Fly Fishing Pursuits

Pursuing the passion of fly fishing!

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!

 

Dave Dozer

A nice rainbow on Dave’s bamboo switch rod

Dave Dozer

Nothing like playing a nice fish on a bamboo rod

Mary Ann Dozer

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.
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May 6, 2014
by Mary Ann Dozer
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Back on the Crooked River!

After way too long, Dave and I finally got out for a couple of days of fishing on the Crooked River in Central Oregon last week.  The water level was nice but we found fishing success was a little slow.  Some bugs were flying in the afternoon (caddis, BWO, and midges) but very few fish were coming up. I swung streamers with one of Dave’s 10′  6″  5 wt bamboo switch rods but the fish didn’t seem to want the larger flies. Casting the switch rod was a blast. Dave fished his 8′  0″ slow action 5 wt bamboo rod from his Spring Creek Series and had decent success with French nymphing techniques and indicators.  The slow action of this rod cast the lightly weighted nymphs well and the soft tip helped with detecting light strikes.   We both managed to pick up some decent rainbows and whitefish in the 10″ to 12″ range, typical sizes for the Crooked River.  A small #18 black AP nymph or a #8 stonefly nymph fished on the bottom with French style indicators proved to be the most successful. Here are a few photos from our time on the Crooked River last week:

 

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Snow Day – Perfect time to edit some fishing video

February 6, 2014 by Mary Ann Dozer | 0 comments

Today – was another one of those rare snow days in Corvallis. A great time to work on the project list.  Given that I am tired of a “poor & cold” winter fishing season, I decided to edit a video from fishing this May at Yamsi Ranch.  The closest I could come to fishing in warm sunny weather. No fancy music – just the vista’s and sounds that mother nature provides. So enjoy watching me hook, play, and land a nice rainbow on a 7’6″ 5 wt bamboo rod.

January 7, 2014
by Mary Ann Dozer
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Showtime

My goodness, I haven’t been on the water for a few months!  To my credit – the fishing hasn’t been that great. So I decided to put my time to finishing up many computer projects.

I have been busy editing my instructional videos. You can see all of them under the Instructional Video Tab.

I also have been busy getting ready for the 2014 Fly Fishing Shows. I will be at the following shows teaching and giving casting demonstrations.

Dave and I will have booth for his  Finely Crafted Bamboo Rods - come by the Bamboo Pursuits booth and say hello! Of course, we’ll let you  cast some bamboo!

September 8, 2013
by Mary Ann Dozer
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Transition from Stanley, Idaho to Bend, Oregon

In a week, I will be leaving Central Idaho and headed to Central Oregon. I’m always a bit sad to be heading out of Stanley – but, this year I will be spending the remainder of September and October guiding for the Fly Fisher’s Place on the Deschutes and Crooked Rivers. So this makes my exit from Stanley easier.

As always the Central Idaho waters treat me well on some of my last days of the season fishing. This year is no exception. Dave and I fished west of Stanley today – in the Frank Church Wilderness. I can say we saw no-one or no car after we left the highway. No complaints from either of us.

To top off a beautiful early fall day – both of us were treated to some nice native west slope cutthroat trout.  

This beauty (fish of the day), took a size 14 lightening bug. I landed it on my 7 ½ foot 5 wt custom made bamboo rod by Dave. As you can imagine I could feel this fish in the cork! Gotta love fishing with bamboo.  

Yes - I was quite pleased to land this west slope cut throat

Yes – I was quite pleased to land this west slope cut throat

 

 

A close-up so you can get a better view of the colors and spots.

A close-up so you can get a better view of the colors and spots.

 

One last look! And Yes I am quite proud of this fish

One last look! And Yes I am quite proud of this fish

 I also am working on getting a little more artsy with some of my photography. I hope you enjoy.

 

Ok a little out of focus - but still a pretty fish

Ok a little out of focus – but still a pretty fish

 

The tail of Dave's west slope cutthroate - Check out the spots!

The tail of Dave’s west slope cut throat – Check out the spots!

Dave retying after losing a nice 19 inch rainbow..that he has landed on previous trips

Dave retying after losing a nice 19 inch rainbow..that he has landed on previous trips

 

And lastly – a view of the scenery – with vivid colors!

A little color added to splendid scene

A little color added to splendid scene