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Kick Starter

Joel La Follette - Thursday, February 25, 2016
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Warmer weather across the state kick started hatches of BWOs and March Browns. Success is a timing thing unless you are retired to the river's edge and are able to wait for the perfect conditions. Clouds help, but just being there when everything lines up can make a big difference. My adventure to the Metolius last we had plenty of clouds, but also driving rain, snow and sleet. It was interesting. I maybe jumped the gun a little on that one.

Steelhead are still the main focus and are providing pretty good action on the Clackamas when the water allows. A Spey student even had a good grab on a piece of yarn this past weekend while learning the double spey. Anglers using hooks were even more successful. The river has been at full bank, but the color has remained good.

The Sandy River has stayed in pretty good shape, however it would benefit from a bit of fresh water. We are scheduled to receive that delivery this weekend. It should stay in fishable shape as it rises a little with the coming rain.

The north coast is the place to be if you can find a place to be. A report was sent to me last evening from a very small watershed chronicling an angler's best day ever of winter Steelheading. You will have to figure the rest out yourself.

Go find your secret spot and have a great day on the water. Be safe.

Up and Down of Winter Fishing

Joel La Follette - Thursday, February 18, 2016
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Dropping rivers may give way again to rising waters if the forecasts hold true. Not to worry as what goes up, must come down, sometime. Like I've said before, you can't fish from the couch. Get out there and enjoy the day.

The Sandy River took a big leap up this week, but is dropping nicely as I write this report. Rain and melting snowpack may bump it up a tad this weekend, but look for a drop again as we roll into next week. Fish have been grabby on the falling river. Fish the soft water edges for the best chance at success. Reports from Brian Silvey and Marty Sheppard confirm that black and blue flies don't work, but what do they know?

Pretty much the same story on the Clackamas except the drops take a little longer. The river level has been dropping the last four days, but this rain will push the up button again. Fish are in the willows so don't risk your neck wading too deep. Swing your flies all the way into the bank. Lighter sink-tips will get it done in high, warmer water.

Trout chasers will find higher flows on the Deschutes due to warmer temps and melting snow, but Trout still need to eat. Keep your boots dry and fish the edges, or hit the Metolius where the famous misc. Mayfly hatch, BWOs and other tasty treats are tempting resident Rainbows. That sounds like a good idea to me...Brian, see ya later today and bring a your camera.

Silvey's Super Sinker

Joel La Follette - Thursday, February 04, 2016

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Springish weather has many anglers making Trout plans, which is never a bad option between rain events. I donated a couple fish-a-longs to the Native Fish Society's auction last year and hosted the first pair of anglers this past Monday on the Metolius. Sunshine kept the Mayfly hatches to a minimum, but it was sure a beautiful day to be on the river. Trout seemed to be keying on Little Black Stones fished deep, the perfect situation for a black Silvey's Super Sinker. Yes, a shameful plug for Mr. Silvey, but the silly thing works. I'm a believer and that's half the battle.

Meanwhile, Steelhead streams dropped into shape by Monday and success has been coming to those who venture out. The coast saw the most craziness with plenty of barbecue fodder mixed in with some beautiful wild fish. Closer to home the action wasn't as fever pitched, but there were rewards to be had for anglers putting in the time. Conditions look great for the weekend. Color me gone fishing.

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