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.
Of course the selfie to start the day! Notice my rosy cheeks from the chill in the air.
Perfect timing – Dave clicked the shutter, just as I set the hook
A beautiful wild rainbow – check the spots and red band
But back to the Crooked River. My last fishing pursuit was to the Crooked River on December 11th! Water levels are running really low – down to 36CFS. However, the white fish can still spawn. It too a few stops but my friend and I found some spawning white fish. And when you find them you will find rainbows. We had a flurry of doubles in the 30 minutes I was there. She stayed and caught some more. In addition to egg patterns – a orange Ray Charles was also the fly of choice.
You will always find rainbow when you find spawning white fish.
My buddy and I with a double – tough to get a good photo when you have a fish on!
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.