Canyon Kayak Bassin'

A kayak angling expedition down Oregon's John Day River

The First Descent

Another tale from the expedition.

Kayak Fishing Magazine

The latest issue of Kayak Fishing Magazine is now available. Included within are reviews (Predator, Carlisle paddles, etc.), trip reports, and how-tos, all stemming from the recent John Day trip. Articles available online. For free. Just like our subscription. Sign up and receive each issue in your inbox.

Mark’s double topwater hookup.

Canyonland campout

Canyonland campout

Meet the anglers - Allen Bushnell

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Allen Bushnell is a man of many titles – guide, writer, tournament organizer, editor – but he is best described by the moniker of ambassador. A passionate promoter of the sport, Allen can often be found leading kayak angling workshops and seminars at retail locations and sportsman’s expos. An early pioneer of kayak fishing in Northern California, Allen was also a member of 2007′s expedition to Prince William Sound, and shares the kayak fishing “largest-fish” record with his 450-pound salmon shark.

When not leading clients on far- flung kayak angling adventures or editing Kayak Fishing Magazine, Allen can be found studying jazz guitar, engaging in the painting of seascapes, or trolling for dinner in the local waters of Santa Cruz. Allen holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration which he utilizes in his position at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

“Besides guiding year-round in California and some summers in Alaska, I love to promote the sport of kayak fishing with seminars and workshops at venues that range from our smaller local kayak shops, the larger Bay Area REI stores, and the giant Fred Hall and International Sportsman’s Expos. I’m totally stoked on kayak fishing, and love to help newbies share the excitement and catch fish safely. I guess I am a fishing nut, because somehow I work a regular weekly newspaper fishing column into the mix as well as co-hosting the popular ‘LET’S GO FISHING!’ weekly radio show in Santa Cruz, California.”

Allen is proud to be Premier Pro Staff at Ocean Kayaks, a Kokatat Ambassador, and a West Coast Pro for Humminbird Fishfinders and GPS.

Learn more about Allen in The Milkcrate.

Scott and Mark rounding the bend, from atop Hoot Owl Rock.

Scott and Mark rounding the bend, from atop Hoot Owl Rock.

So it seems as though we have our first picture.  I expected nothing less. Stay tuned; more to come!

So it seems as though we have our first picture.  I expected nothing less. Stay tuned; more to come!

Goal Zero Sherpa 50

Well, today is the last day of the expedition.  The lads will soon be off the river and headed to their respective homes.  We’ll have plenty of pics to share in the coming days.  This feat is largely possible due to Goal Zero’s generous support.  They provided to the anglers a Sherpa 50 solar charging device.  Given the forecast, there was plenty off opportunity to keep the cameras charged.