HOW TO FLY FISH WITH A NYMPH AND INDICATOR RIG IN A LAKE – RIO PRODUCTS

In this episode of RIO’s “How To” series, RIO ambassador Phil Rowley talks about one of the most effective lake fly fishing techniques – fishing with an indicator and a couple of flies. Phil explains how to set up the perfect outfit, what casts to use to maximize fishing time, and how to effectively retrieve the flies.
If you want to maximize your chances of catching a trout in lake, fishing an indicator and a couple of flies is probably the most effective way you can do it.
RIO’s “How To” videos are a series of short films that explain all you need to know to learn a particular way to fish or cast. Where applicable, each film talks through the gear that you need, shows how to rig the gear, how to read the water, and how to fish that particular technique. These educational films are packed with information and top tips designed to improve the knowledge and skill level of all fly fishers. Each one is bought to you by a RIO employee or a RIO brand ambassador.

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‘Extreme draining’ of Oregon reservoir eliminates invasive species, helps endangered salmon

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Turns out, if you want a river to act like it did before it was dammed, you just have to drain the reservoir the dam created.

Letting a river return to its natural course, even if only for a brief period, has other benefits, too. Invasive species disappear and endangered species, like the imperiled salmon of the Willamette River basin, get an extra boost.

That’s according to a group of researchers at Oregon State University, who published their findings Tuesday in the journal Ecohydrology.

For their research, led by recent Oregon State graduate Christina Murphy, the group looked at Fall Creek Reservoir, about 30 miles east of Eugene. Over the last several years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the dam that holds back the reservoir, has drained the manmade lake in the fall to help young spring chinook salmon migrate downstream.

“Even though the strategy appears extreme, it’s both helping juvenile salmonids pass downstream and promoting a native species-dominated reservoir,” Murphy said in a statement. “Bass and crappie, which are major predators in the reservoir, have been pushed out and into the Willamette.”

It’s not just a matter of pushing the problem species into another part of the river system, either, Murphy said. It’s all about timing.

“The good news is that they were pushed downstream in the fall and winter, when the water is cold and the flow is faster, so they should be at a disadvantage in the Willamette River – compared to when they leak out of the reservoir in the summer,” she said.

Historically, the Willamette River has been home to the spawning grounds of roughly half a million fish, many of them coveted salmonids like spring chinook and winter steelhead. Adult fish swim upstream, past the mists and roar of Willamette Falls, to lay their eggs in Cascade and coast range creeks and streams. Newly hatched juvenile salmon then navigated the same course in reverse, swimming down the unimpeded streams to mature in ocean waters before returning to their inland spawning grounds to hatch the next generation.

That’s how things worked for thousands of years. Then, in the 1950s and ’60s, federally-managed dams sprung up on the McKenzie, Santiam and multiple forks of the Upper Willamette. The dams not only presented physical challenges to migratory fish, they also altered water temperatures in the rivers and reservoirs they created.

Earlier this year, an advocacy group named The Willamette as one of the country’s top-10 most endangered rivers because of the threat the dams create for salmon.

The Oregon State researchers looked at fish sampling data from 2006 through 2017, with the draining of Fall Creek Reservoir began halfway through that time period. Salmon migrating downstream increased after the draining started and invasive species, including large mouth bass and crappie, declined.

“In 2012, we could capture 10 bass an hour. This went down each year. By the summer of 2015 we only caught one during all of our sampling and in 2016, we didn’t capture any. This change was reflected in the data from the trap downstream too,” Murphy said. “The decline occurred with crappie, but faster.”

A small change is water management can make a big difference to native fish species, said Ivan Arismendi, an assistant professor at oregon State and co-author of the study.

“This extreme draining management is only about a week in duration, but has implications for the whole ecosystem,” he said. “It makes the reservoir begin to act as a natural river again affecting the entire fish community.”

– Kale Williams

kwilliams@oregonian.com

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Higher Spring Flows on the McKenzie – Better Hatches – Good Fishing – May 2019

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Post spawn rainbows are responding well to nymphs and dries. Best flies have been Brillon’s Lucent Jig, Chubby Chernobyls, brown and green caddis.

 

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There are a few Bull Trout migrating through the mid McKenzie at the moment.

 

 

IMG_7043 (1)Colder water temps mean you will still find a few “whiteys” when nymphing.

 

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Crane Prairie Reservoir Report May 2019

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Got up to Crane early this week, with my closest friends, before the “grayness”. The weather was outstanding and so was the fishing. Many fish to hand…but wait…where are those mongo cranebows?

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One angler had the misfortune of hooking one and of course….it wrapped around a log. That fish was the only fish we hooked of “mongo” size. However, the day was great for fish in the 10-15 inch range. They were all very scrappy and represented the larger cranebows quite well.

A slow retrieve with smaller leech or bugger patterns provided much success. We also indicator fished with balanced leeches….they worked!

The weekend cloud cover should provide some excellent angling for those who go!

Get out there!

LV

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Tapered Synthetic Quill Review

In this video, Jay reviews Tapered Synthetic Quill from Hareline. These Quills create outstanding abdomens and thoraxes on your flies. They will work on a variety of fly sizes. Coat your quill with Deer Creek Diamond UV Flex Resin to add durability to your pattern.

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Deer Creek Diamond Fine Flex UV Resin
Deer Creek Diamond Fine UV Resin

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Jim Sens’ Trout Spey Soft Hackle Fly

Professional fly tyer and ultra mellow, cool dude Jim Sens stopped by the Caddis Fly Shop to tie a fun & beautiful Trout Spey Soft Hackle Fly to get us all pumped up for the spring and summer trout season.

In this video, Jim shows us many of his techniques that he’s learned over the years to tie indestructible and long-lasting flies. From doubling up the thread for durable dubbing spins to incorporating ostrich feather for a beautiful wing, watch featured fly tyer Jim Sens on the vice.

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Trout Spey Soft Hackle Fly

Hook: TMC 2312 Size 8
Thread: Veevus 8/0 Black
Body: UTC Holo Tinsel Gold Lg.
Ultra Wire Black Md.
Zap a Gap
Thorax: Ice Dubbing Pheasant Tail
Wing: MFC Ostrich Feather Black
Hareline Barbed Soft Hackle Olive
Deer Creek Diamond Fine UV Resin

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Urge Oregon lawmakers to vote No on Rogue Hatchery Bill (HB 2379)

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From Native Fish Society

The Rogue River’s iconic wild spring Chinook salmon need your support!

After years of serious decline following the construction of Lost Creek Dam/Reservoir without fish passage on the world-renowned Rogue River, wild spring Chinook salmon are on an upward trajectory.

Thanks to the dedication of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and a team of concerned advocates, including NFS Rogue River Steward Peter Tronquet, the state agency has more than a decade of Conservation Plan Actions completed that have resulted in some of the highest wild spring Chinook returns in years.

While the Rogue’s iconic wild spring Chinook have improved, the Cole Rivers Hatchery, which releases 1.7 million hatchery smolts annually as mitigation to compensate for the loss of high-value spawning and rearing habitat above the dam, has failed to meet expectations.

Unfortunately, HB 2379 (bill text available here) currently being considered in the Oregon State Legislature threatens wild spring Chinook recovery in a backdoor attempt to force the state to increase hatchery production to compensate for underperforming hatchery returns that will have serious consequences for the management of Rogue spring Chinook. We must not let the wild spring Chinook and their recovery be jeopardized by doubling down on hatchery releases when the program faces other challenges that can’t be solved by simply increasing releases.

We’re urging you to contact the Senate Natural Resources Committee to oppose HB 2379 and ensure the recovery of wild spring Chinook is prioritized over increased hatchery releases in the Rogue.

 

Take Action Here: Wild Fish on the Rogue

For wild fish,
Jake

Jake Crawford, River Steward Program Director
Peter Tronquet, Rogue River Steward
Charles Gehr, Rogue River Steward
Mark Sherwood, Executive Director

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Trout Unlimited May Meeting: The Fish Passage Task Force: Greg Apke, ODFW

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Greg Apke from ODFW will present an overview on the Task Force and Oregon fish passage regulations. While this may not be the presentation on how to catch more and bigger fish, Oregon fish passage laws are pretty interesting, and lead to better fishing for all of us.

The ODFW Fish Passage Task Force is a volunteer team lead by Greg Apke, ODFW Fish Passage Coordinator. The FPTF is made up of volunteers from Water Users, Fishing and Conservation and the Public at Large. The members are tasked with reviewing waiver and exception requests and ensuring that Oregon fish passage policy requirements are met. The team also just updated a prioritized list of fish passage barriers in Oregon that was just approved by the ODFW commission.

Greg is an avid angler and hunter and has been supporting responsible fish passage at ODFW for many years.

May  Chapter Meeting
DATE: Monday, May 13
TIME:6:00 to 8:pm
Claim 52 Kitchen on Willamette street in Eugene.

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Krumbo Reservoir Report May 2019

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Headed out last week for the Malheur Wildlife Refuge for our annual bird watching event. Missed last year due to some “technical issues” at the Field Station, but all is well now and the station is ready for anglers and bird watchers.

This trip allowed some fishing time verses bird watching. Took my float tube along and headed out to Krumbo for about four hours. The fishing was good! Mostly slow trolling with a brown bugger with a trailing Zug Bug seemed to be the best opportunity. I saw other anglers using indicators and Chironomids with positive results.

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The weather was about a 10+ due to lack of mosquitos and “no see ums” They were present but not enough to get out the Deet!The bird count this year was 90+.

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Looks like the great weather will continue for the next several days. Fishing will continue to be good, its a great time to hit Crane, Metolius, Mckenzie, or the Deschutes (Salmon Fly Hatch is imminent with this great weather!). Get out there!

LV

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Bead Buddy Thread Sealer II Video

Bead Buddy’s Thread Sealer II is a small hot knife used to cut different materials such as chenille, tubing, and thread. It’s great for protecting your expensive scissors and to keep materials from unwinding. Use it for your tube flies instead of a lighter, melt the ends of your San Juan worms, and shape hair and foam materials.

For all your fly tying needs visit caddisflyshop.com.

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VICTORY! Oregon Suction Dredge Moratorium

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Great new from our friend Pete Frost at WELC. Thanks so much to everyone who worked on this critical issue.

From the Western Environmental Law Center

We fought hard against the practice of motorized suction dredge mining in Oregon’s streams because it disturbs our shared rivers and harms wild salmon and steelhead. WELC helped our conservation colleagues engage legislators on a new state law permanently banning suction dredge mining in “essential salmonid habitat” in Oregon. The new law became effective Jan. 1, 2018, and fully protects 20,688 river miles, or about one-fifth of all river miles in Oregon.

We then successfully defended this common-sense law before both a federal trial court in Medford and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The miners then petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. On April 29, it declined to do so, so the law stands, protecting some of the most important wild salmon and steelhead habitat in Oregon.

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Lower McKenzie River Blockage May 2nd, 2019

One mile above Belinger landing.

One mile above Belinger landing.

From KVAL NEWS:

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Two trees are down across nearly the entire width of the McKenzie River about a mile upstream of Bellinger Landing, Lane County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol deputies warned Wednesday.

“At current river levels, drift boats may be able to pass if they stay river right; however any movement of the trees or changes in the water levels could make the area impassable,” the sheriff’s office said.

For safety, boaters are being asked to avoid the area and put in at or below Bellinger, or take out before they reach the obstruction, which has been reported to the Oregon State Marine Board.

 

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New Summer Hours at The Caddis Fly Angling Shop

PrintNew Summer Hours at The Caddis Fly start this May 1, 2019

 

10am-6pm Monday-Friday

10am-5pm Saturday

10am-3pm Sunday

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Bruce Berry’s Anderson’s Euphoria Variant Fly Tying Video

In this video, Bruce Berry ties a variant of Anderson’s Euphoria. A nice intermediate size fly to try for summer and winter steelhead.

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Hook: OPST Swing #2/4
Thread: Veevus 6/0 Black
Needle: Pro Sport Flexineedle
Tube: Pro Sportfisher Classic Pink
Rib 1: Medium Mylar Rib
Rib 2: French Tinsel Small
Body: Hareline Ice Dub Purple
Bump: UV Ice Dub Pearl
Flash: Pearlescent Flashabou
Hackle 1: Pheasant Rump Purple
Hackle 2: Wood Duck
Hackle 3: Guinea
Glue: Zap-a-Gap
Cone: Pro Sportfisher Pro Cone

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Solarez UV Cure Color Resin

Solarez UV Cure Color Resin ideal for heads, collars, hot-butts, and more. Visit caddisflyshop.com for all your fly tying UV glues and materials.

Thanks for watching!

Solarez UV Cure Color Resin

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