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FRAN VERDOLIVA, SALMON RIVER PROGRAM COORDINATOR FOR THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, CASTS FOR STEELHEAD ON A CHANNEL OF THE UPPER FLY-FISHING SECTION OF THE SALMON RIVER. THE UPPER FLY-FISHING SECTION IS OPEN UNTIL NOV. 30. THE LOWER SECTION IS OPEN SEPT. 15 THROUGH MAY 15. (PHOTO COURTESY NYS DEC)

New York’s Salmon River Offers ‘A Place For Every Fishing Taste’

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM OSWEGO COUNTY TOURISM

When it comes to world-class fisheries, you’d be hard pressed to find one that isn’t chopped up into special-interest sections. Oswego County’s Salmon River is a pioneer in this process, offering a place for every fishing taste.

Its most famous section is at its headwaters a short distance from the Lower Reservoir’s dam. Restricted to fly-fishing, catch-and-release only, this mystique is more than purist anglers can resist.

FRAN VERDOLIVA, SALMON RIVER PROGRAM COORDINATOR FOR THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, CASTS FOR STEELHEAD ON A CHANNEL OF THE UPPER FLY-FISHING SECTION OF THE SALMON RIVER. THE UPPER FLY-FISHING SECTION IS OPEN UNTIL NOV. 30. THE LOWER SECTION IS OPEN SEPT. 15 THROUGH MAY 15. (PHOTO COURTESY NYS DEC)

FRAN VERDOLIVA, SALMON RIVER PROGRAM COORDINATOR FOR THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, CASTS FOR STEELHEAD ON A CHANNEL OF THE UPPER FLY-FISHING SECTION OF THE SALMON RIVER. THE UPPER FLY-FISHING SECTION IS OPEN UNTIL NOV. 30. THE LOWER SECTION IS OPEN SEPT. 15 THROUGH MAY 15. (PHOTO COURTESY NYS DEC)

But there’s more to the place than just image. The main river runs just above and below the mouth of Beaverdam Brook, the recipient of the Salmon River hatchery’s tailrace and off-limits to angling. Hence, the special area’s two sections allow angling as close to the hatchery as is legally permitted.

Split into upper and lower stretches, these special areas run less than a mile combined. But their close proximity to the dam draws and holds the river’s greatest number of Lake Ontario’s migrating salmonids: brown trout, king and coho salmon in the fall, and steelhead year-round.  Indeed, autumn sees so many salmon milling around above the Altmar bridge, anglers joke they raise the water level a couple feet or more.

Some make it into the relative safety of Beaverdam Brook, climb the ladder and enter the hatchery. Those that remain in the river are fair game for fly-fishermen, considered the gentlest, most patient segment of the fishing fraternity.

Self-professed purists, fly-fishers use lures made of feathers, tinsel, maybe a little yarn for body, all held together on a single hook by thread. Unlike lures in your average tackle box, these delicate creations are practically weightless, requiring long rods and heavy lines to propel them to the target. Anglers need lots of room to whip the line through the air, slowly playing it out, generating enough force to go the distance. The technique requires good timing and coordination; and when done properly, looks like a dance where man, physical forces and the fly are in perfect motion.

The tackle is of the most elementary design, modern improvements notwithstanding. What’s more, the heavy main line doesn’t help with fighting the fish. You see, it’s too thick to thread through the fly’s eye, and makes too much noise when it hits the water. So a monofilament leader at least 8 feet long, averaging 10-pound-test, is used as a remedy. What you gain in stealth, you lose in strength, however. When hooked, a large salmon or trout does everything in the book to break free, including hiding behind boulders, diving into root balls, undercut banks and sunken timber, even going over waterfalls. It’s enough to make the leader feel about as useful as sewing thread.

Fly-fishing’s poetic moves and unique challenges have hooked the imaginations of the uninitiated, convincing them it’s highly specialized and difficult to master. Anglers ranging from bank fishermen to deep water trollers admire its choreography. So when fly-fishers asked for a special section–complete with environmentally-friendly stairs down a steep cliff and improved banks for solid footing–everyone went along.

Altmar marks the start of the special zone. The lower area runs from the County Route 52 bridge upstream for 0.25 mile to the marker just below the mouth of Beaverdam Brook. The upper section runs from a marked boundary above the hatchery upstream for 0.6 mile to the marked boundary at the lower reservoir’s tailrace.

The special sections have their own seasons, too, apparently to allow salmonids, primarily steelhead and brown trout to spawn naturally without harassment. The lower section is open from September 15 through May 15; and the upper section is open from April 1 to November 30.

For Oswego County fishing conditions and visitor information, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com, or call 1-800-248-4FUN.

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The Cedars Lodge Offers The Best Of Southeast Alaska

Located on Ketchikan’s historic waterfront, The Cedars Lodge offers the best that Southeast Alaska has to offer: luxury accommodations, seasoned guides, top-of-the-line processing equipment to ensure the highest quality for your catch, and exceptional customer service.

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The Cedars Lodge seeks out Ketchikan’s finest independent guides and puts them to work for you! Saltwater trips routinely target multiple salmon species, halibut and bottom fish each day.

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Our freshwater fishing excursions will take you to remote local lakes and rivers, some of which are only fished a few times each year, providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Combination guided saltwater fishing and guided freshwater flyouts are also available for the ultimate Alaskan fishing vacation.

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Choose from deluxe waterfront suites, a mountain view studio with in-room Jacuzzi tub or one of our elegantly appointed standard rooms. All rooms have cable television, telephone, large private bathrooms and plenty of sitting space.

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One trip to The Cedars Lodge and we’re sure you’ll be anxious to come back and visit us again!

For more information, see www.CedarsLodge.com.

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Sweet Deals On Two Most ‘Overlooked’ Weeks At Katmai Lodge

Fly fishing season is upon us. Presently we are very busy loading up supplies and making sure Katmai Lodge is ready to open in June. We are very excited to begin this season with you.

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Katmai Lodge would like to offer you a ONE-TIME SPECIAL PRICE of $5,000 for a SEVEN-NIGHT STAY on two of the most overlooked weeks of the year.

JUNE 28-JULY 5
This week was last year’s BEST for king and sockeye fishing as well as great trout and grayling. With the mild winter and early spring, the Alagnak River should be in prime shape for another early arrival of kings en masse.

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Coupled with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game wanting to get sockeye escapement into the river, this is the most consistent week for non-stop numbers. It’s also a perfect time for trout and grayling on mice and other dry flies.

JULY 26-AUGUST 2
Always wanted to learn to fly fish? Catch that king salmon on the fly? This week of transition is the time 90 percent of our king run is already here and the chum salmon run is at its peak. With the onset of the pink salmon run and shots at silvers, the river will be boiling with fish (only sockeye are unavailable at this time) – and it is all here waiting for you, all at a time without pressure on the river though not for a lack of great fishing!

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Katmai Lodge offers personalized fishing adventures for groups of all sizes and experience levels. Accessed through its private airstrip with its own amphibious equipped de Havilland Turbine Otter, the main lodge rests atop a bluff overlooking the Alagnak River, offering hundreds of miles of fishing in Alaska’s only designated Trophy Fishing Area.

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Already one of the great fishing ecosystems in Alaska, fishing on the Alagnak continues to improve. The pristine river is uniquely home to all five Pacific salmon species along with native stream fish such as rainbow trout, Arctic grayling and Dolly Varden/char, with four or five salmon species spawning within 2 miles below and 45 miles above the lodge.

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The region is also home to a diverse array of wildlife, which provides amazing photo opportunities.

An experienced guide staff personalizes each guest experience, making use of the lodge’s 40 boats to explore the full range of the Alagnak. Our river-based lodge is only 10 minutes away from tidewater. Its diverse fleet of both jet and prop boats allows for both sea-fresh salmon and rainbow trout fishing, while the lodge’s floatplane enables easy access to Katmai National Park for viewing the renowned Brooks Falls brown bears and for fishing the area’s many blue-ribbon trout streams.

When off the water, anglers are encouraged to enjoy the unrivaled amenities of Katmai Lodge, which boasts more square footage per guest than any other lodge in Alaska. World-class chefs prepare hearty breakfasts and gourmet dinners in the central dining room.

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The main lodge includes a fully stocked fly-tying area complete with expert instruction, central gathering place, a clothing and gift shop as well as Internet access. Adjacent guest cabins welcome anglers to rest and relax, offering the privacy of individual common areas.

The high season for Alaskan salmon fishing at Katmai Lodge runs from late June through September, with trout season opening June 8th. For reservations or to inquire about group packages, anglers should visit the newly launched website at www.katmai.com or call 1 (800) 330-0326 for more information.

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Tap Into The Bounty Of Yakutat, AK, With Leonard’s Landing Lodge

Leonard’s Landing Lodge in Yakutat, Alaska is known for waterfront cabins with kitchens. Lodging is available for individuals, families or groups. The lodge offers access to salt water charters, guided river fishing, and plenty of opportunity for the do-it-yourselfer to fish or explore the beauty of Yakutat, Alaska.

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Also offered-fish processing, boat rentals to include drift boats, ocean skiffs, and kayaks, plus gift & tackle shop. Leonard’s has its own private dock on the salt water from which your charter or rental boating adventure can begin.

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Fish the bay for halibut (2 fish per day any size), king salmon, silver salmon, and other bottom fish or take a cruise to the Hubbard Glacier-the largest tidewater glacier in North America! Target trophy steelhead in the world-renowned Situk River, the best eating sockeye salmon, or cohos in all the area rivers! Explore the sandy beaches, kayak the protected waters, hike the extensive trails, or surf the “Far North Shore”! Yakutat, Alaska, off the Gulf of Alaska, is the best destination in the great state!

Check us out at www.leonardslanding.com. Call Annette at 509-895-3197 or email us at reservations@leonardlanding.com.

Sunset Oceanfront Lodging, Close To Bandon’s Best And Right Off The Beach

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Family owned and operated since the 1930s, Sunset Oceanfront Lodging is beautifully situated on a bluff overlooking Bandon Beach and its iconic sea stacks.  Brothers Bryan and Jeff Longland are the fourth generation to manage this sprawling 70-unit complex that includes four motel buildings and beach cottages with a variety of accommodations (large and small, rustic and modern), an indoor pool and hot tub, and free Wi-Fi.  Some rooms have kitchens and/or fireplaces and some are pet-friendly.

Wake to the sound of waves crashing into the sea stacks and a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean from almost every room.  The motel has stairway access to a wide, sandy beach, great for strolling, beachcombing, clamming and photography.

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Bandon, Oregon is known for its golf (7 courses), cheese (Face Rock Creamery), and quaint Old Town district with shops, galleries and restaurants.  But it’s also popular for sportfishing, bird watching and hunting.

Sunset Oceanfront Lodging is only a mile and a half from Old Town’s popular crab dock and full marina with year round boat ramp and river fishing or deep sea sportfishing.  Duck and goose hunting is also popular at nearby Bandon Marsh.

Visit Sunset Oceanfront Lodging at 1865 Beach Loop Drive, Bandon, Oregon, on the web at www.sunsetmotel.com or call 1-800-842-2407.

A NORTHWEST FAMILY EXPLORES THE SEASTACKS BELOW OCEANFRONT LODGING.

A NORTHWEST FAMILY EXPLORES THE SEASTACKS BELOW SUNSET OCEANFRONT LODGING.

Sweet Vacation Getaway In Bandon Features Four Homes, Endless Beach, Fishing

Bandon Beach Vacation Rentals are located on Beach Loop Rd. in beautiful Bandon.

We feature four complete vacation homes at one location to choose from, you can rent one or you can rent them all.

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We have the perfect setting for family reunions, large groups, business meetings or retreats. Sleep 1 to 31.

There is over an acre of land so kids can run around and have a great time. We also have tether ball, horseshoes, and badminton.

If you are towing a boat we have plenty of room for you and the boat.

Across the street is the Bandon State Park known as Devil’s Kitchen wayside and has the most beautiful endless beaches.

We also have some very impressive rock formations and at low tide in the tide pools you will find lots of aquatic creatures.

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Our guests enjoy agate hunting, walking the beaches, whale watching and more.

Bandon Beach Vacation Rentals is great for a weekend getaway, to go storm watching or just to take a short break in your week.

“Bandon Beach Vacation Rentals is a great family place to stay while in scenic Bandon”

But now let’s talk fishing! We have some of the best fishing and crabbing in the country right here in Bandon and in the nearby rivers.

The Chinook (Kings) and Coho (Silvers) Salmon run up the Coquille River starting in late August and usually continue their run through September.

Trolling in the Coquille River for Kings I like to troll a green or blue label herring, plug cut, behind a flasher with a 3oz to 5oz cannon ball.

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KITCHEN OF THE BERRY PATCH

Once this dies down and the rain kicks in we have great fishing on the Elk River and the Sixes River form the bank or drift boat fishing.

I grew up fishing but never fished for salmon until I moved to Bandon.

If a guests reserves a week or more I will take them crabbing or salmon fishing weather and work schedule permitting,(July thru September). Requests to do this must be made when the reservation is made.

We also have excellent charter boats and guide services in Bandon.

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LIVING ROOM OF THE BERRY PATCH

Bandon Beach Vacation Rentals is the only vacation rental in Bandon you will find in the AAA travel book and if we don’t have enough rentals for your group, we manage a dozen others around Bandon.

You can contact us at 541-347-4801.

Please like us on Facebook and see some of the salmon we catch, https://www.facebook.com/BandonBeachVacationRental

Please check out our web sites at http://www.BandonBeachRentals.com or http://www.VacationRentalsinBandon.com

Sandland Adventures — Dune Buggie Rides, Bumper Boats, Mini Golf, More In Oregon’s Dunes

Experience the Oregon Dunes and Family Fun Park at Sandland Adventures.  Offering tours of the dunes since 1987, our professional drivers will show you a great time while you travel across an impressive natural wonder of endless shifting sand. Choose an exhilarating dune ride on our Sand Rails or a relaxing tour on our Giant Dune Buggies.

For those who prefer speed and excitement, try either a half hour 10 mile tour or an hour 20 mile tour. These 7 to 10 passenger Long Travel Sand Rails have over 20” of suspension travel and plenty of horsepower to take you on an exhilarating ride.

If you prefer a slower pace, enjoy our interpretive Giant Dune Buggy Tour with many picture opportunities. Informative, scenic and fun describes this one hour dune buggy tour covering approximately 8 miles of dunes and 2 miles of ocean beach. Climbing and descending through the most beautiful, impressive dunes will be an unforgettable experience.

After your dune ride, you can bump and splash on our Bumper Boats, race on our Grand Prix style Go-Kart Track, play a round of Miniature Golf or take a ride on the Cloverline Railroad. We are located less than one mile south of Florence on Hwy 101.

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A Hell Of A Trip — Snake River Adventures Takes Anglers Into Famed Canyon

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Hells Canyon, Idaho, that is. The deepest river gorge in North America, cut to over a mile and half deep by the Snake River, and home to some of the most diverse, isolated sport fishing in the world!

Snake River Adventures offers fishing charters into Hells Canyon for steelhead, small-mouth bass, trout and most impressively, the great White Sturgeon!

Small Mouth Bass are more than plentiful and average around 1lb.  Rainbow Trout reach the 20″ mark.  All poles and tackle are provided unless you choose to fly fish, in which case you are welcome to bring your own. This is often combined with catching the Mighty White Sturgeon.  Fish for the mighty Sturgeon, which reaches lengths in the Snake River of 10 feet or more, and after an hour of reeling you start to wonder who has who! While your guide keeps an eye on the sturgeon rod, you can pass the time by catching trout and bass.

Snake River Adventures offers you a chance to fish for the plentiful A-run Steelhead of the Snake and Salmon Rivers. Or if you choose you can fish the larger B-run Steelhead of the Clearwater River. The A-run Steelhead average 6 to 8 pounds and the B-run Steelhead average 12 to 14 pounds.

We offer different techniques to accommodate your steelhead fishing abilities. We can troll bait and plugs or drift bait; whichever suits you best. Top quality rods and reels are used and we provide all bait and tackle.

Hunt for Chukar , a small upland game bird, while your pole is in the water awaiting a bite on the line. Fish for Sturgeon, Trout, Bass, or Steelhead, depending on the time of year. Snake River Adventures will provide poles, bait and tackle. All you will need to bring is your shotgun and shells (lead shot is OK) as well as an Idaho upland game stamp and fishing license.

Snake River Adventures is based out of Lewiston, Idaho, and offers two overnight options in the canyon, Kirby Creek Lodge and the historic Sheep Creek Ranch. Both lodges are only accessible by boat and provide a truly one-of-a-kind overnight stay for two day, three day or more day fishing trips.

Fishing charters can be for 1-boat of up to five persons, or corporate fishing trips for many more!

Snake River Adventures, Lewiston, Idaho: :Our Fun Starts Where The Others Turn Around”. Check out our website at www.SnakeRiverAdventures.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IDSnakeRiverAdventures.

Alaska Shuttle Service – Best Choice, Alternative To Renting A Car in Alaska

You arrive in Anchorage and want to get to Seward for your fishing adventure; you and your friends, family are excited to see the sights and relax, so you call Alaska Shuttle Service and  let your adventure begin with us.

We will pick you up in Anchorage and take you to Seward or Cooper Landing so you can get to your vacation, and get into some fishing. Got lots of gear, fish boxes? No problem we have lots of room in our 14-passenger shuttle bus for you and all your gear.

Alaska Shuttle Service specializes in group shuttles and tours.  We cater to your schedule, and we are here for you to make your adventure the best it can be.

Got a group of friends in Anchorage and you want to go fish the Russian but don’t want to take two cars and don’t want to worry about who will drive, We got you covered. Call Alaska Shuttle Service and let us get you to the fishing grounds. Don’t wait in line at the Russian Campground, we get to move right through and put you on the water and get those fish on your line.

Alaska Shuttle Service
www.alaskashuttleservice.com
907-947-3349

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Wind River Outfitters Takes You Into Idaho’s Elk Country

Come and enjoy the great outdoors of Idaho and let Wind River Outfitters take care of the details. We offer trail riding, big game hunting, camping, backcountry fly fishing and hiking, but elk hunting season may be the most exciting time of the year for us.

Our hunts can last seven days or more, but hunters need a skilled outfit to lead them into the wilderness. One of the best places to hunt elk is Idaho, where guides take hunters through the beautiful woods of Nez Perce National Forest and Gospel Hump Wilderness. Idaho elk hunting has become a tradition for many skilled hunters, but with guided elk hunts, even the professionals find a better catch.

Elk hunting in Idaho starts around mid-September, during the elk rut and finishes during the elk migration and deer rut, around the middle of November. These are colder weather seasons for Idaho, which is why it’s necessary to go with true guides who have lived in this area for years and understand elk hunting in Idaho better than anyone.

In addition to elk hunting, Idaho also has beautiful lakes, great for fly fishing. Incredible catches can be found through Idaho fly fishing if a person knows the right area. Guided flyfishing takes fishermen right to plentiful lakes and streams, perfect for the fisherman who wants a big haul.

If looking for great hunting or fly fishing vacations in Idaho, choose an outfitter who truly knows their way around the wilderness. For more, see our site for details: www.windriveroutfitters.com