THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2015

Weekly hunting and fishing report

Fly fishing The Snake River is a good steelhead option, but the Grande Ronde is still not back to a fishable level. The Clearwater is back on the rise and should level off and be fine by the weekend. Swinging intruder or marabou patterns on the Snake with T-10 sink tips has been productive. The Methow is producing steelhead for fly fishermen throwing nymphs, beads and small attractor patterns.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 25, 2015

Fly Fishing Film Tour nets wide world of angling

Think of it as pouring warm coffee into your frozen waders – a chance to thaw your longings for casting a fly to hook a fish, even if it’s a vicarious pleasure. The annual Fly Fishing Film Tour, founded in 2007, is returning to the Bing Crosby Theater on Feb. 3 with motivating footage featuring fish, fishermen and waters from Montana to Mongolia.

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Jim Unsworth takes giant leap from Idaho to head Washington Fish and Wildlife agency 

The way Jim Unsworth sees it, Washington has everything a hunter or angler could want, and for a career wildlife manager, it has unprecedented challenges. The deputy director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game was selected this month to be the new director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. He starts his new job Feb. 2 and will replace Phil Anderson, who is retiring.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2015

Orofino man’s rainbow trout won’t make Idaho record book

Larry Warren of Orofino, Idaho, joined an exclusive club last week when he landed what can only be described as an incredibly large, if not morbidly obese, rainbow trout from the North Fork Clearwater River in the shadow of Dworshak Dam. The 32-inch trout, with a girth of 28.25 inches, weighed an impressive 28.37 pounds. That would shatter the state record of 20 pounds. But Warren will have to be content with the satisfaction of landing a magnificent fish and forgo the glory of having his name in the Idaho record book.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015

Out & About: Idaho girl’s perch confirmed as record

OUTCATCH – Tia Wiese, 12, of Eagle, Idaho, caught a yellow perch weighing 2 pounds, 11.68 ounces on March 1, 2014, at Lake Cascade. Shortly afterward, the fish was confirmed as the Idaho state record. During a hunting trip in Wisconsin, her father, Gary Wiese, visited the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, where he learned of a special world-record category for ice fishing with a tip-up – and the yellow perch record was 2 pounds, 6 ounces caught in Massachusetts.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2015

Weekly hunting and fishing report

Fly fishing The Yakima River went from ice to mud last week, but is improving quickly. It is still a little on the high side, but should soon be under 2,000 cubic feet per second, which results in decent winter fly fishing.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 11, 2015

Out & About: TV series features state wildlife police

OUTPATROL – Rugged Justice, a six-episode Animal Planet network series featuring Washington Fish and Wildlife police officers, will debut on TV on Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. Filmed last fall, the show follows wildlife officers as they patrol “unforgiving mountain terrains, twisted rainforest back roads and densely populated coastal areas … more than 42 million acres of rugged terrain, half of it heavily forested and filled with wild animals – and often-dangerous people,” according to a press release from the cable channel.

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Outdoors sport show season starts

The boat, RV and sportsmen’s show season is underway, giving outdoor enthusiasts a chance to see the latest products from manufacturers and make deals. Some of the shows feature seminars on sporting techniques. Following is a regional list of top upcoming shows:

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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 2015

Joey Nania and Miles Burghoff, both 20-something pro anglers based in Alabama, work from their boat during filming.

Former Liberty Lake resident Joey Nania hosts national Sweetwater Fishing TV series

A youth angling phenomenon formerly from Liberty Lake is weighing in with another major-league milestone in his fishing career – a nationally televised TV series. When Joey Nania graduated from Central Valley High School in 2009 and launched his adult tournament fishing career, he’d already won five Washington junior state titles. He’s the only two-time Junior Bassmasters World Champion, winning titles in 2005 and 2008.

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When the ice is solid at Priest Lake, fishing for mackinaw can be excellent for jiggers. (Rich Landers)

Ice fishing parameters vary

The recent cold snap paved the way for ice fishing in the Inland Northwest, although this week's thaw is cause for caution. Anglers in this region frequently cross borders to find the perfect fishing hole, making it even more important to check regulations closely.

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In brief: Rescued snowmobiler serves a reminder to all riders to practice safety

After the relief of finding a North Idaho snowmobiler who’d been lost in rough winter weather for two nights, the Shoshone County sheriff issued a stern reminder to the survivor and to all other winter snowgoers. Barry Sadler, 54, of Mullan, went missing on Sunday after he continued riding alone in heavy snowfall conditions when his partner had departed for home. Sadler got stuck in a steep Montana drainage near the state line and spent the night out alone.

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