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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.

Becoming a Better Trout Fly Angler

Hold more fish like this one with a few helpful hints. Read on!!!

Hold more fish like this one with a few helpful hints. Read on!!!

I know many, many things have been written about becoming a better trout angler. I do feel compelled to write a few things on the topic because as a guide I see things that most anglers do on a regular basis. The fly fishing industry claims that the average angler nation wide fishes 10 days a year. If that’s even close to true, most anglers need to read more often so they can formulate sound plans for the few days they get to be on the water.

You don't need to be an experienced angler to follow good trout fishing protocol.

You don’t need to be an experienced angler to follow good trout fishing protocol.

I have made a list of some of the top mistakes or misunderstanding I see from being a guide and that are easily corrected. This is not picking on anybody, I just want my readers to become better and in so catch a few more good fish. So here we go.

Great read, and full of easy to gain knowledge.

Great read, and full of easy to gain knowledge.

STUDY: If you cant be on the water, you can learn about your local fishing waters. There are so many online resources for rivers now a days it should not be hard to find something about your local fishing spot. Studying about you waters is not always about the fish. learning things like flow patterns, and insect hatches can be really helpful. Studying the history of the area can even lead to breakthroughs in locating fish. Point in case, while reading about the construction of the railroads along the Deschutes river, I learned that many places where they blasted the path way for the track sub-grade rock were shot into the river. These new placed forms of structure made lots of new habitat for the local redside trout, and places for myself and sports to find fish!!

Dont have to be real observant to see whatb the trout are eating here.

Dont have to be real observant to see whatb the trout are eating here.

OBSERVANT: One of the biggest on water mistakes or just misunderstanding is being observant… Or maybe just where and how to look. The Deschutes River is big water! Trying to look at the river in its entirety is hard to really see what happening, but start looking at the water around you. Fishing the water closest to you breaks the water down. don’t look where you can’t cast to watch closer, move slowly. You will be really surprised at what you have passed by in the past and the fish you will start catching that live in their own microcosms. The factor of becoming more observant to the things in the water around you, but really watching how the fish you are casting to behave. Noting the differences in the actions of some fish may help reveal what they are feeding on.

Consistently taking trout like this takes patience. Sometime numbers can never out weigh quality!

Consistently taking trout like this takes patience. Sometime numbers can never out weigh quality!

PATIENCE: With the first two points fitting in nicely with this one, it becomes a bit self explanatory. Remember you are on the fishes clock, they are not on yours. So if the weather of conditions dictate that trout fishing will be good between 8-11 am and again from 6-9 pm, be ready then. Fishing during hours that fishing is not very good wont help with ones time spent on the river. The other side of this coin is, once you have found a good trout and you want to get him it may take a bit of patience too. I have fished with lots of anglers and can tell you the angler that takes his time and stays calm can get most fish.

A great place to cast to a fat redside below a tree.

A great place to cast to a fat redside below a tree.

POSITION: Now that you have studied your fish and patiently watched and observed what the trout was eating, finding the best angle or place to cast from is the next step in a good battle plan and carries just as much importance as any other of the components of becoming a good trout angler. Some fish you find the answer will be straight forward, others will take some thought and this is where the chess match begins. On my waters the most common position is behind the fish. Trout have 270 degree field of view and one big blind spot, that’s right behind them. On most of the spring creeks I have fished from the best shots were quartering up to the fish from behind them. Some fish make that perfect situation unavailable. so them we have to be smart and take extra care to find the next best position.

Accuracy helped to take this hot redside!! sometimes one good cast is better than 30 average ones.

Accuracy helped to take this hot redside!! sometimes one good cast is better than 30 average ones.

ACCURACY: I know that most of us want more distance in our casts. I know that for sure as a distance caster. In 99.999% of all trout angling situations accuracy will be more sought after than distance. That said most flats fishing is about accuracy, maybe more from 40-70 feet. I believe that someone who practices 1 day a week on making accurate cast from 20-30 feet will improve their trout catch rate immensely. So get out in your yard, or the street, the local park, or even your local river and practice.

Hope you all get out and find a few like this one!!

Hope you all get out and find a few like this one!!

Just a heads up Spey Nation is in 2 weeks I still have a few openings in the Sunday class. If anyone is interested shoot me an email. I am excited to be there!! Cant wait to see you all again.