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Just A Little Cheesy

Joel La Follette - Thursday, December 28, 2017

At Woodsprite Lodge, the Christmas Eve dinner was ham, scalloped potatoes, mac and cheese, cheese fondu and a cheese plate with cheddar, swiss, coastal and brie. Oh, and a salad. While this may seem over the top, it falls far short on the cheesy scale when compared to this fresh fishing report from our favorite cub reporter, Mr. Skittles...

Hey Guys, against my better judgement Josh is having me write the fishing report this week. So, if you have any problems or concerns please file them with josh@royaltreatmentflyfishing.com.

Apparently, I’m not on the naughty list this year because Santa gave me a big bar of Silver in my stocking. I had been hearing good reports about our local Washington Rivers, and Josh has been on my case about how I don’t fish them. So, I had to prove Josh wrong and boy did I. Of course, when I do go out and catch a bright winter steelhead in my new local watershed I could already hear him saying, "I told you so." As I am writing this Josh is behind me taking full responsibility for me catching the darn thing. He’s my bother from another mother.

So, this is what really happened...
Twas the day before Christmas not a creature stirring in our little house. A rod was strung with a fly that was right, in hopes of chrome for my Christmas delight. I headed to Starbucks on my way to the river so I could have my coffee jitters. I pulled into the parking lot to find I was not alone, there was some other brave sole out mining chrome. I walked down the trail with visions of Steelhead dancing in my head. I got to the spot, and I knew it was right. I cast my fly and to my delight a fish crushed it and what a fight.

Around the local neighborhood Steelhead are being caught in the Sandy and Clackamas as well as on the coast. It looks like we should see some precipitation in the next couple of days here and hopefully the water levels will increase to more normal winter flows. Remember high and dropping rivers makes for happy steelhead, low and cold make for sad ones.

We’ve also been hearing lots of reports of guys venturing out east targeting Bull Trout in the Metolius. This river has been fishing well and if you want to experience the colder version of winter there’s no better place.

The New Year is almost upon us and it that time of year where we come up with goals to strive for. This year my New Years resolution is to feel the power and fish more. I hope one of your resolutions is to get out and fish more too.

The End

Best, Worst Year Ever!

Info Fly fishing - Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Joel is out of town for the week chasing Trout in Montana and he left the inmates to run the asylum, meaning Josh and Nick are in charge. Since Joel’s out this week I (Josh) will be giving you the fishing debriefing. 

I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but fall is definitely here! October and November are two of my favorite fishing months. There are so many fishing opportunities it’s hard to know what to do. This time of year I personally am focusing on steelhead fishing east of the cascades, typically the Deschutes, Klickitat, Snake and Grande Ronde. 

Our scouts have been reporting back to us with success stories of Green Drakes on the Metolius, coho in the local rivers, Rob and the Water Time Outfitters crew have been having great success on the upper Deschutes for both trout and steelhead, and I just got a fresh report from Tracy that she finally landed he first Deschutes steelhead! Those are just a few of the reports that we have received. Don’t forget about lake fishing, steelhead in the far eastern corner out our state like the Grande Ronde steelhead, Clearwater, and Snake. Also at the end of this month a lot of fisheries will be closing down like Sea-run Cutthroat fishing on the coast and general trout fishing. So now’s the time to get your last casts in before they're gone till next year.

Now I’m sure that everyone has heard about the poor returns to the upper Columbia river basin this year and it’s probably even affected your fishing. This year there has been a lot of talk of how poor the returns are. The ten year average for steelhead passage over Bonneville Dam is around 330,000. This year we will be around 116,000. So yeah fifty percent of average is pretty bad. Now if we didn’t actually have dams in the river counting fish we wouldn’t know how bad the returns are and we would just go fishing anyway. This era of internet fishing reports has kind of made us less dedicated to fishing. One of the things that I am constantly telling people is to forget the fishing report and to go out and make their own.

Nick and I have been making a lot of fishing reports lately, honestly I’m surprised he puts up with me. We’re a pretty good combo, Nick eats tons of candy and sugary snacks and I yell at him to quit bouncing around like a Mexican Jumping Bean. 

The week before last we ran up from the mouth of the Deschutes with Tom Larimer and tested out a bunch of new G Loomis IMX Pro Short Speys. They are pretty amazing! If you haven’t touched or seen one, come by the shop. That day we touched a lot of fish but had a hard time sealing the deal. Sadly to say our landing ratio was low maybe 30%. 

This week Dave Hendrie joined our party and we headed east to the Klickitat. This was the first time all of us had fished together and I’m sure it won’t be our last. Part of the reason for that might be the great fishing we had or that we all get along really well. Anyway, did I mention that we had a great fishing this trip? Our landing ratio was much better, at 80%. Unfortunately, Nick is the reason we weren’t batting 1000 as he lost his only fish. Losing that fish didn’t phase him. It just gave him another excuse to eat some more candy and tie on a different fly. Nick is always in good spirits and makes fishing fun!

We did end up hooking fish with both floating lines and sink tips. We fished T-11 2.5Fx7.5S MOW tips and a new Scientific angler dual density tip that sinks a little slower. Both of those match up well with the OPST Commando heads. My typical fall setup is some sort of short 5 or 6 wt spey rod. I especially like the G Loomis NRX 12’6wt switch rod. I match it up with a Hardy Perfect Taupo and a 375gr OPST commando head. Whichever sink tip you like and you’re ready for anything. Our most productive fly was a Klamath Intruder. It didn’t really matter what color it was they all were working, but our favorites were the Pink, Red and orange, and black and blue.

Personally, I don’t specifically go fishing to catch fish, although that is important. I go for many reasons like my mental health and trying new tackle. Our fishing outings have not reflected the poor fish returns of the Columbia River. Honestly it’s been the best worst year I can remember. What we have noticed is that the rivers are less crowded and we are still catching fish.

REMEMBER NOT EVERYTHING YOU READ ON THE INTERNET IS TRUE. Take it with a grain of salt and discover for yourself what’s going on out there. I expect you to report back to me next week with stories of fishing success.

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.


Attention Deficit

Joel La Follette - Thursday, June 02, 2016
This is a tough time of year for the attention deficit angler. There are far too many options out there and all of them are good. While the Salmonfly hatch crawls to a finish on the Deschutes, it's ramping up down on the Rogue. Green Drakes are teasing us on the Deschutes and Metolius with Caddis and misc. Mayflies filling in the void. Eastside lakes are coming into play with spring fully gripping us. Steelhead and Springers are slipping up the Clackamas relatively unmolested. Then there's the invasive invasion as Shad in the Willamette are making our Mr. Wheeler pace the floor at night and Carpers are getting serious on the Columbia. Yup, it's hard to pick what point of the compass to follow. My suggestion? Follow your heart.

Just because we bid good-bye to the big bugs on the D doesn’t mean our favorite river is done with us. On the contrary, summer is just getting going and we’ll have plenty of options when it comes to fly selection as we move through the next few months. PMDs are already a focus, as are the Caddis of summer. The once-a-year Salmonfly crowd will figure out soon enough that it’s pretty much over and head off to dig clams or something leaving us a little more room to roam.

The Metolius comes into it's own as lupines line the bank with Flavs and Green Drakes taking wing. PMDs and a variety of Caddis are also vying for the Trout's attention when conditions present themselves. Watch more and wade less is the secret to success on the Metolius. Then there's the sleep late, fish late thing. No need to be up at the crack of dawn.

As mentioned, Shad are starting to clog the Willamette and are drawing attention from the Dick-Nite crowd. While a boat makes targeting this scaled down tarpon a bit easier, there are shore locations where a fly angler can score. Fast sinking shooting heads and small flashy flies are the ticket to success. Consult our Shad Man for details.

Zombie Bugs Invade the Deschutes

Joel La Follette - Thursday, May 05, 2016
It’s time to get your Trout face on and hit the river. Big bugs are popping on the Deschutes and near perfect conditions are on tap for the weekend. This past Monday, Team Royal Treatment split up to recon the river so we could file a boots in the water report. While Josh chauffeured Nick and the Stig on the Warm Springs stretch, I headed to Maupin to see how things were progressing, bug wise.

Bug action above White River was off the hook as Golden Stones and Salmonflies crawled out like zombies on a mission. The temperature climbed to the high 80s and that even got a few to take wing over the river. I managed 3 nice fish on big dries before I had pack it in and head home. My banjo playing buddy, Shane Blitch, spent the night and scored well the next day. Don’t wait too long or you may miss the action.

Rob Crandall was doing a father/son trip below Mack’s Canyon and his son Tanner showed pops how to get it done with big flies. Look for Tanner to be piloting his own sled in the future.

Upriver where the A team drifted, the big bugs were not as prolific yet. Nevertheless, the guys did very well drifting nymphs or swinging streamers, with streamers being the most productive. Look for the hatch to overtake the upper river and start the Salmonfly madness for 2016.

For a change of pace I met up with Jeff Helfrich on the McKenzie River yesterday, spending the day tossing dry flies at hungry wild Rainbows and Cutthroat with my dad. We landed plenty of fish with several tipping into the chunky category. The weather was warmish, but damp which brought out a springtime mix of insects. Brown and Green Caddis flitted about with Craneflies, March Browns, PMDs, BWOs and Yellow Sallies throughout the day so the fish had plenty to choose from. If you’ve not fished the McKenzie in a while, now would be a good time.


Steelhead? Yes, action continues to be fair on the Clackamas and that will continue until the river gets too warm. Sink-tips are still the best bet, but maybe dialing in an unweighted fly might save you a few bucks as the water drops. Those rocks have been hungry too. The river is at 12.2 this morning and 51 degrees. A dry line may not be a bad option for the optimistic.

Totally Epic Fishing Report

Joel La Follette - Saturday, March 26, 2016
Winter/spring Steelheading remains good when the weather and water levels cooperate. Big wild fish made up a large portion of the swung fly grabs this past week. The forecasted Spring Break deluge hasn't really affected conditions very much both locally and on the coast. Upward bumps in water levels have been short lived and have been followed by happy fish on dropping rivers. Pay attention to what IS happening and not was is FORECASTED to happen. That has been two very different things for most of this winter.

"Totally epic" is how our own Nick Wheeler and his sidekick "The Stig" described the Metolius this past weekend. That is not something heard very often in conversations about this special spring creek. Hatches were slight, but Rainbows and Bulls were grabbing nymphs tumbled deep under an indicator. The Stig is investing heavily in one of the new patterns we added to the inventory that seems to be Metolius magic. Look for BWOs and the misc. small Mayfly hatch to pop on cloudy days. If you need additional intel, Nick is easily bribed with Jelly Beans or donuts.

The Deschutes is a great Trout option for plan B if your westside Steelhead adventures are sidelined by rising water. Trout have been more active as water temps rise and with those subfreezing days of winter hopefully behind us fishing should continue to get better. BWOs, March Browns and the occasional Skwala can be seen flitting around. Please note: Yes, the upper Deschutes River is open to fishing year-round now, but please refrain from targeting spawning Steelhead and Trout. Reports and photos on social media seem to have some anglers promoting this practice. Don't be that guy! Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

As long as I'm on subject, my friend Frank Moore down on the North Umpqua would appreciate the same consideration for the wild fish on his home waters. We are all stewards for the resource and need to set an example by avoiding spawning areas wherever wild fish swim.

Spring Break Report

Joel La Follette - Thursday, March 24, 2016
There is still plenty of Steelhead chasing to do, but spring break anglers seem to have Trout on their minds as they prepare to head out on vacation across the state. Armed with a few extra days destinations like the Owyhee, Ana, Blitzen and Chewaucan rivers are mentioned as they tank up on new fly patterns here in the shop. Hopefully, the weather will be cooperative over the next week. Reports are typical for early season Trout fishing with varying water conditions. On the Owyhee water releases below the dam have been around 15 cfs. for the last week, but are forecast to rise a little next week. Fishing has been fair to slow depending on the day and water clarity. Skwala Stoneflies should be showing up there and on other area waters. Success on these other rivers will be dependent on flows and water condition. It is early spring after all.

Those of us staying closer to home have fair conditions to play with as we are getting a short break in the precipitation. The Sandy has remained the shining star for locals as cold temperatures dropped the freezing level during this last rain event. Chrome fish are still finding their way home and that trend should continue through April.

On the Clackamas, 14 feet on the Estacada gage is the new 12 as that river seems unable to dip any lower this winter. It's more a case that we got use to less water last season and now we're getting a normal winter flow. Willows and other stream side vegetation filled in on the edges last year, and they are now providing great line grabbers where the river is retaking the bank. Wade carefully and be safe. We'll see good winter Steelhead opportunities on the Clack into May, then our summer fish will start to make a showing.

Most coastal streams look good for the weekend and should have fresh fish in them. Big wild fish have been grabbing swung flies as levels drop.

The weekend looks great for Trout anglers on the Deschutes and Metolius with near perfect conditions for spring hatches. BWOs and March Browns should pop with the warmer temps and partly cloudy skies. You might even see a few Skwala Stones. If the weather turns damp on Sunday as forecast, that should liven up the Bulls on the Metolius.

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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