Fly Fishing Pursuits

Pursuing the passion of fly fishing!

June 26, 2015
by Mary Ann Dozer
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Back in Stanley

Yeah!  I am back in Stanley, Idaho. I have been here two weeks and the guiding season started early and furious. I truly am lucky to spend my summers here. I am going to take advantage of one last summer in Stanley!  If you haven’t sorted your vacation for 2015 – give some serious consideration to visiting Stanley.

Enjoy the photos

 

Stanley, A laid back town with a lot of  character! No need for parking lines.

Stanley, A laid back town with a lot of character! No need for parking lines.

 

Returning to Stanley after a day on the water

Returning to Stanley after a day on the water

 

A view of the Payette Valley as you drive into Stanley from the West

A view of the Payette Valley as you drive into Stanley from the West

 

The Scenery changes with every turn in the river

The Scenery changes with every turn in the river

And thank to Verlon, I occasionally get a chance to fish from the boat!

And thank to Verlon, I occasionally get a chance to fish from the boat!

A rare photo of Dave and I. Yes I row and he catches!

A rare photo of Dave and I. Yes I row and he catches!

June 5, 2015
by Mary Ann Dozer
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Wood River May 2015

Dave and I recently treated ourselves to a guided day on the Williamson River and the Wood River in Southern Oregon. The best part of the day was just remembering what it is like to have someone else take care of all the fishing details! Yes I got to sit in the front of the boat and just fish!  I did tie  on my own flies! However, nothing is more relaxing and intriguing than fishing new waters under the guidance of a guide. Great day!

Mother Nature always plays a role in fishing pursuits. Sometimes she provides a stellar day where the fishing is easy and awesome. Other days she decides to make the day a bit more challenging. In our case rains a few days before increased the river levels and turbidity! Thus we didn’t hook and land any Williamson River fish, but as we floated we scared up a few and my goodness I am headed back there this fall. Some awesomely huge fish on this river. On the Wood River conditions were a bit better and I was able to land some nice Wood River Fish.

Regardless of what type of fishing conditions Mother Nature deals you! She always deals you some great scenery! Sorry I don’t have more photos! I was busy fishing.

 

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My view from the front of the boat!

 

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A long cast and a streamer connected with this nice Wood River Rainbow

 

June 4, 2015
by Mary Ann Dozer
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Crooked River Winter 2015

Wow I have been negligent on posting to my web site. My excuse too busy fishing, teaching, and tieing flies. Actually lots of teaching for me this spring – which I enjoy as much if not more than fishing. Nothing more rewarding than the opportunity  to teach someone to the sport that I love, live & breath.

I am loving my new home in Central Oregon! Lots of sunny days in the winter and plenty of water to fish. Almost too much. This winter I focused my days on the water on the Crooked River – a little gem to fish all year round and the winter provides some of the best fishing! I love to fish the Crooked as it has so much structure to analyze and it holds a fair number of fish. Some days the fish are very willing to take your fly and other days the fish just don’t seem to be around, but you know they are there. The structure and the fish make this an excellent river to learn to fly fish.  If you’re looking to learn and you’re in Oregon – you can’t beat the Crooked as a learning paradise!

 

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First day of Fishing in 2015! Yes a little snow but a sunny day – so no excuse not to get on the water!

 

 

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A nice fish in the early April timeframe. Yes that is my favorite bamboo rod – made by my hubby – Dave Dozer

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Dave and a nice Crooked River Rainbow – a great play on his bamboo rod. Yes he does makes time to fish!

 

 

 

 

 

June 4, 2015
by Mary Ann Dozer
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Lake in the Dunes March 2015

Lake In the Dunes

I can honestly say that the last time I was at Lake in the Dunes was before the millennium. Yes remember that – big event. We were all concerned that computers would go down because of the ’00 in programs. Well the world didn’t crash that  year, but a lot has changed since then. Cell phones,  Facebook, and Instragram immediately came to mind!  With all the change surrounding us every day – it is nice to know we can go back in time and experience a great fishery – even if is 16 years later.

Being at Lake of the Dune on Sunday, sure brought back memories. Yes last time I was at Lake of the Dunes it was in 1999 and the first time was probably in the 1996 vintage time.    I started fishing in ’95 so way back then I can now say I was truly a rookie. On my first trip to Lake in the Dunes I hooked my first fish that could truly pull line off the reel. Not that I knew what that was back then. I remember being clueless on what to do and  yelling “What do I do?”   Dave returned in the same tone, “Fight it on the reel”. My reply back – ” I don’t know what that is”. Needless to say I clearly remember losing that fish. I was pretty disappointed. Now if I lose a big fish I say “Oh well, there will be another opportunity – no worries”

This spring Dave and I made two return visits to Lake in the Dunes!  Both times I was reminded that how much I enjoy lake fishing and it certainly helps with surrounding scenery, and yes the big fish are nothing to complain about!

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The scenery can take your breath away!

 

 

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On the third cast I hooked into this nice rainbow on a size 20 adams

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Another view of the same fish – amazing how the lighting makes it look like a second fish – but it the same. Now mind I caught a few more of this size!

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 22, 2014
by Mary Ann Dozer
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Early November – John Day River

This fall I discovered the John Day River. Not only do you have stunning views of the canyon, brilliant fall colors  – but water with a diversity of structure to explore  This is a spot off the beaten path that is worth an exploration. I just hope that when you go it isn’t as windy as it was for me – however I persevered against the wind and totally enjoyed my time swinging for steelhead. Even though this was my first trip out I was lucky enough to hook and play a nice sized steelhead but after the third run – good ole “steellie” out smarted me and threw the hook.  Thanks to Sue S for the great photos!

The John Day Canyon - Awesome scenery

The John Day Canyon – Awesome scenery

 

 I love the colors of our Central Oregon Fall

I love the colors of our Central Oregon Fall

Well - it was fun to play this steelhead - but it won the game and threw the hook.

Well – it was fun to play this steelhead – but it won the game and threw the hook.

 

The local scenery is loaded with wind turbines - very cool.

The local scenery is loaded with wind turbines – very cool.

November 22, 2014
by Mary Ann Dozer
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Early November – Deschutes River

Our early November weather allowed me to get out and fish multiple times!  Fishing success varied from day to day – however Dave and I hit the jackpot one day early on in our float. Each of us caught multiple rainbows and both landed a nice 20″ plus Deschutes Redside. These rainbows are a blast to play and with the Deschutes current – you can to keep you eye on the game or otherwise the rainbows take a jump as they throw you fly. However – today was one of those days when Dave and I both beat the odds and landed some nice fish.  Enjoy!

 

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A nice rainbow on Dave’s bamboo switch rod

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Nothing like playing a nice fish on a bamboo rod

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A close up of a good sized Deschutes River Redside. No complaints from me.

A nice redside rainbow

A nice redside rainbow

 

 

October 31, 2014
by Mary Ann Dozer
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Fall 2014 Central Oregon

Dave and I recently made a move to Central Oregon – allowing us to pursue trout multiple days of the week and in the fall for me to pursue that elusive steelhead.  Good news or bad news between fishing and unpacking I haven’t done many posts – until today.  I have spent my days on the water on either the Crooked or the Deschutes. As you will see with the photos these are two distinctly different fisheries.   To contrast  simply on flows and  water depth.  The Crooked the fall cfs is in the mid 70’s and you can pretty much cross back and forth across the Crooked at most spots. Whereas the Deschutes we’re talking more like mid to high 4000’s on cfs and you typically can’t wade more than 5 to 10  feet into the river.  The Crooked River has murky water and lots of visible structure – great for new and skilled anglers. The Crooked River is loaded with fish always willing to show themselves and take a fly on the surface or sub-surface.  The Deschutes is a large river with clear flowing water, the structure (feeding lies) for fish not as obvious and in the fall the fish rarely give their location. The essence of Deschutes Canyon is a must for new and skilled anglers. However, the  number of fish taken on a  fly is smaller. But when a trout takes you fly it is a strong trout and with the current always a fun game regardless of the fish size.

A photo album of this falls photos will show the spectacular scenery and fish that will treat any angler.

 

One of the many sunrises I saw as I prepared for my day of fishing.

One of the many sunrises I saw as I prepared for my days of fishing.

 

 

 

Looked Down Stream at the Crooked River Canyon

Looked Down Stream at the Crooked River Canyon

 

 

 

Dave fighting a fish on his bamboo rod.

Dave fighting a fish on his bamboo rod.

 

 

 

Don't let the murky water deter you - plenty of fish that take flies.

Don’t let the murky water deter you – plenty of fish that take flies.

 

 

A small Crooked River Rainbow - with splendid dots and colors

A small Crooked River Rainbow – with splendid dots and colors

 

 

 

Later afternoon sun and showers entice another rainbow

Later afternoon sun and showers entice another rainbow

Early morning sun and showers enticed a rainbow - just not the kind that take a fly.

Early morning sun and showers enticed a rainbow – just not the kind that take a fly.

 

 

Chasing that steelhead with my bamboo switch rod

Chasing that steelhead with my bamboo switch rod

 

 

 

 

Dave playing a nice redside on his bamboo

Dave playing a nice redside on his bamboo

Now a steelhead - but a nice rainbow on the swing.

Now a steelhead – but a nice rainbow on the swing.

 

 

A classic Deschutes sized rainbow

A classic Deschutes sized rainbow

 

 

 

October 29, 2014
by Mary Ann Dozer
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A retrospective on Summer 2014

Wow – It has been a long time since my last post!  It’s not that I haven’t been fishing – but I have been extremely busy with life.  For starters – lots of days on the Salmon River this summer!  No complaints here. It was a great season and the fish were keyed on big flies most of the summer. I don’t think I have ever gone through so many chubby Chernobyls.   And again – the average size of the cutties continues to increase and a good number of fish over 17 inches. I continue to love my summers in Stanley and will return in 2015.

Another aspect adding to no time to post on my blog – is Dave and I have made the move to Sisters Oregon. Yes after 18 years in Corvallis – we have moved closer to trout water. In theory we can fish for trout every day of the year in Central Oregon. I’ll do another blog on my first 6 weeks in Central Oregon.

Rather than elaborate in words – I’ll let a few photos cap off the season. If you haven’t been to Stanley I love it not only for its great dry fly fishing for west slope cutthroat trout but for spectacular  vista views.

The Sawtooths  - in the warm glow of the morning sun.

The Sawtooths – in the warm glow of the morning sun.

 

 

The first glimpse of the Valley from Galena Summit

The first glimpse of the Valley from Galena Summit

 

 

A rare shot of both Dave and I. Of course me on the oars and Dave fishing.

A rare shot of both Dave and I. Of course me on the oars and Dave fishing.

 

 

A nice cuttie that Dave landed on his Bamboo rod

A nice cuttie that Dave landed on his Bamboo rod

 

 

First fish for a new angler! Pretty great first land.

First fish for a new angler! Pretty great first land.

 

And another good size cuttie

And another good size cuttie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 28, 2014
by Mary Ann Dozer
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Early Season Fishing on the Salmon River

I love the Sawtooths and I love  guide floating the Salmon River.  The river is cooperating for some early season floats! Yeah. With early season comes some nice opportunities for the cutties to take large salmon and golden stone imitations. Can’t beat that. And I forgot to mention how splendid the scenery is!

If the first float is an indicator of the season then I will be having a great season. My first float with  Steve and Wendy – Celebrating their 25th.  Always a pleasure to meet great people on the water and a special pleasure to get them into some nice cutties.

A nice sized cuttie for Dave!

A nice sized cuttie for Steve!

A nice cuttie for Wendy

A nice cuttie for Wendy

 

I also got the chance to “show-off” the Salmon River and the Sawtooths with Robin, a good friend from Portland. She agreed – A very special place in Central Idaho!

 

Robin - Enjoying her nice cuttie

Robin – Enjoying her nice cuttie

 

 

June 14, 2014
by Mary Ann Dozer
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Back on the Salmon River

I’m happy to report that I’m back for the 2014 summer season in the town of Stanley, Idaho.    The local rivers around Stanley are at traditional early summer highs due to a good snow pack this year.  The salmon river is running on the high side but fishable now.  Fishing conditions are decent upstream from town if you are a decent wader and willing to look for good fish holding spots.  There are reports that salmon flies are starting to show up below town, but I haven’t been down there yet to verify those reports.  Today, Dave and I hit several spots above town.  The further upstream you go, the better the water levels are but keep in mind the water is still high and caution is needed for anyone wading.  The water near Decker Flats was decent, and we found a few willing whitefish that took caddis nymphs.  Very few bugs were seen flying around…just a few small caddis and little yellow stoneflies. A little downstream, I picked up a few small rainbows swinging streamers with one of my bamboo switch rods.  Expect the water levels to continue to slowly drop over the next several days.  Here are a few photos of our fishing today.

The Salmon River upstream from Stanley near Decker Flats.
The Salmon River upstream from Stanley near Decker Flats.
A Feisty Rainbow that Took a Swung Streamer Fly.
A Feisty Rainbow that Took a Swung Streamer Fly.