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MIA SHEPPARD, WHO HOLDS THE CURRENT RECORD FOR WOMEN’S LONGEST CAST AT 144 FEET, WILL PRESENT TIPS FOR SPEY CASTING AT THE EIGHTH ANNUAL SPEY NATION SATURDAY, JUNE 27, AT THE PINEVILLE BOAT LAUNCH ON THE SALMON RIVER. SHEPPARD GUIDES STEELHEAD TRIPS ON OREGON RIVERS AND IS ONE OF SEVERAL EXPERTS WHO WILL ATTEND THE JUNE 27 EVENT IN OSWEGO COUNTY.

8th Annual ‘Spey Nation’ Set For June 26-28 On New York’s Salmon River

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM OSWEGO COUNTY TOURISM

Hundreds of spey casting fanatics will celebrate their unique sport with expert instructors and equipment manufacturers on New York’s legendary Salmon River Friday through Sunday, June 26 to 28, for the eighth annual “Spey Nation.”

The informal gathering gives anglers who cast with spey rods the opportunity to discuss techniques, buy equipment, learn from the experts, and share their enjoyment of spey casting as a form of fly fishing.

MIA SHEPPARD, WHO HOLDS THE CURRENT RECORD FOR WOMEN’S LONGEST CAST AT 144 FEET, WILL PRESENT TIPS FOR SPEY CASTING AT THE EIGHTH ANNUAL SPEY NATION SATURDAY, JUNE 27, AT THE PINEVILLE BOAT LAUNCH ON THE SALMON RIVER. SHEPPARD GUIDES STEELHEAD TRIPS ON OREGON RIVERS AND IS ONE OF SEVERAL EXPERTS WHO WILL ATTEND THE JUNE 27 EVENT IN OSWEGO COUNTY.

MIA SHEPPARD, WHO HOLDS THE CURRENT RECORD FOR WOMEN’S LONGEST CAST AT 144 FEET, WILL PRESENT TIPS FOR SPEY CASTING AT THE EIGHTH ANNUAL SPEY NATION SATURDAY, JUNE 27, AT THE PINEVILLE BOAT LAUNCH ON NEW YORK’S SALMON RIVER. SHEPPARD GUIDES STEELHEAD TRIPS ON OREGON RIVERS AND IS ONE OF SEVERAL EXPERTS WHO WILL ATTEND THE JUNE 27 EVENT IN OSWEGO COUNTY. (OSWEGO COUNTY TOURISM)

“Spey Nation is a spey clave that offers the unique opportunity for enthusiasts and manufacturers of two-handed rods to gather in a streamside setting, and it lives through our actions,” said Geoff Schaake, president and publicist for Spey Nation.

“We definitely have a dedicated following,” Schaake added. “We love steelhead rivers, and we want them to be the best they can be. People who belong to Spey Nation talk about concepts like streamside etiquette, conservation, returning Atlantic Salmon to historical watersheds, and angler rotation…and we share our knowledge with everyone who listens on this special day.”

Spey casting is a fly fishing technique that originated in Scotland. Spey rods allow anglers to cast great distances using a double-handed rod and larger reels.

“The Salmon River is an outstanding destination for spey cast anglers thanks to its challenging steelhead fishery and its pristine waters,” said Dave Turner, director of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

The weekend kicks off with an international fly fishing film festival (IF4) at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 26, at the Tailwater Lodge, 52 Altmar St., Altmar. Short and feature-length films produced by professional and amateur filmmakers from all corners of the globe will showcase the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly-fishing.

Spey Nation begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Salmon River boat launch on Sheepshead Road, Pineville. Dozens of manufacturers, instructors and vendors that specialize in fly fishing will display rods and reels and related equipment. Presenters include some of the nation’s best-known anglers, including Mia Sheppard, who holds the current record for women’s longest cast at 144 feet, Travis Johnson, who holds the world record for a 198-foot cast, Jay Peck, Will Teryk, Michael Mauri, Andrew Moy, Lee Davison, and Walt Geryk.

Anglers may book private lessons with instructors on Sunday.

Admission is free. Several drawings will be held for a variety of donated equipment. Proceeds will benefit efforts to stock native Atlantic salmon in local streams through the Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club.

For more information on Spey Nation weekend, visit http://speynation.com/. For Oswego County visitor information and current fishing conditions, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com.

DAN RICE AND HIS 2014 SOUTH KING COUNTY-PSA DERBY-WINNING 20.85-POUND CHINOOK. (SKC-PSA)

Bigger Prize Pool At This Summer’s 14th Annual SKC-PSA Salmon Derby

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SOUTH KING COUNTY CHAPTER OF PUGET SOUND ANGLERS

The largest Salmon Derby in the Seattle Tacoma and Olympia Washington area will once again be held by South King County Puget Sound Anglers on August 1, 2015 at the Point Defiance Marina in Tacoma WA.

“We have increased the prize pool this year so that everyone has an opportunity to win” noted Derby Chairman Terry Wiest.  “The angler with the largest fish will take home at least $3500 sponsored by Larson Power Boats NW, the 2nd largest $1500 sponsored by Cabela’s and the 3rd largest $1000 sponsored by Denali Federal Credit Union.  In addition $500 will be awarded to the Puget Sound Anglers member with the largest fish. To honor our military new this year will be a $500 prize for the largest salmon caught by an active duty military or veteran. Youth 14 and under may fish for free and the youth with the largest fish will take home $300.  In addition there will be a huge raffle so everyone has an opportunity for a prize. The prize pool is over $25000. with top quality prizes guaranteed to at least 50th place.”

DAN RICE AND HIS 2014 SOUTH KING COUNTY-PSA DERBY-WINNING 20.85-POUND CHINOOK. (SKC-PSA)

DAN RICE AND HIS 2014 SOUTH KING COUNTY-PSA DERBY-WINNING 20.85-POUND CHINOOK. (SKC-PSA)

As a part of the NW Salmon Derby series each paid ticket holder will be entered to win a 21 Hewscraft boat fully rigged and valued at $65000.

The derby, which draws anglers from all over the Pacific Northwest, will have weigh stations at Point Defiance Boathouse, Des Moines Marina, and Narrows Marina. The main weigh station and awards ceremony will be held at Point Defiance Boathouse.

“This is our main fund raising event and supports our efforts to improve fisheries resources in the Pacific NW”  said derby Co- Chair Bill Lee. “Proceeds from the derby benefit fisheries conservation and youth conservation education programs.”

Tickets may be purchased at:  Point Defiance Boathouse, Narrows Marina, Sportco, Outdoor Emporium, C-J Marine, Auburn Sports and Marine, Sportsman’s Warehouse, and online at www.pugetsoundanglers.net.

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Bend To Host 50th Annual International Federation Of Fly Fishers’ Fly Fair

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FLY FISHERS

The International Federation of Fly Fishers will hold its annual Fly Fishing Fair in Bend Oregon and will be celebrating “All Things Fly Fishing” August 13th thru the 15th 2015.  This event will be the largest gathering of fly fishers from all across the United States and the around the world.  The show is open to the public so everyone will have the opportunity to join in the fun and learning experiences.

The Exhibit hall is open August 13-15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., where vendors will display the latest products they have to offer to the fly fishing enthusiast; see tying and casting demonstrations, take free 15 minute casting lessons, hour long seminars and more. Other opportunities include a Women’s two day University, a 2-Day Fly Fishing Experience, and a Youth Camp.  Workshops will be available from August 11-15. For a full schedule of events and how to sign up, go to www.fedflyfishers.org and click on the Fly Fishing Fair tab.

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“It’s hard to believe we’re 50 years old” said Philip Greenlee President/CEO. “The International Federation of Fly Fishers was founded in 1965 in Eugene Oregon with our return to Oregon we come back to our roots. The week-long event will provide fly fishers the opportunity to “Experience All Things Fly Fishing” while also enjoy the fellowship of other fly fishers.”

Headquarters for the event will be in the Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center with other venues taking place through the area. The event will bring revenue opportunities to local businesses and boost the area economy.

More details will be provided as they become available.  For more information about the Fair you can visit our web site http://www.fedflyfishers.org or call 406-222-9369.

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Idaho Vizsla Breeders Have New Pups From Great Parents Available

Note: The following blog was submitted by Rich Koepplin of Idaho East Wind Vizsla.

By Rich Koepplin

What began a few years ago as a peace-keeping compromise at home has become a passion that has changed my upland game hunting forever.

I had suggested to my wife we should start looking for a new hunting dog. The reply I got certainly indicated I should start building a dog house, alright.

For myself.

We have kids now, so a new hunting dog has got to be a family dog too. My days of chasing a muddy Lab with a mouthful of duck feathers through the kitchen are over. A new pup would need to fit in with our lifestyle. It’s got to be something the entire family can get behind. It has to be gentle. It can’t be too dirty. Or stink… and so the list went on.

The ensuing exercise to document what we would all like in a new pup generated a list of traits that ran the gamut from Mother Teresa to General MacArthur. It certainly felt like creating a list of what we all needed in a canine companion was my wife’s clever way of making certain a new dog would never become a reality, without ever saying no. In reading the list out loud, it didn’t sound like any dog I’d ever met.

That was only because I hadn’t met Coho yet.

Coho fit the bill perfectly, as many Vizsla owners proclaim only their dog can do. Coho was intelligent, well-mannered, highly affectionate, and a fearless hunter with endless drive. He kept up with our active family and always provided an incentive to get outdoors. He was the perfect dog for each member of the family. And with his short-hair and lack of a “dog odor,” Mom approved too. The field champions in his bloodline told of hunting prowess long before he made his first retrieve.

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We knew right away Coho would need a companion. We also knew our family needed another Vizsla.

Options in the Pacific Northwest for this less-than-common breed are limited. Our search for Coho had taken several years to source locally. We felt compelled to do something different and special with Coho’s companion.

To us, that meant bringing bloodlines to the area that haven’t historically been available in the area. That search ultimately brought us to Kansas City, Mo., and the granddaughter of Lundy’s Red Bull.

As a National Gun Dog Champion and National Field Trial Champion, Bull is an incredible animal with a pedigree to match. We felt his granddaughter was the perfect match for Coho, and was exactly the quality of bloodlines we wanted to bring to the area. Friends jokingly refer to her as the assassin, fearlessly charging bramble after bramble for errant quail only to swing the pendulum completely back to her affectionate side – completely unable to sit, stand, or lay without physically touching you.

Now, so many years after suggesting a pup should be in our future, we welcome Coho and Pooh Bear’s first litter.

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They’ve produced a brilliant assembly of vibrant pups, each with all the potential to be as loving, affectionate and determined in the field as their parents.

Things have certainly come full circle, and in the end, I didn’t get the puppy I was looking for. I got ten.

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Note: For more on these pups, contact the author through Idaho East Wind Vizsla’s Facebook page, or call him directly at (208) 440-1795.

Winchester Issues Recall Of Certain SXP Shotguns

by Dave Workman

Winchester Repeating Arms has announced a recall on a limited number of SXP shotguns chambered for 3 ½-inch 12-gauge magnum shells.

According to the Winchester notice, this shotgun may, “under certain circumstances, unintentionally discharge while closing the action.”

“Failure to return any affected shotguns for inspection and/or repair may create a risk of harm, including serious personal injury or death,” Winchester cautioned.

If you own one of the affected shotguns, call the Winchester Consumer Administrative Center immediately. Check your serial number and contact these folks for instructions.

This alert applies to the following models:

·         SXP Waterfowl Hunter, 26 or 28-inch barrel
·         SXP Black Shadow, 26 or 28-inch barrel
·         SXP Turkey Hunter, 24-inch barrel
·         SXP long Beard, 24-inch barrel
You may contact Winchester at 1-800-945-5372 or send an e-mail to: SXP@winchesterguns.com
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OHA Looking For New Field Administrator

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON HUNTERS ASSOCIATION

The Oregon Hunters Association is looking for an outstanding individual to fill some big boots soon to be left behind by our current Field Administrator Ty Stubblefield, who has accepted a position as Chapter Coordinator for the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, based in Missoula, Montana.

Are you equally comfortable at the Capitol testifying on important legislation and rubbing shoulders with Bigfoot in a wall tent at the OHA Chapter Workshop? You might be just the outfitter we need in our camp!

AN AD FOR THE OREGON HUNTERS ASSOCIATION'S  GIG SHOWS FORMER FIELD ADMINISTRATOR TY STUBBLEFIELD IN HIS VARIOUS DUTIES. (OHA)

AN AD FOR THE OREGON HUNTERS ASSOCIATION’S GIG SHOWS FORMER FIELD ADMINISTRATOR TY STUBBLEFIELD IN HIS VARIOUS DUTIES. (OHA)

For a job description and application information for this full-time position, please contact the OHA State Office at oha@ccountry.net. Application deadline is May 20, 2015.

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Ultra-Light Bino Harness Reviewed Favorably

THE FOLLOWING REVIEWS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED BY RICK YOUNG OUTDOORS, MAKERS OF THE ULTRA-LIGHT BINO HARNESS

Sports Afield magazine

There are several popular suspension systems on the market today for binoculars and rangefinders, but none like this one. Traditional suspension systems are bulky and restrict motion. Thick nylon straps trap body heat and cause perspiration and chafing … This new harness from Rick Young Outdoors is made of a lightweight cord that is compact and weighs almost nothing …

Chad Dolbeare, http://www.liveoutdoors.com/your-open-season-2/167609-this-years-best-product/

The Ultra-Light Bino Harness is a major league upgrade to commonly known bulky, restricting, thick-strapped binocular harnesses that have become standard issue in the hunting industry. The Ultra-Light sets a new standard with its featherweight design, ease of adjustability, quality parts, and flat-out comfort that your big, black strapped harness can’t even begin to touch.

Although its weight impresses me the most, it’s lightning-fast adjustability is really its shining feature. Unlike those black-strapped goliath harnesses that require removal for adjustment every time a jacket or coat is removed, the Ultra-Light is ‘layer proof.’ If you can scratch the back of your neck, you can adjust this thing in two seconds or less.

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Don Butts, outdoor writer

At first glance, I thought that the harness might be too flimsy to securely hold my Leica rangefinder binoculars. Using it quickly changed my mind. It is made of lightweight, round elastic cords and weighs only one ounce. The cords have more “stretch” than the normal flat straps. This extra flexibility makes it possible to wrap the cords around the bottom (objective end) of your binoculars to hold them firmly against your chest when hunched over or crawling.

The entire harness adjusts with one very simple, quick adjustment instead of the older design with multiple adjustments. There is also no central leather patch, so the harness with its small cords traps virtually no heat from your body. In addition, the smaller cords will not vibrate in the wind like the wider straps.

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 Chris Jackson, product user

Great product. I have been using the Rick Young Ultra-Light Binocular Harness now for a hunting season, and I believe I will be using next season too. I have tried many others, but like the inexpensive simplicity of this set up much better. It holds the camera tight to my chest, yet comes up easy to use.  Thanks for the video; I now have a few new ways to try.

For more information, go to Rickyoungoutdoors.com, and to see how the Ultra Light Bino Harness in action, check out this video.

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Nootka Marine Adventures’ Forecast For Salmon, Tuna, Bottomfish Bright

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM NOOTKA MARINE ADVENTURES

We are very fortunate to be strategically located directly in the migratory path of so many different runs of South Bound salmon, both Canadian and US. Our season begins mid-May targeting primarily “clipped” US fish aggressively feeding on schools of Herring, Needlefish, and Squid. By the first week of June these fish are consistent, and routinely caught on a daily basis. Rolled baits as well as a variety of hootchies and spoons work best. The target method is a simple one all season long, find the bait and you’ll find the fish! By late June we will start to encounter decent sized Coho regularly while on the hunt for Chinook, only increasing the angler’s success for solid action all day long.

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Prime time shellfish opportunities are also best at the beginning of our season, with outstanding prawning starting as early as mid-March. Oysters and crabs also are the best eating throughout the months of spring and early summer while the seawater temperature remains cold, and there has not yet been any plankton blooms to raise any safety concerns. However, always check local regulations and DFO postings for all shellfish before harvesting and consuming.

Once we move into July and August we start to increasingly see more of our local mature Conuma, Burman, and Gold River fish arrive, which are generally larger and are feeding on tides and tide changes more instinctively, rather than heavily all the time like migratory fish will do. These fish will soon be staging for their run up these local river systems to spawn, and at times they can become a little pickier than heavily feeding migratory fish from the months previous. By now Coho are increasing in size, as they are ferocious feeders during these months, putting on necessary weight and fat for spawning, during the final months of summer, and will continue to do so right up until the end of September.

Nootka Marine Adventures also targets the large runs of Albacore Tuna that migrate by our offshore waters, this is a short but action packed opportunity, generally beginning mid-August and continuing on through until mid-September. Everything is dependent upon off-shore temperature conditions, school locations, and of course weather. If you haven’t tried this fishery yet, you have no idea what you’re missing!!

The bottom fishing in our area never ceases to amaze us as every year it is constantly outstanding, from the very first day we open (May Long Weekend) until the last day we close in (mid-September). Halibut, Ling cod, Yellow Eye and every species of rock fish under the sun are readily available for those willing to invest the time to target them, making area 25 and 26 one of the finest fisheries located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

Both the US and Canadian preliminary DFO outlooks are looking very similar to what we experienced last year, with the exception of our local rivers. We encountered many Jack springs and four year old mature fish last season, indicating a return of slightly larger averaged sized mature fish in 2015, something we can all look forward too while angling the waters of Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet this coming season.

Tight lines, Good luck, and safe fishing!
Gibran White
Marine Operations Manager – Nootka marine Adventures

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Still Some Openings For SalmonU’s Saltwater Seminar March 21-22

In the Northwest salmon world, March means three things: springers sneaking into the Columbia; the North of Falcon season-setting process has begun; and Salmon University’s annual seminar.

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Good news on that last one if you’ve put off registering: There are still openings available, according to organizers of the two-day event held in Kent, Wash.

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This year’s, scheduled for March 21-22, features instruction from top saltwater fishermen, including Tom Nelson, Terry Rudnick, Tom Pollack, Kevin Lanier, Josh Hughes and Anthony Warren.

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Classes focus on downrigging, jigging, mooching, Columbia and ocean salmon fishing; bottomfishing; albacore; and crabbing and shrimping.

In addition to one-on-one time with sharpies, representatives of numerous local fishing companies will be on hand.

Cost is $88 for one day, $150 for both days. To register, go here.

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The seminar is held at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers conference center, 19802 62nd Ave S, Kent, WA 63090.

Mercury Marine Teams With TV Partners On Invasive Species Message

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM MERCURY MARINE

Mercury Marine has teamed up with three of its television partners to educate boaters on how to prevent the spread of invasive species.  The initiative is part of National Invasive Species Awareness Week across the country.

The videos showcase Captain Mike Genoun of Florida Sport Fishing, Peter Miller of Bass2Billfish and Scott Glorvigen of Wired2Fish, and examine a variety of circumstances relative to invasive species that boaters need to be cognizant of.

“The process is easy; clean, drain and dry your boat and equipment after each use,” said Glorvigen.  “Make sure that your live wells, bait wells, bilge pumps and aerators are completely drained and clear all vegetation on your boat.”

According to the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), non-native plants, animals and pathogens can harm humans and the environment and impact our nation’s economy. The damage done by invasive plants alone costs the U.S. an estimated $34.7 billion a year.

“Aquatic invasive species is an issue that continues to be problematic in the marine industry,” said Mercury Marine Director of Public Relations Lee Gordon. “We are doing everything we can to help educate our customers on the dangers of invasive species and will continue to advocate lawmakers to appropriate money towards research and education of AIS.  Invasive species can cause irreparable damage to the ecosystem and is detrimental to fishing, boating and the tourism industry.”

Additional information about how boaters can help prevent the spread of invasive species can be found on the NMMA website and through educational documents provided by NMMA.