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2019 About Time

Here we are a couple week into 2019. The government is shut down. The holiday burn is finally over. The weather has been, well the weather. Winter Steelhead are being themselves. Tough to find elusive and rewarding. If you have not been out you should. It is way harder to catch Steelhead from the couch than from the river.

Organize your fishing stuff now and have a better season.

If your still looking to get out, make sure you go through all you necessary items before getting to the river. Number 1 so you know where it is when needed. Number 2 to make sure it is not out or low. Things like tippet, sink tips, and the working fly.

Tailing a Steelhead in last years Deschutes Spey School.

now I have spent the last year very busy and this fall/winter busy as well. I will start blogging again on a weekly/bi-weekly basis. As for now, here are some new things to come. This year again I will be doing the 3 day Spey School on the Deschutes. This will happen the last week of July. Second I will be doing a similar Spey school about fishing sink tips and deep flies in November. Lastly dates are not set  but sometime in the first 2 weeks of April a  competition Spey clinic at the Moreland ponds , date TBA.

Trying to tame a monster!!!

I have another big thing happening here in the next few weeks, so stay tuned to see!!!! Lastly, I have one open spot on my Costa Rica tarpon trip… if anyone is interested please contact me!! Thanks tight lines and talk soon.

 

TJ

The importance of the first time

A wonderful time for a first time steelhead angler on his first steelhead trip

Well the title says it all. The first time at anything can and is often times the most valued experience that can make or break a view or passion from an activity.

Looking back at a handful of my own firsts in life, I can say some have been amazing, Others very trying, Some regrettable, while a very few have been absolutely amazing.

My brother with a Redfish on his first saltwater trip!!

I think fly fishing in general and even more so Spey casting for steelhead. The act of steelhead fishing alone is never a 100% thing. Coupled with most first timers fear of a new rod with a casting motions that seem to have more moves than a hip hop dancer. Positive affirmations is this game are so hard to come by. Needless to say Spey casting can look and seem overwhelming.

A group of angler taking their first steps into Spey casting

This is why I give so much attention to the beginnings of a new Spey caster. They need the positives reinforcement that they are making steps in the right direction. Even if they are small and seem unimportant. Affirmation is the key to building good techniques and toughening the skin of steelhead for the work to come. The road in out beloved sport is met with as many hardships and loses as it is meant with victories. The casting is one of the only parts about this wonderful event known as angling.

Now as we all take our second and third attempts and new things we learn more about how these things can fit in our lives and how we can grow into them. But getting through that first go, is a crucial part of any new activity.

Even the first steelhead of the year is an amazing event and I have caught a fair amount of steelhead!!!

I have recently been told, “Learning is SOOO hard!”. Never have these words been more true than on the brow of a great teacher. Find the instructor that compliments you and than stay open minded, you never know what you can learn or even teach in the end.

This season has been the best down year I can remember. I won’t soon forget some of the small and large victories as well and the wonderful people I have guided along the way. It is not quite done but I can say I am already looking forward to the next step in my journey as a guide and outfitter. Hope everyone is getting out fishing and kicking lots of fish ass!!

Finally!! The Spey Booklet is on line for sale

spey-cast-instruction-bookle

This detailed booklet will help Spey casters of any level to better understand the principles of modern Spey casting.

Sorry for the wait, my Spey fishing and casting friends and community. The Spey booklet is now online, in a hard copy and a downloadable PDF will be up shortly as well. here is the link to the page http://speyfishingoregon.com/product/spey-casting-booklet-travis-johnson/ Enjoy

Placing your energy on working hard at anything will always pay out!!!

On to the current Steelhead news. The Deschutes Steelhead fishing has been about the same since we began guiding back in July. Fish hard with an open mind and your chin up and you will find a fish a day. The year of low numbers is not the worst thing as anglers we could have. The ability to go fishing still is present, closed to angling could be way worse. By going fishing you show respect for the rivers that Steelhead live in. By not going you might save a few dollars, but those dollars we put into the love of steelhead are just as important to the communities and the people that have made the chasing of Steelhead their lives. Just food for thought, i know we all care for these fish, hope everyone is getting out on the water!! Thanks