Well, who would have thought this pandemic and the state of affairs would be the case for us in 2020. We hope all are fairing as best can be expected. Some great people in our communties are lending a helping hand where needed; That is America! ‘We are our brothers keepers’ an age old saying a good friend delights in quoting. The humanatarian part if this debacle is refreshing. Sure, there is some of the opposite, but I prefer to focus on what is positive. The old cliche, ‘This too shall pass’ comes to mind at this juncture and I think we all look forward to that time.
So with that, our shop and lodging operations have been closed since the mandate and we are hunkering down as required and needed. I did sneak out to swing a fly on a new river. I took my pop up camper and social distanced to a place I had never been which makes my river journeys near the 200 mark. Rivers, they are the arteries of the earth and as with most of you, I have an affinity for them.
The two days were spent on a rugged river in southern Oregon with a high air temp of 57 degrees. Possibly the most ‘wicked’ wading I have ever done. Beautiful country. After fishing, I followed the artery to its headwaters high in the Cascade mountains where there was at least 5 feet of snow on the ground and a ‘face on’ snow blizzard.
Nothing quite like being on or near the water. Food for the soul.
Oh I forgot to mention, I fished a black and blue muddler, a 3 inch per second sinking leader behind a 45 foot head on the old 7136 Sage Brownie.
I tossed her at about 70 degrees and then brought my tip to the downstream bank…. In essence a greased line. I was rewarded with 3 hook ups and quite a few other grabs in the two days. One particular fish I will never forget. She was about 8 pounds, nickel bright for being 50 plus miles from the salt and she was in the air more than in the water.
Amidst the current situation, the trout and steelhead are happy and fishing remains good …… probably the finest SD anyone could ask for!
It was a beautiful day on the #yakiamariver, we got to practice our #socialdistancing and catch a few fish. #skwalas & #marchbrowns are working well on top in the afternoon. Mayfly and stonefly nymphs before the hatch, emergers and dries during. #openspaces #nature
Swingtime with some nymph fishing here and there. Utilize varioussink rates based on depth, flow and mood of the fish.
Sunshine and Steelhead lately. Lots of sunshine and a few fish:)))
Like a broken record…. Fishing is GREAT right now. We are seeing a few adult Skwalas currently. Fishing an adult pattern in likely water is WORTHY.
TIP of the day – Never overlook the slow froggy water to fish the adult Skwala. More about the Skwala
Currently the river is on the drop and in great condition with 8 feet of visibility. Utilizing a variety of sinking lines in various lengths and densities based on depth and flow has been a worthy angle. ‘Bobbercation’ aka ‘Nymphing’ has been worhty as well.
Bugs of Choice
#4 Sex Dungeon
#4-8 Catch all
#6-10 Pats Ston
#12-18 Nymphs – Prince, Lightning Bug, Rock Worms
March 20 – May 20 Take advantage of our early season rates. See some great country, experience some good fishing with no one around.
The entire river is fishing great after the big bump of water. Stones, worms, sculpins, and various streamers working well. Next couple weeks look very mild and should be some great fishing. Not too long and we will see some adult Skwalas flying around.
Water clarity at Ringer road this morning -10AM was 2 feet of visibility and clearing fast as well as dropping. Should be good to great
‘Turd and Worm’ – AKA Stonefly and San Juan Worm fishing with some streamer action mixed in.
Fly image selection below in photo gallery. We are 60 days away from Adult Skwala stonefly action. Skwala nymphing is right now:)
Pats Stone nymphs #8-12 in Olive, Brown and Black, Brown
20 Incher #8-12
San Juan Worms #8-12 in Red, Red and Pink, Pink
Streamers #4-10 Sculpzilla, Dali LLama, Sheila, Sparkle Minnows
Midge Pupa #18
Caddis larva # 14-16
Attractor Nymphs #14-16
Swing by the shop – Regular hours 8-4PM – GREAT selection of bugs:))
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