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Thoughts on sorting Schlappen & Saddle Feathers

  I often tie with strung schlappen and saddle feathers, and prefer to pre-sort these before I begin a mega tying session. In contrast with saddle and neck patches, strung feathers usually have a lot of scrap feathers on the … Continue reading

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Local Rivers Get a “Freshen Up”

Recent rains have caused the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers to rise quite a bit. This fresh water surge is sure to push fish into a “fall feeding mode”. Cooler water temps, lower light conditions, and increased insect activity will make … Continue reading

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Sea-run cutthroat primer, September 2017 Part 2 of 3

The following narrative is based on my book, Sea Run Cutthroat Flies and Fishing (2016 available on Amazon and from the Caddis Fly Shop). ______________________________________________________ Sea Run Cutthroat I will refer to the sea-run form of Oncorhynchus clarki clarki, coastal cutthroat, as … Continue reading

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Tackle recommendations to fly fish sea-run cutthroat September 2017 Part 1 of 3

Several customers have contacted the Shop or called me directly, asking for my recommendations regarding tackle and flies to fish for sea-run cutthroat. I’m drafting this blog post to cover the highlights of my thoughts. In the good old days: … Continue reading

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pH Violations in the Lower Deschutes River: Why it’s Happening, and Why it Matters

From The Deschutes River Alliance Dear Deschutes River Alliance Community, There has been a lot of discussion these last few years about how Selective Water Withdrawal operations at the Pelton Round Butte Project have impacted temperatures in the lower Deschutes … Continue reading

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Fishing on the McKenzie Remains Strong

Water levels have come down a bit and hatches are increasing the McKenzie River. We are looking at a cool down in terms of weather that will turn the lower river on and have then entire river fishing well. Look … Continue reading

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The Redsides Trout Unlimited – September Meeting

Redsides chapter of TU Where: Roaring rapids Pizza When: Sept 11th 6:30 Join us to discuss the future of our chapter: What are our conservation priorities? What kind of presentations do you want to see? Would you like to have … Continue reading

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CORPS, ODFW SIGN HATCHERY CONTRACTS

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued two contracts recently to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for the operation of five hatcheries and the production of salmon and steelhead to offset … Continue reading

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Native Fish Society Fall Garage Sale

When: Saturday, September 30th 2017 9:00am – 12:00pm Where: Native Fish Society, 813 7th St. Suite 200A Oregon City, OR 97045 Join Native Fish Society staff on Saturday, September 30th from 9am to 12pm for our First Annual Fall Garage … Continue reading

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Loc Tite – A Superior Super Glue for Fly Tying

  As a on again – off again user of various super glues, I’ve recently found a product (new to me) that I find is superior, at least for my skill level and preferred uses. I was formerly of the … Continue reading

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Postcards From Maine – August 2017

My friend and fellow Salmon Journal Prodction team Leader, Al James, sent me a few photo images from his recent family vacation back in Maine. Fishing from Scarborough to Kettery, Al found just enough willing striped bass to make the … Continue reading

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CUBA TRAVEL CLARIFIED!

From our friend John Covich of MANGROVES & MOJITOS The latest fishing and travel news from Cuba Fishing Outfitters Those of you who get these blog posts might have noticed how silent I have been about Trump’s recent changes in … Continue reading

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Protect the Metolius River’s Native Fish

From the Native Fish Society Dear Members and Supporters, The Metolius River is the crown jewel of the upper Deschutes Basin and a place of exemplary ecological value in the state of Oregon. To safeguard the health of its native … Continue reading

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Eastern Oregon Charm

Beginning in the foothills of the Steens Mountains and carving its way North through a stunning desert canyon, the Donner Und Blitzen River is an awesome trout fishing destination for late summer. An area that once encapsulated the nation with … Continue reading

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McKenzie River Fly Fishing Report Late August 2017

The McKenzie River remains our best bet locally and water conditions remain excellent. I have been seeing more and more insects over the past few days. Small tan caddis, a few Grey Drakes and Mahogany Duns have been available to … Continue reading

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