While clams may not be everyone's meal of choice, there are a lot of Oregonians who enjoy digging them out of our coastal beaches.

Connoisseurs will tell you how good they taste, especially fried, and they'll remind you that clams are high in protein and a good source of calcium. Throw in a little sea salt and the exercise it takes to dig them up, and you could almost think you're visiting a low-cost health resort.

They say the tastiest clam in Oregon is the razor clam — some people say it's the best-tasting clam on the West Coast — and luckily it's one of the most common found in the state.

Clams can be harvested all year, but ODFW does require a license. Restrictions in some areas vary, so it's a good idea to pick up a copy of the 2009 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations at your favorite sporting goods store, or take a peek at the department's Web site, www.dfw.state.or.us.

One of the best online tutorials covering clamming technique is at the Kampers West RV Park Web site, www.kamperswest.com/razor-clams.html.

The Florence Chamber of Commerce not only offers digging tips, but will tell you where on the coast to dig. Check it out at www.florencechamber.com/recreation/clams-on-oregon-coast.shtml.

Writer Bill Miller lives in Shady Cove. Reach him at newsmiller@yahoo.com.