Reading the Water

I recently created a presentation and video regarding Reading the Water & Covering it Effectively. There are many skills for an angler to master. Knowing how to read the water for possible trout lies and then effectively covering that section of water is key to increasing that catch rate. As an angler, I hope you learn something with the “Reading the Water” Slide Presentation and “Covering the Water” Video. Let me know how these movies helped your fishing results.

Reading the Water Slide Presentation

Covering the Water Video

First Rainbow Trout on a Fly Rod

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of teaching Elise, fly casting and fly fishing. We fly fished at Roaring Springs Trout Camp, a private fishery near Scio Oregon.

The weather was a little cool and cloudy – great weather for the fish to be active! Elise was truly a sport and a quick learner. By the end of the day she was casting, hooking, and landing her own fish. I could go on and on but the following video says it all. Great job to Thuy for an awesome video creation and Greg for being our main net man! Thanks

Mary Ann

Trout Girl from ThuyTran on Vimeo.

Elise with her first fish on a fly rod with a dry fly - can't get better than that

Fly Fishing from a Drift Boat – Tip

It is May 26th and officially trout season is in full swing. We have great weather and good water levels, so if you haven’t gotten on the water now is the time to start thinking about it.

If you happen to find yourself on the front of a drift boat, Dave does a great job demonstrating and talking you through effective casting and mending techniques from the front of the boat. Enjoy

Stone Fly Maidens Fly Fishing at Roaring Spring Take 2

Man I love my job. But if you love your job – can your really call it a job? I must say I am blessed to be able to share my passion and knowledge of fly fishing. This Saturday I was at Roaring Springs Trout Camp with a great set of StoneFly Maiden members. Again the weather cooperated – and the fish, well we landed a good number of fish —- however, many fish got the better of each of us. But you know – all of us had a great time and a lot was learned. I must say I probably had the most fun – as nothing is more fun than experiencing landing fish with a determined and enthusiastic angler. Although the fish would say they won the game, every angler had a unique style and yes every angler landed a great fish. I have to compliment Cynthia and Debbie for landing a fish on the shelter pond – all on their own – as Deb, Mary and I chased the elusive fish in the cabin pond. My hats off to all the fly fishing anglers today – I loved all the positive attitudes and most importantly the intentions for learning and becoming better anglers. Hat’s off to each of every one of your ladies. Enjoy your catches of the day!

A team effort on the first catch of the day!

Cynthia - set the pace of the day and landed this nice fish!


Yes - Cynthia is showing the joy of landed a nice sized rainbow

A well earned bend in the rod and well earned fish

Congratulations Deb! A beauty of a rainbow trout

Mary and her wide bodied rainbow - that fish sure has been eating well!

Debbie's catch of the day

Can you count the number of rods? Yes you can never had too many rods!

Stone Fly Maiden’s Women Fly Fishing Class at Roaring Springs

Oh – finally a sunny day in the Mid- Willamette Valley. The day started out cloudy and cool but ended up sunny and warm. I was glad the weather cooperated for a Stone Fly Maiden’s womens’ fly fishing class at Roaring Springs Trout Camp. I know I had a great time and enjoyed sharing my passion and knowledge for fly fishing with Amada, Cece, Judy, and Kathy. We fished a variety of flies and quickly learned the fish were picky today on what flies they were willing to take. Successful patterns were a black krystal flash woolly bugger, grey leach, sno-cone chironomid, prince nymph, and yes….. an egg pattern. Enjoy the rainbows we were able to entice to take a fly! After setting the hook – all these fish were great fighters giving each angler multiple runs and most importantly the real-time experience of landing a nice sized rainbow. Thanks women for a great day on the water.

Judy had the first big catch of the day.

Amanda and her rainbow - part of the double hook-up at Roaring Springs

Kathi's Roaring Springs Rainbow - the other part of the double hook-up

Cece's patience for fly fishing paid off with this nice rainbow!

Check out - spots on this rainbow trout

Spey Casting Tip – “Flip the Tip Exercise”

Switch and two hand rods are a blast to cast and fish. The longer rod and spey casts allow an angler to cast a lot of line in a tight space. The real value of the longer rod is achieved when the angler has the bottom hand applying the effort and the top hand guiding. Many times the muscle memory from single hand takes over and the angler “over uses” the top hand and the bottom hand is not applying effort. When the angler learns to engage the bottom hand, then the full value of the longer rod is realized – resulting in casting more lines with less effort. There is a drill called “flip the tip” that trains the bottom hand to engage in the cast. Doing this drill 15 minutes once a day for 10 days will train the bottom hand and un-do the muscle memory. You can watch the following video as Dwight Klemin demonstrates the “flip the tip” exercise.

Are you interested in learning or improving your spey casting? then join George Cook, Dwight Klemin, and Mary Ann Dozer as they teach the following:

SPEY CASTING CLINIC MARCH 4, 8:30AM TO 4:30PM Bryant Park, Albany Oregon

To register for the class, call BackCountry Fly Shop 541-230-1706 or order on-line.

NW Fly Fishing Expo March 11th and 12th, 2012

NW Fly Tyer & Fly Fishing Expo: Sign up for Classes!

The 2012 Northwest Fly Tyer & Fly Fishing Expo is set for March 9 & 10 at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany, Oregon. The Expo Education team has been busy getting class material and instructors ready for another round of great classes from fly tying, still water strategies, to spey casting. Check out the class section on the the expo web site. There is a limited number of spaces in each class, so sign up early!

I am proud to say that, once again Dave and I will be teaching at the Expo. I will be teaching Intermediate Fly Casting Friday at 12:15 and Casting Doctor Friday at 2:00pm. Dave and I will be teaching our EuroNymphing Class on Saturday at 9:00am.

We have a booth for Bamboo Pursuits, come by and try out a few bamboo rods. Our booth is on the casting pond! Can’t miss us!

Spey Casting Clinic with George Cook, Corvallis Oregon


Sunday, March 4th, 8:30am to 4:30pm Bryant Park in Albany, Oregon

Are you interested in learning or improving your spey casting? Want to get ready for summer steelheading? Join George Cook, Dwight Klemin and Mary Ann Dozer for a full day of spey casting instruction! The focus will be on two-handed and switch rods. All casting levels are welcome!

This class will cover the all aspects of spey casting from both sides of the river. You will learn the following casts: Single Spey, Snap T, Snap Z, Wombat, Perry Poke and Double Spey.

In addition to hands-on casting with one-on-one coaching you will have the opportunity to try the full arsenal of Sage’s Spey fly rods, reels, and lines. Feel free to bring your own rod to get dialed in on the right skagit or scandi head for your rod and cast.

A shore lunch and snacks will be provided.

George Cook
As a sales rep for Sage Fly Rods and RIO Fly lines, George has been on the forefront of designing and developing the modern spey rod as well as the shooting head style spey line. George directed Sage’s Fly Casting Schools in the Pacific Northwest through the 80s.

Dwight Klemin
Dwight is a retired music educator now teaching fly casting. Klem holds a Master and Two-hand Certification from the Federation of Fly Fishers. He started fishing in 1955 with a fly rod and currently fishes Pacific NW waters. His present position as Education Chair for the Oregon Council provides him with a wide venue of teaching opportunities. Favorite saying is: Casting practice is a great way to improve your success as a fly fisher. Now is the time to tune up your skills and knowledge!

Mary Ann Dozer
An avid angler and caster who loves to teach, Mary Ann has her Master Certification in Casting from the Federation of Fly Fishers and is on the path for her two-handed certification.

To register for the class, call BackCountry Fly Shop 541-230-1706 or order on-line.


Steelheading Classes at BackCountry Fly Shop

Happy New Year to all,

Just a quick post to let you know we have a great set of fly fishing classes at Back Country Fly Shop that will take your fly fishing skills to the next level. Check out the following video.

Our January classes focus on building your steelheading skills. We have a special treat – John Larison, author of “The Complete Steelheader”, will be sharing his knowledge on Winter Steelheading with Skagit lines and sink tips.

To sign up for a class go to Back Country Fly Shop

Elizabeth and Marissa on the Salmon River

Better late than never! I unfortunately am way late in posting this video – but the end of summer and the fall got really busy!

In mid August I had the pleasure on sharing my passion and knowledge with Marissa and Elizabeth. What a great day – women anglers on the water! It turns out that Marissa and Elizabeth were doing a “small” college reunion in Idaho. What a great idea! Kudos to Marissa for making it happen. Oh back to fishing – as you watch the video you will get the chance to see Elizabeth land a fish, see Marissa’s fishing techniques and oh yea – listen to me teaching! The video is doen with a HD Here that I had mounted on me. Yes gives an interesting persspectiveEnjoy