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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

Looking Forward to 2017!!!!

That was the right way to finish a tough season!! Looking forward to a big 2017!!

That was the right way to finish a tough season!! Looking forward to a big 2017!!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to an exciting fishing filled 2017!! After being away from life for the past 17 days I am ready to get back at it!!! There are still some openings in all the up coming months but space is getting tight, if you are thinking about booking a trip now is the time! I feel this will be one of AWA’s best years and we here would like nothing more than to get you out on the water!!!

 

Kicking ass in 2017!!!

Kicking ass in 2017!!!

I also want to thank each and every person that climbed in an AWA boat or a casting pond/class with us as well. Your drive to fish with the best and become better anglers in the process is why I do what I do. So with that I promise to work harder and to teach better in the up coming year! Cant wait for whats to come!!!!! Talk to you all soon!!! Thank you all

 

Travis Johnson

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!