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Spring Trout Rendezvous Report

Joel La Follette - Thursday, April 06, 2017


The first annual Royal Treatment Spring Trout Rendezvous is in the books and it was a rousing success. Close to 40 anglers joined us for a little river side fellowship this past Sunday on the banks of the raging Deschutes. While high water kept fishing opportunities limited, there was plenty of casting action and we even broke out the “Wader Up Challenge” adding to the entertainment factor. Representatives from Loomis, Sage, Winston and Echo rods were on hand with their latest offerings allowing all who wished to test drive a new rod the opportunity. While the Scott rep was tyed up, he did send us a few sticks to fish as well.




Then there was the food. Our “Stone Soup” potluck and Taco Bar made sure no one went home hungry. Planned or not, we had a south of the border theme with plenty of beef tacos, pork carnitas, chips, salsa and tubs of guacamole. Our buddy Brent went off menu with a pot of Cajun shrimp that tucked into a tortilla nicely and were delicious! 



When it came to dessert what happened on the Deschutes, stays on the Deschutes. I’ll just say there was plenty of tasty after Taco treats to cleanse the palate and add to the waistline. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as vegan cupcakes…


High water didn’t slow down the dedicated anglers who showed up to fish. After the Taco Bar closed, big nymphs and San Juan Worms wreaked havoc on the resident rainbows in the waters above White River. While the fish wouldn’t break any size records, they definitely helped chase away the cobwebs of winter. Kimi thought she was tied into a monster Trout when she scored this impressive bottom feeder. Our own Nick Wheeler did the netting and releasing honors. While it is the policy of this editorial staff to #keepemwet and not show fish out of water, this image needed to be shared. Please, #keepemwet. 






A special thanks goes out to factory reps Tom Larimer, Erik Johnson and Eric Neufeld for joining in on this inaugural event and sharing their expertise. I also need to send out a very big thank-you to my lovely wife, Kellie, and the best mother-in-law in the business, Sally Walker, for their hard work in pre-cooking, baking and organizing this picnic. Thanks to all who contributed and attended! We’re doing it again next year on April 1st. Mark your calendar!


Black Friday Fish Fest Fishing Report

Joel La Follette - Thursday, December 01, 2016



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.


Thanksgiving Fishing Report

Joel La Follette - Thursday, November 19, 2015


It may seem that the last few days of precipitation have rinsed away any hopes of getting out this weekend for some pre-holiday angling opportunities. Not true, my friends! While Salmon swim across roads and through trailer parks on the coast, and our local rivers got a bit silly, the east side rivers are showing only slight increases in flows. Both the John Day and Deschutes spiked just a tad this week as the mother of all rain storms pounded the region. The trend is now for dropping levels throughout the coming week as temperatures drop into fleece zone. The long range prognostication has Maupin chilling down to a nippy 32/17 combo by Thanksgiving. Layer up and get those boots wet.


These cooler conditions may produce ice in the guides for the first part of the day, but once the sun clears the canyon it should be downright balmy. Checking in with Rob Crandall last evening produced an optimistic view for the Deschutes report. Rob and the Water Time Outfitters crew found good numbers of fish on their last outing from Trout Creek down to Maupin, with plenty of fish in the Maupin area. A few of this critters even looked to be fresh new arrivals. While floating lines may find success, a sink-tip will be handy if water temps drop with this big chill down. Trout fishing is a possibility if weather conditions allow. I did not see much activity on my adventure there this past week. Two BWOs and an October Caddis that overslept does not make a hatch.

Reports from the John Day have been mixed with most anglers checking in with little success. The cast count per fish has risen above the traditional 1000, but that should improve. Early season water levels have slowed the migration, but hopefully more fish be on the move after this wet system rinses the trail dust out of their noses. As mentioned, despite the slight bump forecasted for the weekend, the John Day looks to be stable through the Thanksgiving holiday.

Trout chasers can bundle up and head over to the Crooked River for some holiday peace and quiet. Midges and the occasional BWO hatch should provide some fun. Small leach patterns fished on a slow strip can break up the boredom of bobber watching if the hatch fails to appear. No need to be there at the crack of dawn, 9:30 is plenty early. Take your time and have a nice breakfast.  It’s the most important meal of the day you know.

Don't forget the Black Friday Fish Fest coming up on November 27th. Get signed up today!


Photos by Water Time Outfitters
 


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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