Dec 032016
 

To say “thanks for stopping by” the watermanatwork.com website and blog, we’ve made a couple wallpapers that you can download and use on popular mobile devices. You can use the images for a lock screen, wallpaper or screen saver. They are JPEG image files so they are small and load quickly. Best of all, WatermanAtWork wallpaper is 100% FREE.

The images available are both sunrise photos, one from the Columbia River Gorge in the Pacific Northwest and the other is from La Jolla, California

Columbia River Gorge WatermanAtWork wallpaper for mobile devices La Jolla CA WatermanAtWork wallpaper for mobile devices

Click HERE or on the photos above to go to the wallpaper page. Find your device and download the image. Set the photo as wallpaper for your Home or Lock screen. If you need more help changing your wallpaper, google it for your device, there are plenty of tutorials and specific directions. It’s really easy to do.

We’ve got more stuff coming up so keep checking in!

Nov 292016
 

We get a lot of email asking about which fishing kayak to buy. Most kayak fishing buying questions are answered on the new Fishing Kayak Buyers Guide on the watermanatwork.com website. There are no recommendations on what brand kayak to buy, that’s up the the person buying it. The buyers guide should take you from step one of purchasing a kayak right up to which brand of kayak you want.

Fishing Kayak Buyers Guide from watermanatwork.com

Kayak fishing is not as expensive as owning a boat, but it’s not as cheap as you might think. Buying a fishing kayak is a big first step so it’s a good idea to figure out what you really need to get fishing.

The creative department here at the White Salmon studio is working overtime on the pile of projects that need to be done, so keep checking in!

Nov 282016
 

Hate to do it, but I’m putting my Burton Supermodel 174 snowboard up for sale. This board was purchased direct from Burton in 1997 and hand made in Vermont USA. The board is in mint condition. A few minor scratches on the deck from skier’s poles, the bottom is like new.

Burton Supermodel 174

Burton Supermodel 174

The board comes with more recent Burton Cartel bindings, stomp pad and leash. Padded board bag included. $250 for everything, ready to ride.

Burton Cartel bindings

This board was designed by Craig Kelly and hand made in Vermont. The Supermodel is the board Kelly rode for backcountry and helicopter boarding. It is for big mountains, power carving and powder, the deeper the better. It is very fast. Wood core smooths out the ride.

Burton Supermodel 174

I’ve had some epic days riding this board, but my big mountain days are over. I’m on the Supermodel 168 from now on.

Bear Mountain 1997

Burton Supermodel 174

They didn’t make a lot of these boards so they are pretty rare. It’s a board for a more advanced snowboarder who wants a board for those deep powder days or trips to the big mountains. You can ride with confidence on the steepest slopes and deepest powder. If you are a tall person, it would be a good everyday board but it would be a shame to run this vintage classic over rocks and dirt.

Board, bindings and bag $250. If you are interested contact me at watermanatwork@gmail.com

Nov 202016
 

The weather here in the Pacific Northwest continues on the gray and rainy path to winter, so we haven’t been outside too much, other than to put the snow tires on the truck. That’s just the way it goes around here. You don’t get green forests, lakes, rivers and snow capped mountains unless there is a significant amount of rain in the equation, so you don’t hear a whole lot of complaining about the wet winter weather. When the weather is good, we are outside as much as we can. When the weather is poor, we take care of the stuff we don’t want to deal with when the weather is nice.

Working on the watermanatwork.com website

We’ve started into the pile of work slated for the mostly indoor winter months and are nearing completion of the first major project. We’ve got a little more work to do, but we hope to have things wrapped up by the end of this week, so keep checking back and we’ll let you know when the new stuff is online.

Nov 152016
 

Checking in from a rainy Pacific Northwest. We’ve had a lot of rain in the past few weeks, mostly on and off showers with occasionally heavier rain. Expecting snow in the higher elevations in the next few days. We can’t see Mt. Hood because it’s covered with clouds, but I would imagine that it’s snowing somewhere up there. Probably pretty windy, too. Anyway, aside from a couple bicycle rides, our outdoor activity has been limited to raking leaves and getting all the outdoor chores finished before the weather gets really bad. If the rain lets up for a day or two, it’s time to put the snow tires on the truck. It’s not so bad; a couple years ago we had almost a foot of snow just before Thanksgiving.

We have started on the long list of winter projects. A number of fishing videos and “how to” articles are on the agenda, as well as some vintage mountain bike racing videos that will be upgraded to more current video standards. There are always photos to edit and add to the website as well. We spent most of last winter updating the watermanatwork.com website so it would work on all computers and mobile devices, this winter will be dedicated to adding new content.

The blog posts may be a little thin this time of year, but stick with us because we definitely have things coming up.

Nov 082016
 

The fishing season for us is over, it’s back on the bikes until the weather gets too bad. We don’t do much bike riding during salmon fishing season, so after a couple months off, we are going to try and get as much fitness in before the meat of winter keeps us inside. It was a pretty nice day today; sunny, in the mid-fifties and calm wind. Great day for a bike ride, but after a couple months off, the rides are pretty short until we get back into bike riding shape.

Bike riding in the Pacific Northwest on a sunny autumn day

There are a few autumn leaves left on the trees, but a lot of the leaves have fallen to the ground. Have to be careful of the wet leaves on the road, very slippery. Have to take advantage of these last nice days of fall. Winter is literally a few days away.

Oct 262016
 

It’s a sad day when the kayak fishing season is over, but the time has come to wrap up the 2016 kayak fishing season. With the salmon and steelhead fishing closed on the Columbia River, the only place left to fish for salmon is a local river. They have been catching a few coho salmon, but the river is running high from a lot of rain. We drove by the river to check it out, it was packed with boats. Not into that so we headed to a spot on the Columbia River to try for some smallmouth bass. We wanted to go to another spot, but before we burned a bunch of gas, we wanted to see if the bass were even biting. Never been smallmouth fishing in October, usually we’d be fishing for salmon, so we didn’t know what to expect. The boat launch was unusually quiet for this time of year.

2016 salmon fishing on the Columbia River closed, boat launches are empty

It was overcast, but not very cold and there was no wind. The water temp in the Columbia was about 58-60°F. The water level was pretty high, as you would expect with all the rain we’ve been having, and the water wasn’t perfectly clear, but we were hoping to find a few bass looking for that last big meal before winter.

Late fall smallmouth bass fishing on the Columbia River

Unfortunately, we did not find any smallmouth bass. We did not even get a bite. When you go fishing for salmon or steelhead and you don’t catch anything, that’s part of the deal. Not that unusual. When you go smallmouth bass fishing at a spot where we’ve caught hundreds of fish and don’t get a bite, it’s time to pack it in. Fishing season, and winter in general, always seems to come early, but in reality, we are only talking about a week or two. The salmon fishing on the Columbia River being closed really sucks, but the fishing was not really that good this season anyway. That’s the way fishing is.

The good news is that the dismal PacNW winter is when we get most of our editing work done. We’ve got a lot of kayak fishing video and photos to go through and get them on the watermanatwork.com website and YouTube. We already have a list of projects, so as soon as the kayak gear is packed away for the winter, which will probably cause some alcohol consumption, we will be in the editing room, so stay tuned!

Oct 222016
 

Since kayak fishing on the Columbia River for salmon and steelhead is no longer an option, we are trying to figure out how we are going to spend the last few kayak fishing weeks of the year. The weather is generally cooler and wetter every day, but as long as the wind isn’t too bad and there isn’t too much rain, there are some fishing opportunities before it’s too cold to fish.

There is only one local Columbia River tributary that is a possibility for more salmon fishing. The late season coho fishing is usually pretty good, but it has not been very good so far this season. All the rain we’ve been having has got the river running high and fast. The water is also pretty dirty from runoff, that does not help the fishing either. On top of that, it’s the only place left to fish for salmon so anybody that wants to go salmon fishing is going to be there. Fifty boats on the Columbia River is one thing, fifty boats on a river that is no wider than twenty yards(18m) wide, is something else altogether different. Throw in kayak fishermen, float tubers and bank fishermen and it doesn’t sound like a fun fishing day.

Fall kayak fishing in the Pacific Northwest

The water in the Columbia River is about 60°F, warm enough to do some smallmouth bass fishing. Usually, the salmon fishing winds up the fishing season, but things are different this year. If the weather cooperates, we may try out the fall bass fishing. Never done it before so I don’t really know what to expect. We might be able to get a couple more fishing trips in before the kayaks are packed up for the year.