Author Archives: Chris Shaffer

Use This Cure & Catch More Salmon River Salmon

By: Stephen Shen When fishing New York’s Salmon River with skein it’s important to have eggs that hold color in medium flows. Because we have such clear water we do like our eggs to milk, but visual appearance is more important than scent here. We aren’t trying to catch salmon in muddy or turbid water. […]

Have You Fished with the Ultimate Eggs? Try the Kitchen Sink 2.0

By: Big Dave Manners Crowds can be insane when salmon fishing and it’s only going to get worse. That’s why I go wild when curing eggs and make sure that my cured eggs stand out from the next guy’s. I’m a full time guide and my clients need to catch fish. A few years ago […]

The Cure for Pinks

By: Todd Daniels Western Washington’s pink salmon run came in much higher than forecasted and it’s not over yet. Anglers starting catching pinks in the salt in late July. Although pinks are still being caught in the salt the bite shifted to the rivers in August. Meanwhile, we are nearing the tail end of the […]

A Beginners Guide to Curing Eggs for Great Lakes Salmon

By: Kyle Deavers Salmon season has begun in the Great Lakes and fish are already keying in on cured skein. Having good cured eggs is one of the main factors in catching salmon. There’s no better bait for salmon in the Great Lakes than cured eggs. Many anglers do find success casting crankbaits and spoons, […]

Trout Fishing Alaska’s Quartz Lake

By: Chris Shaffer It’s rare we hear that Pautzke salmon eggs don’t work for trout. Meanwhile, minutes after signing a waiver and going over the boat inspection at Alaska’s Quartz Lake the owner of Quartz Lake Boat Rentals told us to wait at the dock. She ran back up to the boat rental office, grabbed […]

Epic Bait Bite Underway For Great Lakes Salmon

By: Stephen Shen Another historic salmon season is underway in the Great Lakes where salmon fishing is incredible. Our fish (on Lake Ontario) are slightly smaller than last year. However, numbers are outstanding. At this time most active feeders are in water below 60 degrees. On the other hand, this will change as these salmon […]

Buoy 10 Update: Way Better Than Expected

By: Toby Wyatt After a dismal preseason forecast we’ve been pleasantly surprised at how good the fishing has been at Buoy 10. It’s way better than expected. Way better. In a normal year you don’t often experience a good Chinook and coho run. It’s usually one or the other. However, this season we’ve been catching […]

Epic Lingcod Action in the Gulf of Alaska

By: Chris Shaffer There’s no doubt Alaska serves up some of the best lingcod fishing in the world. And, while some areas offer better fishing than others nobody will argue how good the fishing is out of Valdez during the summer months. Of all the ports in Alaska, Valdez is one of our favorite, partially […]

West Virginia Stuffed with Trout for the Holiday

By: Chris Shaffer Trout season is about to screech to a halt in West Virginia. On the heels of five months of aggressive trout stocking the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is about to take their foot off the gas as lakes, rivers and streams begin to warm. Fortunately, there’s still time to cash […]

Central Pennsylvania Trout Update

By: Isaac Zettle High water is good for catching large trout. Fortunately, or unfortunately for some, we’ve been contending with high water in Central Pennsylvania since the season opened. It seems like since the start of trout season we’ve been getting hit with big storm after big storm. Many of our creeks have been high […]