in the Columbia River, G.Loomis Style
Columbia River, OR for Smallies|
After the conclusion of
the G.loomis plant tour we were joined by Pro Angler Renaud Pelletier to fish
for smallmouth in the Columbia River and surrounding tributaries. We armed
ourselves with an assortment of G.Loomis rods including sticks from the NRX
lineup for contact baits and finesse fishing as well as a few Deep Flex series
rods for tossing reaction baits.
the G.Loomis factory tour we headed to the Columbia River to fish for smallies
The mighty Columbia:
I’ve heard from just about every Pro Angler that the Columbia is among the
hardest bodies of water to fish, not only because the bite can be challenging at
times but weather can play a major factor, especially the wind. Here Smallmouth
are the primary target of bass anglers but there is also a population of
largemouth, and many fishermen flock to the Columbia and its many tributaries to
target trophy sturgeon, Coho and Chinook salmon, Shad, and Steelhead.
We fished the
Columbia Gorge a very picturesque section of the river...
The Columbia is the fourth
largest river in the U.S. and has the greatest flow of any North American river
that drains into the Pacific Ocean. In total the river is over 1,200 miles long
and its drainage basin extends into seven U.S. states and Canada. For our trip
we decided to fish the first day at the Columbia River Gorge area, a steep
canyon area in Oregon. Here the atmospheric pressure differentials from the
Cascades create a wind tunnel effect that can generate high winds that make this
area, especially the Hood River section, a very popular windsurfing and
with waterfalls, including the famous Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in
There are many tributaries
and even a few scenic waterfalls in the region as well, including the world
famous Multnomah Falls which is the tallest waterfall in Oregon (620 feet) and
is visible right off the Columbia River highway, which runs adjacent to some of
the very best fishing areas. The steep gorge makes for a very beautiful
backdrop for fishing, making it very easy to get lost in the panorama.
started out there was some wind and chop on the water
Get to fishing:
Bruce enlisted the help of his friend and Professional Angler, Renaud Pelletier
for our trip and with good reason. Renaud was hot off his TBF win where he took
first place in the TBF Northwest Divisional Championship just the week prior.
The water level drops during the week of the tournament had the fish moving out
to deeper water so the same rattlebaits he was fishing with earlier in the week
were no longer working. For this reason he had to target fish deeper using
tubes. By the end of the tournament Renaud finished with a stunning 3-day total
smallmouth weight of 49.06lbs.
starts out good with a smallie taken on a jig on the third cast
We head out into the
Columbia Gorge with two Ranger boats, I fished the first day with Bruce while
Jeff Gustafson from In-Fisherman fished with Renaud. As we launched the rain
was already starting to come down but the wind was manageable at only about
10mph. It didn’t take long to get things started and I caught the first fish
with a small jig on my third cast right off a rocky point. Bruce landed the
next fish shortly after using a tube and immediately I began to wonder just how
many fish we were going to catch if the bite was this good.
As the wind
starts to pick up Renaud and Jeff fish the point