Well here it is now almost mid July. Only days from full blown steelhead season. It has been on my mind and a few other folks as well. If you have not made your plans to fish the Deschutes this Fall with AWA, better shoot us an email. Space is limited as it is and those looking for camp trips might be out of luck until later in the season. Water conditions are looking good and with this cooler spring we are having the Fall could be shaping up really nicely. Don’t wait too long, the time to start getting ready for this season steelhead is now, look forward to hearing from you soon.
Well I have little excuse for the long space between posts and it wont happen like this again. To start I will say the winter season was awesome for the best winter i have ever had. Thanks to all who floated and fished will myself and Caleb. We hope to make next year better for the winter and spring with AWA’s purchase of a jet boat we will be expanding our river reach and will be able to have more available days on the water. So if you missed out this year we will be ready for you, Just lets us know.
Trout season is just starting to get going and if you have not booked you salmon fly dates you had better soon er then later. We have had some good days on the water trout fishing already this spring. The river is a bit high and a little cool but the trout seem eager and those willing to get out have been finding reward. lots of the big Bugs seems to be under the larger stones in the shallows of the river, spells for few bugs to be out in the next good set of HOT days.
Now that SOR (Spey-O-Rama) has come and gone, I will have a bit more time to keep up on post and pictures. This year was a wild one in San Fran for sure. The wildest wind i have ever seen there in the 7 trips I have made. Smart casts were key big cast were rare not the norm. I had to smart this year to even qualify as the wind blow out my left side casts and a potential new World Record. It is all done now and a 3rd place is better then nothing.
I really want people outside of the comp to understand the level of skill and sportsmanship this place carries. No where on the planet will you find a better rounded group of casters then there. I see the work that I put in and know these boy are doing as much or more. To all keep it up and my respect to all of my competitors and friends. Also good work to both Big Tommy and Gerard or Randy D as he now goes by, for their achievements this past weekend too.
Spey clave is just around the corner and so is Spey Nation. I will be presenting and giving classes at each these will be posted on the events page shortly as well. looking forward to both claves and meeting new and seeing old buddies as well. If you want to email me to know more about those up coming classes just shoot one away and I will get back at you ASAP.
Lastly we have 2 open spots for the Texas Red fish trip. Info is on the events page with dates and cost. always a fun trip and not a big cost for it.
Here we are on the brink of fresh cool October mornings. Where has the year gone? The Deschutes has been in better shape than it has all year. The freezing elevation dropping low enough on Mt Hood to help clear up the lower river a bit. The lower river has a lot of chinook salmon running around a we are even hooking a few here and there, but don’t think landing these brutes is any easier than predicting when you might hook one. As for the Steelhead they are around too, a bit more predictable as well, for steelhead any way. With a combination of floating lines and the occasional sink-tip ready at hand, we are still finding fish. Over all numbers of steelhead appear to be down for the the year, but I have seen some real quality fish hooked and a few landed, but that’s the fun part.
Now for the stuff people need to hear to help them hook a few more fish. First off let the fly finish fishing, to many times I see angler retrieving their line before it has come to a complete stop. With high number of Chinook in the river the steelhead get pushed to the edges most often. Number two don’t wade out to far, this will help the fly fish in closer to the bank. The last thing I am going to mention is make sure you leadrer/sinktip turns over and is fishing ASAP, thats rite fish the cast correct from the beginning and you will cover your water cleaner and better. Hope you all are getting out and taking care of business, be back soon.