The Summer Steelhead around the Deschutes are HOT!!!

Sweet fish!!! Big splash!!Well there is no secret there are fish in the Deschutes River. I have been finding the on a regular basis, not saying it is easy. I will say that those who were jaded by 2009 are in for REAL Steelhead fishing for the next few yeas to come. Those who are willing to work for that one fish a day will make it through. As far as the flies… Outlaws and Berry’s M.I.L.F’s are what I have tied on. So that’s what they have been eating. All on floating lines, sink tips seems like work I don’t want to deal with, especially when I have seen 40 to the beach on full floating lines and or Skated flies. Now Go FISHING.


Well I am back from NY!!!

Class Spey Casting event!

I have been gone for the last 10 days in the Big Apple. I can say that our East coast Spey casting brothers are just as hungry for good casts and hard grabs as we out here are! The Spey Nation is a great event and all the people I met were as nice and ready to learn as much Spey casting as they could get in.

Presentation were great and if you were a enthusiast of Spey casting on the East coast you should have been there. My classes filled up quickly, but I am trying to put something together with Patrick Ross for November is any one has interest shoot me an email.
Beautiful July Chromer
Now lets talk turkey… The start of Summer Steelhead is upon us and I am ready if you are. Most of my dates are booked but have some openings here and there. I have a feeling that a few fish are waiting for me in the next couple of weeks so keep watching for updates!
They dont get much brighter.

Now is the time to get all your flies and gear ready to go. New leaders, tippet and check your reels and running lines. Wax your ferrules, organize your boxes and fish skaters! Low water can produce good skater fishing. Day I have openings August 28, 29 September 4,6 and October 18, 30 , 31. Hope to hear from you guy and gals soon.

New Summer Steelhead flies for this year.

New flies can add new life.

Well like everybody else in the world I have a few new Steelhead patterns for this up and coming Summer Steelhead season. So of the patterns that I am putting out there have produce for me over the last 8 or 10 seasons. so nothing new for me or some of my sports but new for the rest of my people out there. now here we go in no particular order…

The Hanky Panky! Classic but simple

Hanky Panky, I know the name is odd but if you want to play the game sometimes you may need a little “Hanky Panky”. Now not the kind that gets you in trouble at home but the kind that finds trouble in your favorite runs!

Here you go now rape those riffles in early September!

The Riffle Raper does just what it said it does. There is a time in each season where it seems that every fish in the river has seen enough black and or purple flies!!! Claret is a sleeper color when fishing gets tough. This fly is an adaptation of one of my clients high producing patterns, what he calls the Boiler Maker!!! Thanks Joe.

you will find love with the Steak and Eggs. As the season draws on this becomes an easy answer.

Next is was one of my favorites to design!! The Steak & Eggs, killer pattern for different fish in different places. I use it for later season Summer Steelhead, or Steelhead that show up late. If you catch my drift… Now clear water Winter Steelhead, Alaska Rainbows and Dollies. The Main thing that makes this fly different and give it and edge especially in the Alaska department is you can change the egg. That’s right if you have a favorite bead or even another color tube style egg a strip of rabbit to suit it all works as a trailer, or even just take it off and you have a small light weight intruder. It even casts easy on a single handed fly rod!!! In my opinion guys in the know will make this fly work for them and take fish to school!!! Have fun making this fly into what you need it to do.

October Caddis anyone?

This is something new and new ideas are hard to convey sometimes. So here is the last fly in the group. The idea is that during times of heavy bug emergence Steelhead may key on these aquatic invertebrates and become reactionary to a certain type of look in flies. Now Johnson’s Dykeosmicus  is a pattern the provides the appeal of a trout fly but the radical nature of a modern steelhead swinging fly. Now in the Columbia river tributaries October Caddis can hatch heavy at time and rivers like the Deschutes and the Grande Ronde river i have taken many Steelhead on patterns that mimic these types of flies. Now you don’t need a million of these but a few in you box and on the end of your line will put a few more fish in your hand each year.