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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lower Deschutes Steelhead

Right now fishing is great!  The lower Deschutes is running cooler now and good numbers of fish are in the entire lower river.  Fishing has been great on the swung fly and even mid day with sink tips.  If you are not there, you are missing out!

See you on the water.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Deschutes Steelhead Fly Favorite- The Vacuum Cleaner

This is one of Rob Crandall's patterns called the Vacuum Cleaner.  It's first run years ago in the Deschutes River was with one of Rob's clients, Terry. Terry reports that she fished the fly behind an excellent angler while working some prime water around South Junction with guide Al Bagley. After catching multiple fish with a floating line in the sun behind the accomplished angler Terry began to feel guilty. The competitive angler was getting frustrated. When she hooked yet another fish in water he had already fished he yelled to Al, "Get that Vacuum Cleaner off the river!" Thus the Vacuum cleaner fly pattern was born.

Vacuum Cleaner Recipe:

Hook: Tiemco 7999 or 700 size 2 or 4
Thread: black or purple 6/0
Tag: silver flat tinsel large
Hot butt Tag:  Cerise(hot pink) Edge bright wrapped over silver tinsel
Body:  Medium Purple Chenille wrapped with med oval tinsel silver
Collar:  Willies Sparkling fly material purple 2 wraps or bright tinsel dubbing purple
Hackle: Purple saddle hackle
Wing: First layer on Pearlescent Mylar Flashabou strands 6-8, purple crystal flash, purple flashabou and
white wing of Arctic fox Fur