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Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 21:50:51
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Salmon Reports

Happy Holidays to everyone

The salmon fishing has passed on the Smith and Chetco Rivers the Elk still has fresh salmon interning the river system.

The steelhead picked up a head of steam this past week both rivers fish well.

The rain that we are getting has the river on the raise with plunking the only game in town.

This rain will bring more steelhead into the river systems on the coast.

I have been booking many day for Jan and Feb so call early to get the best dates now.

I do have openings in December so look me up and lets go fishing.

I am booking winter steelhead driftboat trips.

On the Smith River Ca. the Chetco River, Elk River, and the Sixes River these are in Southern Oregon these 4 rivers has some of the biggest king salmon on the West Coast.

Give me a call to fish any of these fine rivers this year.

Thank you.

I am looking forward to fishing you again.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.



Date: Thursday, November 23, 2006 at 17:11:08
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Salmon Reports

Happy Holidays to everyone.

The rivers have been going up and down for 3 weeks now the amount of rain is over 23 inches in my gage.

We fished the Smith River Monday and Tuesday for salmon with Phil & Kate Baker seeing salmon rolling in some spots.

The amount of leafs on Monday made it near impossible to fish plugs but we did land 1 salmon on them.

The river on Tuesday was a lot cleaner of leafs but we bounced bait any way and hooked 2 salmon.

The rains started late and in the morning were on the raise so we didn’t fish.

The Smith went up to, 17.64 feet and 29,800 cfs by 9:00 PM Wednesday the Chetco at the same time went to 11.60 feet and 16,800 cfs.

Now is 20 hours later with no rain both rivers are dropping fast.

The Smith is at 13.66 feet and 14,900 cfs that is a drop of 4 feet and 15,000 cfs in 20 hours.

The Chetco is at 9.04 feet and 9,810 cfs that is a drop of 2.5 feet and 5,000 cfs.

I do have openings in December so look me up and lets go fishing.

The river up north will start fishing soon the runs are later then the Smith and the Chetco and I will be there throw December.

I am booking fall salmon driftboat trips.

On the Smith River Ca. the Chetco River, Elk River, and the Sixes River these are in Southern Oregon these 4 rivers has some of the biggest king salmon on the West Coast.

Give me a call to fish any of these fine rivers this year.

Thank you.

I am looking forward to fishing you again.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.



Date: Thursday, November 23, 2006 at 17:09:38
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Salmon Reports

Happy Holidays to everyone.

The rivers have been going up and down for 3 weeks now the amount of rain is over 23 inches in my gage.

We fished the Smith River Monday and Tuesday for salmon with Phil & Kate Baker seeing salmon rolling in some spots.

The amount of leafs on Monday made it near impossible to fish plugs but we did land 1 salmon on them.

The river on Tuesday was a lot cleaner of leafs but we bounced bate any way and hooked 2 salmon.

The rains started late and in the morning were on the raise so we didn’t fish.

The Smith went up to, 17.64 feet and 29,800 cfs by 9:00 PM Wednesday the Chetco at the same time went to 11.60 feet and 16,800 cfs.

Now is 20 hours later with no rain both rivers are dropping fast.

The Smith is at 13.66 feet and 14,900 cfs that is a drop of 4 feet and 15,000 cfs in 20 hours.

The Chetco is at 9.04 feet and 9,810 cfs that is a drop of 2.5 feet and 5,000 cfs.

I do have openings in December so look me up and lets go fishing.

The river up north will start fishing soon the runs are later then the Smith and the Chetco and I will be there throw December.

I am booking fall salmon driftboat trips.

On the Smith River Ca. the Chetco River, Elk River, and the Sixes River these are in Southern Oregon these 4 rivers has some of the biggest king salmon on the West Coast.

Give me a call to fish any of these fine rivers this year.

Thank you.

I am looking forward to fishing you again.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.



Date: Thursday, November 23, 2006 at 17:07:56
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Salmon Reports

The rivers have been going up and down for 3 weeks now the amount of rain is over 23 inches in my gage.

We fished the Smith River Monday and Tuesday for salmon with Phil & Kate Baker seeing salmon rolling in some spots.

The amount of leafs on Monday made it near impossible to fish plugs but we did land 1 salmon on them.

The river on Tuesday was a lot cleaner of leafs but we bounced bate any way and hooked 2 salmon.

The rains started late and in the morning were on the raise so we didn’t fish.

The Smith went up to, 17.64 feet and 29,800 cfs by 9:00 PM Wednesday the Chetco at the same time went to 11.60 feet and 16,800 cfs.

Now is 20 hours later with no rain both rivers are dropping fast.

The Smith is at 13.66 feet and 14,900 cfs that is a drop of 4 feet and 15,000 cfs in 20 hours.

The Chetco is at 9.04 feet and 9,810 cfs that is a drop of 2.5 feet and 5,000 cfs.

I do have openings in December so look me up and lets go fishing.

The river up north will start fishing soon the runs are later then the Smith and the Chetco and I will be there throw December.

I am booking fall salmon driftboat trips.

On the Smith River Ca. the Chetco River, Elk River, and the Sixes River these are in Southern Oregon these 4 rivers has some of the biggest king salmon on the West Coast.

Give me a call to fish any of these fine rivers this year.

Thank you.

I am looking forward to fishing you again.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.



Date: Monday, November 20, 2006 at 06:31:33
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Salmon Reports

The rivers have been going up and down for 2 weeks now the amount of rain in my rain gage has been over 13 inches with a couple of days break in the weather after a rain.

There is a lot of leaves on the banks of the river after a raise it takes a day for the leaves to settle down to be able to use lures.

I have had some great days and some tuff I have been fishing everyday.

The best day was on Friday this last week hooking 7 salmon and landing 3 the big salmon went 35 pounds.

Yesterday we fished the Chetco the Smith was getting a little low for my program of fishing on the Chetco we hooked a small salmon on the first drift and boated it.

We fish several drifts before we hooked a salmon that looked to be over 30 pounds with the salmon charging away from the net on every a temp that salmon is able to spawn and fight another day.

The rain was heavy in the after noon with no other bites you could see the creeks running brown coming into the river.

We got some more rain last night and all the river come up again I have to go to the smith today it will be the only river to fish around here.

The river up north will start fishing soon the runs are later then the Smith and the Chetco and I will be there throw December.

I am booking fall salmon driftboat trips.

On the Smith River Ca. the Chetco River, Elk River, and the Sixes River these are in Southern Oregon these 4 rivers has some of the biggest king salmon on the West Coast.

Give me a call to fish any of these fine rivers this year.

Thank you.

I am looking forward to fishing you again.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.



Date: Monday, November 13, 2006 at 15:54:50
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Salmon Reports

The Smith River I fished on Thursday landing 1 salmon at 20 pounds and a small steelhead the river drops fast and clears making a tuff time of fishing.

Fished the Chetco River on Friday the river was a nice green and was dropping to a good height.

I fished a signal person and he hooked and landed 3 salmon by 10:30 am, he was tag out so we drifted down to the truck.

We weight the big salmon at the port of Brookings it was fresh and chrome bright and tipped the scale at 23 pounds.

I am booking fall salmon driftboat trips.

On the Smith River Ca. the Chetco River, Elk River, and the Sixes River these are in Southern Oregon these 4 rivers has some of the biggest king salmon on the West Coast.

Give me a call to fish any of these fine rivers this year.

Thank you.

I am looking forward to fishing you again.

541 - 698 – 7029 We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.



Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2006 at 14:13:55
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Salmon Reports

The rain started on Friday and I fished the Smith River on Saturday there was a lot of driftboats on the river.

We started off very good hooking and landing 2 salmon in the first riffle.

Fished hard for 3 more hook ups and landing 2 more salmon witch we keeped to end the day at 10:30 am.

On Sunday I went duck hunting on my own time shooting 5 ducks 3 that were green heads.

I fish again on Monday with a signal on the Smith River hooking 1 salmon for the morning then going to the Chetco in the afternoon with the Chetco turning green but a lot of leafs it was a tuff fishing.

The Chetco looking so good the day before that I picked there to fish on Tuesday the rain with high winds pushed us off the river early.

I am going to fish the next 2 days with the same guys with a good out look for the Smith River.

The amount of rain since Friday in my rain gage is over 5 inches and is still raining.

We are getting rain this week and it should perk up the salmon to inter the rivers.

I am booking fall salmon driftboat trips.

On the Smith River Ca. the Chetco River, Elk River, and the Sixes River these are in Southern Oregon these 4 rivers has some of the biggest king salmon on the West Coast.

Give me a call to fish any of these fine rivers this year.

Thank you.

I am looking forward to fishing you again.

541 - 698 – 7029 We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.



Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 06:41:27
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Salmon Reports

I fished the Smith River many days and the fishing is slow there have been a couple of days that there were a lot of salmon caught but not consistent.

The big salmon for the week since my last report was a 28 pounder.

The biggest salmon that I have seen was a big buck that went 45 inches.

The Chetco has been tuff also, the Dept of Fish & Game netted the Chetco and took 115 salmon to the hatchery to raise and return them back to the Chetco they will only net once or twice more and then will have all the brood stock they need.

We are getting rain this week and it should perk up the salmon to inter the rivers.

I am booking fall salmon driftboat trips.

On the Smith River Ca. the Chetco River, Elk River, and the Sixes River these are in Southern Oregon these 4 rivers has some of the biggest king salmon on the West Coast.

Give me a call to fish any of these fine rivers this year.

Thank you.

I am looking forward to fishing you again.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.



Date: Friday, October 20, 2006 at 07:27:41
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Salmon Reports

I fished a signal a couple of days we fly fished on Wednesday on the Smith River with very slow conditions only seeing 2 salmon landed and only a few rolling.

The next day we drove north to the Rogue River getting there early as we rowed down river there were a couple of fisherman fishing.

Looking down river I saw some salmon rolling, we set up and on your second cast we hooked up and landed an 18-pound king salmon.

The sea loins went throw the slot and chased all the salmon away.

It took 2 hours for the salmon to started to roll again and again we hooked a bigger salmon this time as the salmon came close to the boat the hook broke so at the end of the day we were 1 for 2 salmon hooked.

The Chetco River tide water fished very good yesterday with 23 salmon landed for the day with a 44 pounder salmon being the big catch of the day it is best to fish the change of the tides after a high tide is best.

The reports I get are the Trinity River is full of fish salmon and steelhead.

I am starting to book fall salmon driftboat trips.

On the Smith River Ca. the Chetco River, Elk River, and the Sixes River these are in Southern Oregon these 4 rivers has some of the biggest king salmon on the West Coast.

Give me a call to fish any of these fine rivers this year.

Thank you.

I am looking forward to fishing you again.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.



Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 09:41:28
Current Report:
Salmon Reports

I fished a bubble ocean season out of Brookings Or. For King Salmon for 8 days some were good and some were not are big fish was 34 pounds the big fish for the season was a 52 pounder.

The Rogue River is slowing down on Thursday the only salmon that we landed was a wild silver and it was released. The Klamath River still has jacks in the river with some steelhead fished there on Friday landing several jacks 3 steelhead and 1 nice adult salmon.

I fished the Smith River on Monday it rained and showered all day my clients were happy that I use a rain top on the driftboat we all stayed dry.

There was salmon moving and jumping but not biting well we land 1 small salmon that day.

I am starting to book fall salmon driftboat trips.

On the Smith River Ca.,The Chetco River, Elk River, and the Sixes River these are in Southern Oregon these 4 rivers has some of the biggest king salmon on the west coast.

Give me a call to fish any of these fine rivers this year.

Thank you.

I am looking forward to fishing you again.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.



Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at 18:00:25
Current Report:
Salmon Reports

The Klamath River has a lot of jacks in the river with some steelhead in the mix, they are a lot of fun to hook with a few doubles at times.

This is fun fishing with good numbers every time I fish there.

I have been go north and south to fish.

The Rogue keeps calling me back for the king salmon are big and the fishing is good not as many as the Klamath but 3 to 4 hook ups a day is common.

The Rogue River big salmon for the week was a 31 pounder.

The Smith River is in need of some rain and it might rain in the next couple of days I do have my Driftboat all ready to go.

Give me a call to fish any of these fine rivers this year.

Thank you.

I am looking forward to fishing you again.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.



Date: Friday, August 25, 2006 at 08:52:21
Current Report:
Salmon Reports and River Flows

Rogue River is at 2,240 CFS and is 2.97 Feet. The Rogue River salmon fall run is getting started with some nice king salmon being landed the big salmon for the week was a 32 pounder.

The fishing has pick up this week and there are a lot of boats fishing.

Last week the fishing was only fair with the dredging of the river month and the windy afternoons.

I am taking bookings for Summer King Salmon runs on the Rogue River to starting fishing on Aug 15 thur the end of Sept.

I will booking Sacramento River from the end Sept to the end of Oct.

I then will be back on the Smith River for there fall salmon run.

Give me a call to fish any of these fine rivers this year.

Thank you.

I am looking forward to fishing you again.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.



Date: Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 17:40:06
Current Report:
Salmon Reports and River Flows

Klamath River is at 4,680 CFS and is 9.52 Feet and dropping.

The Klamath dropped 4,000 CFS in 7 days and 1.5 foot in height.

There is a run of Salmon moving throw with some Steelhead in the river.

This last week I have been landing both salmon and steelhead.

The Klamath River water is warming up into the low 70’s.

The steelhead are more active in the river early in the morning and late in the evening with the big steelhead this week was a 8 pounder and it was fin clipped.

I have moved down to the Klamath River at this time to be able to save on travel time and gas expense of traveling.

The Rogue River salmon fall run is getting started with some nice king salmon being landed the big salmon for the week was a 32 pounder.

I am taking bookings for Summer King Salmon runs on the Rogue River to starting fishing on Aug 15 thur the end of Sept.

I will booking Sacramento River from the end Sept to the end of Oct.

I then will be back on the Smith River for there fall salmon run.

Give me a call to fish any of these fine rivers this year.

Thank you.

I am looking forward to fishing you again.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.



Date: Sunday, July 9, 2006 at 09:41:33
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Spring Salmon Reports and River Flows Klamath River is at 8,080 CFS and is 10.74 Feet and dropping. The Klamath dropped 4,000 CFS in 7 days and 1 foot in height.

There is a run of Spring Salmon moving throw with some Steelhead in the river.

This last week there has been some nice salmon landed.

I have moved down to the Klamath River at this time to be able to save on travel time and gas expense of traveling.

I am taking bookings for Summer King Salmon runs on the Rogue River to starting fishing on Aug 15 thur the end of Sept.

I will booking Sacramento River from the end Sept to the end of Oct.

I then will be back on the Smith River for there fall salmon run.

Give me a call to fish any of these fine rivers this year.

Thank you.

I am looking forward to fishing you again.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.



Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at 08:29:58
Current Report:
Spring Salmon Reports and River Flows

The Rogue River is at 8,890 CFS and 6.40 Feet and dropping.

The Rogue this week for the last 5 days has been on a raise, the height rose 1 foot and the flow came up 2,000 cfs it is now starting to drop this will make for better fishing again.

The river has a lot of color in it and the temp is around 52 – 53 degrease.

The water temp is coming up everyday just a little as the interior valley warms up and at any time now the salmon will come in the river in big numbers.

There were a good number of salmon landed yesterday in the lower river but there are a lot of fishermen fishing.

The peek of the run it is safe to say is now to early June.

I am taking bookings for Spring and Summer King Salmon runs on the Rogue and the Klamath Rivers.

"It could be the best fishing we have seen in the last 50 years on the fall stocks.

With severely restricted commercial salmon seasons in California and Oregon this year, salmon normally caught during offshore fisheries will return in greater numbers to California and Oregon rivers.

"For the first time in our lifetimes, we are going to see first-hand what the impact of that commercial harvest has been," Carskadon says. "You are going to see an incredible return of fish."

When salmon return to rivers this fall, big, fat kings are possible.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.



Date: Monday, April 24, 2006 at 07:43:11
Current Report:
Spring Salmon Reports and River Flows The Rogue River is at 6,930 CFS and 5.59 Feet and dropping.

The Rogue this week was good to fair to poor with some boats getting a couple and some none the big salmon for us this week went 26 pounds.

The start of the week went the best for us landing 2 nice salmon on Tuesday.

The next day there was twice as many boats in the lower river as the upper river was tuff the day before.

I was lucky to get the same spot as on Tuesday, but some boats started a new line just below me and watched them land 7 salmon out of 4 boats.

I had a lot of faith were I was at but those boats intercepted the salmon moving up river lessen learned there is only so many biters and you need to be in front in some cases.

The water temp is coming up everyday just a little as the interior valley warms up and at any time now the salmon will come in the river in big numbers.

The peek of the run it is safe to say is mid April to early June.

I am taking bookings for Spring and Summer King Salmon runs on the Rogue and the Klamath Rivers.

"It could be the best fishing we have seen in the last 50 years on the fall stocks.

With severely restricted commercial salmon seasons in California and Oregon this year, salmon normally caught during offshore fisheries will return in greater numbers to California and Oregon rivers.

"For the first time in our lifetimes, we are going to see first-hand what the impact of that commercial harvest has been," Carskadon says. "You are going to see an incredible return of fish."

When salmon return to rivers this fall, big, fat kings are possible.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.



Date: Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 17:48:52
Current Report:
Spring Salmon Reports and River Flows The Rogue River is at 10,900 CFS and 7.15 Feet.

We were hit by over 2 inches of rain and the Rogue River rose over 2 feet and high winds yesterday

With better weather later this week the fish will pick up again.

The Rogue this week was good to fair to poor with some boats getting a couple and some none the big salmon for us this week went 28 pounds.

The peek of the run it is safe to say is mid April to early June.

I am taking bookings for Spring and Summer King Salmon runs on the Rogue and the Klamath Rivers.

While commercial fishermen in California and Southern Oregon are expected to see the most restricted seasons, anglers who fish bays and rivers may see significant increases in run sizes because of the reduced ocean take.

"It could be the best fishing we have seen in the last 50 years on the fall stocks," says Trey Carskadon, president of the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association. "There is going to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 300,000 to 500,000 surplus Chinook show up along the coast." Last year, commercial salmon trollers in California landed 340,473 Chinook, while Oregon commercial trollers took 250,730 kings. California sport anglers landed another 171,901 Chinook and Oregon's recreational fleet brought in 27,952 kings and 13,709 silvers. With severely restricted commercial salmon seasons in California and Oregon this year, salmon normally caught during offshore fisheries will return in greater numbers to California and Oregon rivers.

"For the first time in our lifetimes, we are going to see first-hand what the impact of that commercial harvest has been," Carskadon says. "You are going to see an incredible return of fish."

When salmon return to rivers this fall, big, fat kings are possible. "Last year in the spring we had horrible ocean conditions.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.



Date: Friday, March 24, 2006 at 07:49:36
Current Report:
River Reports and Flows

The Smith River was at 12.03 Feet and 10,200 CFS as of 7 AM and raising with rain.

The Chetco River was at 6.89 Feet and 6,040 CFS as of 7 AM and raising with rain.

Both rivers rose up over 2 feet over night and it is still raining with the next drop of the rivers they will fish good again.

I am sorry that I have not keep up with my reports I have been fishing a lot this past week.

There is still a lot of fresh steelhead coming into the rivers with the Smith staying open through the end of April.

The Month of March is starting to get bookings so pick a date that you can go fishing and give me a call.

I will start to fish for the Spring Salmon starting on the Rogue River in late April it is just 45 miles north of me.

I was fishing Saturday, Sunday and Monday on the Chetco with 2 people on Saturday and Sunday and 1 person on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

On Saturday the Chetco was a little high we landed only 1 steelhead, on Sunday we hooked 5 steelhead and landing 3.

On Monday I had 1 person he hooked 6 steelhead and landed 5 of them.

On Wednesday new client wanted to fish the Smith with his own rod level wind and a Ugly Stick and only landed 1 steelhead { Ps if the guides equipment is better then you own you should use his take and his advice}.

On Thursday I went back to the Chetco hooking 4 steelhead and landing 2 the big steelhead went 31 inches long the wind was blowing and made for tuff fishing.

Ocean salmon anglers will find out early next month how long of an offshore Chinook season they will get this spring and summer. At best, seasons will be similar to last year, but anglers also face potential closures or short seasons. While commercial fishermen in California and Southern Oregon are expected to see the most restricted seasons, anglers who fish bays and rivers may see significant increases in run sizes because of the reduced ocean take.

"It could be the best fishing we have seen in the last 50 years on the fall stocks," says Trey Carskadon, president of the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association. "There is going to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 300,000 to 500,000 surplus Chinook show up along the coast." Last year, commercial salmon trollers in California landed 340,473 Chinook, while Oregon commercial trollers took 250,730 kings. California sport anglers landed another 171,901 Chinook and Oregon's recreational fleet brought in 27,952 kings and 13,709 silvers. With severely restricted commercial salmon seasons in California and Oregon this year, salmon normally caught during offshore fisheries will return in greater numbers to California and Oregon rivers.

"For the first time in our lifetimes, we are going to see first-hand what the impact of that commercial harvest has been," Carskadon says. "You are going to see an incredible return of fish."

While many West Coast salmon runs are in good shape, the Klamath River fall Chinook run has struggled in recent years with die-offs of spawners and more recently, smolts migrating to the ocean. To reduce or eliminate impacts on Klamath fish in the ocean, fisheries in Oregon and California - especially commercial seasons - are expected to be cut back this year. When salmon return to rivers this fall, big, fat kings are possible. "Last year in the spring we had horrible ocean conditions.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.

Dave, Sorry it took so long to get back to you following Alex's and my annual steelhead trip. We now call the trip the best fishing trip ever. Four steelies on, three fish boated. Unfortunately, the pictures I took did not come out. My disk was full and I didn't realize until I started to download into my computer and no fish pix. I did take one picture in my kitchen but it seems disrespectful of the fish to send.

I'm glad I harvested the one steelie. I went on the internet and found a really good recipe for steel head. Some of the best fish our family has ever eaten! So we are really please with the Dave Cast adventure. You turned other guides into spectators by putting us on fish while the others could only watch. We had three of the four caught on the Smith that day. Wow! We're already planning ahead for next year.

Thanks again, Dave Ratliff



Date: Friday, March 17, 2006 at 22:00:10
Current Report:
River Reports and Flows

The Smith River was at 12.42 Feet and 11,300 CFS as of 6 PM and dropping.

The Chetco River was at 7.03 Feet and 6,240 CFS as of 6 PM and dropping.

I am sorry that I have not keep up with my reports I have been fishing a lot this past week.

There is still a lot of fresh steelhead coming into the rivers with the Smith staying open through the end of April.

The Month of March is starting to get bookings so pick a date that you can go fishing and give me a call.

I will come back to start to fish for the Spring Salmon starting on the Rogue River in May it is just 45 miles north of me.

Ocean salmon anglers will find out early next month how long of an offshore Chinook season they will get this spring and summer. At best, seasons will be similar to last year, but anglers also face potential closures or short seasons. While commercial fishermen in California and Southern Oregon are expected to see the most restricted seasons, anglers who fish bays and rivers may see significant increases in run sizes because of the reduced ocean take.

"It could be the best fishing we have seen in the last 50 years on the fall stocks," says Trey Carskadon, president of the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association. "There is going to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 300,000 to 500,000 surplus Chinook show up along the coast." Last year, commercial salmon trollers in California landed 340,473 Chinook, while Oregon commercial trollers took 250,730 kings. California sport anglers landed another 171,901 Chinook and Oregon's recreational fleet brought in 27,952 kings and 13,709 silvers. With severely restricted commercial salmon seasons in California and Oregon this year, salmon normally caught during offshore fisheries will return in greater numbers to California and Oregon rivers.

"For the first time in our lifetimes, we are going to see first-hand what the impact of that commercial harvest has been," Carskadon says. "You are going to see an incredible return of fish."

While many West Coast salmon runs are in good shape, the Klamath River fall Chinook run has struggled in recent years with die-offs of spawners and more recently, smolts migrating to the ocean. To reduce or eliminate impacts on Klamath fish in the ocean, fisheries in Oregon and California - especially commercial seasons - are expected to be cut back this year. When salmon return to rivers this fall, big, fat kings are possible. "Last year in the spring we had horrible ocean conditions.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.

Dave, Sorry it took so long to get back to you following Alex's and my annual steelhead trip. We now call the trip the best fishing trip ever. Four steelies on, three fish boated. Unfortunately, the pictures I took did not come out. My disk was full and I didn't realize until I started to download into my computer and no fish pix. I did take one picture in my kitchen but it seems disrespectful of the fish to send.

I'm glad I harvested the one steelie. I went on the internet and found a really good recipe for steel head. Some of the best fish our family has ever eaten! So we are really please with the Dave Cast adventure. You turned other guides into spectators by putting us on fish while the others could only watch. We had three of the four caught on the Smith that day. Wow! We're already planning ahead for next year.

Thanks again, Dave Ratliff



Date: Monday, March 13, 2006 at 07:39:11
Current Report:
River Reports and Flows

The Smith River was at 9.76 Feet and 5,250 CFS as of 7 AM and dropping.

The Chetco River was at 4.79 Feet and 2,620 CFS as of 7 AM and dropping.

I am sorry that I have not keep up with my reports I have been fishing a lot this past week.

The Friends of Cal-fish derby ended this weekend with the Chetco out fishing the Smith 4 to 1 but the weather played a big part.

We were hit by Snow at the ocean on Friday and going up river in stuck up to four inches it was cold to say the lest.

The Smith drainage is a lot longer then the Chetco with more run off after the sun come out dropping the water temp.down to a colder temp.

There was 27 teams and there was 168 steelhead landed in 2 days.

Are team landed 9 steelhead putting us in 8 place for the weekend first place landed 17 steelhead.

There was over 30 thousand dollars raised for the fish this weekend part of this was donations and part was from a raffle and the guides that get paid for only 1 day and donate 1 day there time and equipment.

There is still a lot of fresh steelhead coming into the rivers with the Smith staying open through the end of April.

The Month of March is starting to get bookings so pick a date that you can go fishing and give me a call.

I will come back to start to fish for the Spring Salmon starting on the Rogue River in May it is just 45 miles north of me.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products. Dave, Sorry it took so long to get back to you following Alex's and my annual steelhead trip. We now call the trip the best fishing trip ever. Four steelies on, three fish boated. Unfortunately, the pictures I took did not come out. My disk was full and I didn't realize until I started to download into my computer and no fish pix. I did take one picture in my kitchen but it seems disrespectful of the fish to send. I'm glad I harvested the one steelie. I went on the internet and found a really good recipe for steel head. Some of the best fish our family has ever eaten! So we are really please with the Dave Cast adventure. You turned other guides into spectators by putting us on fish while the others could only watch. We had three of the four caught on the Smith that day. Wow! We're already planning ahead for next year. Thanks again, Dave Ratliff



Date: Thursday, March 2, 2006 at 09:08:25
Current Report:
River Reports and Flows

The Smith River was at 11.50 Feet and 8,930 CFS as of 8AM and dropping.

The Chetco River was at 6.88 Feet and 5,360 CFS as of 8 AM and dropping.

The rains hit hard on Monday and Tuesday was unfishable on Monday night we received 3.5 inches of rain.

But yesterday the Smith was back in shape with sun and lite showers. Last night we were hit with rain and today the sun is out and the Smith is in good shape by tomorrow the Chetco River will fish again.

The fishing was good for us on Monday we landed 2 adults and 4 half pounders up to 9 pounds.

The Month of March is starting to get bookings so pick a date that you can go fishing and give me a call.

There is 1 more derbies and it is the 10th and 11th of March.

If you are looking to go fishing give us a call.

I will be fishing the Smith until mid April for steelhead then going over to the Sacramento to fish trout.

I will come back to start to fish for the Spring Salmon starting on the Rogue River in May it is just 45 miles north of me.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products. Dave, Sorry it took so long to get back to you following Alex's and my annual steelhead trip. We now call the trip the best fishing trip ever. Four steelies on, three fish boated. Unfortunately, the pictures I took did not come out. My disk was full and I didn't realize until I started to download into my computer and no fish pix. I did take one picture in my kitchen but it seems disrespectful of the fish to send. I'm glad I harvested the one steelie. I went on the internet and found a really good recipe for steel head. Some of the best fish our family has ever eaten! So we are really please with the Dave Cast adventure. You turned other guides into spectators by putting us on fish while the others could only watch. We had three of the four caught on the Smith that day. Wow! We're already planning ahead for next year. Thanks again, Dave Ratliff



Date: Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 06:01:13
Current Report:
River Reports and Flows

The Smith River was at 7.61 Feet and 2,030 CFS as of 5 AM and dropping.

The Chetco River was at 2.08 Feet and 544 as of 5 AM and dropping.

Fished the Smith on Monday landing 3 up to 10 pounds.

I took the next day off.

On Wednesday and Thursday we drove to the middle Rogue River just west of Grants Pass to fish steelhead there were we had 4 boats fishing, the first day we hooked 12 steelhead and landed 9 of them.

The next day there was more boats on the river we got fewer bites but we landed bigger steelhead landing 5 steelhead up to 8 pounds.

The derby was on Friday and Saturday we fished the Smith on Friday and the Chetco on Saturday on the Smith we hooked 3 steelhead and landed only 1, on the Chetco we hooked 5 steelhead and landed 4 of them 3 chrome bright and 1 down runner.

A team is 2 guides and 4 fishermen are team came in at 9th place out of 21 teams are team landed 8 steelhead for the 2 days the first place team landed 17 steelhead.

I am out the door to go fishing again.

There is rain coming in the forecast this week this is going to make early March good fishing.

The Month of March is starting to get bookings so pick a date that you can go fishing and give me a call.

There is 1 more derbies and it is the 10th and 11th of March.

If you are looking to go fishing give us a call.

I will be fishing the Smith until mid April for steelhead then going over to the Sacramento to fish trout.

I will come back to start to fish for the Spring Salmon starting on the Rogue River in May it is just 45 miles north of me.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.

I have fished with guide David Castellanos for several years and can personally attest to his skills and knowledge. He is excellent with children and has guided both my son and daughter since they were 11 years old. My son's first fish with Dave was an 11-pound Steelhead and my daughter's was an 18-pound salmon. They're both looking forward to their next trip. 1irishfisher



Date: Sunday, February 19, 2006 at 07:21:29
Current Report:
River Reports and Flows

The Smith River was at 8.21 Feet and 2,770 CFS as of 7 AM and dropping.

The Chetco River was at 2.66 Feet and 870 CFS as of 7 AM and dropping.

Sorry for the lack of reports I have been fishing everyday since my last report.

I fished both the Smith and Chetco this week on Sunday and Monday on the Smith we hooked 7 steelhead and landed 3.

Fished the Chetco on Tuesday and Wednesday hooking 4 steelhead and landing 3 of them.

Went back to the Smith Thursday, Friday and Saturday hooking 15 steelhead in 3 days landing 10 of them and out of the 10 landed only 1 was a down runner all the rest were fresh steelhead.

Tomorrow I will fish the Smith River I like the low clear water of the Smith .

I have a few days open in March but working with other guides I can get you on the river fishing.

The Month of March is starting to get bookings so pick a date that you can go fishing and give me a call.

There is 2 more derbies and 1 of them is the 10th and 11th of March.

If you are looking to go fishing give us a call.

I will be fishing the Smith until mid April for steelhead then going over to the Sacramento to fish trout.

I will come back to start to fish for the Spring Salmon starting on the Rogue River in May it is just 45 miles north of me.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.

I have fished with guide David Castellanos for several years and can personally attest to his skills and knowledge. He is excellent with children and has guided both my son and daughter since they were 11 years old. My son's first fish with Dave was an 11-pound Steelhead and my daughter's was an 18-pound salmon. They're both looking forward to their next trip. 1irishfisher



Date: Friday, February 10, 2006 at 21:17:29
Current Report:
River Reports and Flows

The Smith River was at 9.75 Feet and 5,230 CFS as of 8 PM and dropping.

The Chetco River was at 4.31 Feet and 2,120 as of 8 PM and dropping.

Sorry for the lack of reports I have been fishing everyday since my last report.

I fished the Smith River Sunday through Tuesday we landed some nice steelhead up to 12 pounds in 3 days we landed 7 steelhead.

I have been up to the Chetco River this week twice the first day Wednesday we hooked 8 steelhead and landed 5, I was using pink balls from Spar products then stay on the hook better and don’t break off.

Then back to the Smith hooked 3 steelhead but only landed 1 for the day.

We then went back up to the Chetco on Friday there was a lot of boats we were able to land 2 steelhead for the day.

Tomorrow I will fish the Smith River I like the low clear water of the Smith .

I have only a few days open in Feb but working with other guides I can get you on the river fishing.

The Month of March is starting to get bookings so pick a date that you can go fishing and give me a call.

If you are looking to go fishing give us a call.

I will be fishing the Smith until mid April for steelhead then going over to the Sacramento to fish trout.

I will come back to start to fish for the Spring Salmon starting on the Rogue River in May it is just 45 miles north of me.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.

I have fished with guide David Castellanos for several years and can personally attest to his skills and knowledge. He is excellent with children and has guided both my son and daughter since they were 11 years old. My son's first fish with Dave was an 11-pound Steelhead and my daughter's was an 18-pound salmon. They're both looking forward to their next trip. 1irishfisher



Date: Saturday, February 4, 2006 at 04:03:04
Current Report:
River Reports and Flows

The Smith River was at 13.64Feet and 14,800 CFS as of 3 AM and raising.

The Chetco River was at 8.49 Feet and 8,170 as of 3 AM this river will take a couple of days looking brown.

The Rivers have been going up and down a lot this year.

The Steelhead have been coming in very large schools and with all this water the plunkers are doing very good this is a normal rain pattern we had very dry years the last 7 years.

After canceling four days with the river way to high, it looks like we will be getting a break starting Sunday with the sun coming back for a few days.

I have only a few days open in Feb but working with other guides I can get you on the river fishing.

The Month of March is starting to get bookings so pick a date that you can go fishing and give me a call.

I will be looking to start fishing there soon so that I can give you my reports from the Chetco.

If you are looking to go fishing give us a call.

I will be fishing the Smith until mid April for steelhead then going over to the Sacramento to fish trout.

I will come back to start to fish for the Spring Salmon starting on the Rogue River in May it is just 45 miles north of me.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.

I have fished with guide David Castellanos for several years and can personally attest to his skills and knowledge. He is excellent with children and has guided both my son and daughter since they were 11 years old. My son's first fish with Dave was an 11-pound Steelhead and my daughter's was an 18-pound salmon. They're both looking forward to their next trip. 1irishfisher



Date: Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 07:52:46
Current Report:
River Reports and Flows

The Smith River was at 13.10 Feet and 13,200 CFS as of 6 AM and dropping.

The Chetco River was at 8.44 Feet and 8,070 as of 7 AM this river will take a couple of days looking brown.

The fishing on the Smith was good for us on Thursday and Friday with 2 boats on Thursday hooking a total of 9 steelhead and landing 7 of them to the size of 12 pounds.

The fishing on the Smith on Friday was equality good boating 6 steelhead.

We are getting some rain and maybe it will be up to 2 inches today we will see.

I have only a few days open in Feb but working with other guides I can get you on the river fishing.

The Month of March is starting to get bookings so pick a date that you can go fishing and give me a call.

I will be looking to start fishing there soon so that I can give you my reports from the Chetco.

If you are looking to go fishing give us a call.

I will be fishing the Smith until mid April for steelhead then going over to the Sacramento to fish trout.

I will come back to start to fish for the Spring Salmon starting on the Rogue River in May it is just 45 miles north of me.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.

I have fished with guide David Castellanos for several years and can personally attest to his skills and knowledge. He is excellent with children and has guided both my son and daughter since they were 11 years old. My son's first fish with Dave was an 11-pound Steelhead and my daughter's was an 18-pound salmon. They're both looking forward to their next trip. 1irishfisher



Date: Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 06:12:15
Current Report:
River Reports and Flows

The Smith River was at 10.19 Feet and 6,070 CFS as of 6 AM and dropping slowly.

The Chetco River was at 5.09 Feet and 2,950 as of 6 AM this river is fishing good.

After see the warm sun for several days we had lite rains yesterday.

With half the boats now fishing the Chetco River the pressure on the Smith was lighter.

We fished for a half day and started it off by hooking and landing are first steelhead in the forks, the buck was 34 inches long and weight in at 16 pounds.

We hooked several more and landing a total of 4 steelhead in a little more then 4 hours.

The reports that I am getting on the Chetco are that it is fishing very well also.

If all is equal my favorite river is the Smith but with a change of conditions the Chetco could fish better.

I will be looking to start fishing there soon so that I can give you my reports from the Chetco.

If you are looking to go fishing give us a call.

I will be fishing the Smith until mid April for steelhead then going over to the Sacramento to fish trout.

I will come back to start to fish for the Spring Salmon starting on the Rogue River in May it is just 45 miles north of me.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.

I have fished with guide David Castellanos for several years and can personally attest to his skills and knowledge. He is excellent with children and has guided both my son and daughter since they were 11 years old. My son's first fish with Dave was an 11-pound Steelhead and my daughter's was an 18-pound salmon. They're both looking forward to their next trip. 1irishfisher



Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 20:54:00
Current Report:
River Reports and Flows

The Smith River was at 10.58 Feet and 6,860 CFS as of 6 PM and dropping slowly.

The Chetco River was at 5.48 Feet and 3,420 as of 6 PM this river is fishing good.

Being out on the Smith River fishing with the warm sun out has been a very nice change as of Jan 1 we have had over 14 inches of rain.

The last 2 days we have had 2 boats out working fishing the Smith we landed 8 steelhead and hooking several more, landing 3 steelhead over 15 pounds.

I have reports from the Chetco River that it is fishing very good with some large steelhead in the system it has been a few weeks since I fished the Chetco with it being blown out from all this rain.

I will be looking to start fishing there soon so that I can give you my reports from the Chetco.

If you are looking to go fishing give us a call.

I will be fishing the Smith until mid April for steelhead then going over to the Sacramento to fish trout.

I will come back to start to fish for the Spring Salmon starting on the Rogue River in May it is just 45 miles north of me.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.

I have fished with guide David Castellanos for several years and can personally attest to his skills and knowledge. He is excellent with children and has guided both my son and daughter since they were 11 years old. My son's first fish with Dave was an 11-pound Steelhead and my daughter's was an 18-pound salmon. They're both looking forward to their next trip. 1irishfisher



Date: Monday, January 23, 2006 at 06:38:08
Current Report:
River Reports and Flows

The Smith River was at 11.35 Feet and 8,570 CFS as of 5 AM and dropping slowly.

The Chetco River was at 6.51 Feet and 4,790 as of 5 AM this river has dropped will start to fishing today.

There is a lot of fish in the Smith Rivers it dropped to a driftable height with a lot of color from the slide from the south fork of the river.

We have been hooking up to six fish a day and landing about third of them.

There is rain coming later in the week this will be good for the Smith and if it is over 2 inches it mite not be so good for the Chetco witch will just start to be driftable today because of the height of the river.

For next week there are days you could be fishing so give me a call.

I will be fishing the Smith until mid April for steelhead then going over to the Sacramento to fish trout.

I will come back to start to fish for the Spring Salmon starting on the Rogue River in May it is just 45 miles north of me.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.

I have fished with guide David Castellanos for several years and can personally attest to his skills and knowledge. He is excellent with children and has guided both my son and daughter since they were 11 years old. My son's first fish with Dave was an 11-pound Steelhead and my daughter's was an 18-pound salmon. They're both looking forward to their next trip. 1irishfisher



Date: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 20:09:26
Current Report:
River Reports and Flows

The Smith River was at 13.54 Feet and 14,500 CFS as of 7 PM and dropping slow.

The Chetco River was at 9.18 Feet and 9,610 as of 7 PM this river has dropped 5 feet in the last 48 hours and with only lite rain will start to fish in a couple of days.

There is a lot of fish in the rivers and the plunkers are hooking a good number of them with all this high water I heard of two fish over 20 pounds this week.

I will be out on the Smith tomorrow and I have four other boats on the river on Friday and Saturday. |

For next week there are days you could be fishing so give me a call.

I will be fishing the Smith until mid April for steelhead then going over to the Sacramento to fish trout.

I will come back to start to fish for the Spring Salmon starting on the Rogue River in May it is just 45 miles north of me.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.

I have fished with guide David Castellanos for several years and can personally attest to his skills and knowledge. He is excellent with children and has guided both my son and daughter since they were 11 years old. My son's first fish with Dave was an 11-pound Steelhead and my daughter's was an 18-pound salmon. They're both looking forward to their next trip. 1irishfisher



Date: Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 06:20:59
Current Report:
River Reports and Flows

The Smith River was at 12.93 Feet and 12,700 CFS as of 5 am with light rain last night and dropping slow.

Th e Chetco River was at 7.96 Feet and 7,170 as of 5 am this river will take several days to clear and drop we are getting light rains.

We fished yesterday in the morning went plunking with 4 other boats in sight saw 7 steelhead landed 1 that we landed is was a 7 pounder and hooked 1 other in the morning.

Then loaded the boat and went up to the forks to do a drift hooked 3 more landing 2 nice steelhead the big 1 went 10 pounds.

I got a call and had to rebook 18th Wednesday and 19th Thursday and 21,Saturday and 22 Sunday there are open.

I do have some openings for Jan. and Feb at this time lets go fishing.

I will be fishing the Smith until mid April for steelhead then going over to the Sacramento to fish trout.

I will come back to start to fish for the Spring Salmon starting on the Rogue River in May it is just 45 miles north of me.

541 - 698 – 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.



Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 08:32:58
Current Report:
River Reports and Flows

The Smith River was at 25.35 Feet and 79,100 CFS as of 1 am with no rain last night today as of 7 am it is at 21.28 Feet and 48,200 CFS and dropping fast.

The Chetco River was at 19.29 Feet and 41,800 as of 1 am this river will take several days to clear and drop but dropping it is 16.07 Feet and 31,000 CFS.

They are saying that there is more rain coming in the next day maybe 2 and after that it is going to be lite rain this should make fishing the by this weekend good on the Smith.

I do have some openings for Jan. and Feb at this time lets go fishing.

I will be fishing the Smith until mid April for steelhead then going over to the Sacramento to fish trout.

I will come back to start to fish for the Spring Salmon starting on the Rogue River in May it is just 45 miles north of me.

541 - 698 - 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.



Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 06:34:25
Current Report:
River Reports and Flows

The Smith River was at 13.45 Feet and 14,200 CFS as of 5am with rain today getting liter later in the week.

The Chetco River was at 9.49 Feet and 10,300 as of 5 am this river will take several days to clear and drop it might fish this weekend.

I hope that everybody had a good New Years and Happy Holidays.

I didn't miss much the last couple of weeks with all the rivers at flood stage.

I am back and fished the Smith River on Sunday it was a little high and pushy but green at 12,000 CFS we hooked 3 steelhead and landed 1.

With the same 2 guys on Monday we hooked 6 and landed 3 the river dropped 1.5 feet and was down 3,000 CFS over night but started to rain late in the after noon.

I do have some openings for Jan. and Feb at this time lets go fishing.

I will be fishing the Smith until mid April for steelhead then going over to the Sacramento to fish trout.

I will come back to start to fish for the Spring Salmon starting on the Rogue River in May it is just 45 miles north of me.

541 - 698 - 7029

We are using Rogue rods and Shimano Reels, P Line and Gamakatsu Hooks, Sparr none balls & beads and other products.


 


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(541) 698-7029
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