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Wickiup Reservoir Birthday Fishing!

The Deschutes arm of Wickiup Reservoir happens to close the day after my birthday.  This day also happened to land on a Saturday this year, not to mention, the reservoir is lower than its been in years..  With that, there is not much lake left above the no fishing buoy’s, its mostly just a river now..  There wasn’t much decision making to do, that was the place to be, if you want a legitimate chance at a nice Oregon brown trout!  Scott and I loaded up the Clack, and launched before sunrise.  The day came with a cold fog in the morning that turned to perfectly clear skies and hot weather by afternoon.  We managed a few fish, including a small LM Bass, but no browns!  Maybe next time..  In all the day was a lot of fun, and even though we can’t fish above the buoys for the rest of the year, there’s still lots of good fishing to be done at Wickiup until the season closes in October..  So stay tuned, I’m still looking for that big “hook jaw” brown!!

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The foreign landscape of a very LOW Wickiup Reservoir!

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Yep, its official, Large Mouth Bass like Huds Weedless Deceiver too!!

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Wickiup Rainbow!

Enjoy!

Hud

Back to the River!

Went back to the river on Saturday morning..  Hit the water before sunup, and did have some luck on Woolly Buggers!  Unfortunately, I was unable to get a good hookset on one, so you’ll just have to believe me…… As a side note, I got to try out my new Winston BIII SV 790 with a Rio Outbound WF IS6 line, and I must say, I’m impressed!  That rod is so light in your hands, with so much power, it’s actually unbelievable!!  For streamer fishing with big flies and sink tips, hands down, its the rod to have..  I will be working in the shop (The Patient Angler) on Saturday, so stop on by and say hi, might try out my luck up at Wickiup on Sunday so stay tuned…….

Sunrise - Upper Deschutes River

Sunrise – Deschutes River

Enjoy!

Hud

New places to Fish!!

Went and explored some new areas to fish this weekend.  As luck would have it, the Bureau of Reclamation screwed us with the water level by dropping it 100cfs 3 hours prior to fishing, but we still managed a few smaller Rainbow’s on the dry fly!  We got to dodge a river wide log jamb, and found out that the 6hp on the ClackaMax is just enough to fight the current up stream…  Turns out, we have a new stretch of river to explore and figure out!  The cool part is, a. you can fish from the boat, and b. you can motor up, and drift back down!!  But the really fun part is the fact that there’s 10 lb + Browns that live here…….

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Down River

 

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That’s a full blown log jamb that just went by!

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What they lack in size, they make up for in enthusiasm! There also fun on a 3wt!

 

Enjoy!

Hud

 

ClackaMax 2nd Sea Trials – (Deschutes River)

Dropped the Clack into the Deschutes this last weekend for a nice float from Warm Springs down to Trout Creek.  The weather was nice and had actually cooled down some from the days previous, (instead of 105 is was only 93)!!  While I can’t say too much for the fishing, pretty poor actually, the floating was great!  The ClackaMax is a BIG boat, and it rows effortlessly..  The only thing I noticed was that you can’t “push” it as easily as my old 16×54 aluminum boat, but there is no problems moving the boat backwards..  I’ll need to to some minor adjustments to the oars, but other than that, this boat hits the river with no issues whatsoever!   We didn’t even relocate the seat configuration for a center balance, Scott stayed up front off side with no real issues of boat balance, it still rowed just fine!

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Scott behind the oars for a photo opp..

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Headed Down!

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They pretty much burned up the Res. side of the river last week!

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Sporting some new graphics!!

 

Enjoy!

Hud

The ClackaMax hits Paulina Lake!

Ox and I made it up to Paulina Lake on Saturday to try out some indicator tactics I have been reading about.  While I am pretty sure I still have lots to lean about this style of fishing, several things really started to make some since, as well they worked!  Fishing chironomids or micro leaches, or nymphs under an indicator is actually quite a challenging way to fish.  And while technical, it can be very rewarding if done  properly..  We fished primarily chironomids under an indicator, and did very well with constant take downs, and several hookups.  while none of the fish were of great size, 16″ max, we did land several, even in spite of a very insignificant midge hatch.  Changing up to an olive micro leech proved successful also..  And topping it all off with a small mayfly nymph was also rewarding..  Stripping streamers, and trolling flies proved to be futile, and we had no fish with those techniques!

So, what to do next, well the more I learn about this indicator fishing, the more I keep thinking about the big Bow’s in Crane Prairie!  Although I have sworn that lake off, I may need to give it another try with some additional knowledge…  We’ll see.

Indicator Tactics

Indicator Tactics

Decisions Decisions!  Selecting the right pattern can make, or break you day!

Decisions Decisions! Selecting the right pattern can make, or break your day!

Enjoy

Hud