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Fishing Reports

Ditch the lawnmower and go fishing

Joel La Follette - Thursday, April 23, 2015
This Saturday is the traditional opening of the 2015 general Trout season here in Oregon. To most it’s a non event as many of our fly fishing waters are open throughout the year, and some still remain closed until the end of May to protect out-migrating anadromous offspring. Nevertheless, there are places to Trout fish this weekend that have been off limits since October and that will pull a few of you away from the lawnmower.

The Deschutes is the big draw as the entire river will be open and rumors of Salmonflies filter into the shop. We’re still weeks away from any major hatch activity, but with summer flows and temps running in the low 50s, it is not inconceivable to see big bugs take to wing in the lower river this weekend. In any case, a collection of Stonefly nymphs is a good addition to your fly box right alongside all those Chubbys. Stay close to the bank because that’s where the action is.

With the big D pulling anglers away, the Crooked and Metolius may end up being a good option for a little peace and Trout fishing. Fishing on the Crooked was hampered by windy conditions last week, but fish were feeding on top when you could get the fly to them. Adams, BWOs and small black Caddis were the reported favorites.

Steelheaders are hanging on like the last leaves of fall, but spring has not brought many summer Steelhead home yet. I hosted Henry and Dale from the Clackamas Fly Fishers this past Monday on the club’s home water, and while the weather was fantastic, we had very little to show for our efforts. I did have a brief encounter with a very hot summer fish that ran off line, thrashed about on the surface, then sent my fly back to me, but it was far too brief. Encouraging, but a little embarrassing too. Hopefully a little freshening of the river with the forecasted rain will improve the chances for success. We just need to see that rain.

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.

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