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Fishing Reports

Steelhead, Trout and Bonefish on the Brain

Joel La Follette - Thursday, April 09, 2015
The Clackamas and Sandy have continued to kick out a fish or two over the last week for anglers swinging flies. While some reports are better than others, there has been some good fishing on both rivers. Conditions remain good and there’s nothing in the forecast that should change that. Orange or red seem to be the hot colors this week.

Trout fishing has been an up and down event depending on the weather. March Browns are still on the minds of anglers and fish in the valley and over on the Deschutes. The Metolius saw a spurt of big winter (think October) Caddis last week as well as the usual small Mayfly hatch. There was also a hatch of a larger Mayfly that remains unidentified as of yet. I’ll work on that, but I’m guessing perhaps an early Flav showing. I’m not an insect expert, so I’ll just ask Mr. Silvey next week when he come to enlighten us all about bugs. Speaking about big bugs, the Salmonfly hatch is on the minds and lips of anglers prowling the fly bins lately. We do have plenty of patterns in stock, but check out your personal collection and add to it sooner than later if needed.

With very little snow in the higher elevations, early lake fishing opportunities should be very good. Water temps may be a bit chilly, but you won’t be dealing with iced over water. Start off the season by fishing the warmer edges and shoals for fish hunting a snack. If you have not done much lake fly fishing you may want to look into the classes offered by Rob and the guys at Water Time Outfitters. This is a great way to crack the code faster.

Bonefishers did pretty well on the flats of Belize this past week, scoring plump Bonefish and even the occasional Permit. While down in the Bahamas Bonefish were the main target with a few big Cuda mixed in. Tarpon, Jacks and other critters are still looming near Blue Holes and drop offs. Larger Tarpon are moving into the Keys just in time for my brief overnight fishing adventure on May 1. I’ve unpacked one 10 wt. and added my trusty 12 wt. to my tackle bag of goodies I plan on flying with. Fishing for big fish in the dark with Hammerheads and reef sharks circling below sounds delightful. I can hardly wait.

Howling winds, pounding rain and sunshine

Joel La Follette - Thursday, March 19, 2015

That last stormed lived up to it’s billing and brought not only the rain as promised, but tossed in some pretty impressive winds to spice things up. By Sunday most area rivers were rising fast and changing to un-fishable colors. Howling winds and pounding rain drove most anglers to shelter were power outages rekindled the art of conversation. By Monday the sun was out and the drop had started and by Tuesday  life was good again, if your power was on.

This much needed surge in river levels brought fresh fish in and cheered up those already here. While it’s still winter Steelheading and not a sure thing, fish have been encountered fairly often on both the Sandy and Clackamas rivers. Brian Silvey called last evening and his anglers tangled with three fish just yesterday. Tangled doesn’t mean landed, but fresh fish are a handful and these proved that theory. Marty Sheppard has been finding a fish for his clients on most days as well.

Rob’s Crandall was taking a few guide days off and was working on a film project. He stopped by the Lodge on Monday to borrowed a rod from me and reported last night that it’s working quite well. I’ve decided to charge him by the fish, so I should be able to raise enough cash for my Bahamas guide tips in May. From this you should guess that things on the Clackamas are looking pretty good at the moment.

Most of Monday’s coastal trips were canceled due to high off-colored water on Sunday, but the coast went back on-line quickly as proven by our “2014 Clipped Champion” George Marshall. He got a hall pass from Mom for a little fly R&D this week and scored this lovely wild buck. Mom is out of the doghouse she got tossed into after scoring a Sandy fish as George lay dying from the plague in Silvey’s boat earlier this winter. Of course, that fish did give George a little pep in his step and got him back in the water. Mom’s are good at motivating their offspring.

The warm weather has flipped the switch on many anglers and they’re now clicking into full on Trout mode. The Deschutes and valley rivers have seen a few March Brown hatches when the weather allows. Skwalas and Caddis are also flitting about in limited numbers. With very little snowpack, we should have minimal runoff to cloud streams when we transition into serious Trout chasing. Look for hatches to be even earlier this year if this warming trend continues.

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