Razor clams are often located at greater depths under the dry sand than the wet sand. There are three methods recommended in Oregon's Razor Clams for digging razor clams in the Dry Sand. Early in the tidal cycle we recommend ODFW's method for digging razor clams. Later in the tidal cycle we recommend digging a 2 foot deep access hole 6 inches from the show on the ocean side of the clam. Using your hands peel the sand away from the show side of the hole to reveal the clam.. The other method, speed digging, is described in Oregon's Razor Clams or the razor clam section of Oregon's Clams. This the method I most often use to dig razor clams from the wet sand with a razor clam shovel.
Successful digging of razor clams in the dry sand depends the ability to recognize the show. Early in the tidal cycle we recommend the ODFW method for digging razor clams in the dry sand. Working quickly, place the blade of the shovel 4 to 6 inches to either the north or south side of the clam’s show . Push the blade of the shovel straight down into the sand while getting down on one knee. The handle of the shovel will be pointing away from the digger at an angle parallel to the beach. Push the handle forward with one hand while sliding the other hand down behind the shovel blade. The forward movement of the shovel compresses the sand against the side of the razor clam while the movement of the bottom of the shovel blade in the opposite direction creates a hole destabilizing the clam’s environment. Lift the shovel handle up pulling the shovel blade out of the hole while reaching down in fluid loose sand at the bottom of the hole to retrieve the clam. If you miss the clam, use your fingers to dig downward until encountering the clam. Respect the of resource. Do not discard damaged clams. They taste just as good as undamaged clams. I still break shells and occasionally cut a razor clam in half. But, I retain all the razor clams I dig.
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