In spite of having his fishing prowess called into question a few weeks ago by one Marty Sheppard, our Fly Czar, Josh Linn, successfully connected Royal Treatment’s Youth Ambassador Ian Wildermuth into this beautiful Deschutes fish during the Black Friday Fish Fest. This is two years in a row that Josh has coached Deschutes Steelhead newbies into their first Deschutes fish. While this fish was landed and released last Friday, Ian’s smile has not faded. I understand that completely. Well done, Mr. Linn. What say you Mr. Sheppard?
Conditions on the Deschutes are as close to perfect as they can be, yet angling pressure is very light. The dismal Steelhead return this year has anglers looking elsewhere for the tug as this season fades. Trout chasers have been getting more instant gratification as midges and BWOs bring feeders into range. Winter tactics will come into play as temperatures drop this week. Dress for success and be careful when wading. It’s going to get chilly and you don’t do that Popsicle impression very well.
The John Day River is still on the lips of the faithful. Marty Sheppard and Brian Silvey both eluded to a fairly productive week on that desert stream. The fish are beautiful and the success has been much more memorable than that of the Deschutes. There is still time to convince these guys to get you into a fish, but that window is fading. Call Little Creek Outfitters today, operators are standing by.
If the east side temps give you a brain freeze just thinking about it, the west side has already seen action on the Sandy and Clackamas rivers. It is early, but the precipitation we’ve endured has called a few fish home. It comes down to those windows of opportunity when rivers are on the drop between weather systems. Looking ahead at the river forecast reminds one of a tumultuous week on the stock market with plenty of ups and downs. Tye flies on the ups and fish on the downs. Be safe.