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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Swung Flies for TROUT- Spey Casts Too!

This is a great video illustrating how versatile spey casting applications are.  Here you can see how easy it is to catch dandy trout on the swung fly when you are a beautiful girl...

check it out: 

Great video, great adaption for spey casting- it's not only for steelhead! 

Swung Fly - Winter Steelhead -Audio Interview

Rob Crandall editor of Flyfishing & Tying Journal magazine and owner of Water Time Outfitters is interviewed on swinging flies for winter steelhead.  Listen to this great info on the swung fly!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Drift Boat School- Rowing Safety

Do you have a new boat that your itching to get out on the water? 

Learn to manage your new boat with safety and confidence.  Pro guide Rob Crandall has rowed a Clackacraft drift boat for nearly 20 years and can teach you how to safely navigate NW waters with your boat.

Learn the basics of drift boat safety, balance and rowing technique with a special 4 hour course specifically designed for you.  Learn about boat handling, anchoring safely, trailering, launching and loading safety. 

Rob teaches this info packed session on the nearby Clackamas River.  Learn from his years of rowing and fishing experience.  Save yourself frustration and difficulties and learn from the pro. 

Four hour class session is only $175 per person

Call Rob Crandall to schedule your session today: 503-704-6449

Before Work Special- 1/2 Day Guide Trips

Water Time Outfitters offers a special package for those intrepid anglers who aren't scared to show up a bit late for work.  We call it the BEFORE WORK SPECIAL.  This is a special rate on a 1/2 day float trip mid-week on the Clackamas River. 

This 4 hour session is on key peices of good water on the Clackamas river.  Water that we catch fish in on a consistent basis.  Your session is custom fit to your needs.  This can be a spey casting lesson, a casting tune up, a basic class teaching you where to start and how to read water.  It can be an indicator fishing strategy class or just a guided fishing trip, what ever you want it to be. This is for you!

We are offering this special week days only and through the winter season on the Clackamas River.  Dates are limited and first come first serve.  We are offering morning and afternoon sessions. 

What a great way to start your year and stay tuned up on your casting! 

Fee for 4 hour float is $125 for 1 angler or $100 per person for 2 or more.  (Up to 3 anglers per session)
Call Rob Crandall 503-704-6449 to reserve your spot.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Oregon Coast Steelhead

With a bit of rain we'll be full on for winter steelhead in Oregon.  From now through March winter steelhead fisheries put out their best in Oregon.  Some of our favoritie rivers on the Oregon Coast are the Trask, Wilson, Kilches, and the Northfork Nehalem.  The variety of rivers available for Oregon coast steelhead give the angler plenty of options.

Check out this video from a day on the Trask River with guide Gil Muhleman:

Good luck to your time on the water from Water Time Outfitters-

Friday, December 16, 2011

Clackamas Low and Cold

It's been almost 2 weeks with out any rain to speak of.  Cold and clear or foggy days with-out rain for extended periods in December seem a bit strange.  The forecast calls for an extended lack of rain for another week or so.  This means we must adapt our approach for steelhead success.

Water is low and clear and fish are hanging close to the bottom.  Fish migration is slow at best in these conditions with water temps around 34 degrees.  Fish your fly deep, smaller and darker patterns tend to work best.  Flourocarbon can be helpful. 

Eagle creek strain hatchery steelhead are showing in the Clackamas now.  Some wild chromers are also being caught.

Look for the action to get better with a warm rain.

Good luck on the water!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Winter Steelhead Workshops Expanded

Want to catch steelhead on the Trask, Wilson, Clackamas, NF Nehalem, Neccanicum River or Eagle Creek?

These workshops are designed to get walk in fly anglers comfortable with a variety of spots and techniques that will put them into fish on the Oregon's best coastal rivers.

Here is how it works. We start at the crack of 9:00 am at a designated location near the water with coffee and donuts. We’ll review maps that will give you at least a dozen 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. On the smaller water river classes (NF and Neccanicum) the single hand and switch rods will be the center of attention. 

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!

Classes offered:

Dec 17th - Clackamas and Eagle creek - meeting site Royal Treatment Fly Shop

Jan 6th -NF Nehalem River and Neccanicum R- meets at our river cabin
Jan 8th- NF Nehalem River and Neccanicum R- Meets at river cabin

Jan 28 - Trask, Wilson and Kilches River class - meeting site to be determined

February 19 Trask, Wilson and Kilches River Winter Steelhead Workshop
February 25- Clackamas Steelhead Workshop- meets at Royal Treatment Fly shop

Need flies? Royal Treatment Fly shop has a special package of winter steelhead flies for you:
Click here to see a recommeded selection of flies for the Clackamas River.
Workshop cost is $100 including meals and is limited to 8 anglers. Call 503-704-6449 to reserve your spot.