Old Old Fashioned

Vacation homes are always an adventure.  This past week we stayed at a place on the Oregon coast outside of Tillamook in small bedroom community called Cape Meares.  The area has an interesting past – it is near an old resort community named Bayocean, that was eventually washed away by the mighty Pacific.  The location was great, but the house had its charms… things like the ants that were frequenting the kitchen, the broken heater in the bedroom, and the old septic system problems which I will spare you the details of.

In spite of the house challenges, we had a blast at the coast.  And the house also introduced me to this Old Fashioned gem from the past:

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Oregon Fishing and Vacation Guide, Volume 2 – 1965

I spent a good few hours stepping into this fishy time machine and was delighted by just about everything within its pages.  The pages weren’t filled with grip in grins, rather people proudly showing their overflowing creels and stringers filled to the brim with the day’s catch.  No lifestyle photos, no social media, no website links… just images and words from Oregon of yesteryear.

Some of the descriptions and rivers made me laugh out loud.  Places I consider “secret spots” – little known wilderness lakes – written up in full detail for all anglers since 1965.  Even though much has changed since then, the common bond that all anglers share is much the same today as it was then.  A common love for the outdoors, and for exploring all the amazing waters here in Oregon.

I snapped numerous photos from the old guidebook and figured it would be fun to share them here periodically on Trout Bummin – because regardless of the decade, there have always been, and hopefully will always be people out there trout bumming.

So for this installment, here is a great write up on fishing on the Upper Deschutes River:

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So much to love on this page.  The advert for Danielson is lovely… but this quote cracks me up:

A whitefish population is presently taking over this stretch of the stream.

Indeed, some things never change.

2 thoughts on “Old Old Fashioned

  1. I grew up in Oregon reading this very same guide book. Check out the entry for Brook lake and adjacent Fish lake near Olallie. The book led me to Fish lake but it was barren. Brook lake was stuffed with fat Brooke’s up to 17″. They even took Caddis buck tails at night! Thanks Timmie.

    1. Very cool Jay, thanks for sharing the memory – glad my post brought back some nostalgia for you too! I was very happy to see you got to hold a winter last week as well buddy! I hope our paths cross soon – take care

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About Timmy Crawford

I reside in lovely Bend, Oregon with my wife and two girls, and of course the requisite two mutts. By day I am an Automattician, and by night and on the weekends... I keep it real.