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!

Siletz River October 14 2012

Today I ventured to the Siletz – this time solo – as Dave was fishing with a buddy. You know one of those boys fly fishing trips where girls aren’t allowed. Oh well…I enjoy fishing by myself .. so I off I went back to the Siletz. Now I have to wonder, is there ever a day when it not a drizzling on the Siletz. As like yesterday – it was drizzling and then the occasional rain burst. None the less, the colors of the leaves were in full fall splendor. And with the little burst in water flow the fish were moving. The CFS was about 250 and the height at 2.5 today. I was swinging a blue-black Hobo Spey. And today was my day! Yes voila a steelhead within the first 15 minutes and two others on for a nano second in the next hour. No complaints here.

Enjoy the video!

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.

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