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    Up and Down of Winter Fishing

    Joel La Follette - Thursday, February 18, 2016
    Brian O'Keefe Photo

    Dropping rivers may give way again to rising waters if the forecasts hold true. Not to worry as what goes up, must come down, sometime. Like I've said before, you can't fish from the couch. Get out there and enjoy the day.

    The Sandy River took a big leap up this week, but is dropping nicely as I write this report. Rain and melting snowpack may bump it up a tad this weekend, but look for a drop again as we roll into next week. Fish have been grabby on the falling river. Fish the soft water edges for the best chance at success. Reports from Brian Silvey and Marty Sheppard confirm that black and blue flies don't work, but what do they know?

    Pretty much the same story on the Clackamas except the drops take a little longer. The river level has been dropping the last four days, but this rain will push the up button again. Fish are in the willows so don't risk your neck wading too deep. Swing your flies all the way into the bank. Lighter sink-tips will get it done in high, warmer water.

    Trout chasers will find higher flows on the Deschutes due to warmer temps and melting snow, but Trout still need to eat. Keep your boots dry and fish the edges, or hit the Metolius where the famous misc. Mayfly hatch, BWOs and other tasty treats are tempting resident Rainbows. That sounds like a good idea to me...Brian, see ya later today and bring a your camera.
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