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Deschutes River - Lower - May 20th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
I floated the ever popular Warm Springs to Trout Creek section of the Deschutes yesterday hoping to hit the salmonfly hatch. The bugs were all over the bushes the fish just didn't seem totally keyed on them, with most of our fish being caught in tough to reach spots or quite a ways off the bank. We fished golden stone patters in size 8 through 12 and did fairly well, with the Clarks Stone and the Rogue Stone producing the most hits.
Ira


 
Deschutes River - Lower - April 30th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 66 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
      I floated Warm Springs to Trout Creek on Sunday and found a few fish although fishing was still a little tough. The big bugs must be moving as Possie Buggers and giant stonefly nymphs were the big producers with a smaller Copper John on the drop getting a little love. Water level is low for this time of year which could help speed things up for the salmonfly hatch.
      On Monday I fished the D down below town and got into a bunch of fish, mostly on Possie Buggers with the big fish of the day being a 12" brightly colored brown.

Ira Miller

 
Deschutes River - Middle - March 15th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
     I fished the Deschutes River in the Dillon Falls / Lava Island area again the other day. It was a nice sunny day and I was looking forward to spending the afternoon on the river. As I walked up the river trail that runs along the river, I came to a spot where there was shallow area in the river where I could see the bottom. I movement caught my eye and I stood there and watched a Brown Trout that had to go 4 or 5 pounds chase a little fish all over the place. Back & forth and around in circles they went for about 15 seconds before the little fish escaped and the big Brown disappeared into the deep. Very cool! I started to scramble to put my rod together and get a streamer in the water, but just as I was tying my fly on, a dog came running down the path and jumped into the water for a swim. Bummer!
     I fished streamers in a few spots without any luck, so I changed tactics and started nymphing the riffles and started to pick up fish. I caught a couple of Rainbows and a bunch of White fish in the next few hours. Nothing big, but it was nice to have some action on such a nice day.
Peter
 
Deschutes River - Middle - January 31st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 51 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good

The other day was so sunny and nice that I had to get out and fish somewhere. I only had the afternoon, so I grabbed my box of streamer flies and a 6wt rod with a streamer line on it and headed out to the Deschutes River just upstream from town to see if I could find a few fish. I hiked up and started fishing below some riffle to run areas concentrating on working my fly through the slower water as close to the bottom as possible. I twitched and stripped a 3 inch lead-eyed Tan Hare Sculpin at different speeds trying to find the right movement that would attract a fish. My first fish came while I was just swinging the fly through a slow pool like swinging a fly for steelhead. My fly came to a stop with a bump and I had a nice 12-inch Rainbow bending my rod. A short time later, again on just a swing, I found a 14-inch Brown Trout that thought my fly looked like an easy meal and fought him to hand for a quick release. I hit a dry spell for a while and changed my luck by moving to another pool where I caught another Rainbow and later hooked something big that broke me off right after the take. I’m sure it was that big Brown I was looking for. That was all the action I had, but it was all I needed to scratch that fishing itch on such a nice day.

 

The Patient Angler

Peter Bowers


 
Cabo San Lucas - January 14th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 67 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great

Just got back from a trip down to sunny Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It actually wasn’t as sunny and warm as usual with the tail of the cold front that swept across the west coast passing over the Baja peninsula. It was still a lot warmer than at home, but a jacket was needed during the chilly early morning hours of fishing out on the boat. I went down to chase Marlin on the fly and test out some new gear with Grant Hartman and his experienced crew of Baja Anglers.

Timing was good for the trip with a favorable moon phase, good water conditions and light winds, but the cold front made marlin fishing on the fly a little tougher as it tends to keep Marlin down and not as accessible to the fly.

When fly-fishing for Marlin, we normally troll a spread of hookless teasers on top of the water behind the boat that imitates a small school of fish with the hopes of bringing a Marlin up from the depths thinking he’s found something to eat. Once the Marlin shows himself and tries to eat one of the teasers, we pull it away from him and reel the teaser in quickly trying to lure the fish closer to the boat. They normally don’t like loosing their free lunch, so they chase it down rocketing toward the boat half out of the water like a torpedo trying to catch their meal that got away. When the teaser and the following Marlin are brought to within 20 yards of the boat, the teaser is pulled from the water at the same time a cast is made with the fly. If all things work as planned, the Marlin stops when his lunch (the teaser) is pulled from the water and then attacks the fly when it hits the water thinking it was the lunch he just lost. Then all hell breaks loose when you set the hook and all you can do is hang on and hope he doesn’t take all your line or break you off since Marlin leaders are normally made with 20-pound line. Then it’s just you and one of the biggest fish in the ocean in the ultimate game of tug of war.

As it turned out, we only saw and got shots at three Marlin during the trip. The first was a Marlin we spotted cruising on top, but had no interest in anything we had to offer as far as teasers were concerned and casually swam off. The second Marlin we encountered came in on the teasers and Captain Alex did a great job teasing him in for a shot. I made the cast and the marlin shot across to my fly and wacked it with his bill, but didn’t eat it and swam away. Alex immediately grabbed a pitch bait teaser and cast it out to try and bring the Marlin back to the boat. The Marlin jumped on the pitch bait and chased it back in for another bait & switch cast, but again turning away from the fly at the last second. Alex skillfully brought that fish back to the boat seven times for cast attempts, but results were the same, he just wasn’t lit-up enough to commit to the fly and we were once again searching millions of gallons of water for another fish.

Later in the day, “Third time’s the charm” was all I could think of as another Marlin crushed the farthest teaser back and wouldn’t let go of it. Captain Alex grabbed the teaser rod and fought to rip the hookless teaser bait from the Marlins mouth. Once Alex tore the bait free and quickly reeled it back to the boat, the Marlin exploded from the water racing with half it’s body out of the water trying to reclaim it’s prize. This Striped Marlin was hot and lit-up and the fish you’re looking for when casting a fly. Alex pulled the teaser just as I made the needed cast, placing the fly just to the right of the incoming Marlin. I made one strip popping the fly on the surface and this big beautiful fish turned and shot over and hammered my fly. I set-up on him making sure I had a good solid hook-up and with line screaming from my reel the Marlin started the first of three long runs. He leapt and bound across the ocean surface like a jet ski until he was just small splashes on the horizon taking a most of my 800 yards of backing with him. After 45 minutes of fighting him back to the boat, I finally could see my fly line again and right when you start thinking you’ve got him beat, a heavy head shake indicated the start of another blistering run taking another 300 yards of my line back out into the blue. After fighting him back in, he made one last short halfhearted run and I knew he was tired I had him beat. After an hour and a half on the rod, I was glad when Alex finally got hold of his bill and we boated the Marlin for a quick picture and release.

With my arms feeling like rubber bands after achieving my goal of catching a Marlin on the fly during this trip, we decided to fish the inshore and had a blast casting to Roosterfish, Jack Crevalle, Green Jacks, Yellow Tail and Sierra right along the beach.

I hadn’t been down to Cabo for about a year and as I was taking my seat on the plane for the flight home, I wondered why. With great people, great food and great fishing, it’s hard to not have a great time!

 

The Patient Angler

Peter Bowers


 
Deschutes River - Lower - December 20th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Snow showers
  • 35 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair

            I fished the Lower Deschutes in the Maupin area again a couple of days ago. The water had dropped down to a respectable 5200cfs, so I thought I would give it another shot. It’s been a tough year on the Deschutes as far as the steelhead are concerned, and it’s not getting any easier. The only good thing is that there are very few anglers on the water, so you can take your time and fish wherever you want.

            After fishing most of the day without a pull, I was working my way through a run down near Beavertail swinging a heavy sink tip and a string rabbit leech. I was hanging up on the bottom on a regular basis and I’m a stickler for sharpening my hook after hanging up, so after a while it was more like I was sharpening a hook nub instead of a hook point. My better judgment told me to change to a new fly with an actual point on the hook, but my cold frozen hands put up a stronger argument telling my brain that I should wait until later when I was warmed up to change flies, and after I don’t know how many casts without a fish, my confidence in hooking a fish was low. So I fished on with my nub, and sure enough, a few casts later my line came tight, followed by a big head shake and then line ripping off my reel as a really nice steelhead jumped from the river and landed with a big splash and yes, it came unbuttoned. Who knows if changing my fly would have made a difference, but I sure would have felt better about losing such a nice fish if I had.

            I did manage to catch a small bright wild Deschutes fish a little later in the day as I fished my way down to Macks Canyon. He was a feisty little thing that fought much bigger than he was. He never came out of the water, so his size was a surprise when I finally got a look at him and brought him to hand for a quick release.

            After hooking a couple of fish on my first day, I was excited about the possibility that there were more fish around than I had thought and was looking forward to the next day on the water. As it turned out, those would be the only fish I would find as I fished throughout the next day without a touch.

            It was late afternoon and the temperature was dropping, the snow was falling and I thought there was no time like the present to head home and warm up.

 

The Patient Angler

Peter Bowers


 


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