Big April for AWA!!!!

 

Not all winter fish are giants, but you work for everyone you get.

Bright Winter fish that showed up late but still made a great showing!!!

Well April has been a great month!! The end of last Month and into this one the Winter Steelhead decided to make their annual appearance. The end of the season saw some great battles both won and lost and a lot of big smiles and renewed appreciation for the reward of chasing these wonderful Winter Steelhead. With mother natures cooperation next year we will be ready to do it all again.

Great Redside taken on a dry Stonefly pattern!!!

Trout fishing is getting better by the day and dry fly action is not far away.

Speaking of Mother nature, she seems to have eased up a bit…. and just in time for the kick off of trout season. With the promise of warmer weather not drier but we can all hope. Just around the corner is the big bug hatch we have waited all damn winter to attend. If you have not booked your dates, wait no longer because you just might not get one. This high water will slowly come dawn and the Redsides will be hungry, no doubt about it.

 

All things in this photo are perfect!!

Lastly, I must say that this year the Spey O Rama World Championships of Spey casting event was one of the best I have ever been to. I will first thank the club for the presentation of the ponds and how efficiently everything was run. I will thank the clubs volunteers for giving their time and energy to make sure that nothing went unnoticed or covered. Next I tip my hat to every man and woman who stepped foot in that pond on Saturday, the courage needed now a days to even get in those ponds is indescribable. To those who qualified and place it is nothing short of amazing!!!! Never in my casting career have I seen so much casting talent in one place and so many pushing themselves for it. To all the caster now and in the years to come, don’t live in fear come be a part of SOR. Lastly too all my good friends that spey casting was the catalyst of our friendships, thank you. We all push each other and in return push the sport, lets keep pushing!! I hope too see you all and more next year!! This year was a great victory for myself, I wont soon forget it. Here is too World championship number 3!!!

Sharing the stand with a couple amazing people!!!!

lets get you on the water!!!!!

Trout fishing is just about to get GOOD. Plus upcoming classes

Not a bad way to spend a day!!!

Not a bad way to spend a day!!!

The Stone fly hatch is slowly coming to and end and even will the ever diminishing number of big bugs the fishing will become more consistent. These hunger Redsides have developed a huge appetite but with the large calorie items in short reserve, caddis and mayflies will become the more favored fodder. Many caddis sizes and colors to come and the ever consistent mayflies hatches will force the thick bellied trout to continue their quest for more and more calories to consume a far higher number of there other rivers food items to make up for the missing stoneflies.

Nice to keep the big ones wet!

Nice to keep the big ones wet!

The next few weeks are the best fishing of the spring. Get your glasses on because the fly size has gone down but opportunity has just gone up!!! Tippet size in decline but stealth going up. If you want to see if the caddis fishing is as good as the stonefly shoot me an email. We are ready to show you the trick and fish.

The East Coasts best Spey Clave going!

East Coasts best  Clave going!

I have a few up and coming classes one in Wyoming with High Country outfitters. These classes with be one on saturday and sunday be ready to learn! I love giving all the students all the info I can or that they can handle. The other classes I have coming up are in NY, at the great Spey Nation event. I will close the doors on the Friday class at 6 students so if you are interested shoot me an email, soon er the better. I will also Be available for private tuition on both saturday and sunday. I will be ready, hope you are too.

It has begun, Summer Steelhead are here

Nice Fish, BIG Smile!!!

Nice Fish, BIG Smile!!!

That is a chromer!! Can't get much brighter.

That is a chromer!! Can’t get much brighter.

It always seems that every August bring with it the first consistent summer Steelhead angling of the season. This year as been no exception. Seems to be that the fish around are wild and some of them are screaming hot. With the volatile nature of the White river everyone must be on their toes about the clarity of the lower river. As of right now the White is blowing a think khaki colored mass into the Deschutes and slowly it is clearing. Yesterday it was about a foot, stay tuned for another update soon.

One of the 2 hatchery fish I have seen this season. The fish around are wild!!!

One of the 2 hatchery fish I have seen this season. The fish around are wild!!!

The Deschutes trout are loving life!!

The Deschutes trout are loving life!!

The nails may clash but the fish did not mind!!

The nails may clash but the fish did not mind!!

Trout fishing remains really productive. This years emergence of caddis is as large as any I can remember. So many colors and sizes that the Redsides have a lot to chose from. I have had my best success on Olive and tan body caddis in the 16-18 size range. The Purple parachute flies have also been good for those fish that just seem tired of caddis. Lastly the standard Addams on a 12 has been a very good fly for representing a mating pairs of caddis. Droppers have been effective size 16-18 caddis pupa and small mayfly nymphs have been the best. To be honest i have done no real nymphing for sometime, which I think is awesome.

Grandson watching grandpa do it right!

Grandson watching grandpa do it right!

One of the man y great shots from round one of the filming project.

One of the man y great shots from round one of the filming project.

Wanting that big grab. Sometimes the anticipation is the best part.

Wanting that big grab. Sometimes the anticipation is the best part.

If you have not heard already, I am making an official post about it now. AWA in partnership with the following sponsors have started filming an instructional Spey casting and fishing DVD. It will cover all line styles and fishing/casting of each style as well as a chapter on fly tying. I want to thank the Supporters in have gathered and who believe in this project, Pro Sportfisher, Raging river sales, Smith Optics, Beulah Fly Rods, Simms, Montana Fly Company, and Hatch Reels. Big thanks to Living Sky Productions, good luck editing round one of the filming content. Stay tuned for more on this, Has been fun so far lot still to do.

Sick Nick getting it done on camera. He ties some sweet flies.

Sick Nick getting it done on camera. He ties some sweet flies.