Jun 25, 2018

Columbia Gorge Fishing Report 6/25/18

Photo courtesy of Central Oregon Fire Information

Deschutes River/Maupin Area Fire Update- There is an unfortunate fire brewing over near the town of Maupin caused by lightening this last week, which has currently engulfed over 87,000 acres. Our thoughts and prayers for those in the area and hopefully it subdues soon before much more damage is done. It's likely to be another strong fire season here and while fires occur naturally, I sure hope we can eliminate some complacency and human-caused fires. Parts of the river remain open, however camping is not recommended and certain areas are on a Level 1 evacuation. For more up to date info, head over to Central Oregon Fire Info / Blogspot 

Now for the Fishing Report...

Chelsey spotting a nice steelhead holding in a tailout. It wouldn't play though.

Steelhead- Local waters have a couple moving through and pressure has remained fairly light. Personally, I'd rather fish for less fish with less pressure than lots of fish and lots of pressure. They just seem to respond better to the swung fly. People certainly like stats and graphs and such so if we check out the dam counts, there's almost 200 fish per day crossing over Bonneville. Which soon means the lower Deschutes will be fishing. Early on in the season, I can't recommend a Jet Boat up from the mouth enough... You simply get to chase the canyon shadows for much longer, which is partly what makes the dryline fishing on that river so renowned. A lot of strays enter the lower 15 miles of the river, and that means that despite the difficult access on foot down low there are just more fish available. Fish generally seem to transition pretty fast through the lower few miles until they get over a couple good rapids, upon which they tend to hold and are more aggressive to the fly. The mouth is already approaching 70 degrees at Moody Rapids, and I hope anglers will also be able to self-regulate themselves as the water warms up to lethal steelhead temperatures in the coming weeks.

 Still early, but remember last year was one of those low-return years that provided great fishing...

The Klickitat has been churning out some color lately with these hotter days and full snowpack on Mt. Adams, so turbidity is a bit high come mid-day. However, floating lines are still moving fish and the Klick fortunately hasn't seen much bobber pressure yet either. A buddy of mine recently nabbed a 10# hatchery fish on a single-hander and a swung size 10 soft hackle in about 2ft of visibility- proving its not always about skagit heads, tungsten tips, and lead eye intruders... Sometimes its the archer, not the arrow that makes a difference.

Trout- Over on the Deschutes action is still plentiful, but I would try to avoid some of the fire action so crews can continue to contain the flames. Below Sherars Falls is probably a better bet, and one I go to more often as Maupin seems to be more of a magnet for anglers and pressured trout. Yellow sallies are dwindling, but the mayfly hatches of PMD/PED's are still strong. Caddis hatches are also doing very well this year. Nymphing is a productive way to spend some time on the water when the hatches aren't cooperating. As the river warms up, trout will seek the refuge of colder and deeper water where many of the nymphs reside.  

 Trout happy water void of anglers if you're willing to look for it...

Other trout opportunities exist among the countless streams and lakes surrounding Mt. Hood and Adams. If you grab a map, virtually any blue line or dot represents a fishable area. While many of the streams don't boast large trout, a small 1-3wt trout rod is a blast on those smaller creeks. In the lakes you'll find some larger fish around, but as our days get hotter they'll be seeking the sanctuary of the cooler water deeper down. Make sure you've got a lake line when the heat is out as they don't seem to rise too readily mid-day through the heat of summer. 

Hazy light on a nice mountain lake.

Warmwater- The top water bass bite on the Columbia has turned on! Get out there with some big poppers and watch the violent attacks from some big ol' smallmouth. If there isn't any wind to kick up silt which tends to push them deeper, I would also go check out the carp fishing along the Columbia and in the side lakes. 

 Jacob with a dandy. Do you even two-hand carp fish?!

As always, we are happy to talk fishing anytime. Give us a call if you have any specific questions on local rivers, gear, and tactics, or if you just want some encouragement to get out of the office. 

Cody Booth
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Jun 24, 2018

Hardy Marquis LWT Salmon Fly Reels

Simple, Durable, Lightweight Spey Reels with big Click Check sound. 

Some things are hard to improve upon. When Hardy announced it was returning the Marquis production back to England it was great news to all. Not only did this icon return home but it was also given subtle refinements to secure its future. 

Manufactured from bar stock aluminum, the new model has received increased porting for weight reduction. Other improvements included and indented regulator button with improved range of adjustment. 

Reel Specs -
ModelCapacityWeightDrag type
Salmon 1WF10+170(30lb Dacron)8.11 ozClick Check
Salmon 2WF11+280(30lb Dacron)9.30 ozClick Check
Salmon 3WF12+400(30lb Dacron)9.90 ozClick Check

Other news...New to the Hardy Marquis LWT lineup is a whole range of trout and single hand rod size reels. No longer limited to just big Spey, the new smaller sizes are idea for trout applications. Same great features in a smaller package.

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Jun 23, 2018

Hatch Custom Fly Reels - In Stock

Hatch has earned its place in the fly reel market with great designs and quality, dependable products. Hatch also does some incredible custom color combinations. We liked these reels so much that we ordered some while we could get them and they are available for purchase in our webstore.

All the Hatch Custom Fly Reels we have listed are in stock and ready to ship. We have Purple/Silver, Green/Silver, Red/Silver and Cyan/Silver with miscellaneous sizes from 4+ to 11+.

These are all the latest Hatch Generation 2 reels with the updated porting, improved seals and reduced weight.

Find them here at "The Gorge"

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Jun 22, 2018

Scientific Anglers Introduces Amplitude Smooth Fly Lines

Two years ago Scientific Anglers released the Amplitude Series of fly lines. Since that time many, (us included), have discovered and utilize these excellent lines. While they come with a stout price tag the return was extreme slick line shooting, strong, durable construction and excellent taper profiles.

But if there is one thing that still divides the fly line market today it would be the "Textured" vs "Smooth" debate. Some like it rough and some like it smooth.

The great feature of Scientific Anglers AST Plus slickness additive is it can be integrated in their fly lines no matter of the fly line surface finish.

Welcome Amplitude Smooth with AST PLUS

Scheduled release of these new lines is July. They are being released in six tapers including some well known favorites such as Titan Long, Anadro, Grand Slam, Bonefish and Trout as well as a brand new taper call Infinity. Infinity is similar to MPX taper but made to be even more versatile with a longer head profile.

I'll be posting more specific information as it comes available. All Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Lines are available for pre-order in our e-commerce store, right now!
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Jun 21, 2018

Sun Protection Gloves

Time to start thinking serious about sun protection. Good sun gloves not only protect the back of your hands but they also provide a good stripping finger guard.

Simms Solarflex Gloves have a really good built in stripping finger protector. During hot summer months I find myself doing more streamer stripper than other times of the year. I couldn't make it through a day without my Solarflex Gloves.

Also from Simms are new Stripping Guard. If you have a day were you don't need the gloves but still need stripper finger protection then here's your answer.

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Jun 20, 2018

Trout Season - Last Call - Video

Found this great video from Sage. It perfectly highlights the challenges our great earth is facing in world that is gasping for every available underground metal resource while ignoring the perfectly created, above ground, precious resources that exist naturally.

Rivers are more than just bodies of water, they are ribbons that connect people and reduce the distance between rural and urban. As such, they take the greater community to preserve and protect them. Check out Daniel Anderson’s connection with the Yellowstone River, and what folks in the Paradise Valley (and beyond) are doing to defend their precious resource.


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Jun 19, 2018

Columbia Gorge Fishing Report 6/19/2018

Driving along the upper Klick looking South.

Steelhead- Numbers over Bonneville are slowly increasing and we still haven't had a big push of fish yet. However, looking upstream a bit it appears that a good chunk of fish that have passed over Bonneville haven't passed over The Dalles Dam yet. So they must be in some of the tributaries and/or waiting for conditions to trigger them upstream on their journey more.

 Count numbers over Bonneville, The Dalles Dam, and John Day

The Klick has been low and clear for the start of the season, however that may change soon as the high country might see a little rain followed by some nice warm weather. A rising river from rain or snow melt will color things up a bit and get fish moving throughout the system and will be a welcomed change. We are also in the Columbia Gorge and it gets windy here at times... When that is the case I will quickly take my scandi head off and put an Airflo Rage on instead. If you're unfamiliar with this line than it might be time to explore it's benefits! Larger flies or light sinking polyleaders will work on it, but I utilize it most for its ability to cast into the wind when my scandi falls apart mid-cast. While it doesn't present itself as nicely as a scandi, it still does all the same touch-and-go casts and is simply just a versatile line.  

 This fish took a Grease Liner about 3ft into the air on the take, but steelhead won't eat dry flies...

Trout- Deschutes action isn't really slowing down, however the angler pressure has been. It seems folks come out of the woodwork for the Salmon/Stonefly hatch for a couple weeks and then tend to avoid the river until next season. Meanwhile hatches occur year round and the Yellow Sallies have been popping off for a few weeks now.  Pale Morning and Pale Evening Duns are out overcast days certainly seem to turn on the mayfly fishing. Also, don't forget your Caddis flies and we just got stocked up on the smaller sizes that tend to work best out there. 

Small stream trout never seem to disappoint!

Small streams are fishing well and as I've said before, those trout aren't too particularly picky when it comes to eating. One thing I tried recently that I usually reserved for larger waters, was swinging soft hackles into seams on these small creeks... turns out it works great here too! In our mountain lakes, the nighttime temperatures have kept water cool and fish have been sticking closer to the shore until we start to get into the heat of summer. 

Warmwater species- Bass fishing has been great lately for those in pursuit! The John Day provides non-stop action and the bass aren't to particular their either. On the Columbia, the big boys seem to want the big stuff and a 7wt rod is ideal for throwing it to them. The top water action has been picking up and is a exciting visual seeing some predator fish chase down its "prey." Finding a carp flat can be a fun alternative to bass and these brutes will make you work for it, and the reward is high. Carp tend to average around 10lbs, with plenty of bigger ones available too. Carp can be picky though, and stealthiness is crucial. We just got a few new flies in that work pretty good for carp so if you're up to the challenge, come see us!

 Yes, we love two-handers! Even when fishing poppers for Smallies...

As always, we are happy to talk fishing anytime. Give us a call if you have any specific questions on local rivers, gear, and tactics, or if you just want some encouragement to get out of the office. 

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Jun 18, 2018

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