion. I generally have half a dozen wrapped and ready to go right from the start and change them off about every hour or so through the day. The summer Chinook season is relatively short. Three or four weeks of fishing with two weeks that provides “peak fishing.” These beefy salmon are on a mission as they move through the system quickly. Summer Chinook show in early June but aren’t counted as “summer Chinook” until the official close of spring Chinook season and open of summer Chinook season, around the middle of June. The last week of June and early July is when the peak of the run arrives. Summer steelhead fishing really ramps up in July, August is better but you'll need to fish deeper water to find them. In early July these fish are generally caught in 6' to 10' of water and close to shore which is a strong draw for bank anglers. By late August they’ve moved into the cooler deep water in the navigation channel and are less accessible. Still, in various areas of the river catching can be brisk in August and September. Oregon’s Department of Fish and Wildlife has created a comprehensive website for Columbia River summer steelhead, it’s loaded with useful fishing, location, even cooking information and you’ll find it at

Time to try trout The fishery Oregon and Washington’s departments of fish and wildlife want us to reconnect to are

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A few predictions The summer of 2014 could likely be one for the books. With big returns expected at Buoy 10 f o r b o t h s i l ve r s a l m o n a n d Chinook, that fishery, depending on how it's managed by the states, should result in very good fishing from early August through September. Expect August to be the month for Chinook, on par with last year’s unbelievable return that was nearly double what was expected! Those fish just kept coming as the total eclipsed a million in September! There should be an uptick in silver salmon numbers. Coho were hard to come by in 2013, especially down at Buoy 10. The run seemed to trend late with better fishing in late September. By most accounts it was a disappointing season for silvers but you’ll be well-served this year making plans to fish Astoria in mid-September and probably through the end of the month. Crabbing’s pretty good then too. Fresh Dungeness provide an added bonus for fishing Astoria in Sep-

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tember. Buoy 10 is a personal favorite. I enjoy September as much as I do August. Chinook in August, silvers in September. By September there’s generally a string of gorgeous, warm days that further enhance this already terrific fishery. No mention of summer fishing would be complete without smallmouth bass. The Columbia and Willamette Rivers have both enjoyed an explosion of these hardfighting fish. From Portland to Tri-Cities and beyond, smallmouth bass grow big and there are lots of them. Their success has been due, in part, to voluntary catch-and-release practices. It’s no wonder tournament anglers with the right equipment and boat come out in legions on weekends to pursue them. Hook one and you'll know why. Smallmouth pack-apunch and on medium-light gear they’ll test your equipment and fire your enthusiasm to fish more. I enjoyed some of the best fall Chinook fishing I’ve experienced in some time in 2013. In the company of friend and professional guide John Krauthoefer, we recorded some memorable days on both Nehalem and Tillamook Bays. We caught limits into early November! It seems that when the

Columbia is pumping out big numbers of salmon these places are at peak performance. September, October and early-November is when the coastal Chinook and coho fishing is best.

Shad and sturgeon Shad returns are picking up. Those fish arrive by the millions (literally) around Memorial Day and provide very good opportunity through June in both the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Good news after several years of declining returns. Sturgeon fishing has gone to catch and release only in most areas. Fishing’s been good, and for some, outstanding. The states are working to get their arms around the continued sturgeon population declines. A collective objective is to allow the fish to rally and see some recovery in the overall population before re-opening this fishery to harvest.

not mentioned. Tuna, for example, have burst onto the scene as an important, fun and unique opportunity that more and more are taking the time to enjoy. Halibut, especially near shore opportunities, offer fast-fishing for strapping, table fare that will have your full attention every crank of the reel.

Sockeye and kokanee Kokanee salmon, a landlocked sockeye, which makes them exceptionally tasty, have plenty of strongholds around the state and region. Green Peter Reservoir east of Albany, Detroit Lake, east of Salem and Odell Lake, east of Eugene top the list for producing big

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Sport Show in Town Every year the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show returns to Portland as do my memories of the many years of giving seminars, showing antique fishing tackle, cooking demos for the outdoorsman, and clinics on fishing for small fish. Each season one would have to prepare to give a complete new and different set of presentations. Often you would find yourself in front of a eager group, three or four times a day speaking on three or four different subjects. It became tough by the end of the week to separate the different subjects.

One of my friends who had a great sense of humor took these photos and put in the thought balloons, which for the most part were probably true. During those years, I got to meet some really great folks, many of whom are still friends. They in turn opened the doors to many wonderful adventures. Like one of my bucket list wishes, that was to fish a remote lake from the floats of a plane. The fish in the lake quite possibly had never seen a lure or a hook. The trout were the kin to fish found in most lakes where no pressure on the fish had ever happened. Ten to fifteen inches average and eager to take your lure home to show the kids. A nervous way to fish using

both hands to fish left nothing but your feet to keep ones balance. The wind and waves made for some tricky adjustments to keep that balance. Was it worth the effort? You bet. If you ever get the chance to fly over the Misty Fiord’s National Monument in Alaska do it for a never to be forgotten experience.

New Products at the Show My choice of a new line of Trout and Crappie fishing products being introduced at this years show happens to be the Lip Ripperz products. They will be introducing New Trout wobblers. Some great looking Crappie jigs in two sizes and a rainbow of colors. Along with the new lures, they have a new dusting product named Hatchery Dust. This dust can be applied to any lure to give that bait the taste of the food that they grew up eating as little fish in the hatchery. The Crappie Jigs have some really neat packaging as it becomes the jig box and is reusable. These jigs have the lead heads covered by

plastic body which will allow the fish to hold the lure for a longer period of time before spitting the bait. Love Juice another Lip Ripperz product in a sticky liquid format is being used quietly by local guides fishing for hatchery Steelhead. It in combination with Hatchery Dust have had some great results. It will also be introduced at the Eagle Claw booth near the fly fishing area. Check it out at the Sportsmen’s Show.




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NOAA Fisheries has released the latest plan for endangered Columbia and Snake River salmon, which fails to address the issues that triggered federal-court rejection of three previous plans. The latest version, called a biological opinion, risks continued legal battles just as momentum is building in the Northwest for a broadly supported solutions process. “Unfortunately, this latest blueprint is virtually indistinguishable from the plan rejected by the district court in 2011,” said Save Our Wild Salmon executive director Joseph Bogaard. “Rather than looking for ways to do more to safeguard imperiled salmon and bring people together, the federal agencies have spent the last two years coming up with new reasons for the same tired conclusions—choosing conflict over collaboration.” Conservation and fishing groups, along with the state of Oregon and the Nez Perce Tribe, have successfully challenged previous salmon plans for failing to protect this iconic species. The groups expressed disappointment with the new plan, and the missed opportunity to change course for the salmon and people of the Columbia Basin. “Today’s plan fails to help salmon or boost salmon jobs, and fails to lay the foundation for a broadly-supported stakeholder process that could work toward shared solutions,” said Glen Spain, Northwest regional director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations. “And in

some respects, such as cutting back spill, this version is actually a step backwards from what’s already been thrown out of court as ‘illegal, arbitrary and capricious.’” The federal plan not only squanders a chance to move the region forward, it also rolls back spill water releases over the dams to help migrating young salmon reach the Pacific Ocean more safely. A basic level of spill has been in place under court order since 2006. Federal, state, and tribal scientists studying the impacts of existing spill have concluded it is boosting salmon survival and adult returns. These same scientists predict that expanding spill could help recover some Columbia Basin salmon stocks. But instead of looking for ways to test that finding, NOAA Fisheries has ignored sound science and allowed dam operators to cut current spill to even lower levels. “A 17-year study demonstrates that spill is our most effective immediate measure to increase salmon survival across their lifecycle,” said Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association executive director Liz Hamilton. “The courtordered spill in place since 2006 has resulted in more adult fish returning to the Columbia. That’s helped salmon businesses and the jobs they support. Meanwhile, NOAA and Bonneville Power Administration seem to be stuck in the 1990s when it comes to spill science. We can understand dam managers’ reluctance to share the river water with salmon, but that doesn’t ex-

cuse their effort to turn back the clock and ignore 17 years of data from the fish.” The plan also fails to identify any new or additional measures to address the intensifying impacts of climate change. “Climate change isn’t a future threat on the distant horizon—it’s already here and harming our imperiled salmon,” said Bogaard of Save Our Wild Salmon. “Yet NOAA an agency that certainly knows better—didn’t include a single additional new action to help salmon better survive the warming waters and altered river flows that climate change is bringing to the Columbia Basin. That’s more than a missed opportunity—it’s negligence.” Bill Arthur, deputy national field director for the Sierra Club, added that the federal government appears to be taking very seriously its obligations to reduce, reuse, and recycle. “I’m all in favor of recycling, but this salmon plan takes the idea one step too far," Arthur said. “The federal agencies have reduced in-river protections for salmon, reused flawed analyses that fail to ensure the long-term recovery of our fish, and recycled an old plan that the courts rejected more than two years ago. NOAA Fisheries should test expanded spill and employ other effective measures to help salmon and salmon economies while giving regional collaboration a running start—to help the Northwest move away from gridlock and toward real solutions that work.”

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Sawdust Pile Closed to Sportfishing?!!? Don’t support this? Then you need to show up at the ODFW Commission on February 7, and email testimony to: if you are in Oregon. Because the river is jointly managed, also contact the Washington Commission: The ODFW Staff has put out a proposal to their Commission to create an exclusion zone from the mouth of Youngs Bay to the green can line. Department staff communicated that this area will be closed to sportfishing from August 1st to September 15th. ODFW Staff also indicated that they are test netting gillnets in this part of the main stem. The Commission will decide on this exclusion zone on February 7th at their Salem HQ, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive S.E. Salem, OR 97302, Time TBD. If you don't show up and express opposition to this proposal, you will have no voice in the size of the area Sportfishing will be excluded from in August and part of September. NSIA and our allies support moving to a new management agreement for the Columbia Basin that optimizes the economics of the fisheries and provides better conservation and protection for native and non-targeted stocks. And two years into the change, the sports community has absorbed all the costs, including : A fee increase, barbless hooks, loss of sturgeon retention,

all while defending Oregon’s position in the gillnetters lawsuit. Tough changes, but all part of getting to a sport priority in the mainstem, while providing increased economics for the gillnetters in the safe zones. We believe that this oversized exclusion zone is unnecessary (and many describe it a punitive) for the following reasons: • Safety- This exclusion zone is a dangerous proposal, especially for smaller boats. It puts off-limits the area’s “safe harbor” in bad weather/tide conditions, and forces boats to go further to fish (particularly those that use the Skippanon River) and further from safety when conditions suddenly change, as often happens in the Columbia Estuary. Proximity TO SHORE is safety. • Economic Optimization Shutting down the most important section of the river for the Buoy 10 area during Early August is counter to goal of optimizing economics. Both sport and commercial were supposed to be enhanced. The safe areas on most years, harvest more fish than the entire sport fleet from Astoria to Bonneville and now their fisheries are being enhanced further with increased production. It’s time to enhance, not harm the sport economics! • Punitive - So far the plan measures have only been implemented on the sport side. This proposal borders on being punitive and arbitrary.




• Unnecessary - The department has estimated that 7-9% of the returning adults are being intercepted. They have also said they can raise and transfer this number right now, today. The commercial fleet received ample assurances of growth—more types of gear, more production, more funding. • Any Exclusion Zone must have criteria for removal. • Lawsuit - Given that the sport side has ‘paid it forward’ on the agreement, this discussion should be tabled at least until the Gillnetter’s lawsuit is settled. Enough has been done in good faith. This proposal for an arbitrarily large exclusion zone closing one of the most important and popular areas of the B10 fishery is the wrong response to SB830. The Department risks breaking faith with sport fishing community with the troubling precedent of shutting down water that is an extremely popular sportfishing area for no demonstrated reason. Closing a zone of this size will harm, not optimize Sportfishing economics in the first two weeks of August. Instead we should be working on a Buoy 10 fishery that goes from August 1 through September 30th! Attend the meeting and make your voice heard about this important issue!


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WDFW Launches New “Fish Washington” Family Vacation Planning Website The Washington Department of Fish (WDFW) has some great ideas for people planning family vacations this year - and all of them involve fishing. Great Getaways, a new feature on the department's website, showcases some of the state's best family travel and fishing opportunities, from the Pacific Coast and the Columbia River to the trout lakes of the Selkirk Mountains. "Washington doesn't just have some of the best fishing in the country, it also has some of the most diverse, family-friendly vacation spots," said Chris Donley, manager of the department's inland fish program. Profiles of 14 vacation destinations provide vacation planners tips on where to go, what to catch, and where to stay. Each article includes links to state parks, public campgrounds, and nearby visitor information services. "This new feature is designed for both Washington residents and visitors from outside the state," said Bruce Botka, WDFW's community outreach and public affairs manager. "I've lived in Washington for more than 30 years, and I know our readers will discover fishing, camping, and vacation opportunities they didn't know about before."

“Profiles of 14 vacation destinations provide vacation planners tips on where to go, what to catch, and where to stay.” Botka noted that the department recently joined the Washington Tourism Alliance and is increasing its efforts to promote travel and vacation opportunities in communities throughout the state. "Recreation-based tourism is a major contributor to the state's economy, and WDFW's programs are a major contributor to outdoor recreation," he said. Donley said the new guide will be expanded in coming months with new ideas for fishing-based vacations that offer a wide range of other opportunities for outdoor recreation. "We aren't trying to give away anyone's favorite fishing hole," Donley said. "There are plenty of fish throughout the state, and plenty of great places to catch them." To start planning this year's vacations, visit

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The Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association in conjunction with Fisherman’s Marine and Outdoor is happy to announce the 22nd Annual Spring Fishing Classic, Saturday, April 5. This year will have a lot of the same traditions, in a new location. The Holiday Inn at the Portland Airport, 8439 N.E. Columbia Blvd., Portland, is the location for this year’s event. The date is oneweek later this year so we can maximize our chances at catching some springers! The tournament fishing area includes the Columbia and its tributaries. All teams consist of three people; however, boats may carry two teams with the guide or captain being a member of both teams at once. Please contact NSIA or Fisherman’s Marine & Outdoor for official derby rules. After fishing, participants will bring their catch to the Holiday Inn, where it will be weighed and then they can enjoy a silent auction, awards dinner in the Falls Banquet Room, and see if they win a wide-range of raffle prizes. There will be a $500 prize for biggest fish sponsored by D&G Bait and a raffle for a brand new Willie Boat with Clackacraft trailer, Tempress seats, Lamiglas oars, a Haxton boat cover and an anchor system from Three-Rivers Marine. Tickets for the new boat will be available at all Portland Metro area Fisherman's Marine

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Steelheader, Freshwater News, Abu Garcia, Penn and Lowrance. Proceeds from the event support the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, a non-profit that is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enhancement of sport fisheries and the businesses dependent upon them. NSIA is not a sport club; we are an industry lobby group representing the business interests of the many members that depend on the sport of fishing for our livelihoods.

Oregon Tuna Classic Eclipses 1 Million Pounds Donated to the Hungry The Garmin Oregon Tuna Classic wrapped up its 9th season this past summer and we are now making plans for the 2014 season. After 9 years of donating tuna along with cash the OTC has finally eclipsed 1 million pounds of food donated to the Oregon Food Bank and affiliate coastal food pantries in Oregon and Southwest Washington. This accomplishment was from the monumental efforts of a lot of people. Great sponsors that sometimes get nothing in return but want to be a part of the effort. Volunteers that get caught up in the contagious energy that surrounds these events and we can’t forget all the Salty Dogs as well as our fellow fishermen/women from as far away as Idaho, California, Nevada and even Samoa who have brought teams to these events to join in the fun chasing tuna then at the end of the day share their stories and experiences with others as we all come together working to help those in need. Thank you to everyone who has been involved at every level and especially thank you to all those that have stayed the course and stuck with the tournaments all those years. Garmin is the title sponsor again this year as we enter the 10th year anniversary and after taking a 2 year break from overseeing things I have stepped back in as Chairman. Going into the 2014 season you’ll see a few changes as we change the format back to what it was when we had Big Fish Friday as an optional day and the main competition on Saturday followed by the awards BBQ that same evening in the big tent. Something we are adding this year is a social event on Friday afternoon prior to the captains meeting which will feature free Crown Royal served by the Crown Royal girls. These changes are based on a lot of the good feedback after the events of this past summer. One of the other big changes is the Ilwaco event will now be called “The Deep Canyon Challenge” and will still be sanc-

tioned and operated by the OTC but by giving the Ilwaco event its own separate identity it will now meet the requirements to be listed as a qualifying event for the Offshore World Championships (OWC) and as such the winning team from this event will get an official invite to compete in the OWC. The Garibaldi event will still be called the Oregon Tuna Classic and it will also send a team to the OWC. So now you have two chances to win and get an invite to the Offshore World Championships in Quepos, Costa Rica. We are still working out the details but I can tell you there are a lot of ideas swirling around for ways to spice up these events and I can assure you things are going to be a hoot at these events. As we finalize more details we will put up a post on and send a short note out to everyone in an effort to keep people in the loop as to some of the things to look forward to. We have created a YouTube channel where you’ll soon see videos from a competition we will be promoting and will soon post the details of this fun competition. You can find us on Facebook where we welcome you to upload photos of your experiences with the OTC. If you make it out to the Pacific Northwest Sport Show February 5th -9th stop by the OTC booth and learn more about some of the exciting changes and additions coming. The dates for this year’s events are as follows: Deep Canyon Challenge – Ilwaco, August 1st. & 2nd. Oregon Tuna Classic – Garibaldi, August 22nd. & 23rd. If you’ve ever had an interest in being involved in these events as a volunteer serving on the OTC board or possibly in another capacity please drop me a note to discuss the opportunities.

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New Study Shows Importance of Public Lands on Recreation Economy A new study commissioned by the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association shows that of the $680 million that anglers in Oregon spent on trip-related and equipment purchases in the state in 2011, $444 million was due to the availability of public lands. The study, conducted by Southwick Associates in October 2013, showed that public lands help make up 65-percent of the fishing-related spending in the state. The study also outlined that the spending supports 7,204 jobs and $250 million of income statewide. The study focused on the sportfishing economy when it comes to its relation to public lands. The study also broke out nine areas of the state where there are public lands and found that the central Oregon coast was the biggest beneficiary of the economy impact of public lands, with 1,130 jobs, $69.6 million in retail sales and $120 million in economic output coming from public lands. Southern Oregon was the second-highest beneficiary of fishing-related activity on public lands with 1,074 jobs, $66.2 million in retail sales and $114 million in economic output. Overall, the study found, that anglers spent more than $148 million on food and lodging, $95 million on transportation and more than $68 million on fishing rods, reels and tackle in 2011 statewide.

The study also focused on how land and water conservation projects benefit the local Oregon economy, and used the Sandy River Area of Critical Environmental Concern as a case study. The Sandy River ACEC offers exceptional recreation opportunities for fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, nature study and non-motorized boating or floating. The 29,000-acre Sandy River ACEC project is likely to be an important resource for outdoor recreation. For example, if the project attracted 5 percent of total fishing activity within the area it could be expected to account for 4,640 fishing day trips per year, according to the study. Southwick officials estimated the Sandy River ACEC would generate more than $4.6 million in economic impact, creating more than 50 jobs earning more than $1.6 million in wages. The tax revenue generated from these new public lands is estimated to be more than $700,000 annually. “Fisherman’s Marine and Outdoor exists because people love to have adventures on public lands around Oregon and the Northwest,” said B.G. Eilertson, buyer with Fisherman’s. “This study shows that the economic impacts of public lands leads to more purchases of everything from windbreakers to binoculars and fishing rods.”

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Broad Reachings by Eric Rouzee


ight off the top, I have to apologize for this month’s column. I just spent nine days on the island of Kauai, and honestly, part of my brain is still back there. I’ve already begged my editor’s pardon as well. She just reminded me of my deadline, and said she was glad I didn’t get eaten by a shark. I wholeheartedly agreed with her. In the short time I’ve been back, I’ve been asked more than a few times if I got in any sailing while I was in the islands. Regrettably I have to confess that I didn't, unless you count the fact that the bartender at Lava’s on Poipu Beach (conveniently across the street from my condo) could cut a pineapple slice for a Mai Tai that made that tropical libation look pretty much like a downwind sailing yacht. In that case, I did a lot of sailing. Honestly, there didn’t seem to be a whole lot of sailing going on in Kauai, at least not that I could see. There were a couple of large charter catamarans (very similar to the Schooner Creek-built versions in service over on Maui) that would ply the waters in front of our lanai every day. But I got the impression they were more interested in following the dozens of humpback whales surfacing and breaching a couple hundred yards off the beach than they were in sailing the constant trade winds. The Nawiliwili Yacht Club in Lihue appears to have a fairly healthy race schedule, and also promotes the Kauai Channel Race, which runs from Kaneohe, Oahu to Nawiliwili, Kauai in the summer. Judging from some of the photos of last year’s race, it looks like a great event, although I’m sure that 100 mile stretch of water can get fairly interesting in a good breeze. Which we had no shortage of while I was there. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I should sail my own boat to Kauai and start a program to teach young Hawaiians how to sail their own islands. About that time, the Kauai Sailing Association was brought to my attention. This non-profit was started by the Nawiliwili Yacht Club to, in their own words, “facilitate opportunities to experience sailing and marine education in Kauai, Hawaii. The non-profit corporation is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes concerning sailing, marine cultural exploration, science, ecology, biology, navigation, and boating safety education.” It’s a great, admirable idea, and I applaud the NYC for thinking of it. I just wish they hadn’t aced me out of a dream job in paradise. Oh well, I guess I can always get a sail making job over at Lava’s.

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“If your boat is geared right now for coastal sailing and not exposed offshore stuff, you’ll need to add a fair amount of equipment to make her legal.” idea to try. You may have already heard of this one, but if not, check out Earth Wind Map at Yeah I know, it’s not actually an app, but it's pretty cool. On their website, they describe the technology as “a visualization of global weather conditions, forecast by super computers, updated every three hours.” Its creator is Cameron Baccario, and, as its name suggests, it shows a reasonably detailed depiction of current global wind conditions, including direction and strength. While I’m not ready to give up all other forms of weather prediction and current condition researching, it does offer an interesting view of what’s going on anywhere in the world, and I could certainly see it being a useful tool for long passages and ocean racing. Take a look and see for yourself.

Oregon Offshore, Anyone? I know it’s only February, but if you’re thinking about prepping your boat and participating in this year’s Oregon Offshore from Astoria to Victoria, B.C., it definitely not too late to get started. I’ve had more than a few conversations over the years with skippers who were interested in doing the race, but simply didn’t have the time to get ready and seaworthy. If your boat is geared right now for coastal sailing and not exposed offshore stuff, you'll need to add a fair amount of equipment to make her legal. Life raft, EPIRB, and emergency rudder come to mind as big purchases / projects that you’ll need to have completed. If you have time, and if you’re reading this before it’s over, get up to the Seattle Boat Show with a good, solid checklist and see what’s available. I did this back in 2006, thinking I was only going to price shop at the show. A few hours later, I walked out of CenturyLink with a $6,000 bill. Yeah, it’s a spendy race to get ready for initially, but look at it like this: if you have any dreams of extended cruising, you’re going to want all this stuff anyway. And hey, that $3,900 offshore life raft may seem expensive on the showroom floor, but it probably seems pretty cheap if you're actually having to climb inside it out in the ocean. That’s how I sold the cost to my wife, anyway.

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Dale’s Corner

by Dale Waagmeester

Leech Hook: Speed Killer or No Big Deal? The issue of leech hook is probably one of the questions most often asked of sailmakers. Is it bad? Should I worry about it? Is it slowing me down? Dale Leech hook, at Waagmeester least a small amount of it, is a pretty common sight on genoas. When you better understand the dynamics of these sails, it is kind of amazing that all genoa leeches don’t have a large amount of hook. Leech hook can be caused by a number of things. Cloth stretch is a common factor: in the early days of Mylar sailcloth, the fabric depended mostly on the film to fight stretch. In most cases the film wasn’t strong enough for the task and Mylar genoas frequently had a large amount of leech hook, even when they were fresh out of the box. Bainbridge Sailcloth developed a “bias” leech tape that had a

bit of stretch in it, with the hope that this small “give” in the leech tape would help alleviate the hook. (It helped a little, but they soon stopped making the tape because it was largely ineffective.) Today, Mylar sailcloth has evolved to the point where we now have strong thread lines running in many directions that take the load, rather than the Mylar, which is now primarily used to fight bias stretch in the fabric. This has helped immensely. This stretch-induced problem can also be seen on older sails, where the cloth has blown out a bit, or on a new sail where the fabric weave does not quite fit the needs of the sail; either in purpose of use or in aspect ratio. More sailmakers than you might think are using “factory seconds” in their sails (another word for "crummy stretchy fabric") in an effort to keep prices down. Most cloth manufacturers send out a monthly email posting of

their available seconds in which the fabric is cleared out at pennies on the dollar. One of my suppliers has told me of one customer of theirs who purchases ALL of their factory seconds, throwing out about 2/3’s of it because it is completely unusable, using only the last 1/3 of the purchased fabric. Still, when you are paying a couple of dollars per yard on material that typically costs $15-$25 a yard, you are far ahead of the price curve when using that last 1/3 of the yardage. You can bet that there are a lot of hooked leeches waiting to be made from that “seconds” material. The fact that you have a tape or tabling on the leech edge can also add to leech hook. Just the mechanics of having one layer of fabric running to the leech, that is then finished with two more layers of fabric due to the tabling or tape, can cause a bit of a hook. This is compounded if the leech tape is too heavy or is sewn on

Figure 1

with too much tension. Some dinghy sails are finished without a tabling on the leech, just being hot knifed in order to finish the edge. This is, of course, an effort to prevent leech hook. If you add a Sunbrella edge on a roller furling sail, this can add 23 layers of Sunbrella fabric (at 9 ounces per layer) on top of the leech tabling. It is not surprising that you might get a bit of leech hook here. We are also finding that the use of Tenara (Gore-Tex) thread on UV covers might also be causing a bit of leech hook.

Tenara thread is very UV resistant, which reduces the need to have your UV cover re-stitched as often, but its “plastic” nature gives it less stretch than Dacron thread which, again, can cause a bit of a leech hook on a roller furling sail. The cross-sectional shape of the sail can also lead to leech hook. Today’s more modern shapes that are knuckled forward and have very flat runs aft, typical of fractional rig headsails, multihull sails or heavier air sails, are all more prone to leech hook. All in all, when you look at all the things that can cause leech hook, it seems pretty likely that you will have at least a bit of hook on a headsail leech. So, is this anything that you should worry about? Probably not, as long as the hook isn’t too big. Frequently on older headsails, the fabric on the leech has stretched enough that the leech flutters violently unless you put on a ton of leech line tension. This often hooks the leech drastically, with the hook going in nine inches or more from the leech edge. This is probably not an optimal situation and a sailmaker can often get rid of most of the hook, either by tightening the leech seams or hollowing out the leech a bit. But if your sail has just a bit of a hook at the leech tape, as seen in Figure 1, you have nothing to worry about...that is about as good as it gets. I’ve heard stories of sailmakers telling their customers that the hook is supposed to be there; that it is “built in.” Well, since the hook is there, it is obviously “built in,” but it is asking a lot of a customer to believe that it is supposed to be there. If a sailmaker had a choice on whether their genoa leeches were dead flat or hooked, there is no doubt that they would choose flat. YEARS ago, there was a theory running around among sailmakers that a hooked leech was actually advantageous. This was so long ago that I can no longer remember the argument as to why leech hook was a “good thing,” but whether this was sailmaker hype or an actual theory, the idea has long since been abandoned. If you were to believe that, you would also believe that it would be fast to have a big curve at the trailing edge of your keel. I can’t wait to see the boatyard managers eyes when a customer tells them that they want a big bump on the back of their keel... So in summary, while a perfectly flat genoa leech is the ideal, a small bit of leech hook is not that big of a deal. In fact it is not uncommon, due to the many reasons listed earlier in this article. If, however, your genoa leech resembles something more like the wing flaps on a 737, you might want to have your sailmaker take a look at it to see if they can improve the situation.


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Sailing Into a New Year and A New Life Roy and I celebrated the New Year by having a dinner party with a few close friends. As dinner wound down, the last dregs of Roy's delicious mole sauce were sopped with corn muffins and a deeper dent made in the Cabernet, I asked our friends what they were excited about or looking forward to in 2014. It was delightful to hear each of our friends enthusiastically share their stories. The thread throughout was creativity building, learning, and exploring new places. One friend wants to learn Italian, and another friend to take her mother to India. Each person’s story sparked a new thread of conversation. It felt like a wellspring that turned to rivulets that in turn formed creeks, which we floated on and followed to new places and new ways of thinking. We learned things about each other, and found inspiration in our hopes, dreams and wishes. This year I am over-the-top excited that I will tie a sheet bend with my best friend, companion and partner-in-crime of the last eight years. On Christmas morning Roy asked me to become permanent crew, first mate, navigator, co-captain. The tides are favorable, the current on our stern, the wind in our sails and the bright wide, horizon is open before us. I'm also looking forward to sailing Tranquility and crewing on SV Katzenjammer. The Sailing on Sunday series is underway, the Frostbite regatta is around the corner, then the Oregon Offshore. In May SV Tranquility will head north for another summer of cruising in the magic islands. Sailing is Life and Joy. The same can be said of Marriage, and there are strong parallels between the two. Sailing a boat and living together means being able to share space. A friend of mine who lives the cruising life with her husband says it's really hard to stomp away and sulk on a 36ft boat, and if you slam the door to the head, you'll have just another thing to fix. Most normal humans don’t always get along together 100 percent of the time, and things don't always go as planned. Sailing and marriage both mean, rely on one another, for example, if the engine thru-hull gets clogged when there is only the ghost of a breeze and the current is pulling you towards the rocks. One person might be better at handling wrenches while


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the other can keep the sails filled. Sailing and Marriage are both made more enjoyable by encouraging and caring for one another. Pats on the shoulder after a snappy spinnaker jib, hugs after a docking maneuver show appreciation and make us feel happy. After all, its supposed to be FUN. It’s also important to make sure the needs of the crew are met. Having good, energizing provisions keep us energized. Bellies' full of yummy food, sails full of wind, and people to share it with. Sailing if life and joy so is marriage. Hopping John is a dish made with black-eyed peas, ham hocks and brown rice and is eaten to bring good fortune in the coming year. Roy and I sent our New Years guest’s home with containers of Hopping John, and wishes that their hopes and dreams for the New Year would become reality. I brought the Italian version of this dish to Katzenjammer when it was our turn to be race committee. I hope it will bring us fair winds and following seas, and a safe, fun and fast racing season. Give this dish a try, and when passing around steaming plates, ask your friends, your crew, your mate what their hopes and dreams for the coming year are, and share some of your own. Sailing is Life and Joy! Happy New Year!!

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NSIA Staff Changes Will Help Raise Profile The Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association closed out 2013 by electing a new board, and expanding staff resources. During the annual NSIA board meeting in Chehalis, Washington, the board elected officers. Dan Parnel of Leisure Sales as President, B.G. Eilertson of Fisherman’s Marine and Outdoor as treasurer and secretary will stay in their positions and the board opted to add Trey Carskadon of BDC Advertising as NSIA vice president. In addition, there were also changes to the board. The board elected Gabe Miller of Farwest Sports, Matt Schlecht of Bob’s Sporting Goods, Martha Peterson of Maurice Sporting Goods, and Zach Schoonover of Maxima to


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by Jim Farrell Some say that the ability to catch fish is talent and expertise of knowing the right equipment and how to use it. Well, there is another theory that I have great experience with...luck. I seem to have the reputation of dealing mostly with mocking fish, you know the kind that you can see swimming around the bait that mock any attempt by me to hook them. Oh, they’ll take the bait, however somehow they choose not to swallow it whole. No, they just take it piece meal from around the hook and lie in wait looking for the next morsel I cast their way. There was one time however a few years back that stupidly trumped luck, and even talent. Back in my powerboat days I had a 20' GlassPly with a 165 Mercruiser and I had great expectations of catching something other than trout. My brother-inlaw was coming from John Day for a few days, so we decided to head for the opening of buoy 10 on the Columbia and try our luck. We consulted the Oregon State fishing synopsis, and the Oregonian along with talking with fishing coworkers and as best we could figure out, buoy 10 would be open.


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my wife and daughter were talking to some other fishermen telling them how great the fishing was and how much fun they were having. I hit the dock and gave my brother-in-law the mooring line and almost ran to get the pickup to back it down the ramp. By then the fish counter came over to our boat and wanted to see the fish and take samples, asking us where we had caught them... Ty didn’t need any prodding on my part, grabbed his sister as she started to spill the beans, telling her that he had to head back right now if he was going to make his afternoon class at Portland State. My brother-in-law busied himself with getting the boat loaded on the trailer while I was trying my best to keep my wife from our selfcrimination. I knew for sure that above the Astoria bridge was open to fishing, so that's what I was telling the fish counter where we caught them, all the while trying to keep my wife from contradicting my blatant misdirection of the facts. The fish counter was fairly young and working a summer job with the Department of Fish and Game, so my misdirection of facts I hoped would get by her, however as she walked away to welcome another boat load of fisherman, we were approached by an older man with a questioning look about him. We’ve all met him, the one with the gray unkempt hair and beard with the worn looking plaid continued on page 19


Port of Portland Withdraws West Hayden Island Annexation Proposal A lengthy and complex process to annex West Hayden Island for a future marine terminal has came to an end when the port informed Portland Mayor Charlie Hales that it is formally withdrawing its consent to annex the property into the City of Portland. “The terms under which annexation has been proposed by the City would simply render a future development on the property impossible,” said Bill Wyatt, executive director for the Port of Portland. “We understand from the Mayor that Portland City Council is unwilling to take action to modify these proposals at this time, so we cannot justify the investment of more time and money into the process.” The port owns more than 800 acres of property on the island that is currently part of unincorporated Multnomah County and lacks the appropriate zoning and City services needed for marine terminal development. Starting in 2009, the port began a process at the request of then City Commissioner Sam Adams to pursue annexation. A proposal emerged through a series of studies, meetings and hearings that would have preserved 500 acres as open space and 300 acres for future marine industrial development. While the City’s Planning and Sustainability Commission

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Statute of Limitation... continued from page 18 shirt and “Logger World” suspenders holding up his faded loose pants, you know the one who has fished that river since the time of Lewis and Clark and maybe even a little before and who has of course seen it all. He walked up to us as we were trying to tie down the boat as fast as possible and get the hell out of there before someone with authority finally showed up, he said. “Strange, I’ve been fishing this river for over 50 years and I’ve never seen the fish run above the bridge this soon in the season.” Me for my part muttered something to the effect of global warming (keep in mind this was before there was much knowledge about it at that time) or maybe El Niño as I jumped into the pickup and headed home. Now I’m one who has had a morbid fear of doing something

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that would put me on the wrong side of the law, so the trip back was traumatic at best and we didn’t stop until we were in the middle of the coast range at a rest area where we cleaned the fish looking over our shoulders for the State Police every couple of minutes. Looking back on it now as I write this story, I have to wonder if the reason that I now have to put

up with mocking fish is my karma acquired that day and its nature’s way of punishing me. Then again maybe just maybe, as I sail up north to Alaska this summer my karma may change with the telling of this story. I do know for certain that it won’t be my skill and experience that may catch the fish, but luck.

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