Crooked River November 2012

Dave and I fished the Crooked River today and yesterday. The weather was absolutely amazing – not to mention the scenery. We had temperatures in the low 60’s and plenty of sun. It was hard to believe it was November.

The view while fishing the Crooked River

We pre-dominantly fished sub-surface using EuroNymphing Techniques with a 10 foot and 11 foot 3 wt Grey’s Streamflex. Both of us found using a sighter indicator verus a slinky to be more effective. At a CFS of about 55 this was the technique to use. Dave did dry fly fish today for a little bit. We got ton’s of fish in the 8 to 12 inch range sub surface. Flies that worked #18 BWO bubble back, # 16 Sparkle Caddis Pupa, #16 Double D, #16 My little Deschutes fly (pheasant tail with a purple thorax), #16 psycho mayfly, # 14 to #16 grey and light brown soft hackles, and a #14 green rock worm.

Not the biggest fish of the day - but also not the smallest!

Check out the colors!

Flies that worked on Sunday - similar flies worked on Monday!

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

Fly Fishing – Central Oregon October 2012

After a busy summer guiding in Idaho, Dave and I treated ourselves to a week of fly fishing and camping in Central Oregon.

For the first few days (Sept 30 to Oct 2) we floated the Deschutes River (Warm Springs to Trout Creek). Dave demonstrated his ability with French Nymphing Techniques and Slinky Indicators, landing many nice trout in the 14” to 18” range on #10 October Caddis Nymphs, #18 Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymphs and #16 DD Nymphs. Below is his first catch of the trip.

Nice Trout French Nymphing!

I opted to chase steelhead in early morning and evening hours. I got a couple of grabs but no solid hook-ups. In the afternoon I decided to trout fish with a traditional dead drift and French Nymphing. I landed some nice trout fishing both techniques – but French Nymphing provided me with my largest trout of the trip. Check out the nice red side.

Nice Trout French Nymphing

We then moved to the Crooked River for the remainder of our trip. My goodness I hadn’t been on the Crooked River in years. I forgot how stunning the scenery is on that river and how many fish there are in that river.

Looking downstream on the Crooked River

Fishing on the Crooked River was extremely good during mid-day hours, with decent midge, caddis, and mayfly hatches between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. #20 Zebra Midges, #14 tan Elk Hair Caddis, and any form of #18 or #20 Blue Winged Olive worked well. Most of the fish we landed were in the 8” to 12” range. We fished dries and nymphs with a traditional drift and French Nymphed. Again french nymphing was more productive sub-surface. But to me nothing is funner than fishing small dries on a bamboo rod!

Another trout - French Nymphing

In the end – again French Nymphing proved to be the most successful technique for hooking and landing fish on both the Deschutes and Crooked River!

I ended the trip with teaching an intermediate fly fishing class. All the structure on the Crooked makes for a great classroom to teach line management!

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!