But one thing I'm having a hard time abiding by is how to get a fishing guide in Portland. I've got some evenings and some early mornings where I can get on the water, and I'm willing to pay. What I won't have is a car, or any significant amount of gear. So it's kind of a head scratcher why I've contacted about a dozen fishing guides in the Portland area, small businessmen in their own right, and only one bothered to write me back (to say he would be out of town). I literally can't find an Oregon charter captain interested in fishing.
I don't know how many legal businesses exist where people email a vendor out of the blue and say, "Please take my money at your convenience, and let's do it by your rules only!," but I've long thought that guiding is - improperly - one of those types of businesses. That the response to such an inquiry would be, "Naaaaw. Not gonna return that phone call. Not gonna respond to that email," is absolutely mind-blowing.
That brings me to blogs. If you type in "outdoors blog Chesapeake" or "outdoors blog Maryland", you come up with a huge number of active sites, including (sometimes) this very site. But the only fishing "blogs" for Portland are outdated websites for commercial captains (you know, the ones who don't return phone calls or emails because it's soooooooo last century).
So I have to ask, does anyone actually fish in Portland? In Oregon at large? Who are you? Where are you?
So, here I come, Portland. I hope you'll awaken my curiosity and my imagination. Maybe I can awaken some fishing guides too, because clearly they're busy doing << insert stereotypical Portland activity>>.