Jay Nicholas Revised Tips on Tying a Short Hollow Deceiver Fly

In this video Jay ties a short “Hollow Style” deceiver pattern.

Here he ties a Hollow fly which is much smaller and shares his years of experience tying these beautiful flies. A universal fly for bass, pike, musky, salmon, just about anything. Tie them in different colors. Strip em, drag em, dip em.

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Hook: Ahrex PR320 Predator Stinger (Jay prefers a longer shank)
Thread: Veevus GSP 150D
Lateral Scale: As preferred Krystal Flash, Flashabou, Etc.
Wing: Bucktail (slight crinkle, longer vs. shorter)
Cement: Hard as Hull, Zap a Gap, Loctite
Head Cement: Solarez Bone Dry
Eyes: Hareline Real Fake Jungle Cock
Tool: Jawn

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Tips on Tying Hollow Flies with Jay Nicholas

In this video, Jay discusses materials such as buck-tail, hackle, and hook selection to tie beautiful hollow flies for big fish.

Discussions include building stations on the hook, tying & selecting buck-tail, hackle incorporation, and much more.

This fly is for salmon and albacore. Get out the big rods!!!

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Hook: Ahrex NS156
Thread: Veevus GSP 150D-200D
Adhesive: Loc Tight Brush On
Tail/Body: Bucktail
Eyes: Pro Tab Eyes
Head: Copic Marker
Solarez Bone Dry

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Patagonia Swiftcurrent Waders – Product Review

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Unaware to most of us, Tim, our spey casting guru had been field testing these waders for almost a year now. These new waders are the best designed wader on the market. They have excelled at comfort, durability, and fit. Listed below are the features of the most innovative designed waders from Patagonia.

Recycled Materials
Construction with Patagonia proprietary innovative 4-layers fabrics, the Swiftcurrents are the most durable, puncture-resistant and comfortable waders they have ever made – and new, every wader in the Swiftcurrent line is transitioning to 100% recycled face fabrics.
Single-Seam Construction
Unique patterning create a more durable, tapered, athletic fit that moves better in and out of the water.
Gusseted Crotch
Enhances fit, movement and durability by eliminating complex seam taping.
H2No® Performance Standard
All fabrics have been passed Patagonia’s rigorous H2No® Performance Standard and durability, waterproofness and breathability.
Advanced Features Sets
Features include Lightweight Black Hole fabric scuff guards and trims, updated EZ-Lock suspender systems and Patagonia Secure Stretch wading belt. New wading belt with better fit and hold multi tools better, also front belt loops
Innovative Booties
Anatomical booties on the expedition and midweight Swiftcurrents have a sock like fit, resist compaction and are poly grid-lined for warmth.
All front pockets can close, so no catching while rowing or casting.
at adjust for custom fit.

New Models include:

SwitftCurrent “Standard” Model
SwiftCurrent Packable
SwiftCurrent Expedition Zip
SwiftCurrent Expedition
SwiftCurrent Pant Wader

Swift 1

Pat 9

Pat 1

Pat 4

Pat 15

If you have the opportunity, come to shop and see them or give us a call at 541 342 7005 if you have any questions.

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Adhesive Eyes for Fly Tying – Nicholas’ Guide to Matching Hook and Eyes Sizes

Eyes for fly tying. Big eyes. little eyes. All colors you can imagine. Here is your single source of how to select the proper eye based on hook and fly size.

Eyes for fly tying. Big eyes. little eyes. All colors you can imagine. Here is your single source of how to select the proper eye based on hook and fly size.

Welcome to the World of Adhesive Eyes for Fly Tying
This blog post is created to serve as a guide for fly tyers who need recommendations for matching the size of adhesive eyes to hooks, deciding what length of fly might look right with different eye sizes, and pairing Fish Skull Fish Masks with hook and eye sizes. I’ll also provide tables to convert inches to mm and mm to inches.

The fly shops and catalogs are stuffed to overflowing with adhesive eyes. We have size options, color options, pupil options, and the combination of choices that are so complex that it can be difficult to make decisions. What size eye will fit on corresponding hook size. Do I want a round pupil? What about a horizontal pupil? Should I try the asymmetric elongated horizontal pupil eyes? Are yellow eyes better than red or silver or pearl?

Are there too many choices in adhesive eyes?
Of course not. We are, after all, creative artists when we sit at the fly tying bench, and the availability of different sizes, colors, and shapes of eyes only provides us with a wider range of options for how we may adorn our flies, and it also allows us more choices when it comes to imitating specific baitfish, on the presumption that our target fish species are feeding selectively.

Here’s what you will find in the remainder of this post.
1. Inches to mm Conversion
2. mm to Inches Conversion
3. Recommendations for Hook size – Fly Length & Eye Size in Inches
4. Recommendations for Hook size – Fly Length & Eye Size in mm
5. General considerations regarding adhesive eyes for fly tying
• Does the glue, epoxy, or UV cure matter?
• Saltwater vs. freshwater hooks
• Are labeled sizes accurate?
• Are the adhesives sufficient to secure the eyes on a fly?
• Is pupil shape crucial to fly effectiveness?
• Does eye color make a difference to fly effectiveness?
• Can Fish-Skull Fish-Masks be used with different eyes?

First, Let’s run through the metrics of converting inches to mm, and metric to English measurements, in the following two tables.

Inches to mm Conversion

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Now, let’s review my recommendations for deciding what size eyes are best for different hook sizes.

Recommendations for Hook size &
Fly Length & Eye Size in Inches

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General considerations regarding adhesive eyes for fly tying.
There is more to the process of tying flies with adhesive eyes that merely getting sizes matched. Here are some of the questions most tyers ask about using these eyes.

Does the glue, epoxy, or UV cure matter?
Yes. This is a crucial factor, and the best advice I can offer is that the smaller eyes require a thinner consistency of UV cure and the application of less cure to the fly. Application of Fish-Skull Fish Masks generally requires some sort of superglue, like Zap or Lock Tite. I tie more with eyes secured to my streamer with a big head formed of UV cure, usually Solarez. These UV resins can be made thinker by placing the bottle in a bowl of warm water and being careful that the bottle does not tip over in the bowl.

Saltwater vs. freshwater hooks
The hook-size recommendations I have made here are based entirely on saltwater hooks, or on the largest of freshwater hooks that might be used on a giant pike, alligator, and musky flies.

Are labeled sizes accurate?
This is a quality control issue. My opinion in this regard is that, yes, the sizes are accurate within a batch of eyes produced in a specific product run. These might be a hundred thousand cards with a dozen eyes on each card, and I doubt that the size varies at all within this product run. As with most products of low value and big number, the size of eyes from one production run to another might vary. On the whole, however, the advertised size is probably pretty darn accurately labeled.

Are the adhesives sufficient to secure the eyes on a fly?
No. The adhesives on the back of these fly tying eyes are adequate to hold them on a paper backing, but they might slip off a plastic sheet. I find the adhesive is usually OK to lightly hold the eye in place while I add some other glue or UV cure to make a more permanent bond on the head of the fly.

Is pupil shape crucial to fly effectiveness?
Honestly, I do not know. I usually fish the round-pupil eyes, but will tie with any eyes I have handy on my fly bench. I do not like to tie a set of a dozen flies with three different styles or sizes of eyes, but that is my OCD squeaking-out, rather than knowledge of how the fish will react. My advice here is to consider your intuition as well as whether or not you are trying to imitate a particular baitfish when making this choice.

Does eye color make a difference to fly effectiveness?
My opinion is that eye-color is more important to the angler than to the tyer, but some of my friends claim that some eye-colors induce more strikes than others. I leave this one in your hands to decide. Yellow eyes are common on some baitfish, and red colors could imply an injured prey. The palate of colors we have at hand in the fly shops is worth taking advantage of in you have any interest whatsoever.


Fish-Skull Fish-Mask Size V. Hook Size V. Eye Size

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Can Fish-Skull Fish-Masks be used with different eyes?
Sure, but finding a good match is tricky, so unless you have several packs of eyes laying around that you can experiment with, I recommend ordering the Fish-Skull Living Eyes so there is no chance of getting an imperfect fit.

My Best Wishes to all, and my hopes that the information in this post is useful.

Jay Nicholas, June 2020

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Bonefishing at Davis Lake Oregon


Strip, strip, strip, strip, stop, strip, he sees it, wait, you got him! No need to get on an airplane to chase cruising fish in shallow water in the Caribbean, you can simply drive up to Davis Lake.


The Lake is super low. I had to walk my boat through the Odell Creek Channel in spots. Calm mornings give anglers opportunities to spot cruising fish, cast super long leaders and catch really nice rainbows in challenging conditions.



Using a floating line an 18ft leader tapered to 5x fluorocarbon tippet, we cast small caddis pupae and small mayfly nymphs to cruising and rising fish from 7am to around 1:30pm. Once the sun go high the fishing seemed to really slow. Could be the sun angle beating down on the fish mid day.

Good patterns to have:
Bead Head Ascending Caddis
Epoxy Back Callibaetis

Alain’s BH Swimming Baetis


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McKenzie River Hopper Dropper June 2020

In this video, Hayden chases down a beautiful McKenzie River redside trout using a hopper-dropper setup.

June has proven to be an excellent month for fishing the McKenzie. Early June started cloudy with rainy days here and there, but the hatches were wonderful and continue to be.

As the days get hotter, early morning and afternoons are the ticket for the surface action!

Dry Flies:
Chubby Chernobyl Gold, Purple, Brown Sizes 6-10
Parachute Adams Sizes 14-16
Elk Hair Caddis Brown Sizes 14-18
Purple Haze Sizes 10-14

Mega Prince Sizes 6-10
Possie Bugger Sizes 8-12
Sen’s Improved Jigged Twenty-Incher Jig Fly Sizes 10-12
Jigged Frenchie Sizes 12-14

How To Rig A Hopper-Dropper System

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New RIO Fly Lines with SlickCast – Product Review

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I have had the opportunity to test RIO’s new RIO GOLD Elite and Premier RIO GOLD lines with SlickCast. The new SlickCast technology is a difference maker in slickness that you can feel from the very first cast. The coating has withstood being ground into the powered coated diamond plate floor of my drift boat better than any line before. After approximately 70 hours of fishing time with the line there is no noticeable reduction in slickness, cracking or any sort of wear. The lines I have fished have floated beautifully and cast even better. For full disclosure I have had The Elite GOLD 5wt on my Winston Air, Echo Trout and Sage X. All of the rods cast the lines great.

I have noticed a couple of fishing situations where the SlickCast has really made a difference. The first is the lines “shootability” from short with a hopper dropper rig, to getting longer quickly with one false cast. The extremely low friction created by SlickCast really does the trick when you want to go from 15ft to 40ft on a bank on a dime. The other situation is fishing a lake with lots of floating algae. The SlickCast lines performed like a new line for the entire time I had in on the lake despite no cleaning. The line remained slick as hell and flew through the guides.

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There are eight new fly lines from RIO with SlickCast technology. All are existing proven tapers anglers have come to know and love.

The eight are further divided into two series, Elite and Premier. The key difference between the Elite and the Premier series is Elite lines have low stretch ConnectCore Plus. “ConnectCore Plus provides a radical increase in line durability, coating smoothness and overall performance. ConnectCore Plus stretches 30% less than standard cores, and gives anglers all the benefit of a low-stretch core–enhance sensitivity, less wasted energy and faster hook sets–with a significantly long lifespan.”

SlickCast coated lines are the slickest lines that have ever been on the market. In addition SlickCast continuously releases “slickening” agents that migrate to the lines surface. “This ensures that the line remains as slick as the day it was made–giving anglers many years of high performance and easy distance.”

Additional features to new SlickCast lines are MaxFloat Tip, Surefire triple color marking system, front and back welded loops, DUALTONE and Easy ID.

Elite_RIO Gold_Box

The Elite RIO GOLD is the “gold standard” for trout tapers. Add SlickCast and and ConnectCore Plus and you have the best all around trout line you can buy.

Elite_RIO Grand_Box

The Elite RIO GRAND line is one full line size heavy and perfect for the fast action rods of the day.

Elite_Technical Trout_Box

The Elite Technical Trout line is the ultimate presentation line. Small dries, lengthy casts and perfect presentations call for the Elite Technical Trout.

Elite_RIO Perception_Box

The Elite Perception line is a fantastic easy loading line for a wide range of fly sizes in mid to small sized waters.

Premier_RIO Gold_Box

The Premier GOLD line has the same great taper and SlickCast without ConnectCore.

Premier_RIO Grand_Box

The Premier RIO GRAND is a line size heavy and will cast great on stiffer fast action rods.

Premier_Technical Trout_Box

The Premier Technical Trout is the ultimate presentation line for picky feeders at distance.

Premier_RIO Perception_Box

The Premier Perception line is an easy loading line for a wide range of fly sizes on small to mid sized waters.

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Jay’s Composite Loop Variant Freight Train Fly

In this video, Jay uses two new tools to create a custom composite loop brush for a variation of a classic steelhead pattern the Freight Train. This fly can be swung, dead drifted, and skated for steelhead, but use it for trout with both trout spey rods and single handed rods.

Loon Outdoor’s D Loop Tweezer and Hareline’s Finger Dubbing Brush are some of the best fly tying tools to come out in a long time and make custom composite loop brushes less complicated than using wires and other devices.


Ahrex NS115 Nordic Salt Hook Size 2
Danville 210D White
Hareline Flat Diamond Braid Shrimp Pink
Senyo’s Barred Predator Wrap
Senyo’s Freckled Predator Wrap
Senyo’s Fusion Dubbing
Steve Farrar SF Blend

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Celebrate Father’s Day with Catch Magazine!


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Video – Reclaiming the Klamath

From High Country News

The Klamath water crisis has shaped the Yurok Tribe for a generation. Many feel a fierce responsibility for a river that not only carries fish and water, but centuries of stories and struggle. Now, for the first time, one of the tribe’s own citizens is leading its long-running legal fight for increased water flows in the Klamath.

Read the whole story HERE.

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McKenzie and Willamette Rivers Fishing Well mid June 2020


The McKenzie and Middle Fork of the Willamette have been fishing really well. Hatches of Pale Morning Duns, Green Drakes, Blue Winged Olives and Brown Caddis have been strong during the last week of wet weather. Mayflies have been hatching mid to late afternoon and wet weather has made lift off difficult. Mayflies have been struggling to get off the water and have been available to fish!


With the onset of Summer on the horizon look for those hatches to move later in the day. If you don’t see hatches mid day don’t worry, fish still recognize the big Drake or larger caddis and they will rise to those patterns. Look for Little Yellow Stone Hatches to intensify in the coming warmer days. You may see some Salmon Flies and Golden Stones as well. Of course going down with a nymph will be super effective as well. Try the following nymphs: Hindmarsh’s Pleaboi, Jigged Iron Sally, Jigged Hares Ear and Pheasant Tails.


Happy Fathers day to all the dads and enjoy your time on the water.

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Review of Fly Tying Cements, Adhesives, and UV Resins: Part 4 – Summary Charts

Jay Nicholas Chinook Deceiver a 2

Here we are, finally, Part 4 of our 4-part cement review.

How could I have known, back in 1963, that one simple bottle of glue from Herter’s would evolve to  this wide assortment of products that are available to the ordinary fly tyer?

Not possible.  Of course, that was a time when my family had one telephone, a black rotary corded phone with a phone number I still remember to this day.

As promised, this part of our post is simply a recap of the conversational review of these adhesive and finishing products – minus the wisdom.

The first chart will summarize traditional fly tying cements and UV resins (minus the Solarez products).

The second chart will summarize the Solarez products offered specifically to Fly Tyers.

For many tyers, these two tables are worth saving or copying to your computer and printing out to save in a folder or 3 ring binder at the side of your fly bench.

From our vantage point here in spring of 2020, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, I wish you all health and safety in your fly tying dens, basements, garages, attics, and wherever you are when you tie. May we all soon be fishing.

Jay Nicholas, late April, 2020


Traditional fly tying cements – Graphic Overview

Caddis fly shop SS non-Solarez review

Solarez UV Resins– Graphic Overview

Caddis fly shop SS Solarez review


Thank you. May your fly tying be ever joyous.

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Green & Red Hollow Deceiver Fly Tying Video for Peacock Bass/Golden Dorado

In this video, Jay ties a huge hollow fly used to hunt out predator fish.

Incorporating saddle hackles in different colors and flash to catch the fishes attention, these flies are for your 8 & 9 weight rods and are fun to tie.

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Hook: Ahrex PR320 4-6/0
Thread: Veevus GSP 150D White
Cement: Loctite or Hard as Hull
Tail: Strung Saddles (6-8) Forest Green & Red
Flash: Mixture of several colors of Holographic Flashbou & Magnum Flashabou
4 Hollow Stations: Alternate Green & Red Bucktail
Finishing Bucktail: Yellow Bucktail
Eyes: Pro Tab or Jungle Cock sub
Head: Copic Marker

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Review of Fly Tying Cements, Adhesives, and UV Resins: Part 3 – Solarez UV Resins

Solarez – Product Review & Application Guide

Jay Nicholas Solarez Thick

As promised, Part 3 of our review will focus on to the Solarez UV resins specifically packaged for fly tyers, a product line so extensive and effective that I believe it deserves special treatment.

Tips for handling UV Resins.

1. I learned to use Clear Cure Goo as my first UV resin. The product was OK. It was faster and more convenient than the five-minute epoxy and the flies tied with it were durable and caught fish. But the new evolution products are by far superior. Seriously superior. The old resins got sticky so you had to coat them with thin head cement. The old resins would yellow and crack over time. These new resins are smooth, never sticky, never crack, and stay clear as glass after weeks of sun exposure

2. Solarez is a resin produced by surf board specialists. These professionals take their sport seriously, and the demands placed on their resins are extreme when compared to our expectations as fly tyers. I say this not because I am an expert in these matters, but as information that I take note of when testing and evaluating the potions that I use on my flies.

3. Anyone who ties with these resins, except for the bone-dry, will tell you that it takes time and repetition to get the hang of it.

4. The bone-dry is so much like a thin head cement that it is very easy to get accustomed to.

5. When an experienced tyer says these are easy to use, that is true, but only because they have time under their belt practicing. Do not get discouraged.

6. These liquids are vulnerable to any sunlight, so do not try applying to your flies outdoors unless you are a fast applicator and have practices before you go at it with a large number of flies.

7. You can cure your fly heads by laying flies outside, or putting them on a rotating wheel. This is best used if you use your UV torch (flashlight) first, to get the surface of the resin set enough to hold shape for the time it takes to get them outside.

8. These resins get more viscous on cold days than warm. When I tie flies in my garage in winter, I wear a coat and put my Solarez bottle in a narrow glass of warm water. The warmth allows the resin to flow more easily than it would if it was 60 degrees. The water doesn’t need to be hot, just comfortably warm to the touch.

9. Any UV resin will dry and get goopy over time. If you have a bottle that you have used off and on for two years, don’t be surprised if the left-overs in the bottom of the bottle have thick lumps. Do yourself a favor and get yourself a new bottle. This is not true for the small squeeze tubes. Put the. cap on, and they will last longer than the bottles.

Solarez Fly tying Resin 

Solarez Thick: Day in and day out, this is the formula I reach for more often than any other if I am tying Saltwater streamers for salmon and albacore. Use this resin to form the largest fly heads; it will hold in place a long time with minimum movement until you hit it with a UV light, often referred to as a torch.

Solarez Glow in Dark: Like the clear-thick-hard formula, this UV cure best when used on relatively large fly heads; as well as on flies that will be fished at night & in deep-water fishing. With finesse, it can be used with smaller fly heads too. Some tyers have found that they coat fly bodies like Chironomids and tout these when fishing deeper water in lakes. Tarpon, snook, and other saltwater anglers give this UC cure high marks

Solarez Medium : This formula will run faster than the thick and it is well suited to fly construction when you want to put a little dab between the eyes on top, hit it with the cure torch, then add a dab between the eyes on the underside, then repeat as you gradually build- the material between and around the eyes. hold-in-place. This also works well to “tack” an eye in place on the one side of a fly, then “tack” a eye on the other side, then add a larger dab that you let flow around the entire head as you rotate the fly in your vise – before hitting it with the torch.

Solarez Medium FLEX: This is definitely a viscosity that lies somewhere between the thick hard and the thin hard, but I would place the needle somewhere closer to the thick than to the thin side of the meter.

I have found this works well on heads of flies especially where I put a coating completely around the wing and belly behind the eyes. This is common as a way to foul-proof flies, and the flex seems particularly well suited for this.

Solarez Thin: heads on small flies, perdigones, and steelhead wet flies – all of these are fair game for this formula.

Jay Nicholas Solarez Bone Dry

Solarez “Bone-Dry: this bottle is equipped with the most slender brush applicator I have ever seen. This makes it perfect to apply this very thin viscosity cure to the head of very small flies as well as to the body of chironomids of all sizes.

Solarez Roadie Kit: This kit is very good investment if you travel and might need to tie some flies to suite local conditions. You get a good variety of resins with maximum adaptability and a very good UV Cure light

Solarez Pro Roadie Kit: The Pro kit provides larger quantities of UV resin and is therefore a better investment if you will tie big flies on your trip of a lifetime. This is a case of “don’t skimp.”

Solarez Fly Tie Color: These 5-gram bottles are amazing. The resin hardens with a gloss that makes an ideal foundation for trigger points, highlight attractors, and fly heads as well. We have been looking for a solid quality resin like this for. years – now we got it.

While all of the UV products currently available on the market for fly tyers are very good, in my opinion, all are superior to the cure goos i worked with nearly ten years ago.

Two problems we encountered in those days were 1) yellowing of the resin over  time, and 2) sticky resins even after proper cure times. The first issue had no  solution. The second issue was supposedly resolved by adding a thin coat of finish UV cure after the main body of resin hardened.

I was never satisfied with that answer to stickiness, so i lived with it, like most of us did in order to bypass the laborious production of working with epoxy.

I can state categorically, Solarez UV cures do not yellow, and they are not sticvky, ever, with the possible matter of the Flex formula, and i find it hard to imagine a flex gthat is not at least a little non-glossy.

So there you have it, most ardent fly tyer-blog readers.

May you all stay healthy in this difficult time of the mist awful virus, and may we all be fishing shortly.

Jay Nicholas, June 2020

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Native Fish Society Action Alert – Crooked River


From the Native Fish Society

Speak up on the need for fish passage, not mitigation, at Bowman Dam on the Crooked River

A preliminary permit to add hydropower generation at Bowman Dam on the Crooked River has triggered Oregon’s fish passage requirements. The licensee has requested a waiver from the requirements and has proposed mitigation in lieu of establishing the required fish passage at the dam. ODFW’s required Benefit Analysis found “that the proposed mitigation actions will not provide greater benefits than if passage were provided at the Dam.” This analysis found that establishing fish passage at Bowman Dam would provide connectivity for redband trout below the dam with 498 miles of habitat above the dam. It would also provide key connectivity to 63 miles of steelhead trout habitat and 53 miles of historic spawning and rearing habitat for spring Chinook salmon, both of which are actively being reintroduced to the upper Deschutes basin. Please send a comment by June 22 encouraging ODFW and the Oregon Fish Passage Task Force to deny the requested waiver, and tell them that reconnecting the Crooked River is critical to reviving abundant, wild fish in the Deschutes Basin.

How to comment: Send comments to Ted Wise, ODFW East Region Hydropower Program Coordinator at 61374 Parrell Road Bend, OR 97702, by e-mail, ted.g.wise@state.or.us, or by calling (541) 633-1115.

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