Reviewed by Deanna Birkholm (LadyFisher)
Frank Amato Publications deserves real credit for a fine
job. They have produced and outstanding book for anglers -
both gear and fly. They have been producing 'regular' river maps
for some time, but this is something different. It covers
most (if not all) of the important rivers in Oregon, and
provides a huge amount of information.
The large format softcover book measures 11 x 15 inches,
allowing large enough print to be readable (even in the
car on the way to a river.) Included is a full color
page of Oregon Sportfish, Insect Hatches, Fly Patterns,
Fishing Tackle, Fly-Fishing Techniques, Fishing Knot and
of course the River Maps.
Usually one page has one river, except for rivers which
are divided into upper, middle and lower sections. Amato has also
covered some of the famous bays as well, (Tillamook, Yaquina,
and Coos Bays.)
Oregon River Maps and Fishing Guide gives the reader
more information in one book than you could possibly find
in weeks of searching anywhere else. Shown below is just
one of the river maps, for the Metolius River - used here
because it fit our format best.
Each river map has road access, river access, boat launch (if
available) campgrounds, feeder creeks, parks, hiking trails and
even motels, RV parks, tackle shops as well as a chart giving
the best fly fishing techniques (and gear techniques) by
month and species of fish. (Fly shown below for the Metolius).
There is also a paragraph or two about each river itself.
"Among trout anglers, the Metolius River is regarded as one
of Oregon's crown jewels. It stands out as one of the most
beautiful spring creeks in the state, and offers trophy-trout
fishing year-round. The temperature of the Metolius remains
a consistent 40 degrees year-round, rising from a spring at
its souce near Black Butte. A variety of trout are still the
dominant species, along with bull trout (currently listed as
a threatened species). Brown trout and eastern brook trout
occur in lesser numbers, and a unique run of kokanee salmon
migrate up from the lake each autumn. Bait fishing is
prohibited on the Metolius."
Frank Amato Publications has done an outstanding job with
Oregon River Maps and Fishing Guide. If you fish in
Oregon, or plan on traveling to fish there, you just can't
be without it. ~ DLB
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By Frank Amato Publications
P.O. Box 82112
Portland, OR 97282
Softbound, 11 x 15 inches, 48 pages, full color
Price: $25.00 US