It’s always hard to get back in the swing of things after a couple days of fishing. Sitting down to write does take away from my time at the fly bench, but I promised you all a fresh report so at the keyboard is where I find myself at this early hour. The task should not be too hard as the week has proven eventful for many anglers and uneventful for others, but they all have been kind enough to share. Brian Silvey sent along these great photos from the Sandy, and George Marshall checked in from the coast. Combine those reports with my own experiences and poof, a fishing report has appeared. Easy deal, just like falling off a truck.
Relatively dry weather has prevailed over the last two weeks, but we have seen heavy showers move through parts of the northwest and freshen streams with their passing. While it remains to be seen how the current system will effect the weekend angling opportunities, you should be in fine shape for the next few days.
The Marshall family has taken full advantage of clear streams and fresh fish these past weeks and chased Steelhead with a vengeance . Mom Kirsten got on the board with a very nice fish while fishing the Sandy River with Brian Silvey, as son George battled the leftovers of a nasty bug. George wasn’t going to miss a day of fishing and rebounded nicely a week later on the coast. Our “Clipped Tying Champion” scored this very bright wild fish on the Wilson while the rest of the country watched some lady dressed like Jeff Gordon’s race car ride a lion. By the end of the game that all made sense, while the action on the field did not. I believe most of the city of Seattle would have rather been fishing with George that day.
Steelhead junkies have plenty to be happy about with fresh fish moving into most area streams. The coast is seeing some nice wild fish swimming home as the hatchery returns start to fade. Same goes for the Clackamas where chunky natives have showed up in the catch. As long as the rivers are in good shape, you have plenty of options. Take advantage of falling levels and fish to happy fish. With both dry and rainy days in the forecast for the next week, we’re probably in for a bumpy river ride as levels rise and fall. Hopefully a little snow will grace the mountain in the process. We need it badly.
Trout anglers will find little traffic and plenty of action on the Deschutes if they are willing to make the drive. While surface action has been sketchy, nymphing has proven to be effective on big fish looking to get bigger. Stone nymphs with Mayfly trailers seem to make it happen. Keep an eye out for BWO hatches when condition allow.
The Metolius was less than welcoming on Monday as sunshine pushed the clouds away leaving three anglers to walk the bank in search of feeding fish. With only the occasional Caddis taking to wing the Trout seemed to be resting elsewhere. While a few Bull Trout were encountered, the action was slow and the only feeding was at the Mexican place in Gates on the way home. That’s the Metolius for you. I have a first hand report that says the Crooked wasn’t much better. It may have been the weather system that move through on Monday, or just two truck loads of bad mojo.