Deschutes River June 2016

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A great way to end a great day!

The summer’s always get busy for me. So I  relish a day where Dave and I can enjoy the water together. Yes we call it our equivalent of a date night. This Friday we had our date on the Deschutes and the Deschutes showed us her better side. Or should I say the Deschutes Rainbows showed us some of her better red sides. Always a great Day on the Deschutes River – but extra nice when we can bring a good number of rainbows to the net.  The flies that worked the classic black rubber legs, sparkle caddis pupas,  and a BWO nymph! Enjoy the photos.

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The day is made with just the essence of the massive Deschutes water & views

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A selfie of Dave & I – Check out the view upstream

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A beauty of a red side – check out the colors

 

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My best catch of the day – on a black jimmy legs

 

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Same Fish – just the full fish shot

 

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Dave’s Catch of the day

 

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Dave’s first of the day – a prelude to a awesome day

 

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Took time to collect some bugs – is this an albino stonefly?

 

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A green drake – just one of the many diverse bugs on the Deschutes

 

 

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.

 

Central Oregon Spring Fishing

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 –

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Flies that brought fish to my net

Deschutes Fish on

Deschutes River – Redside on!

Deschutes Red Side # 1

Deschutes Trout!

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Deschutes Riffle Fishing & sharing the river

 

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Always fun for both anglers to play and land a fish at the same time

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First Fish of the day on the Deschutes

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Contemplating – what’s next

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The Crooked blessed us with a few nice rainbows this trip

Fly Tying Stone Flies

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.

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Clark’s Lady Stone

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Tungsten Yellow Sally

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

Middle Deschutes November 2012

Dave and I are in Central Oregon for a few days. We got tired waiting for the waters to go down in the Mid Willamette Valley! Our destination was the Crooked River but mid-way on the drive, we decided to check out the Middle Deschutes! As we arrived we were greeted with great late fall colors in the desert – but we also were greeted with high water. None the less we opted to give it a go.

Great Fall Colors but also high water!

With the high water it was hard to find good spots and then getting to the spots wasn’t a simple walk and wade. None the less each of us caught some small browns – beautiful colors on these fish. Flies that worked were a size 16 pheasant tail, size 6 brown jimmy leggs, size 14 all purpose nymph, and size 16 red serendipity.

Not a trophy fish! Bit check out the colors.

So much for my underwater focusing skills! None the less I like the solo shot

And Yes Smiley in along on our trip

Deschutes River October 2012

The month of October is my favorite fishing months and during that month I always find myself drawn to fish the Deschutes River. I guess it must because I can integrate some awesome fall scenery and warm/dry weather, floating a river, and camping. And if I camp on the Deschutes I can be the first on a few of the steelhead runs! Always a bonus – even it may just be more of an emotional bias than reality!

Swinging for steelhead on the Deschutes

This trip was my second trip in October, I suppose I can’t complain! My angling buddy was Sue. It is with Sue’s encouragement that I start integrating pictures of Smiley into my fly fishing ventures. It is a great idea and thanks for Sue for her ingenuity! Here’s a shot of Smiley with my hairwing box. I should say I was drying the box out – as I waded way above my waist and filled my fanny pack with water.

Letting the water drain from my fly box while I have a glass of juice

Now onto the fishing report!

Reports were fishing for steelhead was slow! Sue did a mixture of trout and steelhead fishing. She landed a good number of trout on pheasant tails and hares ear nymphs. I opted to continue my quest for steelhead. I swung my Sage VT2 7130 with a 510 Skagit Head and a T-17 sink tip. Last fall I had grabs with a blue and purple intruder – so I opted to stick with that color combo this year. Early morning of the second day – a fish jumped twice to the surface. Was it chasing my fly? Maybe! Maybe not! We moved down river and about noon I opted to change colors to an olive intruder. Voila! A solid connection and I landed a nice steelhead! I subsequently lost my fly on the rock; the steelhead must have been in front of. Out of olive intruders I went back to a black and blue style intruder. Guess what! I hooked into a larger fish behind the rock I had just lost my olive intruder on! Hmm! I should note Sue was fishing the same water with a Skagit (570 grains) Type 6 sinking head (6-7 ips) and had no interest. Moral of the story: Even if reports say fishing is slow I say go fishing– as you won’t catch a steelhead if you don’t go. Be willing to risk losing some flies and fish deep.

A very colorful Deschutes River Steelhead

If you want to enjoy the catch – watch the following video!