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Deschutes River - Middle - May 6th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 66 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good

Went to the Tumalo area on the Deschutes the other day in search of some Salmonfly opportunities. It was such a beautiful day and I thought it would be great to catch an evening fish session after work. The water was on the low side, but that didn’t seem to affect the fishing at all. Before the sun got off the water the fishing was on the slow side with only a few fish being caught on the adult Salmonflies. There were Salmonfly husks all over the riverbank and bushes, as well as a few adults flying around, so we knew the fishing had to pick up eventually.

As the evening drew on the fishing started to pick up and we were able to tease a few fish into eating our big dries. I was surprised at how shallow some of the water was that was holding quality fish. As long as there was good overhanging structure, a place where Salmonflies could fall out of the trees, there were fish waiting. We caught about a dozen fish within a few hours, all about average size for that area.

Casting those big Salmonfly dry patterns can kind of be a pain, especially when it is windy, but I was able to lessen that with a 3X 7.5ft leader. I found that the shorter leader did not affect the fish and it made casting big flies through the wind a heck of a lot easier. To the leader I attached a few feet of 4X fluorocarbon tippet and it was game on.

Before we left for home, I found a nice bank of overhanging trees and thought I had to cast a fly under them. The water was only half a foot deep, so I didn’t expect anything large, but to my surprise I caught my best fish of the day! This nice brown hit my fly hard and took off running, and I finally got to hear my new Hardy Ultralight DD reel sing. After landing this fish, we took a quick picture and released it to live another day.



Cabo San Lucas - April 17th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
I recently went down to sunny Cabo San Lucas to fly fish for Marlin with my good friend Grant Hartman, who owns Baja Anglers. Baja Anglers are the best fly fishing & light tackle guide service in Cabo. If you want to experience some of the most exciting fly fishing in the world, give grant a call and get ready for some fun.
    Marlin fishing on the fly, no matter what your expectations, can sometimes be a long day trolling around the seemingly endless ocean trying to tease up a Marlin that on some days, never happens. Those days are still fun, being out on the water with friends and experiencing the scenic beauty, but at the end of the day, it's still a long boat ride.
    As it turned out, my days on the water during this trip were anything but a long boat ride. Just prior to my arrival in Cabo, there were a good number of Striped Marlin in the area, but Grant & Arturo (our Captain) wanted to go miles out on the pacific side and look for Marlin hanging off an offshore submerged mountain range. After a bumpy ride fighting the onshore swells all the way we finally arrived at the spot Grant had marked on his GPS and dropped the teasers in behind the boat. Grants decision to make the long trek to this spot in the ocean was the best call of the day. We didn't have the teasers in the water for more than a few minutes before we had our first Marlin behind the boat. This would be the first a dozen decent shots I would have at these big beautiful fish in just the first day. Not the mention the small groups of free swimming Marlin that were eating baitfish off the surface like a trout taking a fly off the surface of a lake. You would see birds all of a sudden diving to eat the baitfish being forced to the surface, then two foot long bills followed by a large Marlin heads would emerge as they ate the exhausted baitfish in what seemed like slow motion. If you were fast enough, you could race over and cast your fly into the malay hoping the excited predator would make a mistake. It's pretty exhilarating to hook a free swimming Marlin by casting and stripping without any teasing techniques.
    The following days on the water were just as action packed, as we found the fish there every day. Marlin will stay in a location like this for days feeding on the abundant baitfish that are attracted to this underwater structure. When the bait are gone or the current changes, the Marlin will move on to the next feeding station.
    The first day, the Marlin weren't that aggressive and would sometimes just come up and smack you fly with its bill and swim away or just turn off at the last second, but after that first day, they were eating the fly. Normally you have to tease them up and bait & switch them, but on our second day, we teased a big Marlin in on the left just like it's suppose to happen and I made my cast. Unfortunately, instead of casting to the right as required, my cast blew over too far left just as Arturo pulled the teaser from the water and the teaser caught my line. The Marlin didn't care about the tangle we had just created and ate my fly anyway. I did the best I could trying to set the hook as grant was yelling for someone to cut the teaser line realizing the disaster about to unfold if the Marlin went on a run with the lines tangled. Just as the Marlin started to take line, the fly fell out of his mouth and he swam off. I shouted that the fish was off and not to cut the teaser line, just pull my line in and untangle the teaser. As we sat there talking about that last fish, Grant was working on freeing the teaser from the middle of my fly line and my fly just sitting dead in the water ten feet behind the boat, all of a sudden I noticed a movement in the water out of the corner of my eye. I look down behind the boat and a 130 lbs Marlin comes up from the depths, smacks my fly with his bill and then eats it, Right Behind The Boat! Arturo shouts for me to set the hook, but Grant still has my line in his hand. As I was yelling at Grant to hurry up, he made two more flips with the teaser and it cleared my line. Grant dropped my fly line in the water behind the boat and it took me three long strips to come tight with the fish which amazingly still behind the boat with my in his mouth not feeling the hooks yet. I set up with three hard strikes and the gig was up, and this big fish didn't like it, as he bolted peeling hundreds of line off my reel in just seconds. After an hour of giving and taking line (not really sure who was giving or taking more), I felt that he was getting tired and I was making headway, line was coming easier and I thought I had him beat. That dream was shattered as this still fresh, hot and chrome bright Marlin shot from the water like a missile 100 yards from the boat and covered another 150 yards across the ocean, spending half the time in the air. I knew I was in trouble! 40 minutes later I had fly line on the reel and again felt as if I had a good chance to land this fish. I never should have let that thought cross my mind, because seconds later the fly pulled from his mouth and he was free. You would think that you would be disappointed in losing a fish like that, and to some extent I was, but after close to two hours of fighting one of the biggest fish in the ocean, your body screams " thank god it's over!". Unfortunately for your body, your mind soon takes over and says " Yeah Baby! Lets Do That Again!".
    I use these trips to hands on test new equipment, products and flies to provide the best products and knowledge for customers planning future trips to far away places. I continue to put the test to my trusted Tibor Gulfstream reel which has delivered dependable performance in the most challenging conditions with virtually no maintenance besides regular washing with fresh water. The Patagonia light weight Torrenshell Jacket gets an A+ for use as an early morning off shore jacket when  pounding the onshore swells or for that early morning run to the flats where the weather is warm, but it can often be a wet ride. This jacket is super lightweight, packable, has a functional hood and pit zips for great air flow in tropical climates.
    Overall I had a great time on this trip with fantastic fishing, great weather and good times with friends. I'm already looking forward to the next trip to the warm waters of Mexico. Maybe giant Roosterfish off the east cape beaches this summer????

Peter Bowers

Deschutes River - Lower - December 4th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Frigid
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good

            We did a four-day Lower Deschutes Thanksgiving float trip from Trout Creek to Maupin last week, looking to catch a few steelhead. The water was in good condition running around 4300cfs and clear, although colder than I had expected with a temperature around 46 degrees. The weather was pretty good for our trip with mostly sunny 50-degree light wind days, but much cooler nights that ran in the low 20’s, which made us have to bundle up for a good nights sleep.

            Our plan was to cover a lot of water in the first two days so we could post up for two days during Thanksgiving and enjoy life without having to breakdown and set up camp again. It’s a great time of year to be on the river, as the weather and holidays tends to keep anglers close to home, or at least close to somewhere warm.

            I had a great start to the trip as I hooked two steelhead in the second run of the day. With the mostly slow fishing reports I’ve been hearing all season, I was pretty jacked to get a couple touches, of which I landed one. We fished our way downriver for a couple of days with everybody getting some steelhead love along the way.

            Our steelhead camp for turkey day was an excellent spot to post up for a few days with lots of good steelhead water close to camp.  Jerry set up a small 10 x 10 tent to help protect us from the elements and provide a place to pass the time playing cribbage during the long winter nights. As par for the course, we ate like kings on our trip cooking up pork loins one night, flank steak another and Jimmy fried a turkey with all the fixings on Thanksgiving Day.

            The fishing was pretty good for us during our trip with everybody getting some action. I’m guessing we hooked around 17 steelhead during our trip and they seemed to be spread out pretty evenly as we stuck fish every day. Jon did take three fish from one spot on the last day. All the fish that I had landed during the first 3 days were pretty small and I was looking (really hoping) for a nice fish to end the trip on. As jimmy and I fished our way downriver to the takeout, I told him he had to put me on a nice fish before we hit the boat ramp. I even promised him a portion of the body warming fluid I keep in my flask, if he put me on a nice one. Jimmy told me he had the spot for me as he pulled to the bank just above a good looking holding spot. I jumped out with my rod knowing it was only going to take a few swings through the spot to see if anyone was home. After a few casts covering the lie, I was thinking there was no one home, but I made the proverbial last cast and sure enough, my line came tight with a beautifully colored up buck that put a nice bend in my rod. After a quick grip & grin picture and release, we jumped in the boat and headed for the boat ramp. Needless to say, our bodies warmed up on the way to the take out.

            It was the perfect ending to a great trip and I was thankful for the opportunity to spend some quality time with some great guys fishing the beautiful Deschutes River.


The Patient Angler

Peter Bowers

Deschutes River - Lower - October 15th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 59 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Got another chance to get down to the lower Deschutes and chase some chrome. It was a perfect overcast day with very few anglers around and plenty of water to fish.
It turned out to be one my most productive days on the water in a long time. Unfortunately, it wasn't with steelhead as I only managed to hook one all day. But the trout were totally keyed on the black rabbit leach with an orange head I was swinging on a sink-tip. I probably had close to 20 takes during the day from big fat Redsides that ran 14 to 20 inches and hammered my fly. As a steelheader, there's a jolt of adrenaline that rushes though your body when something hammers your fly making you think you've found the holy grail, the elusive steelhead, only to realize moments later that it's not a steelhead. I had to laugh at myself after hooking the 6th big trout of the day and found myself disappointed and thinking, " Darn, it's only another fat 18 inch Rainbow ". I can remember the day when I would have paid a kings ransom for that many big trout in a day.
It was a great day on the water with lots of action and I can't wait to get out there again, hopefully with more steelhead next time.
The Patient Angler
Peter Bowers
Deschutes River - Lower - September 4th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
I had Sunday off and we were closed on Monday, so I jumped at the opportunity to get back down to the Lower Deschutes to fish for steelhead. With the river blown out and colored up last week, I figured the steelhead would be more aggressive to the fly after not being fished for a few days. I headed down to Macks Canyon on Sunday and found very few anglers working the road water. I fished all day and didn't find schools of aggressive fish I had envisioned, but I did hook and land a nice healthy native fish just before dark to save the day. I fished my way home on Monday and found a few more anglers taking advantage of the day off work. No fish love on the way home, but it was good to be on the water again and left me wanting more.
The Patient Angler
Bahamas - June 23rd, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great

            Well, I’ve finally had a chance to sit down and report on my last Bonefish trip to the Long Island, Bahamas.

            It was a great trip aside from a little weather. The temperature was in the 80’s with mostly sunny skies and a few quick moving thunderstorms that would pass through to make your days interesting. I don’t really mine the clouds or the warm tropical rain, but the clouds make it a lot harder to spot Bonefish on the flats.

            Our home base was Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort (CSM) on the North end of Long Island, Bahamas. CSM was an absolute paradise with private bungalows located on a flawless white powder sand beach overlooking the calm turquoise blue waters of Calabash Bay. I would highly recommend CSM for family or couples vacations as it provides great fishing opportunities for anglers as well as every beach and water activities a resort could offer. CSM has a quality restaurant and bar, great attentive staff and in such a beautiful location, you won’t want to leave.

            I was excited about exploring the bonefishing waters on the Northern end of Long Island, as well as testing some new equipment in the process. I put some time in with CSM’s head fishing guide and water activities director Bert Adderley, as well as exploring and fishing some flats on my own. Bert was a lot of fun to fish with and because he grew up on the Island, he knew the local waters like the back of his hand. He put me on school after school of bonefish where I exercised a number of them before being released.

After a little exploring on my own, I found a few good flats and once I figured out the tides, I started hooking up with some nice Bonefish. Fishing is far more productive with Bert or a number of other local guides, but I do enjoy exploring new water and the challenge of stalking, spotting and trying to catch fish on my own. If I can wade a beautiful flat in 6 inches of 80 degree water with nobody around for miles and get a couple of shots at some double digit bonefish, it just doesn’t get any better than that.

            The other benefit of wading the flats is seeing all the other amazing creatures that inhabit the flats ecosystem. Sting Rays, Shrimp & Crabs, Barracudas, Sharks and a vast array of birds make the flats their home and all can be seen on a daily basis.

The highlights of some of the new gear I tested were the SA’s Mastery Textured Chard’s Grad Slam line which shoots like crazy and can turn over big flies if needed, but lands a little heavy for spooky fish on skinny flats. I used a new Lamson Speedster 3.5 reel with its 4.5” super large diameter that picked up line quickly after long Bonefish runs, and a smooth drag system during blistering first runs which I got to test a number of times. The Fly Du Jour was the everyday Tan Gotcha in size #2 thru #6 depending on how skinny the water was.

It was a great trip and I wish I was still there taking in another beautiful sunset with an ice cold Kalik in hand and wondering what the flats will offer tomorrow.

The Patient Angler
Peter Bowers

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