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A Quick Trip Around the State

Joel La Follette - Thursday, September 20, 2018

There is a sense of urgency from our patrons in the shop as anglers rush to cram as much as they can into the fleeting days of this shoulder season. There is still a touch of summer in the air, but fall has let us know that those warm days with soon be just a memory. This is the season we wait for all year long and it is here. The only problem is we have far too many angling choices and not enough time to enjoy them all.

While the Deschutes is still the number one destination for Trout and Steelhead anglers at the moment, there are other fisheries calling for our attention. Let's just take a quick tour of the state...


Down in Southern Oregon the Rogue River has been the highlight with Steelhead returns well above average. Half-pounders and adults are drawing fly swingers including yours truly. I fished with a friend above Gold Hill and swung up this feisty native on last week's Fly of the Week, the Green Butt Silver Hilton. I'm heading back this weekend. Trout fishing on the Rogue would be a good option too as Rainbows and Cutthroat were hard to keep off my Steelhead flies.

Marlon RampyMy buddy, Marlon Rampy continues to score monster Rainbows in the Williamson River down near Chiloquin. These Steelhead size Trout are an impressive opponent on 6 weight rods. If you have never tested this fishery, now is a good time. Goat leaches, Damsel nymphs, soft-hackles and sparsely tyed Woolly Buggers should be in your box and an intermediate sinking line on your reel.

Over on the coast, Salmon are nosing into tidewater and making their way upriver on many of the North Coast streams. I battled a dandy on Monday until she sliced through my tippet with her pearly whites. Seeing 20 pounds of chrome take to the air is a thrill for sure! Sea-run Cuttys are following the herd and I saw several chasing bait on the surface. Streamers on a fast swing will insight hard grabs from these migratory Trout. I also like to skid a fall Caddis imitation across the surface of faster tail-outs to pull the action to the top. Give it a try.

Closer to home, the Clackamas is seeing a fairly healthy return of Coho Salmon this year. While our local fly guys are just starting to take notice, there have been more than a few taken on feathers. We can give you some pointers when you stop in for flies. Ask the Fly Czar for his secret weapon.

Green Drakes, or at least the fall version of this legendary hatch have been the talk of Metolius anglers over the last few weeks. Bull Trout are also getting some attention as they await the passing of returning Kokanee. I'm scheduled to be on the Met at the end of the month for some silly photo shoot and will have a better report then.

Back on the Deschutes it's business as usual. While Columbia basin Steelhead numbers are down, fly swingers are still hooking some impressive fish in the Deschutes. You may have to cover some water, but there are fish to be found. While some have resorted to sink-tips and winter patterns, true believers are still scoring on dry line presentations of artful traditionals.

Trout fishing on the D continues to be good, but most anglers are chasing the migratory versions. Watch for hatches of misc Mayflies to bring back-eddies alive with gorging Redsides.

This cornucopia of opportunities won't last forever. Get out and enjoy some of the best fishing of the season, right now.


Say Good-bye to Big Bug Love

Joel La Follette - Thursday, June 07, 2018

Big bug love is winding down on the Deschutes, but there are a few pockets of activity still drawing interest from gorging Redsides. This annual feeding frenzy finishes up much earlier than in pre-tower times yet, there seemed to be some areas that showed more of an abundance than in recent memory. A welcome change for sure, but the hatch remained relatively inconsistent throughout the lower river compared to pre-tower emergences. Smaller offerings and our favorite Purple Chubby are still producing as the hatch fades into memory.

Green Drakes will continue to make appearances for the next few weeks if conditions are right. With clouds in the forecast a collection of these big Mayflies would be a good bet. Pay attention to the waters below faster riffles where Trout gather to intercept this delicacy. As mentioned in previous reports, Seagulls sometimes will announce the presence of Drakes with their aerial displays over the river.

PMDs, Yellow Sallies, Caddis and smaller insects now take center stage as we progress into summer. Mornings and mid-day find us seeking surface takers in riffles and shaded back eddies until the sun dips below the canyon walls. The now famous Hopper/Dropper combo is a good option until a hatch is observed. Evenings become our focus as these insects draw fish to the surface in the fading light of day. Wise anglers will pace themselves in the well heated canyon and do their work when the temperature moderates. Soft-hackles on the swing are a good pre-hatch choice when the sun leaves the water.

On the Metolius, Green Drakes have made brief appearances when conditions are right. PMDs have been more dependable and the fish seem to respond to them. Personal observation this past Monday did not log a single Drake encounter. Sunshine and blue sky kept the big Mayflies grounded all day and into the evening. PMDs were sporadic throughout the day and pulled the occasional fish to the surface. Caddis flitted about, but didn’t draw much attention from the local residents.

Steelhead swingers are still connecting on the Clackamas when cooler temps keep the rubber boat hatch at bay. Rain in the forecast this weekend will draw in fresh fish, keep the pool toys beached and offers a great option if you need a Steelhead fix. There are some Springers still around too.

I fully expected a page long Shad report to ping my inbox this morning, but it seems the Shad Prince has focused his attention on irrigation installation this week. My reliable sources report numbers climbing on the Columbia and Willamette and fishing has been good. Shad Skittles seem to still be the go-to fly here on the Willamette.

Not to downplay this popular invasive fishery, but I’m passing up on a trip to the falls next week in favor of a short flight to San Diego. Mako sharks are staging in the warming waters of SoCal, and I feel like tugging on a real big fish. Stay tuned.


Springers and the Easter Bunny

Joel La Follette - Thursday, April 13, 2017

Springers have pulled much of the boat traffic off the local Steelhead streams and plopped them down in the Willamette River for the tourists to see. This is allowing for a little more room to swing a fly uninterrupted on the Clack and Sandy. The Clackamas kicked out some dandy fresh fish over the last few days, a mix of winter and summer returners. The river is currently in the best shape it’s been in all winter/spring. The Sandy is a touch on the low side, but could hold the fish of a lifetime if you bring your A game.

Winter fish will be doing the dance on spawning beds throughout the state so please do not disturb them. If you see fish hanging out over gravel, keep moving. Don’t be that guy.

The mighty D has dropped significantly and is currently rolling to the sea at about 8,680cfs on the Moody gauge. This might be the perfect weekend to dust off your Trout gear since much of the population will be chasing the Easter Bunny.

Don’t forget to register for the Oregon Trout Trail!

Still Rock'n the Big Bugs

Joel La Follette - Thursday, May 12, 2016
Totally Trout this week as the Salmonfly hatch on the Deschutes continues to be the focus. Last Thursday a mega thunderstorm rolled though the area rinsing the big bugs from their grassy villas. While a feeding frenzy resulted in it’s aftermath, the storm rebooted the hatch and it took a few days to see any numbers of insects back in the bushes. Some anglers found fishing slow on Friday and Saturday, only to see it rebound the first part of this week.

The numbers of both GoldenStones and Salmonflies have increased above Maupin all the way upriver to Warm Springs. This weekend looks to be approaching the peak of this annual migration. If conditions remain favorable, fishing should be epic. All of the popular patterns seem to be producing, so just make sure to have your favorites. I started off my day on Monday with a hopper/dropper combo of a Purple Chubby and Silvey’s Pupa. Action at the 9:00 hour was the result. When things warmed up I went full on Salmonfly with Morrish’s Fluttering Stone and didn’t look back. Pick your favorite and toss in the brush where those big fish are waiting.

Observation of other insects should be noted as well and could provide anglers with options in areas where the big bugs are thinning. Green Drakes, PMDs, a few March Browns and plenty of Caddis were all observed taking to wing over the last few days. While it’s early for the Green Drake hatch, be prepared when these big mayflies take flight. Lucky Steve tells us the 16-17th are the dates for that hatch.

The Metolius and Crooked rivers are also good options if you wish to avoid the flotilla on the Deschutes. Spring hatches could include most of your favorites, but it may be a tad bit longer before we see the Green Drakes pop on the Metolius. This popular spring creek tends to come alive on warm cloudy days, or later in the evening. Make plans according.

Steelhead action can still be had on the Clackamas where Springers have also been grabbing swung files. Swing a little slower if you want to tangle with the King. Airflo’s new FIST head is the prefect weapon for that task. Stop in for fly suggestions, Josh has added a few colors just for Springers.

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
 


Big Bugs and seeing Redd

Joel La Follette - Thursday, April 30, 2015
Earlier this week Brian Silvey checked in to say, “it has started.” It's official, Salmonflies are crawling in the bushes around Maupin as of April 27th. With super low river flows and water temps in the mid 50s, you don’t want to delay if you are interested in fishing the hatch. Brian has a few day trips available, but they go fast. Contact Brian and ask him to take you to Joel's Island, but take a spool of heavy tippet with you. The fish are mean there...

Although the hatch has started and is playing well on social media, it is still early and it will be some time before these bugs are seen throughout the system. Weather will play a big part in how things progress as it normally does, cooler temps will slow the hatch down and hot days will crank it back up again. The best chance of seeing bugs take to wing and fish rise to meet them is during one of those warmer days. A hot, cloudy day can pay off big-time if Green Drakes make an appearance as well.

Local Steelheaders on the Clackamas are finding the occasional Spring Chinook grabbing their fly as it swings in search summer steel. With winter fish, summer fish and Springers all overlapping their return, it makes for piscatorial uncertainty when you do get that tug. Toss in a truck load of outmigrating Steelhead smolt and your normally steady fly swinger gets a little jumpy. On the up side, there’s plenty of tugging going on. You just have to get the right tug.

Speaking of the right tug, I was visiting over the phone with my good friend Frank Moore yesterday and he asked me to pass on this important bit of information. LEAVE SPAWNING FISH ALONE! If you see two fish hanging out this time of year, they’re spawning. Go someplace else. Be careful where you fish and be careful where you wade. Frank told me he saw two of the most beautiful, big North Umpqua Steelhead building a redd the other day and it’s up to us to make sure they are successful. Clean gravel is a sure sign of Salmon and Steelhead eggs laying underneath, so don’t wade through it. If you see others fishing to, or wading through, kindly educate them.

This same thing holds true on the Deschutes where resident Redsides are still spawning in some parts of the river. Leave them alone and watch where you wade. It’s our responsibility to protect these fisheries from damaged caused by anglers. We need to police ourselves and help preserve these wonderful creatures.

Warm up, Wet down

Joel La Follette - Thursday, December 11, 2014

While another Pineapple Express tracks towards the west coast it looks like most of the real heavy rain will be making it ashore in southern Oregon and California. For California it’s one of those be careful what you wish for things. Plenty of snow, rain and mudslides are in-store for our drought stricken southern neighbors with this coming storm. If your holiday plans include driving south to the Bay Area or the Mouse Kingdom, take your Muck boots.

That’s not to say that we will dodge the all of the precip as 2 to 4 inches of the warm wet stuff are scheduled to dampen the area. To us Oregonians, that’s just a drop in the old rain bucket. While the rivers are forecast to rise through the weekend on the coast, they start their drop at the first of the week and should be in fishable shape my mid-week.

The good news is there are fresh fish in most of the north coast rivers. Dave Harrison spent a day on a small coastal stream with Rob Crandall this past week and sent me his version of the adventure…

“What a blast that was! My favorite memory was getting within inches of Rob's inflatable raft with a chainsaw. Nerve-racking in the extreme! There's also the hillbilly cardboard sign on the banks of the river proclaiming the owner has a gun and isn't afraid to use it, no hunting or fishing or you will die, etc, etc, etc... ending with a "I WANT MY SIGN BACK YOU JERKS!" as apparently the former sign had been stolen. I also learned about (CENSORED BY THE EDITOR) for coho and saw the biggest Chinook I've ever seen moving through shallow water. It looked like a dolphin in that small water - I'd say it was 30+ lbs easy, and looked about 4 1/2-5 feet long. My jaw dropped.”

And you thought fishing was all about the fish. Rob reported that Dave has signed up for the Estacada Timber Festival in 2015 when his newfound chainsaw prowess. Rob also concurred as to the size of the Chinook encountered, adding there were several bright fish moving into the river. We should be very near the end of the Salmon run with this last shot of rain.

Over on the Deschutes things finally warmed up, but with that change came a bit of a breeze. I talked to Brian Silvey yesterday and he said temps were near 60, but the wind was blowing. As things stabilize we may have a chance at some winter dry fly action with BWOs on the menu. Last week, the freezing rain kept them from popping and made driving conditions iffy. Steelhead are still hanging out all through the river, with a few fresh ones finally arriving to the party.

The Clackamas has been bouncing up and down with each passing cloudburst, but overall the color has been good. Winter Steelhead are spread all the way up to the Park and their numbers should increase as we wind down the holidays. Don’t forget to ask for a new fishing license for Christmas….

Turkeys, Stuffing and Trout

Joel La Follette - Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving is the traditional kick off to the winter Steelheading season, even though in some places winter fish having been showing up for weeks. Anglers get out of kitchen duty as they ply our local waters in search of the first chromer of the season, while at home the non-fishing family members roast turkeys and bake pies. I’ve been late to dinner a few times myself over the years as tangling with a hot fish delayed my appearance at the family gathering. You may get leftovers, but making sacrifices is what winter Steelheading is all about. Catching fish is what winter Trout fishing is all about.

If you have a hall pass this week and want to avoid the shopping madness, grab your gear. Trout fishing on the Metolius River has been bolstered by hatches of BWOs and misc. Midges. Dress for the weather as temps in Camp Sherman are on the cool down again through the weekend. Bull Trout are active this time of year so look for them to be in ambush locations seeking an easy snack. Sculpin patterns and other large streamers fished on a sink-tip line are the needed tools for success. Floating lines and very heavy flies will hook fish in some locations, but don’t knock yourself out on the cast. Worse yet, don’t smack your new rod with those flies.

The Crooked River is also seeing hatches of Midges and BWOs. With plenty of Trout filled water available this is a great destination for a little river therapy. Water levels are good and the weather looks ideal today and Friday with temps in the 50s and clouds. Chillier conditions are forecasted for the weekend.

The Deschutes bumped up a tad and added a little color with the melting of low level snow. There are still Steelhead available if you are interested. With cooler weather coming this weekend, the river should be in good shape fairly quickly. Watch the river gauges for the drop.

The gauge on the John Day is no longer ice effected, which is a good thing, but does show a rising trend. I've  had no eyes on the conditions there, but if the rumors are true this bump up could rinse more muck into the river. Just keep that in mind and check local sources before making plans. I would love a boots in the water report...  

The Clackamas River has had several confirmed reports of fresh winter Steelhead. The Barton area down river is your best bet, but there are probably fish throughout the waters below the dam. Hatchery summer fish are grabbing flies and there seem to be plenty of them needing a place to spend the holidays. Invite them over.

Over on the coast, conditions change with each passing weather cell. Keep an eye on the sky and the river levels. Some systems are dropping, while others are on the rise. Salmon in various degrees of decomposition are hanging in the deeper holes, while winter Steelhead are starting to show in the lower rivers. Things will pick up soon so pace yourself Campers. On the water and at today's table too.

Icy flows and Buckwheat Zydeco

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The great chill down of November has seen cars bouncing off each other, pedestrians losing vertical stability and ice covered trees crashing to the ground. Subfreezing temperatures on the east side funneled high winds through the Columbia gorge, spreading the chill into the valley as winter bullied it’s way in.

Those hardy souls I mentioned last week were turned away from the John Day River as ice blocked their passage to the water. Only small channels remained flowing as the river turned to solid and hid under a skiff of snow. Water temperatures are, well, pretty near freezing at the moment compounding the problem. With a change in the weather rattling on the evening news we may get another shot at it if things warm up just a tad.

The Deschutes, while still flowing, was on the chilly side. Snow in the canyon and plenty of deep snow on the plateau made for beautiful images, but skin burning temperatures. Steelhead are still a very real possibility for those willing to layer up. At last check, Gil Muhleman continued to ply his trade hosting anglers seeking hot fish in cold weather. If you would like to test yourself and venture forth into the frosty landscape you will find much more elbow room under these conditions. Call Gil.

Not that you need a reminder, but extra dry clothes are now a necessity as a watery dunk could turn very serious in a hurry. Be careful out there, Campers.

Trouters turned to the Crooked River tailwater this week to satisfy their need for action. BWOs and midges will be the game on the surface until spring, with hatches sleeping in until after 10:00. Nymphing will carry you through the down time if the hatch is missing in action. Pairing up a Prince nymph with a Midge Pupa or small Pheasant tail is a great place to start. The infamous Crooked River Scud is also a fly box must.

The Clackamas is still providing entertainment for those needing to stay close to home. Water temps have dipped into the high 30s, so fish will need to warm up to you. They want to play, you will just need to take the lead. Mix up the speed of your swing until you crack the code. Speed matters. While sink-tips are the logical choice, the river is pretty low and floating lines can still get it done.

While east side rivers slowed with icy flows, rivers on the south coast bumped up as rain moved onshore. This signaled a call to action for Salmon chasers. I headed to Oregon’s banana belt, dialing in some Buckwheat Zydeco driving tunes and setting my GPS for Port Orford. The Elk and Sixes had peaked and were on the drop when I arrived late Saturday evening. Sunday found the Elk clearing nicely while the Sixes still moved some grit to the sea. Both rivers had plenty of fish in them and plenty of anglers seeking them. It’s a different game down there and not one for the timid, but the chance at a chrome bright Chinook Salmon is very overpowering and a call that needs to be answered. At least once.

Hang-on leaves are falling

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The airwaves are buzzing as Snowmageddon blows into the valley today. Some poor rookie on the local news storm team is stuck on the Sylvan overpass wondering if four years in college was worth the rubber snow boots and bad hat. We all expected winter to wrestle fall into submission, but maybe not this soon. Those hang-on leaves are losing their grip and rinsing down the river along with our summer memories. It’s time to bundle up.

There may not be enough layers to block the windchill on the east side. Arctic winds and bone chilling temps have all but the most hardy seeking warmer past times. Those brave souls venturing out have found fish on both the Deschutes and John Day, but they are well earned.

The John Day has been colored up by what has been reported as a mudslide well above Cottonwood. The exact location isn’t clear, but word has it that it make take a spring high water event to fully flush the offending muck from the system. Until then, even small bumps in flow will probably see increased turbidity. Fortunately the slow pace of the John Day allows for sediment to settle fairly quickly as it moves downstream. Corey Koff reported yesterday that the water from Cottonwood down wasn’t perfect, but it was fishable and producing.

The Deschutes has seen anglers moving onto greener pastures, but still has something to contribute to those making the trip. Fishing above Maupin has been good and water conditions favorable. The river guides are mostly done there for the season and are preparing for their winter adventures. As stated, there are still fish to be encountered if you are willing to brave the chill.

Coastal streams are filling with Salmon of all shapes and sizes. Most streams dropped into favorable shape after the last rain and allowed anglers some successes. The annual pilgrimage to rivers on the south coast as begun. There, more rain is needed to spread the love.

Locally, the Clackamas as seen the an early showing of winter fish still mixed in with the summer catch. The traditional winter Steelhead kick off on Thanksgiving may pull a few away from football games if these conditions continue.

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