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Old 07-18-2010, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Southern Willamette Valley, Oregon
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OK - This Eugene forum is fairly uneventful lately, so I just thought I'd start a thread and say I'm goin fishing tomorrow up McKenzie (probably around Hendrick's Park) and plan to have a good time with the wife and the dogs in tow.

So, fellow Eugenians, where are your favorite fishing spots, and what type of fishing do you do when you are out? Boat, shore, fly, troll, drift, wade, river, lake, hardware, bait, leisure, serious, ect.....?

Just trying to liven this dead forum up. Cheers!
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Old 07-18-2010, 01:30 AM
 
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Ditchlights, do you really think hardcore fishermen are going to tell you where their sweet spots are?

Fly fish anything I can, any way I can. I love the float tube...wade, shore, canoe, just about all of it.

I like the Deschutes, Grande Ronde, John Day, Donner und Blitzen, McKenzie...don't know that I've found any place I just hated. You know what they say, the worst day fishing is better than the best day at work.
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Old 07-18-2010, 01:58 AM
 
Location: Southern Willamette Valley, Oregon
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You know what they say, the worst day fishing is better than the best day at work.
No doubt my friend - No doubt!
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Old 07-29-2010, 03:14 AM
 
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I'm excited to get back to Oregon soon and hopefully get into fly fishing like i meant to do before. I Heard the Metolious is nice....
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Old 07-30-2010, 08:07 AM
 
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The Metolious IS nice...there are some big ones in there...all catch and release if I remember right.
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:11 AM
 
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We have never been fishin'. I know. I know.

We had some good deep-fried fish & chips at the Rose & Thistle on E. 11th, though. Super nice people and really the best clam chowder in town. Seriously. (They only do the clam chowder on Friday's though, and when it's gone it's gone.) Don't care for the hushpuppies much, but everything else was really good. It's a hole-in-the-wall place with character.

My thing about going fishin' is that if I caught something, 1) I wouldn't know how to identify it and 2) I wouldn't know how to clean it. Also, how do you know if it's legal... you know... like I know with crabbing you can't keep the females or ones that are too small, right? I always assumed the same went for fishing.

How does a city-girl raised in cement-city learn to fish?
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:56 AM
 
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We have never been fishin'. I know. I know.

We had some good deep-fried fish & chips at the Rose & Thistle on E. 11th, though. Super nice people and really the best clam chowder in town. Seriously. (They only do the clam chowder on Friday's though, and when it's gone it's gone.) Don't care for the hushpuppies much, but everything else was really good. It's a hole-in-the-wall place with character.

My thing about going fishin' is that if I caught something, 1) I wouldn't know how to identify it and 2) I wouldn't know how to clean it. Also, how do you know if it's legal... you know... like I know with crabbing you can't keep the females or ones that are too small, right? I always assumed the same went for fishing.

How does a city-girl raised in cement-city learn to fish?
Start by visiting the sporting goods department in a store or a sporting goods store. Ask questions. The best places I've seen for info are fly-fishing shops. Very helpful. Nearly anyone I've ever run across is very helpful when it comes to newbies. Equipment needed depends upon what kind of fishing you want to do, BUT, you don't ever need to start out with the most expensive equipment, nor with ALL of it. In fact, I don't guess you ever really NEED all of it...and certainly you don't NEED the most expensive stuff. Sure, some of it is nice to have...

If asking questions is tough for you, pick up the latest fishing regulations guide by ODFW (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife). It'll have all the licensing requirements, seasons and even pictures of all the legal fish (along with length requirements) and some protected fish. I don't remember if it has anything about cleaning fish, but google is your friend! (It's not hard. Really, it's not. If I can do it, any one can!)

Just one word of warning...it can become addictive. (I fly-fished so much one summer I got tendinitis in my casting elbow...my wife called it "fishing elbow". I couldn't get any sympathy from anyone once they found out how I got it!)
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:41 PM
 
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I have eyed a few events lately that invited families out to places like Leaburg dam for fishing demonstrations and lessons, and they provided all the gear, to boot. It sounded like a lot of fun... there was one recently at the Springfield birthday bash celebration at Island Park, too. We just might have to check something like that out.

Thanks Skinem!
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Southern Willamette Valley, Oregon
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If you want to have a little fun and you're a newbie, go to Alton Baker and fish the little river that runs around it. It has a ton of trout in it.
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Old 08-04-2010, 03:14 PM
 
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If you want to have a little fun and you're a newbie, go to Alton Baker and fish the little river that runs around it. It has a ton of trout in it.
Does it really? You mean the canoe canal? So, if we fished there, and caught ourselves a trout (and we wouldn't know it if we saw it... we'd have to have a book on trout and compare the fish we caught with photos in the book to be sure it was a trout we caught...)... then could we cook up and eat that trout? If we learned how to gut it and skin it and all that?

That little canoe canal is so shallow! I can't believe there's actually fish there.

We did go to Leaburg dam recently and saw the fish ponds. The salmon were fun to watch but the sturgeon! Holy cow. Those are amazing-looking fish. We were all happy watching the salmon, then we saw this giant dinosaur-looking fish swim slow down near the bottom beneath them... it was like a JAWS moment. So cool.
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