Yes, the Columbia is as good as it gets; especially when the timing of the tides is right. Yesterday I caught the tail end of the outgoing to go downstream a few miles and caught a ride on the incoming for the return trip. Right now the current isn't all that strong, but it makes quite a difference anyway. Part of the challenge is knowing how and where to take advantage of slack spots and reduced current areas to work against the current when it's out of sync with your travel direction.
The plethora of nice sandy beaches everywhere and back channels and islands is super and it's all free and public to mean high tide.
At this time, the salmon fishing has slacked off a bit, but I think there was an article in the paper about some more on their way. Something is keeping the sea lions out of at least my part of the river. They were here earlier in the summer, but they are almost extinct right now. I saw one seal--no, maybe two seals yesterday. I saw about a 4 foot salmon swimming downriver a few days ago, but I think it was soon to be history (spawned out). I was down on the coast a few days ago and there must be a bunch of salmon out in the Pacific if the number of fishermen on all the coastal streams is any indication. The seals are so well fed, they would hardly haul themselves off the beaches to go fishing.
Is there a paper mill upstream? You've got to go a long way up the river to find a spot where there isn't a paper mill upstream. What does that have to do with anyhing? If that is in reference to the clams being toxic; I doubt it, but I have no idea if the clams are toxic, or not. I read an article one time that stated that all steamer type clams are at least a little toxic all the time. The only thing I know about that is that I love them things, but they give me a belly ache if I eat too many--so I don't. And I don't mean to say I've been eating any of the clams on the Columbia. I asked some Vietnamese if they were eating them things and they said no, no--we use for bait. Yeah right. Buckets and buckets of them. Bait for what--sea gulls and raccoons?
Giant snails in Florida? Watch out for an invasion of frogs. That would be the talking kind from a country in Europe.
Edited by magooch (10/19/13 07:27 PM)