Fishing added to list of Hood River accolades

Field and Stream, a longtime outdoor sports, hunting and fishing publication, recently named Hood River as a “Best Gamefishing Destination.”

The article (read at www.bit.ly/OGUZmR) lists world-class steelhead, salmon and bass fishing as well as several notable businesses in and around Hood River that make the area a top-notch destination for travelers looking to make fishing their activity of choice.

Hood River “offers a virtual Olympics of angling,” the article notes, with bronze-backed small-mouth bass, silver salmon and gold-medal rivers.

As an unofficial fishing tour map, the article offers these suggestions for touring the Gorge:

n Travis Duddles started tying flies commercially when he was 12 and opened the Gorge Fly Shop (gorge​fly​shop.com) at 17. Twenty years later, Duddles and his team welcome local and visiting fly anglers to this Hood River institution.

n The fall run king salmon are called Chinook in these parts, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is predicting a strong surge in 2012. The Columbia also gets a good number of Silvers swimming upstream at this time of year. Best bets for both in early September include the mouths of the Deschutes, White Salmon and Klickitat rivers.

n Go native and reserve a rustic cabin at the Lost Lake Resort (lostlakeresort.org). Or if indoor plumbing and nearby bars are more your style, opt for the historic Hood River Hotel (hoodriverhotel.com) downtown.

n Steelhead and salmon get all the glory on the Gorge, but as local bass anglers know, the Columbia regularly produces 50-plus-fish days for Smallmouths up to 6 pounds. Toss a watermelon-colored tube bait against the shoreline or along current seams above Bonneville Dam for the best results.

n Nora’s Table (norastable.wordpress.com) makes the most out of the Gorge’s great ingredients with a local and seasonal menu that includes fresh sturgeon (among other amazing eats) and a locals-only wine list.

n With the hip crowd packed two deep at the bar of Double Mountain Brewery (double​mountain​brewery.com), you may have a hard time telling the steelheaders from the surfers. To find a fellow angler, just look for the telltale stains of hot-pink egg cure under his fingernails.

n Take a class on spey casting and put your drag to the test with Tom Larimer of Larimer Outfitters (larimer​outfitters.com), who runs steelhead camps on the Deschutes from June through the fall.

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