Last week I took advantage of some great weather , I placed a priority on fishing and got on the water 3 days in a row. It felt splendid to be on the water! Life has been too busy!
Like any day fishing each day takes a life on it’s own. Friday on the Deschutes was a bit overcast – and minimal wind. Saturday was a new day – sunny and windy on the Deschutes. Sunday – a new river was called for, so I headed to the Crooked. I got two weather days in one; before noon it was a light drizzle and then after noon the sun came out. Each day brought a few fish to the net. On the Deschutes – it a lot of small steelhead & salmon smolt and a good handful of classic Deschutes Redsides. I was rewarded with a couple of very nice rainbow for my couple of hours on the Crooked.
Enjoy the photos –
Flies that brought fish to my net
Deschutes River – Redside on!
Deschutes Riffle Fishing & sharing the river
Always fun for both anglers to play and land a fish at the same time
First Fish of the day on the Deschutes
Contemplating – what’s next
The Crooked blessed us with a few nice rainbows this trip
In the last week I have had a blast crafting my own fishing net. When I saw that my Central Oregon Fly Fishing Club was conducting a net building class, I jumped on board immediately. Our instructors Cliff, Steve, and Dave (not my husband) did the work of constructing the net frame and then coached all of us on the remaining steps. While working on it in our workshop I received additional coaching from my husband, Dave! Would you expect less from the bamboo rod builder. The pictures & captions below capture the process from start to end. I have very happy with how the finished net looks. I can’t wait to net my first landed fish. Doing this project reminds me of how much I enjoy and how rewarding it is to work with your own hands – versus buying. While finishing the net Dave and I chatted about building another – this time utilizing bamboo as the main wood. However, my first goal next winter is be to build my very own custom crafted bamboo rod.
Cliff demonstrating how they constructed the frames for us.
Step 1 First phase of sanding on the drum sander to begin smoothing out the interior & exterior of the hoop.
Step 2 Use a file to rough out the edges for a curved surface
Step 3 Lots of sanding with a block and hands to get the smooth final finish of the net on all edges.
Step 4 & 5 Finishing the net with a Gun Stock Oil & Wax
Step 6 – Attaching the net
A finished net! Next Step land a fish
Going from right to left to right ! Mary, Anne, & Mary Ann – not too many times you get this combination of names together
So you may ask what do Dave and Mary Ann Dozer do on a Saturday night in the winter? Tie Flies, of course, is our response! Yes – a new version of romance for the avid fly fishing couple. This evening our focus is stone flies – dry and nymph. I tied the Clark’s Lady Stone Fly and Dave tied a Tungsten Yellow Sally Nymph. We look forward to testing out the Clark’s Yellow Stone Fly on the Deschutes River this Salmon Fly Season. The tungsten yellow sally has worked for us in all season and all rivers in Oregon and Idaho.
Our waters and weather have been cold this winter. However, last week the weather warmed up a little, which I hope would warm the waters on the Crooked River. I measured the temperature at 37 degrees. Still pretty cold for the fish. The good news was they increased the CFS to 56. This is still much lower than the average winter flows.
On Sunday – I headed to the Crooked River by myself. I enjoy fishing with others, but I forgot how renewing it can be to be alone on the river. I wouldn’t want to always fish alone – but good to make it a point occasionally. It was one of those days where I picked the right spot and right flies. In the first hour Euro-nymphing – I landed six and lost four white fish. No complaints on my part! I was using a #16 egg pattern and a #18 Brian Egan Frenchie.
I headed out on Wednesday with some friends. My goal was to introduce them to Euro-nymphing. They quickly caught on – even with the pesky wind that doesn’t help when Euro-Nymphing.
Flies that worked – Egg Pattern and Brian Egan Frenchie
It’s almost the end of January, 2016. My goodness time does fly! This is the time of the year to start thinking & making plans for your fishing in 2016.
If you have any interest in taking your fly fishing skills to the next level, I encourage you to check out my class offerings.
Fly Fishing is both intriguing and challenging. Becoming an independent angler requires one to pull together a lot of information & skills from books, videos, classes, and then following that up with on the water time. If you are seriously interested in fly fishing. then making the investment in instruction will go a long way in making you successful sooner and more frequently.
My passion is enabling anglers to increase their success in their fly fishing pursuits. As a guide and avid instructor, I offer various levels of classes to enable anglers to get to that next level of fly fishing. I am personally invested in providing a quality experience. Therefore, I limit all my classes to no more than 4 anglers.
Below is a summary of my class offerings – you can learn more on their respective web pages. I offer these classes to the public, but if a specific date doesn’t work for you, a private class can be arranged for one to four anglers.
Casting Instruction Includes both Single & Two Hand – I provide 1.5 hour lessons that are tailored to the needs of the angler. All levels can be accommodated – from first time holding a fly rod, taking your casting to the next level, or preparing you for a trip of a lifetime.
Fly Fishing 101 – This full day class is designed for anglers getting into fly fishing or who have fished a few times. The course content will introduce you to all the skills you need to get on the water from casting, to fly selection, to tying on flies.
Fly Fishing 201 – This full day class is designed for anglers who have the general knowledge of fly fishing. You can tie on your flies, know how to distinguish the major aquatic insect families, and have a general understanding of where to fish. However, you want to know more! In this class I cover similar topic of Fly Fishing 101 but in greater depth.
Fly Fishing 301 – If you are really serious about fly fishing and are willing to invest time my Fly Fishing 301 is for you. This is the quickest path to making you an independent angler. The integration of a full day in the classroom and a second full day on the water putting those skills to work will have you catching fish sooner and more frequently.
Fly Fishing 401 – Line management is everything you do from your fly hitting the water to setting the hook. During this on the water clinic – you’ll get real-time feedback & suggestions on line management skills while your fish. The first focus will be on classic line management techniques – mending, raising & lower the rod tip, and pulling line in & pulling line out. We’ll finish the clinic with reach casts & slack line casts that can assist in a longer natural drift.
To register for any class – Email Mary Ann Dozer at email@example.com
Dave and I got out on the Metolius River on Friday. Yes our first 2016 fly fishing outing. Fortunately, we are having a winter, as this bodes well for snow pack! This was our second outing on the Metolius River with snow on the ground. We both remarked at how invigorating it was to fish in the cold and snow! Temps were in the mid-twenties, it was a sunny day and no ice in the guides. Dave was euro-nymphing with his 8’4” 5 wt bamboo, and forgive, me but I was fishing my graphite Echo Shadow Euro-Nymphing 10′ 3 wt. rod. I prefer the action of bamboo, but I have to be honest the longer rod allowed me to cover more water.
As to fishing success – it was the Metolius! This time on our fishing pursuit, it was my turn to land a fish. I landed one small but beautiful wild rainbow on a orange/black rubber legs nymph.
Of course the selfie to start the day! Notice my rosy cheeks from the chill in the air.
Perfect timing – Dave clicked the shutter, just as I set the hook
A beautiful wild rainbow – check the spots and red band
What Fun!!!!Christmas day….27 degrees….beautiful sunny day….8 inches of snow….and Dave and I went fly fishing on the Metolius River. I used my 10′ 6″ 5 wt bamboo switch rod to swing streamers, and Dave used his 8′ 3″ 5 wt bamboo rod to Euronymph small nymphs. We tempted a few trout to our flies, and got one nice rainbow to the net. Here are a few photos.
But back to the Crooked River. My last fishing pursuit was to the Crooked River on December 11th! Water levels are running really low – down to 36CFS. However, the white fish can still spawn. It too a few stops but my friend and I found some spawning white fish. And when you find them you will find rainbows. We had a flurry of doubles in the 30 minutes I was there. She stayed and caught some more. In addition to egg patterns – a orange Ray Charles was also the fly of choice.
You will always find rainbow when you find spawning white fish.
My buddy and I with a double – tough to get a good photo when you have a fish on!
I love the fall in Central Oregon! You can always count on an Indian Summer – warm days and there are always a few nights that are warm enough to camp. Fishing usually picks up from August as the water cools with the cooler temperatures. As we progress into the fall – all the brilliance of changing colors can be seen against some crystal clear blue skies. My favorites to fish are the Crooked River and the Deschutes River. The Crooked is smaller than the Deschutes – but unless it is a freaky day you can count on getting into some fish. The Deschutes is a challenging fishery – however when you do find a fish you have a chance at some nice sized rainbows and in a the 4000 plus CFS t give you a good play. You also have the chance at those elusive steelhead – they eluded me this year. Well at least to the net – I hooked into a couple that took off like freight trains! Still wondering what I could have done differently to keep them on! The following are photos from a couple of trips that Dave and I took in October. Enjoy
One of Dave’s red side rainbow trout
Yes – another day – another trout! Checkout the progressive bend in his bamboo fly rod
An early morning swinging for steelhead
Yes – that’s me netting a nice red side rainbow trout
A closer look!
Swinging on my favorite run!
Another glorious fall day on the Deschutes. Warm and Sunny