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The Crooked River is on fire right now..  Time the BWO hatch, and the fishing can be epic!  Ox and I fished for about 3 1/2 hours on Friday afternoon with nonstop action..  All fish were on a dry BWO pattern!!

Crooked River 1 OCT 2013

Crooked River 2 OCT 2013



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!


Scott behind the oars for a photo opp..


Headed Down!


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


Sporting some new graphics!!




New Boat!

I finally did it!  I have upgraded my watercraft for fishing lakes and large rivers (the Columbia)..  For the last 20 years I have wanted a boat, I have looked at everything made.  Every boat has the best of something, but may or may not work well, at something else.  For a fly fisherman, I have always thought the “Bass” boat style would be perfect for perusing the banks of lakes fly casting for elusive trout, bass, and what ever else swims..  The bass boat however, is not the best platform for trolling, or using in bigger waters, (“read” bouy 10 at the mouth of the Columbia).    The fiberglass bass boat is also NOT going to be running the lower Deschutes river!  For that you would need a sled.  Now, I could have had a boat built by one of our local sled manufactures that would have the decks of a bass boat, the tall gunnels of a good big water trolling boat, and the shallow jet drive needed for the Deschutes river, but a boat like that would be starting in the 40k range.  Way, way, way out of my league. 

A few months ago, this nice looking bass boat came up on Craig’s List that seemed like a good buy.  I somehow managed to ignore it, and tried my hardest to keep it out of my mind.  Two months later it pops up again, this time at an even better buy.  I could not stand it any longer, I had to call and find out about this boat.  Turns out, it was just the right timing, I was the first person to even go and look at it.  I got this boat for about 2k under its listed value, and everything seems to be just fine.  I could not be happier with it. 

I fished it this last weekend on Lake Billy Chinook on Saturday, and Crane Prairie on Sunday.  The boat performs perfectly, just as I always thought one would.  If you’re looking for a platform to fly fish from in a lake, the bass boat does it perfectly.   LBC produced a number of smallmouth bass in the 12″ range with a few rainbow’s in the 16-18″ range, and several Kokanee in the 8-10″ range.  The boat moves from spot to spot at about 40 mph and was easily out running the large wake board boats on the lake!!  Crane finally gave into me on Sunday.  I landed a wild fish 21″ and hooked another that was bigger!! 

Look for me out the lakes for the rest of the summer, I’ll be the one fly fishing from a red and white Skeeter!!

Large casting decks!


40 MPH across LBC, note the speedo on the lower right

Crane Prairie

The Elusive "Cranebow"



2009 In Review!

2009 drew to a cold end.  I had at least 3 trips planned for the last week of the season, I made 1.  I  talked to some other anglers that were braver that me and ventured out into the freezing fog to look for a last chance to catch some Deschutes Steel.  Their reports supported my suspicions, yes a few fish could be caught, and yes iced guides was an issue.  Since my fly lines are practically new, I was not interested in ruining them with iced guides.  So, needless to say, I picked the weather carefully.  I made it to the river in between the cold and the snow for a few hours of fishing.  As was the case with most of my trips to the Deschutes this year, it was all about fishing, and no catching.  Is there a positive side to this; you bet, I now consider myself a competent spey caster.  I feel comfortable casting the long rods with both a floating system, and a heavy skagit line heaving large weighted bugs.  I’m ready for some winter fish!

A cold late December morning on the Deschutes

Overall, 2009 was a great fishing year.  I had plenty of chances to get out.  We did some new stuff, and will spend some time next summer trying to figure them out. 

The fishing year started with a trip to the upper Deschutes, we launched my boat in between rapids and motored up to the bottom of one.  At first we were the only one’s there, thinking to ourselves that we had stumbled upon something.  We later learned that this was no secret as we were soon accompanied by 3 other boats in a piece of water barely big enough for 2.  But we did manage to catch a couple of Redsides, and one Brown.  Maybe 2010 will bring a spring trip to the Mackenzie or Willamette??  Spring comes earlier on the West side.

I finally figured out the LG Bass fishing at Davis Lake.  For years I have fished there in the early spring only to come home with wind chapped cheeks.  This year we changed all of that.  I now know some of their secretes.


We took a couple of trips up to the Columbia this year looking for Carp.  Finding them was not the issue, hooking them was.  More on that next year!

Fly Fishing The Columbia River

This is one HUGE Propeller!

A great trip fishing for trout on the Deschutes, post Salmon Fly hatch.  I believe we are seeing an increase in the average size of the fish on the D.

I had the opportunity to stop by and fish the famed “Holy Water” on the Rogue River for a few hours during the Salmon Fly Hatch.  I have never seen so many Salmon Flies in my life!

We tried out some new High Cascade lakes.  I’m very excited about fishing these again next summer.

With August comes the push of Steelhead into the Deschutes.  From here on out, that’s the game.  I am easily bitten by the Steelhead bug, and at times, am unable to think of anything else but Steelhead!

In late October we took a break from Steelhead and went to Wickup Reservoir in search of some Big Browns.   We found them, not in Wickup, but spawning in the Deschutes above the Reservoir.  You can not fish for them there, but they were fun to watch.  Some of them were easily 20+ lbs!  We moved onto another high lake were we could fish and ended up hiking up some small High Cascade Streams.  Here we found the Brook Trout on there spawning grounds.  It is really special to see otherwise sterile water supporting a healthy population of fish, even if they are Brook Trout!

2010 looks to be another good fishing year.  Stay tuned for some posts on “hopefully” a winter steelhead trip, more LG Bass at Davis, Trout, and as always, Steelhead in the fall.