Mid July and Summer Steelhead are just around the corner

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

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

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

Sweet July Summer Steelhead!

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.

Summer Steelhead don't get much fresher, In july they are steaming!

Summer Steelhead don’t get much fresher, In july they are steaming!

Sun coming up on a perfect early summer steelhead morning!!

Sun coming up on a perfect early summer steelhead morning!!

Wild fish are the bulk of the early summer fish!!

Wild fish are the bulk of the early summer fish!!

Been too long, but a lot has happened.

Sometimes they can be big!!

Sometimes they can be big!!

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.

getting the job done in tough conditions at times, stay focused through the entired day.

getting the job done in tough conditions at times, stay focused through the entire day.

Wet days can be the best days!

Wet days can be the best days!

New patterns for MFC next year, all need to be field tested.

New patterns for MFC next year, all need to be field tested.

 

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

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

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.

Nothing like trout that fight as good as your equipment!

Nothing like trout that fight as good as your equipment!

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.

The Boy who went big at the top of the awards stand! Nice work Tommy and as always Randy D

The Boy who went big at the top of the awards stand! Nice work Tommy and as always Randy D! Photo Credit Rose Ronie Puali

The Ladies that made the top of the world! Congrats to Mia, Kara, and Whitney.

The Ladies that made the top of the world! Congrats to Mia, Kara, and Whitney. Photo credit Rose Ronie Puali

The seniors division getting tougher every year!! Nice work to Martin, Tyler and Lee!!

The seniors division getting tougher every year!! Nice work to Martin, Tyler and Lee!! Photo Credit Rose Ronie Puali

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-O-Rama is a wonderful place for the future of spey casting and histroy of the sport. Look at these wild boys getting ready for a go in the main pond.

Spey-O-Rama is a wonderful place for the future of spey casting and histroy of the sport. Look at these wild boys getting ready for a go in the main pond.

The East Coasts best Spey Clave going!

The East Coasts best Spey Clave going!

Largest Two Handed gathering on the Planet.

Largest Two Handed gathering on the Planet.

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.

Texas Redfish Trip

Doug with a nice Red from last falls trip.

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.

Texas Redfish Trip

That how to start a good day!

Texas Redfish Trip

Not everything on the flats are Redfish!!

Texas Redfish Trip

The bird and wildlife is unreal.

Texas RedfishTrip

Billy holds one for a quick photo oppurtunity.

Deschutes Steelhead Information

A dandy Chinook makes it way into the hands of a vwre

A dandy Chinook makes it way into the hands of a very happy Angler

Caleb hard at work tailing a hot steelhead for a client.

Caleb hard at work tailing a hot steelhead for a client.

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.

This wonderfully colored wild fish, came almost at the end on the swing. fishing the fly all the way in is very important!

This wonderfully colored wild fish, came almost at the end on the swing. fishing the fly all the way in is very important!

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.

What a place to fish at first light!

What a place to fish at first light!