Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Spring Time in Oregon
It's that time of year here in Oregon where there is so much to do. Trout fishing opportunities are really starting to ramp up and steelhead fishing has some interesting things going on as well. Living in Oregon sure has its perks and its this time of year that I am reminded how fortunate we are to live in such a great part of the world.
Trout fishing opportunities are vast this time of year. One of the big ones that comes to mind is the Salmon fly hatch on the Deschutes river. This is a world class river that has some truly great fly fishing opportunities. Add to that equation a bug almost 3" long and you've got a great combo. Salmon flies are like "Big Mac's" for trout. As the hatch gains momentum expect rainbows to greedily gorge on these big bugs. Add in the many opportunities of lakes and small streams around the state and you've got some good stuff going on.
One of my favorite fisheries for this time of year is the spring steelhead we get on the Willamette Valley streams. Better known as summer steelhead these silvery rockets come into our rivers in the spring and stay in the river for nearly a year. These fish are a Skamania strain fish of hatchery origin. The Clackamas river has these fish returning every year around this time. This years run are identified by a clipped adipose fin and a maxilary fin clipping. Once hooked they are ballistic rockets and some fish are simply unlandable!
I hope you are getting out on the water and experiencing some of the fantastic opportunities we have here in Oregon.