Friday, December 19, 2014
This graph shows the forecasted water levels for the Clackamas River for Dec 19-24. Rarely do we get a graph like this where there is so much pink at the top of the screen. More commonly on big rain storms we would see the river rising near or to the Action phase at 18'. Here it shows the river rising to Major Flood stage at nearly 25'. Normal flows for this time of year are around 12'6"-14'. Looks like this one is going to be a dandy. Watch for new channels to form and the river to shift. We may have some new holes to fish by Christmas!
Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Mornings on the river are full of anticipation. Sometimes those first casts are rewarded with an aggressive fish. It had barely gotten light when client Eric H. connected with this chrome rocket. www.watertimeoutfitters.com
Saturday, December 6, 2014
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Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Spey Casting Class- Book My Spot
Sunday, November 16, 2014
I have finally put some of my favorite fly patterns out there in the commercial world. These flies have been great producers for me for many years. Each pattern has a specific use and water clarity application. In generall there is a pattern for low and clear water, medium green to darker green waters. All these flies work on steelies nearly year round. I use them on the Oregon Coast, Clackamas and Sandy Rivers and the Deschutes River in summer and fall.
You can now use my secret guiding patterns that produce result for my clients on a daily basis. Flies are available at great fly shops like Royal Treatment Fly shop in West Linn, OR 503-850-4397 and online at: https://spiritriver.com/new-flies
Good luck on the water!
Saturday, November 15, 2014
See more about Rob Crandall's guided fishing at: www.watertimeoutfitters.com
- Fly fishing terminology
- Fly fishing knots
- Proper rigging
- Fly selection
- Fly casting
- On Water Fishing instruction
Call 503-704-6449 Email: Clackamas Fly Class
Want to learn how to catch winter steelhead on Oregon Rivers? Water Time Outfitters offers a special workshop just for you! 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 rivers.
January 10th - Wilson, Trask, Kilches rivers- meets in Tillamook instructor- Gil Muhleman
Water Time Outfitters is an Oregon based company offering guided fly fishing trips, classes and workshops on some of Oregon's finest waters. See more about our company at: www.watertimeoutfitters.com
Some of my favorite times this fall I found myself in awe of the scenery. You would think that for a guy who spends just about every day on the Deschutes river during steelhead season it would get to be mundane. In the Deschutes canyon the scenery is fantastic, add in the fall colors the low angle of the sun in October and November and you have the makings for some epic landscapes. Here are a few pics from this season that I really enjoyed. Rob Crandall www.watertimeoutfitters.com
Friday, November 14, 2014
Water Time Outfitters has been guiding most every day in the last several months on Oregon's Deschutes river chasing our favorite fish- Steelhead! Here we swing flies for the aggressive grab from elusive steelies. As steelhead migrate in from the ocean they spread out over the lower 100 miles of the Deschutes River. These fish like to hide in certain spots where the water speed and depth are to their liking. Structure like boulders and riffle breaks in the current give these migrating beauties a place to rest from their journey against the steady flow of the Deschutes River which averaged 6 miles per hour. River flows for much of October were steadily around 4000 cfs at Madras and bumped up to around 5000 in early November. Water temperatures have been very mild and steadily in the 50's slowly migrating lower into November. The consistent flow and tailwaters of the Deschutes make it ideal water to chase steelies Here you rarely have to worry the river will blow out or turn brown when you arrive. www.watertimeoutfitters.com
The Deschutes River flows through arid canyons of the high desert of central Oregon. Sage brush and juniper spice the dry air and fill your nose with a medly of the desert country smells. Columnar basalt cliffs rise high above you as you float the ancient Deschutes River canyon. Golden eagles often soar on the rising thermals near these cliffs. Mule deer and otters often great you along the river's narrow but lush riparian zone next to the steady flowing river.
Our favorite trip on the Deschutes is a camp trip. Here we send Marty Smith with our gear boat ahead to set a comfortable camp. Anglers and guides spend all day on the water and come into a prepared camp with a warm campfire going. Marty often has chocolate cookies in the oven as we arrive.
The Deschutes River has a variety of steelhead strains that arrive in the fall. The Deschutes hatchery steelhead is from the Pelton Dam hatchery located near the 100 mile mark. These fish are clipped with the distinctive adipose fin and maxillary fin clipped. Wild - unclipped fish also spawn in the Deschutes basin. A strong run of wild fish ascend the Deschutes River each fall. Out of basin steelhead often stray into the cool verdant waters of the Deschutes as well. These fish are both wild and hatchery origin. Hatchery strays will have only the adipose fin clipped.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Steelhead of course are the main target this time of year and fish are spread through the system. We have been fishing with the jet sled in the lower 22 miles of the Deschutes. Fishing has been very good with consistent results most days. A mix of both hatchery and wild fish are in the river now. We have had good success swinging flies with floating lines in the morning and evening. Our best patterns have been standard flies like green butt skunks, streetwalkers and fly dejour.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Royal Treatment Fly shop is located in West Linn, OR. Call the shop for details 503-850-4397
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Come join us for a kick-start-tune-up for SUMMER STEELHEAD fly fishing this coming saturday at the Royal Treatment Fly shop in West Linn, OR. We will be discussing fly fishing strategies, fly patterns, gear and much more!
The fun starts at 10 am and don't be late, there will be homemade cookies there and they go fast!
For more details call Royal Treatment Fly Shop: 503-850-4397 or visit: www.royaltreatmentflyfishing.com
Deschutes River rainbows are busily slurping caddis flies this time of year. The months of July and August the weather is warm and the dry fly action is good. It's a great time to see the river canyon. Join Water Time Outfitters on our three day adventure down the wild and scenic Deschutes canyon fly fishing for native redband trout.
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Thursday, July 3, 2014
During the summer months on the Deschutes River below Pelton dam the main food source for feisty redband rainbow trout are caddis flies. Along the lower 100 miles of the Deschutes river there are a handful of species of caddis that live and thrive in the cool waters of this high desert river. Below the columnar basalt cliffs the emerald waters host a strong population of caddis that hatch each day from May through October. During the season the size, variety and density of these caddis change but a basic understanding of these moth like critters can help give you boat loads of rod bending success.
The main caddis we focus on during the summer months are the Green Sedge or Rhyacophila, the spotted Sedge or the Hydropsyche and the Saddle-Case Caddis or Glossosoma. These caddis have four distinct life stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Most species live in the river for about one year. A major portion of the life of a caddis is spent as a larvae which looks like a small worm.
There are a number of tricks that can help you be more successful with your time on the water during the summer caddis hatches. Below are some favorites that the Water Time Outfitter guides use to help their clients consistently get into fish on the Deschutes. Hopefully these tips will help you make the most of your water time.
1. Match your fly size correctly to the natural. Find hatched caddis that are along streamside foliage and grab one. Get a good look at that little guy and see that your fly pattern is close in color and size. It is easy to tie on a fly that is too big. For the Deschutes river our most common sizes are size 16 and 18.
2. Focus your effort on dry flies at the right time of day. Not that you can't catch fish on dries all day long during the summer months; you can, but you will find more success at specific parts of the day. Prime times to fish dries are during the mid morning hours from 10am - around 2 pm. Often from 3-6 there is a lull in dry fly action. Then the last 2 hours of the day (depending on the weather) the best dry fly action of the entire day is often had. The last 20-30 minutes before dark can be a frenzy!
3. Fish around structure and shade. Big rainbows are smart and if they live on the Deschutes they have survived the legendary hunter in the sky - the osprey. There are so many osprey on the river now that you can see a different nesting pair about every mile of river. That means rainbows are smart to their enemy from above or they are dinner!
4. Keep your fly floating. If you can't see that dry fly it's very difficult to be effective, especially if you are presenting the fly upstream. When you can't see your fly present close with an across current present and you'll feel the take better (good to do in low light right at dark).
5. Polarized glasses for back eddy fishing. Sipping rainbows working the suds are a fine target mid-day. Often food piles up in the eddies more than any place on the river. Big rainbows are well aware of this food smorgasborg and they are there. We like to say "foam is home", meaning where you see foam pile up on the water you will also see lots of food.
6. Casting accuracy for rising fish. Don't line big rainbows that are rising. False cast to the side and get the right line length then present your fly. Your first false cast over a big fish throws spray off your line. Do this to the side of the fish so spray of water droplets doesnt come down right on a feeding fish. It also helps to keep a shadow from crossing over a spooky fish.
7. Emergers - fish deep pupa emergers when nothing is happening on the surface and before the evening hatch to keep the action going during dry fly lulls. When nothing is happening on the surface it might be because there is so much food in the drift the trout have switched their focus.
8. Use both a dry and an emerger dropper during the hatch will get you more results.
9. Bow and Arrow casting under the trees for the biggest fish. The best way to get to big rainbows under the trees. Try it, you might be surprised.
10. Trim the bottom hackle on your dry flies (like Elk Hair Caddis) so they ride on the surface correctly more of the time and sit a bit lower in the surface film.
To fish with the guides who've been doing it for over 20 years come join Water Time Outfitters and Rob Crandall on the Deschutes River. See more information at: www.watertimeoutfitters.com We offer single and multi-day float trip adventures on the wild and scenic Deschutes River canyon. Trout and steelhead fishing are our favorites - come see why!
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Flyfishing for Oregon Shad is an fly anglers dream come true! We have a blast each year in June with American shad ranging from 1-5 pounds. Using fly rods in the #5-6 weight range these members of the herring family fight like crazy! Not 20 minutes from downtown Portland we find schools of the fish often referred to as the "Poor Man's Tarpon" willingly taking the fly. This generally productive fishing is the effect of a huge run of fish often numbering 3-5 million fish over Bonneville dam on the Columbia system.