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Tour of Powerdale Dam and Fish facilty

June 5th, 2010 by

HPIM1461The Mom unit and I toured the Powerdale Dam on the Hood River and the fish trap/station that’s located by the dam. The dam has been decomissioned and is in the process of being torn down. The fish trap and station is also being eliminated, so this was our last chance to see the fish trap in operation. They sort and tag ALL steelhead and salmon coming up Hood River and then let the wild fish and a few hatchery fish go above the dam. Here’s some pictures of the dam and the work being done with the fish. Most ofHPIM1459 the fish pictures show a wild winter steelhead. One shot also shows two (larger) chinook.

Smallmouth Bass

June 5th, 2010 by

HPIM1470With all this rain the Hood River is running high and muddy, so I thought I’d try for smallmouth bass near the mouth. Here’s a picture of a 16″+ bass I caught this afternoon. Thought I was snagged on the bottom and then it started moving!  I let it go.

Fish for Dinner

March 18th, 2010 by

HPIM1417 Anyone having dinner on Saturday nite will have fresh steelhead (caught Thurs. afternon)!

Deschutes River June 2009

June 13th, 2009 by

Spent 5 days and 4 nites fly fishing and camping on the Deschutes River in central Oregon. Great food and comaraderie with 5 of my fishing friends.  The fish are rainbow trout and they are all wild.  Released all the fish.  Got rained on HPIM1280HPIM1282HPIM1293HPIM1283and hailed on.  Check out my river rock totems!

X-mas Island – Kirimati

May 16th, 2009 by

File0023File0026HPIM0895File0015Spent 1 week plus a few days fishing for bonefish with 4 of my friends. This is my 5th time to X-mas Island and maybe the best. We stayed at a new place (Ikari House) with air conditioning and separate toilets and showers and great food! Definitely an upgrade from our other visits. Anyway, for years there has been one flight in a week from Hawaii via jet. There are about 8 simple fishing lodges on the island with a fishing capacity of maybe 90 fisherman at any one time. Well, it seems the Kirimati government and Air Pacific had this disagreement on subsidies paid to Air Pacific (tremendous “trickle down” economic value from visiting fisherman). Anyway, a small charter outfit took over the route (once a week) with an 18 person capacity turbo-prop. On our flight in there were only we five fisherman, so we had all the great fishing spots to ourselves for a week! To give you an idea of the isolation, X-mas Island was only inhabited during WWII with permanent residents starting then. Our head guide “English”‘s grandfather was the first person to live permanently on X-mas Island. Give this a hard thought – “English” is married, has 3 children AND HAS NEVER BEEN OFF THIS ISLAND! Not even to the nearby island of Tarawa! Anyway, we fished nearly dawn to dusk everyday, got treated well and had a great time. Here are some pictures. X-mas Island is not for the faint-hearted, no bars, no restaurants, not much of anything except “stayin’ alive!” (for  all the locals) and fishin’ for us visitors. .

The Wreck of the Peter Iredale

September 25th, 2008 by

‘Twas good stuff. Man, Mindy or I should have posted these a long times ago. As you can see, we went over to the northern Oregon coast to check out this sweet wreck. Mason went with us too, and boy, was he were his clothes stinky.Inside Wreck

Yeah, so I’ve told Mindy a bunch of times, that if she ever tricks me into marrying her, it will probably involve using the wreck like a church and having a pirate and ninja party around it. Doesn’t it look like it would be fun?Front of Wreck

Dad and the Trophy Fish

January 30th, 2008 by

OK, here’s the story.  I caught this really big bonefish at Christmas Island (Kirimati), had the guide take a picture.  I showed it to my friends and they agreed that it was the biggest fish we had ever caught on Christmas Island – 30 ” and maybe 10 lbs.  The biggest fish in some 400 plus man hours of our guys fishing over a decade or more.  But days later just before we left, I was by myself and taking some pictures of a fish I caught when then fish wiggled and I dipped the camera in salt water!  I immediately took out the flash memory card and put it in my pocket, but the damage had been done,  I had lost the picture of my trophy fish.  The flash memory was toast! I sent the card to a specialist in So. Carolina and he was unable to get any images off the card.  While at Macworld, I ran into DriveSavers and sent the card to them.  They opened the card in a cleanroom and were able to save the pictures.  Here’s a picture of the big guy.  

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Tyler Fishing?

September 10th, 2007 by

Tyler1.jpgFound this picture of you. Didn’t know you liked to fish. Nice magazine selection, too.

Dad’s BC Vacation

October 4th, 2006 by

Picture 133.jpgPicture 057.jpgPicture 035.jpgSpent last week with two friends in British Columbia. Fly fished for steelhead around Smithers, B.C. on the Bulkley river (that’s a steelhead I caught after chasing it in the boat – everything was released). Camped in a tent for 6 nights, but we had hot showers and ate every nite in town. Saw a moose on the way up and the foliage colors were amazing. 21 degrees F one morning. I saw northern lights for the first time – kind of like a huge jet stream way up in the atmosphere.

Sturgeon Fishing in Astoria

July 5th, 2006 by

HPIM0350.JPGWent fishing a few weeks ago with Brad Fresch. Caught our limit (one fish between 4 ft. and 6 ft.). Fun, we caught lots and let most go. They jump!