Reel success: Ashland's Bauer Fly Reels makes some of the best fly fishing equipment in the world

Reel success: Ashland's Bauer Fly Reels makes some of the best fly fishing equipment in the world

Tucked away in a commercial spot near the south Ashland interchange, John Bauer, along with his wife, Barbara, and two employees crank out what some consider the world’s best fly reel.

Bauer, an economics graduate of Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo, has a colorful past, including evading the Vietnam War draft by a hair’s breadth (his birthday was number one in the lottery), then diving into a career as a race-car driver and winning the Trans Am in a Porsche.

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Fishing Report: Friday, July 31

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: South Coast ocean anglers can expect a little wind but decent seas for chinook salmon and bottomfishing through the weekend. Forecasts call for 15-knot winds and 3-foot swells today, then 5-knot winds and 3-foot swells Saturday and winds back up to 15 knots Sunday. Mornings will be better than afternoons, as usual.

Near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod remains excellent close to shore. Anglers must stay within....

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From predator to prey in the surf

This week's viral video of a professional surfer's all-too-close encounter with a great white shark during a competition in South Africa is an all-too-clear reminder of how anyone stepping into the ocean can end up nose to knees with a deadly denizen of the deep.

It wasn't surfing for me, but surfperch fishing with a fly that unexpectedly found me fencing with a pinniped while wishing I had brought a much bigger rod to the beach.

Until that day nearly 30 years ago, fly-fishing...

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Fishing Report: Friday, July 24

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: South Coast ocean anglers can expect decent seas to go along with much improved chinook salmon fishing through the weekend. Forecasts call for 10-knot winds and 4-foot swells today, then 10-knot winds and 5- to 6-foot swells through the rest of the weekend. Morning will be more doable than afternoons, based on typical wind patterns for midsummer.

Near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod remains excellent close to....

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Fishing Report: Friday, July 17

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Gale and hazardous seas warnings are in effect for the South Coast through tonight, then the forecast calls for a messy Saturday but a Sunday that will bring 5-knot winds and 7-foot swells. It's payback for an excellent ocean last weekend and earlier this week that helped fill coolers with lingcod and other bottomfish.

Near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod remains excellent close to shore. Anglers must stay...

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War on smallmouth

War on smallmouth

ROSEBURG — Lonnie Johnson packed a fly rod recently and hit the Umpqua River, then a funny thing happened while fishing one of the Pacific Northwest's most storied steelhead streams.

He caught a 3-pound smallmouth bass. Then another and another until he tallied 40 bass and a sore elbow.

"On a fly rod, that's hard to beat," Johnson says. "It's a lot of fun."

The one problem is that Johnson spent his day catching and releasing what amounts to an illegal alien that...

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Hunters, anglers facing fee increases

Oregon deer hunters can expect to shell out $4.50 more to hit the woods next year, while steelheaders will be paying an extra $13.50 in licenses and fees under a compromise bill to help fund fish and wildlife budget woes beginning next year.

A suite of bills involving the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's proposed $350 million budget for the next two years includes a pared-down version of a fee-hike the agency sought to help settle a $30 million budget gap.

Senate Bill...

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Fishing Report: Friday, July 10

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Light winds and excellent seas are forecast off Southern Oregon through the weekend, with 10-knot winds and three-foot swells forecast today and Saturday then 5-knot winds and slightly smaller seas Sunday. That should bode well for bottomfish and salmon trips through the weekend.

Near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod remains excellent close to shore. Anglers must stay within the 30-fathom line for...

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Lingcod rebound

Lingcod rebound

BROOKINGS — Don Stroh dropped a large herring over the side of the boat and let it strut its stuff along the ocean bottom, but when his rod doubled over he had no idea what big bottom-dweller had swallowed his bait.

"We didn't know what the hell we had on," says Stroh, 66, of Central Point.

Eventually the enormous head of a big lingcod broke the surface, with all 28 pounds of ugliness eventually flopping into guide Andy Martin's boat for the catch of the...

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Fishing Report: Friday, July 3

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Small-craft advisories and hazardous seas warnings have been issued through tonight, but look for winds and seas to settle down through the Fourth of July weekend to where Sunday and Monday look very good for ocean access. Fifteen-knot winds and 5-foot waves are forecast for Saturday and 5-knot winds and 6-foot swells Sunday. That's doable for those with decent sea-legs. Good schools of krill and baitfish are off the South...

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