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#1010720 - 06/20/19 11:18 AM I知 done
ondarvr Offline
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 09/07/05
Posts: 1162
Loc: Spokane WA
After decades of living on the water on the west side I致e packed up and moved to the east, almost to Spokane, here on the shore of the Spokane River.

I hope the recent article posted by cobble cruiser plays out and we get a run of salmon and steelhead back to this area. Right now I catch large trout and walleye from the beach, haven稚 put a boat in the water yet. We do have some land locked chinook, but I haven稚 seen them. The Spokane river had a run of huge chinook and steelhead until the dam was built.

I didn稚 buy a license last year, but did this year, just a basic freshwater license, haven稚 done that in decades. I got tired of going to NOF and other meetings just to be given lip service on fisheries that are spiraling down and out of control.

I will say that crawdads are abundant, full pots are the norm, again, from beach in front of the house. Fresh walleye, trout and crawdads make an excellent BBQ.

I live out in the sticks, with elk, deer, moose, bobcat, cougar, bear and wolves. I had most of those at the other place too (house on the Skykomish), but the wolves and moose are new to me. Any time we go for walks we have bear spray and a pistol, lots of predators around all the time.
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#1010721 - 06/20/19 11:24 AM Re: I知 done [Re: ondarvr]
ondarvr Offline
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 09/07/05
Posts: 1162
Loc: Spokane WA
Pics wouldn稚 post, but I have a bunch.

Wolf tracks are incredibly large, especially when you find fresh ones near your house. With more than 20 deer kills within about 1/2 of my house. I知 sure these are spread between cougar, coyote and wolves.

Bull moose are rather intimidating too, and having them in the yard makes it more sporty.
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#1010722 - 06/20/19 11:53 AM Re: I知 done [Re: ondarvr]
Carcassman Offline
River Nutrients

Registered: 11/21/07
Posts: 5479
Loc: Olema,California,Planet Earth
Sounds great. Probably a lot of wild turkey (feathered and bottled?) around too.

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#1010724 - 06/20/19 12:08 PM Re: I知 done [Re: ondarvr]
Larry B Online   content
River Nutrients

Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2708
Loc: University Place and Whidbey I...
LOL - I just chased a young buck and doe down the cul-de-sac to the opening in the neighbor's fence allowing them to get into the next neighborhood. Just trying to protect my little suburban garden and flowers (most with netting). Talk about those critters being habituated......
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#1010726 - 06/20/19 12:34 PM Re: I知 done [Re: ondarvr]
wsu Offline
Returning Adult

Registered: 06/23/04
Posts: 399
If I wasn't tied down with a job, I'd move east quick. Maybe further east to Idaho or Montana. I'd make a couple trips a year to get my salmon/tuna/bottom fish fix in and never look back.

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#1010727 - 06/20/19 12:38 PM Re: I知 done [Re: ondarvr]
ondarvr Offline
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 09/07/05
Posts: 1162
Loc: Spokane WA
I only need to be near a good sized airport, now I知 spoiled, the Spokane airport is so much easier fly in and out of compared to Sea Tac, and no traffic getting to it.
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#1010730 - 06/20/19 01:10 PM Re: I知 done [Re: wsu]
Larry B Online   content
River Nutrients

Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2708
Loc: University Place and Whidbey I...
Originally Posted By: wsu
If I wasn't tied down with a job, I'd move east quick. Maybe further east to Idaho or Montana. I'd make a couple trips a year to get my salmon/tuna/bottom fish fix in and never look back.


Moscow? Lots of vague memories there......

Go Cougs!
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#1010732 - 06/20/19 01:30 PM Re: I知 done [Re: ondarvr]
MidWestStlhd1959 Offline
Returning Adult

Registered: 03/16/19
Posts: 276
That is so cool except for the Spokane part and the eastern Washington and obviously the part about living in Spokane and fishing for walleye and I will say I like me a good craw dad boil with corn. Would love to see some pictures not of the walleye but of the crawdads and dead deer.

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#1010733 - 06/20/19 01:31 PM Re: I知 done [Re: ondarvr]
Direct-Drive Offline
ExtenZe Field Tester

Registered: 11/10/09
Posts: 7807
Loc: Vancouver, WA
Congrats on the move !
Cannot imagine having to deal with Seattle traffic on a daily basis.
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#1010735 - 06/20/19 02:43 PM Re: I知 done [Re: ondarvr]
ondarvr Offline
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 09/07/05
Posts: 1162
Loc: Spokane WA
I致e got a bunch of pics, but they aren稚 uploaded to a location where they can be posted here.
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#1010737 - 06/20/19 03:19 PM Re: I知 done [Re: Larry B]
wsu Offline
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Registered: 06/23/04
Posts: 399
Originally Posted By: Larry B
Originally Posted By: wsu
If I wasn't tied down with a job, I'd move east quick. Maybe further east to Idaho or Montana. I'd make a couple trips a year to get my salmon/tuna/bottom fish fix in and never look back.


Moscow? Lots of vague memories there......

Go Cougs!


Some of the areas in northern Idaho are pretty dang nice, including the Palouse region (and the Washington side as well). Montana is nice too.

Go Cougs!

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#1010743 - 06/20/19 04:49 PM Re: I知 done [Re: Direct-Drive]
cobble cruiser Offline
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Registered: 03/27/09
Posts: 2192
Originally Posted By: Direct-Drive
Congrats on the move !
Cannot imagine having to deal with Seattle traffic on a daily basis.


Yes congrats! End of an era for sure. Where am i supposed to go when i forget my net now?

I dont blame ya, be on the eastside in a heartbeat if i could! Good for you J!
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#1010744 - 06/20/19 04:57 PM Re: I知 done [Re: ondarvr]
ondarvr Offline
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 09/07/05
Posts: 1162
Loc: Spokane WA
I can be located anywhere from Mexico to Canada and inland a couple of states. I searched all regions that were within a radius around an airport that I could easily fly in and out of.

Had to look at local economies, cost of housing, taxes, what was available for outdoor activities, plus, and this was a big one, the weather.

Everything kept coming back to the Spokane area, although other regions were very attractive, the taxes on retirement income was high, Washington doesn稚 tax them.

Where I was on the Sky received almost 60 of rain per year, here it痴 16, a nice change. Cost of housing is dirt cheap where I知 located compared to most other areas, even some some that way out in the sticks.
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#1010752 - 06/20/19 06:50 PM Re: I知 done [Re: ondarvr]
Sebastes Offline
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Registered: 10/31/02
Posts: 1341
Loc: Monroe,WA.
Oh Man I am going to miss you my good friend, So will Virgel and I expect Doug Smith. We had some good years. Last year was the first time in 54 years as a Washington resident that I did not buy a fishing license, partially due to some back problems, but also due to limited fishing ops. Dave Vedder moved to Wenatchee last year. I guess I may have come visiting you guys.

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#1010754 - 06/20/19 07:01 PM Re: I知 done [Re: ondarvr]
ondarvr Offline
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 09/07/05
Posts: 1162
Loc: Spokane WA
I値l miss you and Virgel too, at least on our last trip we (Virgel) got first place in the Coho derby.

You are always welcome, we can have a good BBQ.

I値l call you and stop by the next time I知 in town.
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#1010766 - 06/21/19 06:48 AM Re: I知 done [Re: ondarvr]
RUNnGUN Offline
Spawner

Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 913
Their is some really good trout fishing in your area. The one thing the WDFW does right over there is plant fish. Jumbows, catchables, and fingerlings that grow wild. I have a retired friend that lives in Spokane and is dialed in fly fishing for them. He fishes all over 3-4 times a week. I spent more time this spring over there because of the lower Columbia Springer closure and glad I did. 2-10# bows are a blast on a 3 and 5 wt, and on a good day you can have 30+ fish day catch and release. Pontoon boats are a huge advantage. Most lakes have easy access with few crowds. Take advantage of it! The only thing that you have to work around are the heavy wind days. But then you need a break anyway.
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#1010850 - 06/22/19 06:15 AM Re: I知 done [Re: ondarvr]
ondarvr Offline
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 09/07/05
Posts: 1162
Loc: Spokane WA
So here痴 a little more to the story

I moved from my place on the Sky, which I loved, I was going to happily retire there, to the Spokane River Arm of Lake Roosevelt, it was a big change.

Snohomish County bought my property to turn it back into natural terrain, they plan to demo everything in the next week or so. I sold it to them at well below market value for that purpose.

The new adventure on the East side of the state has begun. I found a remote place several miles down a dusty dirt road, right on the water again. This place is amazingly quiet, with cool nights and sunny days, I get up early to sit on the deck and watch the sun come up, this morning the Turkeys made there rounds and some trout are jumping, plus the coffee is hot.

A friend came over to stay for a few days, he brought his young son along to experience the outdoors. Yesterday we hiked and found deer carcasses that had been picked clean, young boys love bones. Then did a little fishing. Today we値l look for sheds, bones, tracks, check the game cams, then prepare a fish and crawdad BBQ.

Then start another adventure tomorrow.

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#1010861 - 06/22/19 08:40 AM Re: I知 done [Re: ondarvr]
BEANCOUNTER Offline
Juvenile at Sea

Registered: 10/23/03
Posts: 196
Loc: Bothell
Good for you, that area is a sportsmans paradise. We will be over for a week starting tomorrow...bass and walleye fishing. If you see a gray crestliner with a canvas and full of rug rats, give us a waive. Congrats on the move.

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#1010866 - 06/22/19 09:12 AM Re: I知 done [Re: ondarvr]
Dan S. Offline
It all boils down to this - I'm right, everyone else is wrong, and anyone who disputes this is clearly a dumbfuck.

Registered: 03/07/99
Posts: 15195
Loc: SE Olympia, WA
Originally Posted By: ondarvr
So here痴 a little more to the story

I moved from my place on the Sky, which I loved, I was going to happily retire there, to the Spokane River Arm of Lake Roosevelt, it was a big change.

Snohomish County bought my property to turn it back into natural terrain, they plan to demo everything in the next week or so. I sold it to them at well below market value for that purpose.

The new adventure on the East side of the state has begun. I found a remote place several miles down a dusty dirt road, right on the water again. This place is amazingly quiet, with cool nights and sunny days, I get up early to sit on the deck and watch the sun come up, this morning the Turkeys made there rounds and some trout are jumping, plus the coffee is hot.

A friend came over to stay for a few days, he brought his young son along to experience the outdoors. Yesterday we hiked and found deer carcasses that had been picked clean, young boys love bones. Then did a little fishing. Today well look for sheds, bones, tracks, check the game cams, then prepare a fish and crawdad BBQ.

Then start another adventure tomorrow.



You are living the dream, sir. Congratulations.
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#1010885 - 06/22/19 08:15 PM Re: I知 done [Re: ondarvr]
snit Offline
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Registered: 03/08/99
Posts: 1563
Loc: Wenatchee, WA
WTG...it's sad that change happens...but glad you took it on the chin and made the most of it!

I'm very happy I got to experience the West side rivers in the early 80's through the early 2000's. Haven't had the urge to go back for steelhead. I'll stay on the East side, except for an Ocean or B-10 trip.
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