Enjoy a little video from the write up I did about the trip Max, dad and I took during break. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Three generations of 3A

Posted: December 31, 2016 by Hellcat in Fish Reports
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During my son’s Christmas Break this year, his first ever from school, I took Pops and Max to a little ditty of mine. We actually hooked fish too. While dad worked with Max and his sweet little one-piece, graphite spin caster…I went and threw some BC Steels around.

If you read All Around Angler then you should know what my favorite one is for the rivers here in OR and WA. Anyone hazard a guess? Weight and color….over.

Back to the story….Before we took off for the day I had rigged Max’s rod up with an 1/16th oz steelhead jig with the hooked chopped off. This rig kept him busy without danger or snag. I call it the baby-sitting fishing rod. Once I scoped down river I saw the change in bottom contour. It was deeper closer to the bank. Which meant I could twitch and flutter my spoon as well as cast and retrieve.

The weather had taken a turn and my little guy was getting pretty chilly. With limited time due to an ‘over the boot with water’ scenario for Max, I successfully hooked three fish with this method. Two of which I tried to walk up river to Maxwell and my dad who were without waders. One of the fish, which were both coho or summer steelhead, I successfully handed off my big rod to my son…ever so briefly before the lack of tension on the siwash freed up the fish.

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^^^If you look closely at the base of Maxwell’s feet…you’ll see his Hotwheel nature garage he built. 🙂


Posted: December 28, 2016 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Check out this gorgeous specimen of muscle and chrome taken on a float by Kirby Canon’s boat this week. #Dandy.


Who Hammer? More Hammer.

Posted: December 28, 2016 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Check out these killer winter pics of chrome and AAA apparel from Kevin Gray! Very nice.




Posted: December 28, 2016 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

By Kevin Gray

We had a great day for December! We found 4 dime bright steelhead. Nice big mint native in the mix too.




Started from the bottom….

Posted: December 21, 2016 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Don’t worry. I’m not going to finish the line to that song and say “…now we here”. Let’s be honest this web resource peaked in activity during the Facebook craze. You could even say there are other content providers that have surpassed AAA’s influence on pop-angling on line culture. AAA set a trend though. Undeniably.


That being said…my YouTube Channel has passed 2 Million views. Almost to 2.1M before I noticed the landmark. It is a landmark indeed. That marks 2,000,000+ different viewers have participated in the AAA on line viewing experience. As the kids would say…that’s real.



PRE and POST cold snap pics

Posted: December 19, 2016 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

I’ve got the best friends in the world. They keep sending me pics of chrome and all I’ve been able to do is have the same dream over and over about trying to get to the river. Oh well. At least we can enjoy these delights of theirs.

Nick Nelson


“Nothing like spotting a fire truck coho sitting on a green flat spot in the river, casting to it, and having it chase the twitch jig and swipe multiple times before connecting. Rush! The steely was a shocker though!”

Kevin Gray


Jordan Turner

Eric Koenig

NWK: Blanchard & Rusco playing games

Posted: December 11, 2016 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Here are my podnahs over at NWK playing CHROME PHOTO BOMB with each other.

Rusco got Barnum n’ Bailey’d like a mo fo. Thx for sending this in, Chris B!



Are you into steelhead tournaments? Yes. Yes you are!

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Presented by North West Killers

Remembering when: A Melendez story.

Posted: December 10, 2016 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Please welcome special contributor, Don Melendez/Seattle, WA. Those in the know…know who Don is. It’s a cool kid kinda thing, so no intros.


By Don Melendez

I was fishing for Coho in a deep slot above a river hatchery. I saw a bunch of dark coho just hanging out and then a bright flash.

I changed my pink jig to a purple and black jig. Tossed it out and then boom bobber down. I thought to myself, wow this is a big coho, then it jumped! I immediately lost my mind when I saw what it was.

I fought it for awhile. Getting it close to the bank I saw that it was a hatchery fish which blew my mind even more. So get this, I bonked this thing and tied it to a huge boulder.

An hour later I was fishing about 30 yards away from it when a guy came to check it out. He asks “Hey is this your fish?” I proudly said to him “Heck yes!” thinking he was admiring the size of it, he says back “Well it’s trying to get away!” In bewilderment I was like WTF?! I ran over there and sure enough, he was back in the water fighting to get away from the stringer.

Thankfully I had a tough piece of paracord. I brought it back in after another fight. bonked it 12 more times and finally I made sure it was dead.

Can you believe that?

Don Melendez

Sweet pic w Chris Deady sporting his A3 w/ Fish

Posted: December 8, 2016 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Sup everyone!! I hope you all are inside and keeping warm. Alas I am smart enough to know my audience: Hardcore as shit. Knowing that I also presume someone is fishing right now as I clank on this smart phone with long, skinny thumbs.

If you are indoors like me today then please take a moment to scroll thru my website to something fun for you and yours. Just watch the language on the movies. Earmuffs might be appropriate.

Here is my first photo submission from the A3 w/ Fish Melendez-design hoodies. Thanks a ton to Erik Koenig and Chris Deady. That’s a fukn monster.

Chris Deady
Washington State