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Grande Ronde River - October 26th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Rain
  • 54 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good

Thu and I ran up to the Grande Ronde River last week for our annual steelhead trip. The river had been low all summer and fishing reports for the early season were not good, but a week before our trip the rain finally came and gave the river a much needed blast of fresh water to bring fish up the river. As we had hoped, the river dropped over the next few days to a very fishable 815cfs prior to our arrival. The unfortunate thing was that the 10-day forecast showed 10% to 60% chance of rain every day and all we could do was go and hope that the river wouldn’t get blown out.

            We made good time on the drive over and arrived early enough to get settled into our lodging and still have a couple of hours of fishing time before dark. There was a steady rain falling and we thought we should take advantage of the good water conditions while we had them, not knowing when and if the conditions would change for the worst. We geared up and headed out to fish one of our favorite runs close to home. The best thing about the early slow fishing reports and the weather the previous week that had knocked the river out of shape, was that there was very little fishing pressure and we had our pick of where we wanted to fish.

            Thu stepped into the middle of the run and I started at the top to follow her through. It wasn’t long before Thu was calling out that she a big one on, so I quickly reeled up and headed downstream to give her a hand. As I was wading out to her I knew something wasn’t right about the way this obviously big fish by the extreme bend in her rod, was fighting. I had heard reports of big numbers of King Salmon in the river and the longer the fight went on, the more I was convinced she had hooked a King. After a long hard give and take battle Thu finally brought her first fly caught King Salmon to hand for a quick picture and release.

            I jumped back in the water where I had left off with only about 20 minutes of daylight left and just before dark, I hooked and landed a very bright steelhead that didn’t put up much of a fight, but was a great ending to our first evening on the water.

            The next day was awesome because we still had good water conditions, our pick of unfettered runs to fish, and willing steelhead looking up with their mouths open ready to take our flies. The weather hadn’t changed much and outside of couple of times when the sun would peek through the clouds, we pretty much fished in rain most of the day. We fished hard knowing that each day could be our last and were rewarded with one or more hook-ups in every run we fished.

            It rained most of the night and we woke to a rising river with some color and it made fishing pretty tough throughout the day. In the afternoon the river finally leveled off around 1,100cfs and we were able to hook a couple nice steelhead just before dark.

            That unfortunately was our last day on the water. It rained hard during the night and the river had risen to 2,600cfs by mid-morning and up to almost 4,000cfs by late afternoon with zero visibility. When there are logs and branches floating down the river, it’s a good indication to call it quits and head home.

 

The Patient Angler

Peter Bowers


 
Deschutes River - Lower - October 23rd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 53 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
I picked up a new drift boat last week and figured I had the lowest shot at sinking it on the Warm Springs to Trout Creek float so a couple friends and I headed down Saturday morning hoping to break it in with a few steelhead. We ended up hooking two fish, this hatchery that my friend Jason landed and a smaller native that gave me a great first run before coming to hand. There was quite a bit of traffic on the river but we still found plenty of open water to fish and from talking to other anglers it seemed like most people were finding at least a fish or two. After a long hot dry summer it is finally starting to feel like steelhead weather and the fishing seems to be improving.

Ira
 
Davis Lake - September 18th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
      I took my boat up to Davis Lake to check out some reports I had received from a few customers about some big Rainbows being caught in the Odell Creek end of the lake. I launched the boat and cruised around the lower end of the lake just looking for Bass and Trout for a couple of hours. I spotted a ton of small Bass and a few big ones, but no trout to speak of in the lower lake. I made my way to the Odell end of the lake and found a three boats and a couple of anglers in pontoon boats fishing the channel. I anchored off the side of the channel and rigged up a intermediate sink line with a callibaetis nymph on the end of a 5X leader. I made my first cast and started stripping as soon as my fly hit the water. On the second strip, my line jerked tight and a 24" Rainbow rocketed from the water and landed with a huge splash turning the heads of the other anglers on the lake. It was a beautiful fish, but came unbuttoned as I was reaching for my net. I moved a number of times searching different parts of the channel and hooked a couple more smaller fish. There were a few duns on the water as well as a few spinners, but I didn't have any luck fishing either one on a floating line. I had to cut my day short and get off the lake to head home for a barbecue with friends, But I can't wait to get back up there and try it again. It's been a while since I caught a nice trout on Davis and brought back some great memories of the days long ago when you could catch 10 to 15 trout over 5 pounds in a single day. Ahh...the good old days.

Patient Pete
 
North Santiam River - July 25th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good

            Jimmy and I got back last night from a couple days on the North Santiam River. The river is running low and clear with a flow of 1,300cfs and a temperature of 55 degrees. We had lots of sunshine, warm daytime temps and cool nights for sleeping.

            The fishing seemed a little slower this week, with less action for the time spent on the water and less aggressive fish when we did hook them (no jumps or cartwheels). I must have lost my steelhead mojo on this trip because I hooked three fish and failed to land any of them. Two were on and felt solid with head shakes and taking a some line off the reel before coming unbuttoned. I changed flies thinking maybe there was something funny about the way the old one fished. I don’t normally loose many fish with a solid take on the Owner hook stinger fly.

            My last opportunity came just an hour before heading home fishing a wide long cast run. I made a nice cast across, but a little too far up stream and decided to swing it out anyway. So I made a big mend upstream knowing I would have to wait for it to move down stream before mending again to get the swing. Just as I was getting ready to mend again, a steelhead hammered my broadside drifting fly on the run and ripped 30ft of line off my reel in seconds. When he finally stopped on the other bank, I set-up on him again to make sure this one was hooked and fought him back across the river. A short time later I had him just 25ft from me when the hook pulled out and he swam back to the depths of the run. I think I went steelhead hooking instead of steelhead fishing.

            Jimmy hooked AND LANDED a nice fish on Wednesday night. We were working through a run and jimmy went back to the top of the run and started a little higher to see if he could find anything in the riffle leading into the run. He wasn’t in there for five minutes before he was yelling Fish On! I made my way back up river and he soon had a nice fish to hand for a quick picture and release.

            We had a great time and it’s always good to be on the river for a couple of days.

 

The Patient Angler

Peter Bowers


 
North Santiam River - July 14th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Had a great weekend on the North Santiam. Weather was great with mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures. The river was in good shape running clear and around 1,600cfs. Fishing was a little slower this week for us, as we only managed to land two steelhead. This nice bright fish was the first fish I hooked on Friday night.
I was working my way through a run and in the middle of my swing I felt two consecutive plucks or small pulls, meaning something mouthed or lightly grabbed my fly without getting hooked. Adrenaline rushed through my body as I realized I had an aggressive player out there. Without moving I made another cast and swung my fly through the zone again, highly anticipating a solid take. Nothing happened and immediately you start to think, "maybe I imagined the tugs, maybe he's not coming back, maybe it was some rocks". Not willing to let it go, I stood fast and made another cast with the most positive thoughts in mind to improve my zen. My fly swung through the area again without results and just when I started to think that maybe he had felt the hook and wasn't coming back, my line came tight with a hard pull and this big beautiful steelhead exploded out of the water in a cartwheeling jump. It was a crazy fight with him jumping and taking me into my backing and across the river twice. I finally brought him to hand for a quick picture and release.
I landed another nice fish on Saturday morning, but that was all the action we saw for the rest of the weekend. Can't wait to get out again!
Peter
 
Crane Prairie Reservoir - June 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 64 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Fished Crane Prairie on Thursday, personal opinion, "it's turning on".  Saw many shucks, emerging chironomids and what seemed liked the beginning of a algae bloom' (could be pollen), the water clarity was only about 3 feet, all good signs.  Landed 6 Cranebow to 19 inches, broad, deep, healthy fish and 6 Brook to 16 inches.  Fished chironomid's at 10 feet.  Come in to see us, for the rest of the story.

Bob C.


 


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