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Fishing Reports

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

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

Streamer Eaters

Joel La Follette - Thursday, February 09, 2017

Steelhead waters are re-carving landscapes across the state as a hard cold rain drives in from the Pacific. The chances of finding fishable water by the weekend will require creativity and lengthy travel. The best bet is to forego the Steelhead gear, grab some Trout stuff and head east. Even then you may be dealing with water conditions that are less than ideal.

Last week I chatted with Brian Silvey who was going a bit stir-crazy from cabin fever as he remains snowbound in Maupin. The bombardment of winter weather has limited his water time on the Sandy River and added to his time at the tying bench. The upside is with his Steelhead boxes full he has turned to tying big Trout streamers and that is a very timely topic. Now, his creations aren’t yet ready for primetime yet as Brian likes to thoroughly field test new patterns before springing them on the world, but this does allow me a wonderful segue into this topic.

Streamers are the feast that hungry Trout are looking for during the lean times of winter. It’s important for feeding fish to acquire more calories in a meal than they expend in acquiring said meal. Sipping BWOs may keep the hunger pains away, but chomping down on a fat Sculpin puts meat on the bones much faster.

While streamer fishing has remained popular in some circles, it seemed to fall out of favor with the general populace who turned to nymphing to fulfill their subsurface angling requirements. Yet, tossing streamers is experiencing a resurgence here in the Northwest partly due to traveling anglers bringing their flies and techniques back home from streamer friendly locations and anglers looking for another arrow to add to their quiver.

No one is more into this Streamer resurgence than the staff here at Royal Treatment, especially our Fly Czar, Josh Linn. Check out some of the Streamer weapons he’s added to the fly bins just this week. Then grab a Trout stick and hit the water. There’s a big fish out there with your name on it, you two should meet.

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