Fishing the Lower Deschutes Early May 2017

Wow what a winter we had in Central Oregon! At one point 28 inches of snow on the ground for multiple weeks. Turns out we didn’t have deer prints in the snow but belly prints  from the dear drudging through the snow.

Spring is late to come and waters are high – but this last week I have been able to get out multiple days on multiple pieces of water . It was been splendid to be on the water.  Water has been high on the Lower D, one day 6200 CFS but dropping,  yesterday it was 5300 CFS. Both days we have good fish action -No big Deschutes Redsides – but some nice fish in the 12 to 14 inch. Amazingly nothing on the big stone fly patterns. For me everything was on a green rockworm pattern and Dave a Cadis Pupa.

Enjoy my photo essay!

First time on the oars in 2017

Dave’s Rainbow – Euro Nymphing

For our  two days on the water, Dave’s  most productive fly – a La Fontaine Pupa Caddis

Love my Winston  Super 10  so sensitive to the subtle takes. 

My most productive fly – a Green Rock Worm. Yes that is my tie! 

Checking out the loops on my 8 foot 6wt rod. Loved how it cast the big dry stone flies. However  the fish weren’t interested. 

It’s been a while since I swung flies with my 10’5″ 300 grain micro spey. So fun – a few grabs but I was snoozing. 

 

 

 

Fly Fishing Instruction – Classes for 2016

It’s almost the end of January, 2016. My goodness time does fly!  This is the time of the year to start thinking & making plans for your fishing in 2016.

If you have any interest in taking your fly fishing skills to the next level, I encourage you to check out my class offerings.

Fly Fishing is both intriguing and challenging. Becoming an independent angler requires one to pull together a lot of information & skills from books, videos, classes, and then following that up with on the water time. If you are seriously interested in fly fishing. then making the investment in instruction will go a long way in making you successful sooner and more frequently.

My passion is enabling anglers to increase their success in their fly fishing pursuits.  As a guide and avid instructor, I offer various levels of classes to enable anglers to get to that next level of fly fishing. I am personally invested in providing a quality experience. Therefore, I limit all my classes to no more than 4 anglers.

Below is a summary of my class offerings – you can learn more on their respective web pages. I offer these classes to the public, but if a specific date doesn’t work for you, a private class can be arranged for one to four anglers.

Casting Instruction Includes both Single & Two HandI provide 1.5 hour lessons that are tailored to the needs of the angler. All levels can be accommodated – from first time holding a fly rod, taking your casting to the next level, or preparing you for a trip of a lifetime.

Fly Fishing 101 – This full day class is designed for anglers getting into fly fishing or who have fished a few times. The course content will introduce you to all the skills you need to get on the water from casting, to fly selection, to tying on flies.

Fly Fishing 201 – This full day class is designed for anglers who have the general knowledge of fly fishing. You can tie on your flies, know how to distinguish the major aquatic insect families, and have a general understanding of where to fish. However, you want to know more! In this class I cover similar topic of Fly Fishing 101 but in greater depth.

Fly Fishing 301If you are really serious about fly fishing and are willing to invest time my Fly Fishing 301 is for you. This is the quickest path to making you an independent angler.  The integration of a full day in the classroom and a second full day on the water putting those skills to work will have you catching fish sooner and more frequently.

Fly Fishing 401Line management is everything you do from your fly hitting the water to setting the hook. During this on the water clinic – you’ll get real-time feedback & suggestions on line management skills while your fish. The first focus will be on classic line management techniques – mending, raising & lower the rod tip, and pulling line in & pulling line out. We’ll finish the clinic with reach casts & slack line casts that can assist in a longer natural drift.

 To register for any class – Email Mary Ann Dozer at flyfishingpursuits@gmail.com

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Lake in the Dunes March 2015

Lake In the Dunes

I can honestly say that the last time I was at Lake in the Dunes was before the millennium. Yes remember that – big event. We were all concerned that computers would go down because of the ’00 in programs. Well the world didn’t crash that  year, but a lot has changed since then. Cell phones,  Facebook, and Instragram immediately came to mind!  With all the change surrounding us every day – it is nice to know we can go back in time and experience a great fishery – even if is 16 years later.

Being at Lake of the Dune on Sunday, sure brought back memories. Yes last time I was at Lake of the Dunes it was in 1999 and the first time was probably in the 1996 vintage time.    I started fishing in ’95 so way back then I can now say I was truly a rookie. On my first trip to Lake in the Dunes I hooked my first fish that could truly pull line off the reel. Not that I knew what that was back then. I remember being clueless on what to do and  yelling “What do I do?”   Dave returned in the same tone, “Fight it on the reel”. My reply back – ” I don’t know what that is”. Needless to say I clearly remember losing that fish. I was pretty disappointed. Now if I lose a big fish I say “Oh well, there will be another opportunity – no worries”

This spring Dave and I made two return visits to Lake in the Dunes!  Both times I was reminded that how much I enjoy lake fishing and it certainly helps with surrounding scenery, and yes the big fish are nothing to complain about!

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The scenery can take your breath away!

 

 

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On the third cast I hooked into this nice rainbow on a size 20 adams

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Another view of the same fish – amazing how the lighting makes it look like a second fish – but it the same. Now mind I caught a few more of this size!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early November – John Day River

This fall I discovered the John Day River. Not only do you have stunning views of the canyon, brilliant fall colors  – but water with a diversity of structure to explore  This is a spot off the beaten path that is worth an exploration. I just hope that when you go it isn’t as windy as it was for me – however I persevered against the wind and totally enjoyed my time swinging for steelhead. Even though this was my first trip out I was lucky enough to hook and play a nice sized steelhead but after the third run – good ole “steellie” out smarted me and threw the hook.  Thanks to Sue S for the great photos!

The John Day Canyon - Awesome scenery

The John Day Canyon – Awesome scenery

 

 I love the colors of our Central Oregon Fall

I love the colors of our Central Oregon Fall

Well - it was fun to play this steelhead - but it won the game and threw the hook.

Well – it was fun to play this steelhead – but it won the game and threw the hook.

 

The local scenery is loaded with wind turbines - very cool.

The local scenery is loaded with wind turbines – very cool.

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!

 

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A nice rainbow on Dave’s bamboo switch rod

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Nothing like playing a nice fish on a bamboo rod

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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

 

 

 

Snow Day – Perfect time to edit some fishing video

Today – was another one of those rare snow days in Corvallis. A great time to work on the project list.  Given that I am tired of a “poor & cold” winter fishing season, I decided to edit a video from fishing this May at Yamsi Ranch.  The closest I could come to fishing in warm sunny weather. No fancy music – just the vista’s and sounds that mother nature provides. So enjoy watching me hook, play, and land a nice rainbow on a 7’6″ 5 wt bamboo rod.