Tales of Oregon

A True Friend

August 25th, 2018

There’s a guy I fish with regularly whom I call Coos Bay Scotty when talking about him, even if he doesn’t really live in Coos Bay. I’ve long considered him a good fishing companion and a nice enough fellow, so he’s frequently featured prominently in my tall tales for the kids.   Continue reading A True Friend

Steelhead : 18

March 30th, 2018

The ocean refuses to settle down, and the rivers are flooded, so just a little No Kayaks Involved report to let everyone knows we’re still trying to fish whenever and wherever we can down here.   Continue reading Steelhead : 18

Black Water

October 12th, 2017

It was going to be one of those days.  I knew it as soon as I woke up with a painful cramp in my neck (I really should replace those pillows). The kind of day it was about to be was driven home when I staggered into the kitchen and remembered I was out of coffee.   Continue reading Black Water

Once in a Lifetime

July 15th, 2017

I answered the phone Wednesday to hear a practically hysterical report that the wind and waves were perfect for a trip on Thursday. “There’s no wind at all, the water is as flat as a mirror!  I can’t understand why I’m calling you and not out there fishing!  Get up here first thing in the morning!”   Continue reading Once in a Lifetime

A Day of Destiny

November 7th, 2014

The Lords of Fishing demand that you work – and work hard – before they’ll let you have your first salmon.  Thousands of casts.  Hours studying the water.  You have to persevere through days of disappointment.  You have to work for a salmon, and you never have to work harder to be given a salmon than you must work when you’re fishing the small coastal rivers of Oregon.   Continue reading A Day of Destiny