Dog Days of Summer? – Plenty of Fly Fishing in Oregon

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A mild three weeks of July is finally giving way to a hot week of weather, but fishing opportunities are still immense in the great state of Oregon.

Locally the McKenzie and Willamette are maintaining cold water temperatures. While the best of our early season hatches have certainly come and gone some good morning and evening opportunities still exist. Pale Morning Duns, Little Yellow Stones and smaller caddis are excellent patterns to fish on the surface during the low light hours. Get deeper when the sun is at it’s highest with Possie Buggers, Copper Johns and Jigged Pheasant Tails. Steelhead fishing remains solid with the Willamette producing most consistently.

More opportunities around the state

Smallmouth Bass – Both the Umpqua and John Day rivers get lower and warmer but the bass fishing remains great. Poppers early in the day and buggers and clousers subsurface catch fish consistently throughout the summer.

Steelhead – The North Umpqua and North Santiam are excellent spots to check out this time of year. The North Umpqua is it’s usual tough self. The North Santiam is a bit of a sleeper with quite a few fish and less pressure in the upper reaches. The mouth of the Deschutes is getting some fish sneaking up the river as well.

Trout – This is a forgotten time on the Deschutes. If you have time to get over and fish the lower river for trout you may find very few folks and plenty of willing fish in the eddies. All of the smaller waters in the Willamette Valley are worth a look, the Middle Fork above Hills Creek Reservoir, the South Fork of the McKenzie above Cougar Reservoir, bring your “attractor” patterns, wet wading gear, a 3wt, and have a blast.

Oregon Coast – Tuna are offshore between 25-45 miles, Black Rock Bass are in close if you haven’t tried this prolific fishery give Pacific City Fly Fishing a call and give it a shot.

High Lakes – Crane Prairie Reservoir is on and off with some beautiful fish being take on chironomids and slender leech patterns. East Lake is in the midst of it’s prolific callibaetis emergence and we have heard some good reports about Davis Lake as well.

The days are already getting shorter and it will be fall before you know it. Get out there and enjoy some summer fishing!

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Freshwater Trust, Fishing on the Deschutes

The folks at Freshwater Trust recently published a new video, featuring the staff’s philosophy and connection to fly fishing and conservation. Worth a watch:

It’s The River That Binds Us: A Staff Story from The Freshwater Trust on Vimeo.

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Silvenator Fly Tying Video

Tony Torrence demonstrates how to tie one of our very favorite summer steelhead flies. The Silvenator is a versatile tube fly pattern that sinks when you need it to, but swings beautifully as well. Black and blue combos, black and orange as well as others are very effective summer and winter steelhead flies.

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Purple Silvenator

Tube: Prosportfisher Clear Micro Tube and Pro Hook Guide, Or HMH 3/32 Small Rigid tube
Thread: Uni-thread 6/0, Purple
Bead: 1/4” Spirit River Hot Bead, Fl. Salmon Pink
Wing: Hareline Purple Zonker Rabbit Strip, and Purple Ostrich Herl
Flash: Angel Hair, Purple Ice
Hackle: Hareline Chinese Strung Saddle Hackle, Purple

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Fly Cup Recycle Gets you 15% Off Fly Purchases This Week

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Bring in your old fly cups and stock up for the Summer fly fishing season. When you return one or more of our plastic fly cups you will get 15% off of your fly purchase this week. July 18-24, 2016. Offer does not apply to other items.

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This is an excellent opportunity to stock up on the basics and fill in gaps you may need for the Summer season. Golden Stones, little yellow stones, green drakes, soft Hackles, possie buggers, princes, small caddis, and parachute adams are flies that consistently catch fish throughout the summer. If you are headed to the high lakes we have you covered with callibaetis patterns, damsels, dragons, leeches and buggers. New steelhead patterns have just arrived including Aqua Flies, Moal Leeches, and “sparser” patterns for the low water we are having on the Willamette system.

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Lingcod Clouser with EP Craft Fur Brush Fly Tying Video

Jay Nicholas demonstrates how to tie a large and durable clouser pattern utilizing EP Craft Fur Brushes. Craft Fur is one of the very best streamer fibers available. Now woven on a wire brush the fiber is even easier to use!

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Lingcod Clouser

Thread: Danville 210D Chartreuse
Hook: Gamakatsu SC15 3/0
Belly: Farrar’s Blend UV White
Flash: Lateral Scale
Wing Brush: EP Craft Fur Brush Hot Pink/Purple
Lateral Line: SF Blend Fl. Chartreuse
Back: SF Blend Bleeding Mackerel
Glue: Zap a Gap Brush
Eyes: XL Plated Lead Eyes

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Duo Slamo – Isla de la Juventud

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This years Caddis Fly Shop hosted Cuba trip was on the Isle of Youth aboard Georgiana Yacht. We again utilized Avalon Fishing and Fly Fishing Caribe for our booking.

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We originally booked the smaller Perola craft but due to a water pump issue our group was moved to the larger 100ft Georgiana yacht.

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The Island of Youth is located on the South Side of the Cuban mainland and was the subject of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island. The sleepy but large fishing and agriculture focused island is not a tourist hot spot by any means.

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Getting there

We woke at on July 2nd, way to early but limited flights and wanting to fish as early as possible this is the best option. We were transported via bus from our downtown Havana hotel “Parque Central” to the Jose Marti national airport; from there we flew to the island around 6am. A short bus ride to a marina on the east side of the island and we arrived at our boat.

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The Georgiana is indeed large but is in no way a luxury yacht. In fact it needs a bit of work and has maintenance is scheduled this off-season. The boat’s size does allow for guests to have there own single accommodation. The staff is friendly and accommodating. Our food was good; lobster was served virtually every meal, fresh fish, fresh fruit, beans and rice, excellent soups all were standard fare.

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Day one is a scheduled half-day of fishing while the boat moves out of the marina to an anchorage on one of the innumerable cays between the Island of Youth and Cayo Largo. Like all of Avalon Fishing’s locations around Cuba the truly amazing and unique aspect of the fishing location is that you will see virtually no other anglers during your stay. Our group of 5 anglers had what seemed like 100 square miles of reefs, cays, channels and other ideal fish habitat alone. The price of a fishing trip to Cuba is expensive but as long as this solitude can be maintained to some degree it’s well worth the price of admission.

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The rest of our fishing days were great. I loved the program of, fish from 8am to 1pm, eat a nice lunch and go out between 3-4pm, and fish until 8pm. On the last day we had to be back at the dock by 5pm and our day shifted to an 8-5pm day with a shorter lunch break.

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The fishing area surround the Island of Youth is know more as a tarpon fishing zone than most other areas of Cuba. The nearby reefs and channels provide a steady stream of moving tarpon anglers can target depending upon weather and tidal conditions. There are bonefish and a couple of zones during our stay had flats the guides felt were suited for permit fishing.

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Our group had good fishing. Tarpon and bonefish were caught every day and we were fortunate enough to catch two permit as well. The Permit were caught on consecutive mornings and both led to “Grand Slams”. We caught many more “baby” tarpon than larger fish but we certainly had our opportunities. Our weather was fantastic; minimal winds for the most part, mostly sunny conditions.

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The guides that were assigned to our group were very good, in particular “Landy” the guide Shauna, the kids and I shared had superb English and a great “handle” on were to be when. Landy guided us into the Permit and stuck with it until the slam was complete.

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We have led quite a few excursions to Cuba since 2001 and now feel we have an excellent understanding of the great variety of fishing available through Avalon Fishing Charters. This year’s trip was a reminder of the benefits of a live aboard boat fishing program. Travel in Cuba is generally problematic and while it looks like more American carriers are going to fly into more locations around the country of Cuba, there are very limited “in country flights”. Getting to your fishing destination can require some long days, some serious “hurry up and wait” situations and some flexibility/patience when required.

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We consider the to trips below as the very best. There are others of course and I am happy to help with what to expect on both the land based operations and other “floating hotel” and live a board options that we have experienced in Cuba.

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Best land based operation – Cayo Largo see our article here: Cayo Largo here.

Best Boat experience – Avalon I – See our article on Cayo Cruz aboard Avalon I here.

Next years trip is aboard the Avalon I in the Jardines de la Reina we really feel this is the ideal mix of tremendous variety and deluxe accommodation. We still have a few spots available on this Cuban Fly Fishing Adventure. Give me a call or email if you would like to inquire further. Dates June 23-July 1, 2017. Cost $6900.

Chris Daughters

caddiseug@yahoo.com

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Introduction and Interview with Doug Brutaco of Aqua Flies

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Aqua Flies. New Kid on the block. Impressive flies. Very nice. Very tasty. I purchased several patterns and am busily trying to adapt my own flies with the new inspiration I’ve found in these beauties.

Doug Brutocao. Doug is the man who runs Aqua Flies. Doug’s introduction to fly fishing was a lot like mine, except he was a few years over me, 15 versus 13, and he started with a Fenwick while iIstarted with a Japanese bamboo rod. We both started with Pfluger fly reels though. We both read books and had help along the way. My help was from people like Audrey Joy and Lloyd Byerly of Portland Oregon Doug watched Grant King at work, along with people like Bill Schaadt, Hal Jansen, Bob Nauheim and other California fly angler/tyers.

Doug has traveled and fished more destinations than I have too. Places like Alaska, BC, New Brunswick and Russia have been on his itinerary, but BC has been my only out of country venture for sea run fish.

While I was tying for a few retailers, Doug founded Doug’s Bugs at the age of 18 — my semi-commercial tying was as a grad student at OSU and then in my spare time while working full time as a fish biologist.

Doug tells me that he formed Aqua Flies to take the state of commercially produced steelhead and salmon flies to a new level. I look at his bugs and think he has achieved just that. Nice job Doug.

The Caddis Fly Shop is pleased to offer Aquaflies online – after our in-store clients welcomed these patterns with enthusiasm.

Here is a brief Interview with Doug agreed to let me use to help introduce his product line.

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Aqua Flies Q/A (July 2016)

Jay: How did you decide on the traditional steelhead and salmon fly patterns you would carry?

Doug: We noticed that the traditional steelhead fly we know 25 years ago was becoming increasingly difficult to find.  It was easy to find a Green Butt Skunk, but many of the other patterns were simply disappearing from the view of fly shop buyers and consumers. The flies you would find were not up to par, except for those flies that were being tied by regional commercial fly tiers. The quality that was on the market was very poor from the use of inferior quality hooks, bad proportions and incorrect color schemes.  We wanted to show shops that we could produce a quality fly that is tied correctly, a good way to do that is with old school patterns with a little bit of glitz.

Jay: How did you meet and decide to work with people like Greg Senyo and Brett Jensen as two examples of your signature flies?

Doug:  Not only do we respect tradition, but we want to be cutting edge.  Greg is well known for developing new fly tying materials and incorporating those new materials into his innovative patterns.  Our lineup of flies was lacking the style of fly that the swing guys in the Great Lakes like to use.  Shops in the Great Lakes were telling us that our patterns looked great, but not exactly what they like to use.  So we fumbled around with a few things until Greg came to us and offered us two patterns as a trial.  As soon as Greg saw the quality and our ability to tie his fly almost exactly as it had come off of his vise, he opened up his box and gave us more patterns to tie.

I had fished on and off  with Brett for many years.  His flies always impressed me, he had good proportions, good color selections, neatly tied and they caught fish.  A few years ago I had a chance to fish with Brett on the Klamath.  We were all having success that day.  I asked Brett what he was using and he showed me his Klamath Caddis, I had seen the fly a number of years ago in his box, but never saw the fly in action.  HE gave me a few to use along with his Obie Skater.  I asked if he would mind if we produced the flies, thinking they would be popular only in Northern California.  He was excited at the opportunity and suggested that he submit some other patterns.  From the get go, his patterns have sold very well, with sales from BC to California.

Jay: I think I see some hooks that are different from those I am accustomed to fishing. Can you share a little information about these hooks and why you selected them for your flies?

Doug: We use Gamakatsu Octopus hooks for our trailer hooks on most of our flies.  The little trailer hooks that are ring eye are out of Korea called Iseama.  The traditional flies are tied on Maruto out of Japan.  Tubes are rigged with the Iseama hooks also. I chose the very best hooks I could find considering sharpness, durability, shape, and wire diameter at each size.

Jay: Could you note a few of the new fly patterns you plan on releasing in the autumn of 2016?

Doug:  We have the honor to be working with Jerry French on his patterns.  Being the father of the Intruder and an innovator in tying using the composite loops, we were thrilled.  IT is very challenging for your tiers to switch gears when tying Jerry’s flies, but they are tuning out very well.  This is a project that has taken over a year to develop, but we feel that there is nothing like Jerry’s flies on the market.   In addition to his Intruders, we will be tying the Dirty Hoh, Summer Sculpin and Jerry’s Waker Maker.

Stu Foxall has also submitted some very nice patterns for release this fall.  He has a PrawnTruder tube fly.  This fly is a little different in that the rubber legs are tied underneath the fly to represent the legs of the prawn.  When looking at the fly from behind, it looks just like a prawn with the eyes, feelers and fluttering legs.  Small brass eyes are tied on the bottom of the tube so the fly rides with legs hanging down.  Very cool pattern.

We will also be introducing a line of marabou tube flies  that incorporate the Pro Sport Fisher Ultra Sonic discs.

 

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End  of Jay’s Interview with Doug

Post Script: 

The Caddis Fly Shop is pleased to announce that our stock of Aquaflies is sufficient to list most patterns we carry online.

My photography is less than optimum, but these flies are the best examples of commercially tied flies that I would be confident fishing myself. kThe following photos are representative of patterns we will stock with more to come by the likes of Greg Senyo and Jerry French and maybe, possibly, a few flies by Jay Nicholas in 2017.

Here are some quick links to the flies we currently stock, absent the riffle hitch skaters we now have in the shop but I just have not placed the link here yet. My bad.

Aqua Flies incite me to swing other people’s flies — and I bet you will feel the same when you see them in person.

Brett’s Obie Skaters

Brett’s Klamath Skaters.

Stu’s Mini Intruders

Brett’s Klamath Intruders

Scorpion Stingers

Stu’s Barred Ostrich Intruders

Senyo’s Predator Scandi

 

Senyo’s OCD

 

 

 

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Brett’s Obie Skaters and Klamath Skaters.

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Stu’s Mini Intruders

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Scorpion Stingers

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Brett’s Klamath Intruders

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Stu’s Mini Intruders

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Stu’s Barred Ostrich Intruders

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Senyo’s Predator Scandi

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Senyo’s OCD

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Jay Nicholas – July 2016

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Support Recovering America’s Wildlife Act!

A bill was introduced last week in Congress to provide $1.3 billion annually for wildlife conservation across the United States. The proposed legislation, called the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 5650), was authored by Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Don Young (R-Alaska). It would use royalties from energy and mineral development on federal lands and waters to fund the Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program.

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The bill was inspired by a report released last spring by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources:

Our generation has been blessed with abundant elk, wild turkeys and a diversity of sport fish—but this has not always been the case. A century ago, most game species were imperiled and our nation was facing a fish and wildlife crisis. Fortunately hunters, anglers and the shooting sports and fishing industries rose to the occasion and secured funding so the states could do the important work of restoring and managing fish and wildlife. This remarkable partnership led to one of the greatest conservation success stories the world has known. Yet what is hidden from most Americans is another impending fish and wildlife crisis.

For every game species that is thriving, hundreds of nongame species are in decline. Unlike the conservation finance system that was created for game and sport fish, there is no comparable funding mechanism to manage the majority of fish and wildlife under state stewardship. As a result, thousands of species of birds, frogs, turtles and even the iconic monarch butterfly are slipping through the cracks and could become endangered in the future.

The next step is to secure bipartisan co-sponsors of the bill. Let your representatives know you support this important legislation.

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North to Adventure: The Next Generation

For decades, our family has traveled far into the Canadian wilds to fish for northern pike and walleye at Lake Esnagi. You might remember some blogs posts from years back… Molson and whiskey-soaked weeks chasing forty-inch pike with fly rods.

This year, I took my son for the first time. On the first hour of the first day, he smacked his orbital bone on the side of the wooden boat and bled all over. We stuck a Sponge-Bob Band-Aid on it and hoped for the best – we were far from any roads or stitches. He stuck it out and spent the rest of the week reeling in large, toothy critters. I even had a chance to get a few on the 8-weight.

Some photos below. Hope you enjoy them.

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Greg Senyo’s Micro Shanks – a great new option for Micro Intruders and more!

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Many fly tyers have been in the process of down-sizing their Intruders, and have been exploring the world of swinging a variety of streamers and smallish Intruder style flies for trout.

Our friend Greg Senyo has teamed with Fish Skull and we now have these Micro Shanks at our disposal, at 17mm and 23mm to work with.

Senyo’s Micro Shanks will give us more options when tying than the excellent OPST 20mm Dumbell eye shanks, because the Senyo’s Micro Shanks have the ability to link two or more shanks together to make articulated style flies.

I will be featuring Micro Intruders tied on the OPST 20mm shanks and on these Senyo’s Micro Shanks this summer, but I wanted to spread the word about these two products now, in case my video schedule slips while I’m writing and fishing.

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For the present, here is a photo of a 1.75″ fly I just tied on a 23 mm Senyo’s Micro Shank: the hook is a #6 OPST Swing Hook. The accent is Pro Sportfisher HD Jungle Cock, the body is Senyo’s Muppet Fusion Dub. Feelers are Lady Amherst Pheasant, and the hackle is Ringneck Pheasant Rump.

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And here just above is another summer steelhead fly I just tied that I am quite sure will catch me a fish in the next few weeks (ha ha).

Any tyers who have struggled to craft small steelhead flies with trailer hooks will immediately recognize the excellence of these small shanks with features that include the shape of the shank, the finish, and the fine wire diameter. I recommend these Micro Shanks very highly.

Whether you are tying flies to swing on your MicroSpey rod for steelhead, crafting european style wet and dry flies for Atlantic Salmon, tying articulated Intruders in small sizes, or tying flies with clean short shank hooks for warmwater species, I think you will like this new product.

Jay Nicholas, June 2016

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SAGE ONE FLY ROD SALE 30% OFF SPEY, SWITCH and SINGLE HAND MODELS

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While they last, and we have a bunch, SAGE ONE rods are discounted at least 30% off. The ONE series of rods has been the flagship model for SAGE for over eight years now and it’s time for it’s successor the SAGE X to step in and take over.

We have a very large stock of SAGE ONE single hand rods, SAGE ONE Switch Rods, and SAGE ONE Spey Rods. Rods will be discounted at least 30%. Additionally the SAGE ESN (European Nymphing models) and SAGE CIRCA models are being discontinued and we have those marked down 30% as well.

Stop in and pick one up or, order online at Caddisflyshop.com-SAGE-ONE-SALE

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Summer Fishing Conditions on the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers

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Gorgeous summer days look to be in front of us for a while. Water levels are fantastic for wading and boating. Steelhead counts are looking good, welcome to the Willamette Valley!

Hatches have slowed for sure on the McKenzie and Willamette and anglers should focus on smaller bugs and lower light conditions at this stage. Make sure to have Pale Morning Duns, Little Yellow Stones, and small Parachute Caddis in your box. Yesterday around mid morning I did find quite a few fish rising on the upper McKenzie. They were willing to take a Purple Parachute Rooster pattern, an excellent all around searching pattern.

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Evenings are going to produce solid fishing and again you will want smaller caddis patterns, little yellow stones and some spent Pale Morning Duns or “rusty spinner patterns”. It’s time to go to a longer leader and fish 5x and even 6x tippet to get that perfect drift with your smaller flies.

Steelhead fishing is going to best in low light as well. Fishing has remained solid on both the McKenzie and Willamette. The McKenzie seems to have more fish stacked up at Leaburg dam while the Willamette is getting a better spread of fish throughout from Dexter dam through town. We expect water conditions to get lower and scaling down your “intruder style” pattern is a good idea as the sun gets up a bit. We have some killer Aqua Flies that fit the bill.

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Oregonian Op-Ed: Renewed optimism for salmon recovery

New Op-Ed in the Oregonian this week By Liz Hamilton, Jeff Feldner and Chris Daughters…

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Biologists have cited removal of the lower Snake River dams as the best tool we’ve got for restoring wild salmon at risk of extinction. Despite a rapidly growing list of river restoration success stories, federal agencies have avoided seriously considering this option. The recently restored Elwha River in Washington state is a nearby example of how quickly fish and wildlife populations can bounce back. Recent coverage in National Geographic points out that young chinook, chum and coho salmon have all seen unexpectedly rapid population spikes since the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams were dismantled.

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McKenzie Special Caddis with Lagartun Micro Flat Braid

The first McKenzie Special Caddis I saw was when I met Prince Helfrich while fishing the Metolius River in the early 1960s. The pattern Prince fished had a muskrat grey body, brown hackle, and squirrel tail wing. You will see many variations on this fly today and my own preferences shift from season to season. This fly features a tag of Fl Chartreuse Lagartun Micro Braid. Fish this fly with a lot of movement and action to mimic the active swimming of the natural caddis as it swims to the surface to emerge.

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Hook TMC 3761 #10
Thread Lagartun 94D or Veevus 10/0
Tag – Chartreuse Lagartun Micro Flat Braid
Body – Whitlock SLF green & grey mixed
Rib – Lagartun wire
Hackle – Brown, Grizzly as you choose
Wing – Nature’s Spirit Humpy Deer Hair

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Stocked, Locked, Ready to Rock…Hosmer Lake Report

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Americans are notorious for not using their hard earned paid time off. That fact is rather sad and is indicative of a culture that at times has its priorities out of whack. When I logged into my employee account, I noticed that I was quickly approaching the ceiling of my accrued PTO. That meant only one thing, it’s Hosmer time. I packed up the trailer and my family and headed east last Thursday for a 4 day Hosmer get away.

But first, I must rant a little. My attitude towards Hosmer has become rather Jekyll and Hyde of late. I’ve been fishing Hosmer for several years and my fishing buddy, Rick Bocko, who would join me on Friday, has been fishing it much longer. Hosmer has changed. So many kayaks, paddle boards, pontoons and worst of all, an increasing presence of drift boats. Drift boats? On Hosmer? Hmmm…. Shall I prep my jet sled? I even had a bit of cognitive dissonance as I wrote this article. Do I expose to even more people to the beauty of Hosmer that would perhaps draw in even more people?

I guess the answer to that last question is, yes.

This trip was highlighted by a myriad of lows and highs. Even before leaving Eugene, we had a massive water leak in the trailer. The weather became somewhat schizophrenic at about Cultus with an inch or two of snow on the ground. While normally not a big deal, hauling a trailer in snow made it a big deal.

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Once “camp” was set up, I quickly grabbed a rod with my new Scientific Angler Stillwater line (great stuff) and hit the water. I fished the channel with not much luck, then headed to south lake.

Just at the entrance of south lake a tan caddis hatch started to emerge onto glass smooth water with a late evening intermittent light summer rain. Remember, it had just snowed not more than an hour prior. I sat in my pontoon awaiting to see how Hosmer’s new stocking program would react to these small tan caddis just sitting on the surface. One by one, small swirls started to appear with the occasional, “what the heck was that?”. Dry fly action was on. But dammit, in my haste to get on the water, I forgot to grab my dry fly set-up. Panicking, I threw a Lafontaine caddis emerger onto my clear sinking line and just hoped it would float long enough for a trout to be interested. Well, the trout were interested. Let me rephrase that, the pigs were interested.

Hosmer is on year two of a new stocking program that is eliminating Atlantic salmon in favor of rainbows and cutthroats. Let me just say, the rainbows are absolutely sick. They are plentiful, very hardy and at times they are huge. This last assertion is best seen in exhibits A and B below.

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On Friday, Rick joined me and we spent 13 and 11 hours sitting in our pontoons, respectively. The weather at times was horrid with torrential down pours. Another low of the trip was me forgetting my rain jacket. A little hypothermia is good for the soul, right? Rick caught a dozen including a very large (20+in) trout on a dry caddis along with several 17-18 inchers. I hooked up times ten including a 17 inch brookie and several good size bows and a couple small cuts. A word about cutthroats to ODFW. Just be gone with them. A 20 inch cut at Hosmer fights like a 12 inch bow. The flies that reigned the day were hula damsel, tan x-caddis and green scud.

On Saturday and with much improved weather and a gorgeous full moon (tested out my new lens), I parked for the now predictable caddis hatch on south lake and hooked into a very fat, 20 inch bow while explaining to another fisherman the particulars of these trout. I remember muttering to my audience while being dragged around the lake that I needed a bigger boat (but not a drift boat). Yes, I actually said and have since regretted that comment.

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Of the 30ish fish Rick and I caught, we landed only one Atlantic salmon and a couple brookies, a definite sign of a waning era. While he and I are definitely missing the old stocking program, who in their right mind can argue with the new dawn of the bow and for that I thank ODFW.

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And oh yeah…another low was when I blew a bearing on my trailer 10 miles after leaving Hosmer, couldn’t get a tow and had to hobble back to Eugene with only three wheels on Father’s day.

Good times.

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