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Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer Steelhead Workshop

Deschutes River Summer Steelhead Workshop                         August 6 or 20th.

This workshop is designed to get walk in fly anglers comfortable with a variety of spots and techniques that will put them into fish on the Deschutes River above and below the town of Maupin.

Here is how it works.  We start at the crack of 9:00 am at the ranch house (located just 2 miles from Sherars Falls) with coffee and donuts.  We’ll review maps that will give you at least 24 productive steelhead runs that you can drive and walk to often these are spots we personally fish.  With coffee in hand we’ll discuss the maps in detail.

Then when we’ve reached proper caffeine level we’ll grab a bunch of gear and head out to fish a few spots.  At this time we cover: fishing techniques, fishing strategy, fly selection and more.  This is also time to talk about lines, rods and rigging.  We’ll have plenty of spey rods and nearly 20 fly lines for you to try out and get a feel for different systems.  We will have ½ dozen spey rods and switch rods for you to try out and different lines to try on your own rod.  If you need some basic spey casting lessons there is usually time for that as well.

If we actually catch a fish it will be by accident.  The purpose of this workshop is to give you the tools you need to find, read, and properly fish good steelhead water the actual fishing will be secondary.

Around 1pm we’ll break for a hungry man’s lunch and then head on to some more spots with steelhead water you’ll want to drool on!

At 4:30 we head back to the ranch house again for 5:30 dinner and re-cap of what we’ve learned and if time allows tie a few of our favorite patterns.

Workshop cost is $99 including meals and is limited to 6 anglers.  Call 541-419-7778 or 503-704-6449 to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Learn to Fly Fish with Water Time Outfitters

Fly Fishing Lakes Class
Private Waters 
July 10     9-5pm 
Learn what it takes to catch trout in lakes with this one day well rounded, 8 hour, fly fishing school brought to you by Water Time Outfitters.  There couldn’t be a much better place to get started in fly fishing  than on the three private lakes at Rocky Ridge Ranch only  1 hour 45 minute drive from the Portland.  Excellent populations of Rainbow trout thrive in these waters and our group will have all three lakes to ourselves as we cover fly fishing concepts.  Rainbows 16-20 inches are common and some have been caught up to 30 inches!  Get started fly fishing the right way or just advance your skills on some trophy trout waters.   Come join the fun! 

What’s Included:
·         Beginners approach to fly fishing session- knots, terminology, rigging etc…
·         Fly casting lesson- learn the basics of fly casting- overhead, roll cast, roll cast pickup, presentation casts and more
·         Lake fly fishing techniques- dry fly, emerger, streamer and midge techniques
·         Lake entomology lesson- learn what trout eat in lakes
·         Guided fly fishing on a private trophy trout lake
·         V-Boats and kick fins
·         Big BBQ Lunch, soft drinks and water

Bring your lucky fishing hat and your camera you might catch the fish of a lifetime. 

Our guarantee:  We will work hard so you can learn as much as possible in this class on the great sport of fly fishing lakes.  We will do our best to see that everyone catches fish and has an enjoyable day. 
 Fee per person:  $195
 Space is limited Reserve your spot today! Call today 503-704-6449.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Trout Like Steelhead

Deschutes Fishing Report, June 12

I don't mean that trout are "friends" with steelhead, what I am talking about are top conditioned, bully of the school, 20" range trout that fight and battle it out like a steelhead.  Hang on to that five weight!  Right now that type of fish is in his element feeding on his favorite gut stretching morsel of the year- Salmon flies and Golden Stones.  With the hatch full swing and soon to be waning in the upper section of the lower 100 miles of the emerald green waters of the Deschutes these big bullies are packing it on and are in full stuff it mode. 

Check out this fish caught June 12th. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Winter in Summer- Steelhead and High Water

Winter water levels are still persisting on the Clackamas river here in June! It has been a high water year all season and so far our summer steelhead fishery is no exception.  High waters around the state and in the mid-west have created dismal conditions for many fisheries.  Fortunately the Clackamas water clarity has been fishable much more than many other drainages. 

This dandy chrome bright summer steelhead was hooked on a 8 weight Z- Axis switch rod with a 10' sink tip.  Our silent approach with the drift boat allowed Jeff to easily swing the fly into position for a rod wrenching take.  Line sizzled off his Nautalis reel as this fish kicked it into high gear throwing water spray everywhere. 

Water temp today was 53 degrees.  If you want to catch a steelhead on the swing in the Clackamas, this is perhaps one of the very best times to do it.

Good luck on the water!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Deschutes Trout- June 6

Salmon Flies are still the main ticket for trout on the Warm Springs to Trout Creek section.  The big bugs are most prolific from White Horse rapids on upriver.  With cooler weather the bugs have been hunkered down.  The dead drift presentation and Moorish Still Stones have been the good producers along with the Chubby Chernobyl. 

Today's water level was running around 5710 cfs at Madras.  SLOWLY the river is dropping.

Good fishin!

FYI- watch for Rattlers, a fair amount of the buzzworms were out today on the west side above Trout Creek!