North Santiam –

Wow – early June and temperatures in the mid-90’s. Where to fish – someplace where waders aren’t required. The North Santiam  River was my destination on Sunday!  The balance between the cold water and warm air temperature – kept my comfortable  when I was fishing. More importantly – what a fun small stream to fish. Perfect for a small weight rod and dry flies.  I caught a good number of fish int he 8 to 12 inch range – but on my 7 foot 4 wt bamboo was a perfect match.  Even a 8 inch fish bends the rod deeply.

The North Santiam River is situated on the east slope of the Cascades. As you can see from the photos it is a heavily forested area with splendid water with riffles, runs, and pools all holding fish. Little fishing pressure makes this a great 1/2 to 3/4 day destination.

 

NS Up stream

Looking Upstream

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Classic view of the numerous riffles, runs & pools to fish. Plenty of structure for fish everywhere.

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Keeping one of the many fish wet!

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Just a quick out of the water shot to show off the beautiful colors of the rainbow. Check out the dots, the red band, & red cheek.

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One last view – perfect water for your small 3 to 4 wt bamboo rod

Fishing Northern California

I just returned from a 3 day fishing trip to Northern California at Clear Water Lodge. I joined 16 other women anglers from the International Women Fly Fishers. Always a treat to hang out with women who have a passion for fly fishing. The service and accomodations at ClearWater were excellent. I recommend a visit if you’re looking to get off the beaten path and to be pampered.

It was a great get away for me. I caught up with old friends and met new friends. Lots of laughter I  explored new waters for myself Hat Creek and the Fall River – very fun and challenging water – both are spring creeks – each with it’s own beauty and challenges.

On Wednesday it was float on the Fall River not much was happening on the surface so it was long long downstream drifts – up to 50 to 6o feet with stealth pheasants and two bit hookers. With that long lenght of line I missed my share of fish – but did hook up on a hand ful and able to bring a few to the net.

 

Nothing better than a nice sized rainbow on my 5 wt 8 foot Leonard taper bamboo.

Nothing better than a nice sized rainbow on my 5 wt 8 foot Leonard taper bamboo.

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First fish to the boat!

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My second fish to the boat – moments after I lost a bigger one – famous last words!

 

On Thursday- it was a day of explored Hat Creek – with no success but a commitment to head back on Friday. Friday paid off – the morning was slow but in the afternoon I landed a good dozen fish and lost half as many – all with my Echo Czech Nymph set-up. All the fish were in the 6 to 12 inch range – but so fun to have a lot of action.

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One of the many little guys

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My trust little Purple Deschutes Fly – this fly has produced on every river I fish

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First time I had success with the Stealth Pheasant Tail – sure to be part of my go to selection

 

 

May Fishing in Central Oregon

Wow – my last post was at the April 28. My goal is to post weekly!  Today is May 29th!  What happened to May. I know what happened to May – I was busy scouting waters, teaching fly fishing classes , a few private casting lessons, and yes a good number of days guiding!  I feel as I have been behind the 8 ball all month. A few days at home this week – and my to do list is getting reasonable.  Key word reasonable – not necessarily done. But you don’t want to read about my scrambling to get my to do you done – you want to read about my fishing.

I will start with a great evening Dave and I had with the Wild Women of the Water. They came over for an overview of building bamboo rods and socializing, of course. You can check out Dave’s Blog to see all the photos – but Kari running a strip through the beveler is my favorite.

Kari Splitting

Getting a short hands on experience with building a bamboo rod. TOO FUN

 

Now back to fishing! I have spent a majority of my time on the Deschutes River – plenty of stone flies out and about! Love the aggressive takes of the big rainbows as they take them. Amazing experience – if you get a chance in the next week get on the water. The hatch will be winding down in a few weeks.  A few photos of the fish, flies, and amazing shots of the real bugs.

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Salmon Flies love grass! So of course they gravitate to bamboo!

 

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Check out the egg sack on the Salmon Fly

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The best part of the Salmon Fly Hatch – aggressive takes!

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And fish in the 16 plus range are common

 

I have also been on the Crooked River imitating the Mother Day’s Caddis hatch with success!

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Stream side on the Crooked. I will never tire of this view

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A tattered but effective fly – a tie of my own

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This rainbow was fooled by my tattered fly – A fly I have been successful with on lots of waters.

 

Great Article in the Sisters Nugget

Thanks to Craig Rullman for his fantastic write-up about my passion for fishing & teaching.

http://www.nuggetnews.com/main.asp?SectionID=7&SubSectionID=88&ArticleID=24734

Fishing the Metolius River 1-8-16

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.

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Of course the selfie to start the day! Notice my rosy cheeks from the chill in the air.

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Perfect timing – Dave clicked the shutter, just as I set the hook

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A beautiful wild rainbow – check the spots and red band

Fishing the Metolius on Christmas Day!

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.

A selfie of Dave and I – dressed for the weather

Mary Ann with her Switch Rod.

Waiting for the elusive tug!

Concentrating on my nymphs.

Dave – nymphing – his favorite

A beautiful 13" rainbow that took a #18 Red Serendipity.

Dave’s catch on a red serendipity

Fall Fishing on the Deschutes

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Our Camp Site – early October

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

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One of Dave’s red side rainbow trout

 

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Yes – another day – another trout! Checkout the progressive bend in his bamboo fly rod

 

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An early morning swinging for steelhead

 

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Yes – that’s me netting a nice red side rainbow trout

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A closer look!

 

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Swinging on my favorite run!

 

Warm Springs to Trout Creek (580x326)

Another glorious fall day on the Deschutes. Warm and Sunny

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!

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

 

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!