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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.

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.

Rain Gear Required

Joel La Follette - Thursday, March 17, 2016

Rain gear is required this week as the another system sweeps ashore. Temperatures have dropped in the mountains so at least we're getting a little of our snowpack back. The lower freezing level will help on the Sandy by minimizing the impact of falling precipitation. The river has risen the last few days, but looks to be setting up for a drop. Old number one, Brian Silvey, guided a client into the fish of a lifetime this past week, tailing a beast of 40.25 inches x 21 on the Sandy. The native's adipose can be witnessed above. Congrats Mr. Silvey, well done!

High water continues to plague the Clackamas this winter making the willows along the edges one of the bigger challenges facing anglers. Pressure is dropping a bit and that trend will continue as more Springers make the news on the Willamette.

Trout options remain good, providing that the weather conditions are conducive to human survival. Rain, snow and a strong breeze help keep the masses away, but mixed in there are some fairly mild days. Be flexible and go prepared for the elements.

Brian O'Keefe has taken up the mantle of resident Metolius guru and sends me the occasional report with photographs. Brian checked in yesterday saying, "on the stormy days the bull trout seem to bite better and then when it is a bit more mild there is a chance to see a decent BWO hatch around 1pm. Seeing some risers in the campground water."

Brian also mentions that October Caddis like creatures are flitting about here in March and reports the trout seem to like them in the pupa stage.

Silvey's Super Sinker

Joel La Follette - Thursday, February 04, 2016

Brian O'Keefe Photo

Springish weather has many anglers making Trout plans, which is never a bad option between rain events. I donated a couple fish-a-longs to the Native Fish Society's auction last year and hosted the first pair of anglers this past Monday on the Metolius. Sunshine kept the Mayfly hatches to a minimum, but it was sure a beautiful day to be on the river. Trout seemed to be keying on Little Black Stones fished deep, the perfect situation for a black Silvey's Super Sinker. Yes, a shameful plug for Mr. Silvey, but the silly thing works. I'm a believer and that's half the battle.

Meanwhile, Steelhead streams dropped into shape by Monday and success has been coming to those who venture out. The coast saw the most craziness with plenty of barbecue fodder mixed in with some beautiful wild fish. Closer to home the action wasn't as fever pitched, but there were rewards to be had for anglers putting in the time. Conditions look great for the weekend. Color me gone fishing.

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