Sport Anglers Sing In 2017!

Sport Anglers Sing In 2017!

Photo: Chris Vetopoulos holds a January Chinook from the Wilson River on the North Oregon Coast. Every New Year, my wife and one of her good friends make up a slogan for the upcoming year. I do not think the motivation was there for this year, maybe because it is hard to rhyme something with […]

The Synapses Are Firing

The Synapses Are Firing

Photo: Tillamook hogs, October 2016 When you can’t get it done on the ground, you often go to court. It’s a bad way to do business, no matter if you’re the good guy, or the bad guy. I’ve been at odds with the Tillamook County Board of County Commissioners for most of my professional life. […]

Salmon, Served on a Bed of…What?

Salmon, Served on a Bed of…What?

Here’s something I thought I’d never do… After another fine shopping experience at my local Costco, I was feeling pretty proud that I got good value, on some good foods, for my family. That is, until I came across this story that tells me the double box of Honey Nut Cheerios is laden with pesticides, […]

Chain Reaction: How Far Will Our Fisheries Fall?

Chain Reaction: How Far Will Our Fisheries Fall?

Photo: Coho Salmon In sophomore chemistry class (one of my least favorite classes, but one of my favorite teachers), I got to witness the ping pong ball sprung from the mouse trap trick that really demonstrated the effects of a nuclear explosion. It was a pretty profound experiment, clearly demonstrating the true effect of a […]

The Last Little Fish

The Last Little Fish

Michael O’ Leary with a Tillamook Bay spring Chinook from June 2016 Some funny things happened in this last election. Besides the obvious, not all of the votes went the way you would think. One of my fellow Marine Fish Conservation Network bloggers mentioned on a recent call, that a district that voted strongly for […]

It’s a New Day

It’s a New Day

Photo: pro guide Chris Vertopoulos with a Wilson River Chinook, late October 2016 What’s Ahead for Recreational Sports Men & Women? The election is over. At least the crazy election ads are no longer playing. Most in the conservation community are reeling from the election results for fear of massive rollbacks in conservation efforts, but […]

A Time to Get Chummy

A Time to Get Chummy

Photo: Jackson Curran with a colorful Kilchis River chum salmon from October 22nd, 2016 Chum salmon remain the big question mark in my opinion. As you’ve likely heard me gripe about before, when I first entered the professional field of pursuing fish (I’m a 20-year fishing guide), chum salmon were one of the first wild […]