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    Fall/Winter Transition ~ We're Entering the Chill Zone

    Joel La Follette - Thursday, November 12, 2015
    Cooler weather has slipped into the Great Northwest forcing those favorite flip flops to the back of the closet and sending that lefthand grove or single warm sock into hiding. Rain is bumping the rivers up just enough to wet our appetite for winter fishing, but we still have a little time before that ramps up. Meanwhile the east side of the state has fish now and conditions are looking pretty good.

    This transition period from fall into winter focuses the attention of Steelhead anglers on the Deschutes, John Day and Grande Ronde rivers. While some give up on the Deschutes, it still has plenty to offer to both Steelhead and Trout chasers. The crowds have thinned a little as the temps drop into the chilly zone leaving you the chance to fish favorite waters without being low-holed. Cloudy days can bring hatches of BWOs and the opportunity to perhaps break in a new bamboo rod hunting redsided sippers in back eddies. No, don’t give up on the D just yet.

    Over on the John Day the defining line between flowing river and solid ice is still many weeks away, but veterans of frosty camp mornings know the importance of being prepared for the changing conditions. The weather forecast looks to be offering up those changes as we move through the weekend into next week. We’ll start off wet and warm then dive into nearly frozen by the time the following weekend rolls around. River flows are supposed to remain good for the next few weeks and that should continue to improve the fishing. Nick Wheeler and the Lost Boys Angling Club ventured out this past weekend and reported that while only one fish fell victim to a swung fly, the team refrained from bobbers and beads. Well done, gentlemen. Floating lines are the rule, with intermediate tips or Polyleaders and your favorite fly. Have faith, Campers, the swing is the thing.

    Our newest shop guy, Josh Linn, has just returned from a week on the Ronde having avoided frostbite and bear attack. Fishing was good and should remain so for the near future. Josh can be bribed into revealing details and his secrets if you put him on the spot. I left my wallet at home yesterday and thus couldn’t afford the ransom. I do have it under good authority though that the Dolly Lama rocks the Ronde if you want to double down on Steelhead and Bulls. Olive and white seem to have the right aura.

    Close to home the Clackamas is still surprising fly swingers and getting very little attention. The bad news is we’re about to see it blast off and hit 14 feet by the weekend. My Rivercast app has it staying up over 13 for at least a week. Look ahead to a dropping river and perhaps a few winter fish for your efforts in the coming weeks.

    Don’t forget we’re all getting together for a Black Friday Fish Fest on the Deschutes, get signed up to join us!
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