Latest Chester Allen Stories

2008-08-02 12:00:23

By Chester Allen, The Olympian, Olympia, Wash. Aug. 2--SKOKOMISH RIVER, Mason County -- Travis Frasier leaned over the rushing water Friday and extended his bucking fishing rod as far out as he could. The silver, thick chinook salmon attached to Frasier's hook, line and rod bore downstream like a torpedo from a submarine. Frasier was trying to angle the thrashing fish away from the jumble of downed timber and boulders stacked along the banks of the lower Skokomish River. The big...

2008-07-18 12:00:45

By Chester Allen, The Olympian, Olympia, Wash. Jul. 18--We anglers love a sure thing, and the evening caddis fly blizzard that blows off the Deschutes River on summer evenings has been my sure thing since 1985. This big, green river flows through a rocky, desert canyon, and the sun lashes the water all day long and the trout hunker down under the shade under bankside trees or deep, turbulent water. But, as the sun sets, caddis flies small aquatic insects that live in and below...

2008-07-05 18:00:11

By Chester Allen, The Olympian, Olympia, Wash. Jul. 5--It already was 65 degrees when I rolled out of bed just after dawn. The sun was barely peeking over the Columbia River rimrock, but most of the river in the John Day Pool still was in shadow. A heat wave was baking Eastern Washington, and I figured the smallmouth bass -- so abundant in the Columbia River -- would bite best early in the day. I rigged a fly rod with a floating popper fly -- and toted along a spinning rod as well. My...

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