Recent Posts


Brian O'Keefe Lahontan Cutthroat Metolius Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Brown Trout Water Time Outfitters The Creel Senator Ron Wyden Rio Products Caddis Jason Atkinson Coho Salmon Bauer Fly Reels Trout Cuba Little Creek Outfitters Kevin Callaway Scientific Anglers Chinook Salmon Fishing License Film Contest John Day River Winston Deschutes National Forest Big Trout Christmas Oregon Columbia River Steamboat Inn vintage news Sea-runs Senator Jeff Merkley history Grand Teton roll cast Bonefish Colorado Sea-run Cutthroat Winter Spey Strategies Fly Fishing Collaborative Owyhee River flies Alaska LaFollette homestead Bears Travalley Goldenstones Deschutes River Alliance PGE Mousing North Umpqua New Zealand Pelton Dam Invasives Crooked River Coho Florida Keys Dolly Vardon Travally Dean Finnerty Rio Fly Lines Bill Bakke Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Film Tour invasive species Hardy Reel Cookie Lady Salmon Olympic National Park Summer Steelhead British Columbia Rainbow Trout Stefan Tritscher "Clipped" Tying Contest Trout Unlimited Wader Maker Contest Clackamas Lost and Found Sea lions Frank Moore Trout Spey Fly Reels small creeks Mexico Bamboo Rods Outdoor Adventure Day Bass Sandy River Bruce Buckmaster Willamette Falls Montana Soft Hackles G3 Waders Puget Sound Steelhead Deschutes Douglas County Marty Sheppard Chum Salmon How to Williamson River Native Trout Winston Fly Rods McKenzie River Smithers Redside Rainbow Tenkara Bill Black #keepemwet Native Fish Society Simms Spey Fishing Tips Pacific ocean Snow Conway Bowman Echo Black Friday Spey-O-Rama Jay Nicholas Legos Jurassic Lake Trout-a-Thon Kispiox Mia Sheppard Bozeman Willamette River hatcheries Press Release Southern Coast tippet rings Salmon-Trout Spirit River Black Spot Nautilus Reels Parasite Adventure Fly Tying Dry Fly Wild Steelhead Coalition F3T Atlantic Salmon Salmonfly hatch Prineville Bryan Huskey Klamath Lake Lincoln Motor Company Oregon Trout Trail Small Streams Cutthroat Trout Green Drakes FarBank Home Waters for the Holidays BC ODFW Elk & Sixes Brian Silvey Willamette Keepemwet Fishing Christmas Trees Soul River Clackamas River Costa Streamers Corey Koff Klamath River Sea Trout Frank Amato Whitefish Spring Chinook Renzetti pay it forward Road Trip Casting for Recovery Guided Fishing Morrish's Fluttering Stone Fall River Boston Whaler Port Orford March Browns saltwater Catch Magazine Yellowstone photography Kickstarter Oregon Trout Bum Dale La Follette Sr. Sweden Warm Water Northern California native fish Mako Shark Extinction Bull Trout PMDs boat cleaning stations Roamerica Seychelles Twin Bridges Fishing Report Vets Sharks Big Bugs Salmon Watch Mending Permit Craig Montana A River for Christmas Poachers Instagram Fly Fishers Club of Oregon hot water Mountain Goats Patagonia Winter Steelhead Pyramid Lake Kate Koff Ochoco Creek West Slope Cutthroat SA Trailer Trash Thursday CFR Elk River Salmon Fly Rogue River Abel Reels Wild fish Bulkley Carp Kenny 5 Legs Salmonflies Blast from the Past Klamath Trout Bum Road Trip Eric Neufeld Rob Crandall State of Jefferson A River Between Us Deschutes River Rio Maupin Steamboat Creek Sage John Day Metolius River Nehalem River Argentina on-line fly shop Trask fly fishing Kamchatka Nevada Redband Trout Kenny Morrish Sage Fly Rods frying pan river Green River Tarpon Todd Moen McKenzie Klamath Dams Oregon Back Roads Coat Drive Bamboo North Coast: Atlantic Salmon Fly Expo Simon Gawesworth Skaters Redfish Salmon habitat Steelhead Sanctuary


    Camp Water

    Camp water is close to home. Here you will find information on stuff happening here in the shop and on our local waters. You'll also find our weekly newsletter feature, Trailer Trash Thursday, a fun collection of fly fishing videos, perfect for a midweek distraction. If you don't get the newsletter, be sure to sign up today!

    When Life and Luck Collide

    Joel La Follette - Thursday, May 26, 2016

    I spent a couple days this past weekend exploring a fishing opportunity with my friend, Brian O'Keefe. Brian is the ultimate fish bum and never misses the chance to chase any species of fish. He related a story about encountering a Vet and his family on one of Oregon's backroads and with Brian's permission I thought I should share it with all of you. 

    When Life and Luck Collide

    By Brian O'Keefe

    After a little errand running around Bend, and spending a little time with my mother, I drove up into the Deschutes National Forest in search of some big bass.

    I had my 8 weight and flies/poppers, a couple donuts and some lemonade. No boat, my destination had some good access via just wading. Simple, mind clearing stuff. Catching a few bass would be a bonus. The weather was decent, but a cold front was moving in.

    It was too sunny for poppers when I got there, so I rigged a big, white, wool-head streamer (Kelly Galloup style). It kind of floated and kind of dove down a bit. The bass liked it. I got a couple nice ones and a couple mediums. I walked back to my truck, which was parked on a very remote un-named/numbered Forest Service road, and this was at least 10 miles from pavement. As I loaded up my rod and had a donut a wild eyed young man walked down the road, and I could tell he was going to enlighten me on his situation, good or bad. He was about 25 years old, in shorts, tank top and flip flops. I was thinking, "Dang it, some yahoo lost his dog, or something…” In a couple minutes this young man tells me he has a flat tire and his wife and kids and dogs are waiting, etc, etc. He has a spare tire, but no jack. There was a reason why he had no jack, but I forgot. I have him jump in and we drove 3 miles to where his truck was. On the drive I find out where he lives (LaPine - sometimes not a great town to put on your resume), and that at one time he lived in Gates, Oregon (North Santiam River -where I lived 2000 to 2004) and he had spent 6 years in the Marines. I noticed the assault rifle tattoo.

    By some miracle he drove a Chevy Silverado, also. His was about 8 years older than mine, but at least we hoped the jack, spare tire lowering rod, lug wrench, etc would be compatible. They were to a degree, but it still took over an hour to get the spare tire lowered and the tires changed. I am usually the guy crawling under the truck, getting dirty, ‘jerry/jury-rigging’ stuff and busting a knuckle or two. I was in my waders, so Ben insisted I stay upright, read the owners manual (I think he had me do that to stay out of his way!). Ben was all Marine. Super fit and tough. Under the truck, banging on things, wedging logs, jacking, etc. He was head to toe dust and all the while kept calling me sir, and thanking me so profusely it was embarrassing. He has no idea how many times I was the guy with the flat tire (three times I’ve had two flat tires at the same time), or stuck in the mud/snow, or had lost keys (broke more windows than I’d like to admit). Finally, the tire was on. It took 90 minutes. His wife and kids were a mile away waiting. Ben had built them a big fire, as a cold front was bearing down. Ben shook my hand and I didn’t wince too loudly from the rock crusher grip.

    While Ben was working, I noticed the ‘All Gave Some and Some Gave All’ Marines bumper sticker. I noticed several dog tags that hung from his mirror. I’m pretty sure they belonged to fellow Marines, lost in action. He said he had an older German Shepard, which I think was also a war vet. It’s funny, to Ben, I was a life saver, as the location of this mishap was not favorable to a good outcome, the luck of having the same rigs was improbable, him finding me (and me quitting fishing at just the right time), the weather getting cold and nasty, was almost too Hollywood. When I drove off, trying to recover from the death grip hand shake, I realized I was the lucky one. Ben was the real deal. He made my day.

    Brian O'Keefe is the perfect definition of a fish bum and in the world of fly fishing fish bums ranks right there at the top. Having chased just about anything with fins all over the world with a camera and fly rod for the last bazillion years, he now calls Powell Butte home. There he spends time terrorizing the local bass and trout populations across the east side of the state, while providing photos and fishing reports to friends and boutique angling publications. His photographic images have appeared in hundreds of magazines, websites, posters, retail packages and a few poorly done tattoos. 

    Contact Us

    21570 Willamette Drive West Linn, OR 97068

    2014 Royal Treatment Fly Fishing
    Privacy | Legal