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Goldfish and Redsides

Joel La Follette - Thursday, April 21, 2016

Our resident Fly Czar, Josh Linn, was field testing a few of our new invasive species specials and reports that the warm weather kicked the Carp into their happy place. If you're looking for non-salmonid action close to town you may want to inquire as to his fly selection and techniques. He seems to have cracked the small water Carp code in his first outing pursuing these oversized Goldfish. We're sending him off to work on those monster Columbia fish next. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Trout chasers found the hungry Redsides on the Deschutes willing to take bigger offerings including streamers and chunky Stonefly nymphs. Mayfly hatches may kick in with the clouds and temperatures forecast for today. Call in sick. Things cool off by Saturday which could make for fussy fish with the change in weather. You won't know unless you go. Hopper/dropper combos give you the best of both worlds and have continued to be productive. Ask the Fly Czar for suggestions.

Same story on the Metolius where if it was June I'd be in a meeting all day without my phone and packing my Green Drakes with me. Since it's only the middle of April I'd focus on smaller bugs and one of Roger's deli sandwiches. Maybe a pickle too.

Summer Steelhead continued to slide up the Clackamas this week without being harassed by Mr. Crandall. Their break is over when Rob returns from BC later this week. The change in weather could really spice up the action over the next few days. Cooler temps will keep the inflatable pool toys off the water in any case.

Big Bugs and Goldfish

Joel La Follette - Thursday, May 14, 2015

If you are waiting for things to really get rocking on the Deschutes, you may be too late. Big bugs are flying and hungry big fish are up to greet them. Weather dictates the degree of activity and warm days offer your best chances for success on top. Green Drakes and PMDs have added their presence to this flying feedlot on those cloudy, muggy days. Right now we have temps forecast to just click into the mid 60s through Saturday, then bump into the 70s starting on Sunday. While this isn’t a major heatwave, it should be enough to get those Mayflies to make a showing and probably get the Stones to take wing.


The Metolius had a pretty good hatch of Stoneflies last weekend from Candle Creek upriver. The bugs are more tan than yellow, or orange and smaller. Stimulators or small Chubbys seem to be the ticket. Mid-day temps bring the action up. Green Drakes should pop anytime as temps rise under cloudy skies next week. Look for Flavs, PMDs and Little Yellow Sallies to also be part of the Trout party favors.

I’ve gathered no intel on local Steelheading and Springer fishing this week, only that the Willamette has been a preverbal ghost town. The numbers of fish clearing the falls has dropped so that may have sent the prawn draggers elsewhere. Photos of Springers swung up on the Clackamas have come across my desk, but little information. Since the river is right in our back yard, go be a hero. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

While I was away last week, Nick and a few of his posse tried their hand a Carp chasing. They had limited success out on the island and returned enthused, enlightened and a bit muddy. Meanwhile Corey was gathering intel on the Metolius for me, tossing dry flies to rising Trout. It’s nice to have a team with so much enthusiasm for the sport. We’ll see which way they head this weekend. Me, I’m thinking Springers.

Trout Photo by Mike Olinger
Carp Photo by Nick Wheeler


A special thank you to Nick, Corey, Kellie and Rob Perkin for getting the newsletter out and keeping the shop humming along while I chased bonefish.

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