North Santiam –

Wow – early June and temperatures in the mid-90’s. Where to fish – someplace where waders aren’t required. The North Santiam  River was my destination on Sunday!  The balance between the cold water and warm air temperature – kept my comfortable  when I was fishing. More importantly – what a fun small stream to fish. Perfect for a small weight rod and dry flies.  I caught a good number of fish int he 8 to 12 inch range – but on my 7 foot 4 wt bamboo was a perfect match.  Even a 8 inch fish bends the rod deeply.

The North Santiam River is situated on the east slope of the Cascades. As you can see from the photos it is a heavily forested area with splendid water with riffles, runs, and pools all holding fish. Little fishing pressure makes this a great 1/2 to 3/4 day destination.


NS Up stream

Looking Upstream

NS -Views

Classic view of the numerous riffles, runs & pools to fish. Plenty of structure for fish everywhere.

NS- Keep em Wet 2

Keeping one of the many fish wet!

NS - Second Rainbow

Just a quick out of the water shot to show off the beautiful colors of the rainbow. Check out the dots, the red band, & red cheek.

NS - Looking Downstream

One last view – perfect water for your small 3 to 4 wt bamboo rod

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.


First fish to the boat!


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.


One of the many little guys


My trust little Purple Deschutes Fly – this fly has produced on every river I fish


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.


Salmon Flies love grass! So of course they gravitate to bamboo!



Check out the egg sack on the Salmon Fly


The best part of the Salmon Fly Hatch – aggressive takes!


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!


Stream side on the Crooked. I will never tire of this view


A tattered but effective fly – a tie of my own


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 –


Flies that brought fish to my net

Deschutes Fish on

Deschutes River – Redside on!

Deschutes Red Side # 1

Deschutes Trout!


Deschutes Riffle Fishing & sharing the river



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


First Fish of the day on the Deschutes


Contemplating – what’s next


The Crooked blessed us with a few nice rainbows this trip

Great Article in the Sisters Nugget

Thanks to Craig Rullman for his fantastic write-up about my passion for fishing & teaching.

Crafting a Fishing Net

In the last week I have had a blast crafting my own fishing net. When I saw that my Central Oregon Fly Fishing Club was conducting a net building class, I jumped on board immediately. Our instructors Cliff,  Steve, and Dave (not my husband) did the work of constructing the net frame and then coached all of us on the remaining steps.  While working on it in our workshop I received additional  coaching from my husband, Dave! Would you expect less from the bamboo rod builder.  The pictures & captions below capture the process from start to end.  I have very happy with how the finished net looks. I can’t wait to net my first landed fish. Doing this project reminds me of how much I enjoy and how rewarding it is to work with your own hands – versus buying.  While finishing the net Dave and I chatted about building another – this time utilizing bamboo as the main wood.  However,  my first goal next winter is be to build my very own custom crafted bamboo rod.


Cliff demonstrating how they constructed the frames for us.

Drum Sanding

Step 1 First phase of sanding on the drum sander to begin smoothing out the interior & exterior of the hoop.


Step 2 Use a file to rough out the edges for a curved surface

Hand Sanding

Step 3 Lots of sanding with a block and hands to get the smooth final finish of the net on all edges.


Step 4 & 5 Finishing the net with a Gun Stock Oil & Wax

Attaching the net

Step 6 – Attaching the net

finishing product

A finished net! Next Step land a fish

Mary Ann, Ann, and Mary

Going from right to left to right ! Mary, Anne, & Mary Ann – not too many times you get this combination of names together




Winter Fishing on the Crooked River

Our waters and weather have been cold this winter. However, last week the weather warmed up a little, which I hope would warm the waters on the Crooked River. I measured the temperature at 37 degrees. Still pretty cold for the fish. The good news was they increased the CFS to 56. This is still much lower than the average winter flows.

On Sunday – I headed to the Crooked River by myself. I enjoy fishing with others, but I forgot how renewing it can be to be alone on the river. I wouldn’t want to always fish alone – but good to make it a point occasionally.  It was one of those days where I picked the right spot and right flies. In the first hour  Euro-nymphing – I landed six and lost four white fish. No complaints on my part! I was using a #16 egg pattern and a #18 Brian Egan Frenchie.

I headed out on Wednesday with some friends. My goal was to introduce them to Euro-nymphing. They quickly caught on – even with the pesky wind that doesn’t help when Euro-Nymphing.


Flies that worked – Egg Pattern and Brian Egan Frenchie


Anne and her first fish Euro-Nymphing

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


Fishing the Metolius River 1-8-16

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

Fishing the Metolius on Christmas Day!

What Fun!!!!Christmas day….27 degrees….beautiful sunny day….8 inches of snow….and Dave and I went fly fishing on the Metolius River.  I used my 10′  6″  5 wt bamboo switch rod to swing streamers, and Dave used his  8′  3″  5 wt bamboo rod  to Euronymph small nymphs.  We tempted a few trout to our flies, and got one nice rainbow to the net.  Here are a few photos.

A selfie of Dave and I – dressed for the weather

Mary Ann with her Switch Rod.

Waiting for the elusive tug!

Concentrating on my nymphs.

Dave – nymphing – his favorite

A beautiful 13" rainbow that took a #18 Red Serendipity.

Dave’s catch on a red serendipity