Apr 15, 2021

Columbia Gorge Fishing Reports - 4.15.2021


Trout - Deschutes River:

The Deschutes fished good for me this past weekend. Fish were eating swung sculpins really well. Water temps are hovering in the high 40s right now and fish were still receptive to swung flies. The further into spring/summer we go the more aggressive the trout will get to these bigger meals. It’s often best to fish this technique in the mornings before the hatches get going. I fished a sculpin on my 4 weight trout spey with 10 feet of T-8 and had some awesome grabs and super healthy looking trout brought to hand. 

Nymphing was good too, fish were eating rubber legs and small red copper john droppers and soft hackle pheasant tail nymphs throughout the day. On Saturday, it was cloudy and stormy which had the mayflies out and about, saw both blue wings and a few march browns. Got a few decent trout to eat on top, but the sub surface fishing was more effective. There were also some caddis flying around on Sunday which was a warmer and sunnier day. Get out and go fishing! The big bugs will be here before we know it.
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Lake Fishing:

Pretty snowy and cold up at the lakes. Coming soon...

Winter Steelhead - 

Winter steelhead fishing is pretty much done. Soon, July and chrome summer steelhead is right around the corner. That’s what I love about Oregon, when one season winds down, another one is not far off. 
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Smallmouth Bass / Carp:

Start searching the river points and gravel bars. Fish Clouser Minnows and RIO's Meat Sweats flies. If fish don't come up for streamers go deep with craw patterns in the rocks. On windy days fish a float and fly rig with a Solitude Dead Drop Minnow on drops offs and main river points. Always watch the flats for mudding carp and if you find them don't forget to look behind them. You might find a smallmouth hanging close to snatch up with ole Mr. carp could get a grip on. 


-Zach Parker

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Apr 9, 2021

Columbia Gorge Fishing Reports - 4/9/2021


Trout - Deschutes River:

Lots of quality trout to be had on the Lower as of late. Similar to the last report, stonefly nymphs are getting more and more active with warming temperatures and the start of the annual hatch on the near horizon. Going to be in the low 70s next week! Spring has finally arrived and the trout are responding well. Both euro and traditional nymphing techniques work great, whatever you prefer, but the trout are eating a size 4-8 black or brown rubber legs super well right now. There are some giant nymphs in the Deschutes so don’t be afraid to run the big # 4’s. 

March browns in a #12-14 and blue winged olives in a #18 are bugs that should be on your radar for dry fly activity this time of year. I like a film critic or sparkle dun to imitate a blue wing olive and a standard parachute adams for a march brown. The big hatch is only a few weeks away so make sure you’re salmonfly and golden stone patterns are dialed! 

We have a good selection of patterns for this hatch. Norm woods special, clarks stone, stimulators or a good ole fashion chubby chernobyl. Stop in the shop to get loaded up for some great dry fly fishing in the coming months! 

The hatch will begin at the mouth of the Deschutes and slowly progress its way upstream towards mecca flats and warm springs. That area of the Deschutes opens on April 22nd as well, and will be fishing great as those fish haven’t seen our flies all winter.
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Lake Fishing:

Pretty snowy and cold up at the lakes. Coming soon...

Winter Steelhead - North Oregon Coast + Portland Metro area 

Winter steelhead fishing is pretty much done. There actually was a surprising number of bright fish that have been showing up in the past few weeks, but it’s time to let those fish do their thing and spawn in peace. Besides, July and chrome summer steelhead is right around the corner. That’s what I love about Oregon, when one season winds down, another one is not far off. 

Hood River: 

While this has been a slow steelhead year all around, look for a few more fish showing up in the Hood. We generally see the peak numbers of fish around now in this system and it will fish well into April. Both swung flies and nymph techniques are working for folks.

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Smallmouth Bass / Carp:

Warm, calm, sunny days will bring the bronzebacks up from the depths to the shallows in search of a meal. As conditions warm fish lightweight streamer patterns slowly. If fish don't come up for streamers go deep with craw patterns in the rocks. On windy days fish a float and fly rig on drops offs and main river points. 


-Zach Parker

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Apr 6, 2021

Abel Vaya with Casey Underwood graphics in Last Light Olive

Easily the best looking custom shop reel of the year!


Equally impressive is the Abel TR in Casey Underwood Last Light Olive

 Instead of taking your order for custom built special reels we instead order in custom shop reels to have in-stock, available for you to purchase. Our inventory changes all the time so check back often. We also order in Custom Shop Reels from other manufacturers such as Nautilus and Tibor. Of course we will also special order for any custom reel you desire. 


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Apr 3, 2021

The All New Tibor BackCountry Fly Reel - In Stock Now


The NEW BackCountry is designed and crafted with the same uncompromising standards as our time-tested Tibor, Signature, and Billy Pate series reels. Suitable for a 5-7 weight rods in both fresh and saltwater conditions, even the most fragile tippet can be fished with complete confidence. Proudly made and assembled in the USA.


Features

  • Made from solid aluminum bar stock and has very few parts.
  • Features a drag that cannot be set excessively tight, yet the spool won't over run if you pull line rapidily from it.
  • Spool is easily removable. Extra spools are available.
  • A clicker monitors line going out or coming in.
  • Comes with a thick neoprene case AND a clear pocket window.
  • Weight: 6.oz / Rods: 5-7 / Frame Size: 3.50" x 1.50" Capacity: 150 yds. w/65 lb. jelspun

Specs - 

ModelDiameterWeightRod wtLine
BackCountry3.50"6.0 oz5-7150yds/65# Gelspun

Apr 2, 2021

Burkheimer's in stock


Call them Custom! Call them Boutique! We call them Burkie's!
Few rods are as coveted as the small Washington town, handcrafted, one of a kind Burkheimer's.

They may be mostly known in the Northwest for their extremely comfortable, yet power two hand spey rods. There is also quite a following for the "in the know" trout angler who especially respects the deep load action of the DAL Trout Series.

While we'll gladly take your special custom order for any C.F.Burkheimer you wish for, be sure to first check our current selection, "in stock" of a few of our favorites in both Classic and Vintage finishes.

See What's In Stock...

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Apr 1, 2021

WADING STAFFS | Essential Gear for Safely Wading and More

Update: Simms Wading Staffs are back in stock...Find Them Here



When I was younger, a lot younger, I used to wade the rivers with reckless abandon. I would use my size and weight to plow through rapids and just about go anywhere I wanted to. Fast forward a few years and some knee issues and what do you get? Less stability and a bit more carefulness in choosing when and where you will wade or not.

One of my most memorable times wading with no concern was when I was guiding Travis, the shop owner, and his brother Scott down the Klickitat River. Scott had hooked a hot steelhead that took us down to the next run and we had to chase after it. Well as soon as we got down river to the next run the fish decided to go back upstream to where we just left. Since I couldn't row the boat back upstream our choice was to either break the fish off or go after it. It didn't take us long to head upstream chasing after the fish. It was a dandy fish and worthy of chasing. Scotty as well called him wasn't that big of a guy, so I instructed him to come with me and we proceeded to wade upstream through the rapid with me holding on to his collar and on several occasions he told me that his feet were not even on the ground. I was literally dragging him upstream while he fought the fish. Eventually we landed the fish and celebrated a memorable instance that we still talk about today. He landed about a 12-14 pound beautiful steelhead. This was the last time I had the pleasure of fishing with Scotty before he passed away at too young of age.

Today, I would never dream of doing that again. I just don't have the stability to do so. So, getting to the point, after having incorporating a wading staff into my daily equipment list when I go fishing, I honestly wish I would have used one back when I had no concern wading anywhere. It would have made me even more stable at a younger age. So, what I am saying is that I wish I would have used a staff way before I "had to".
Simms Wading Staff - Adjustable and Convenient.
Made of Aluminum with a Contoured TPR Molded handle for
a secure grip.
I do not leave home without my wading staff. I am a list person. I make a list before every trip to make sure that I do not forget anything and my wading staff is usually in the top three items of the list. It's that important to me!

When using a wading staff I don't use it to "lean on" for the most part. I use it to help me recognize changes in depth of wader, or finding drop offs. I also use it as a walking stick on land, especially on the Deschutes River, and as a poking stick to clear the path in front of me while looking out for snakes.

Have wading staffs kept me from falling in the river? No, but they have greatly helped me to continue wading and fishing for steelhead with confidence. If it weren't for wading staffs I wouldn't be able today to fish some of my favorite runs. My intention is not to make this article sound like staffs are for old guys and old guys only. I am saying that I should have used one years before I felt I "had to."

These two Simms Wading Staffs DO NOT COME WITH RETRACTOR and to complete making your staff a useful tool, you would need purchase the staff retractor separately. A retractor is much, much nicer than just tying on a piece of rope around you waste and the main reason for this is that a retractor will allow you to let go of the staff when you are not using it and it will stay by your side. If using a rope, the staff doesn't hang by your side, it floats down stream below you for how ever long the rope is and it is super annoying because it gets in the way of your swing. Hope that makes sense.
Simms Retractor features a three foot section of Spectra Cable making
it extremely durable and an essential piece to complete your staff outfit.
Final thought regarding using a wading staff is to not let pride get the best of you and consider using one, even if you don't think you "need one". My hindsight tells me I should have used one years ahead of when I actually "needed one". Be safe out there and enjoy the outdoors, it has a lot to offer if we just experience it to the max.

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Life is short, seize the moment and have fun out there!








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Mar 30, 2021

Simms Dockwear Hooded Jacket

Bringing together classic style and determined performance, the insulated Dockwear Hooded jacket is cut from rugged, water-shedding CORDURA® nylon fabric for taming chilly conditions or throwing back cold brews at the bar.
Specs
  • Durable CORDURA® nylon fabric conquers cold damp days
  • Interior lining is quilted with 100% polyester brushed flannel and 100g insulation.
  • Sleeves encased with 60g insulation with interior taffeta polyester lining for easy on/off
  • Insulated hood with woven drawcord for cinched fit
  • Metalux Zipper with watershedding storm flap fastened with rubber coated snaps
  • Metalux zippered chest pockets, dual hand warmer pockets and interior zippered pocket for essentials
  • Machine wash & dry. See garment label for details.
  • FABRIC TECH: Shell: 221gsm CORDURA® nylon w/ DWR ; Lining: 137gsm 100% polyester flannel in body, 100% taffeta polyester in sleeves ; Insulation: 100g body, 60g sleeves
  • ITEM #: PG-13059                          


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Mar 26, 2021

Columbia Gorge Fishing Reports - 3.26.2021


Trout - Deschutes River:

Trout fishing has really been picking up over the last few weeks. Supposed to reach 70 degrees this weekend out in the Maupin area which is a welcomed sight after a long, cold and rainy winter. This warmth should really get the trout and insects active and feeding throughout the day. Nymphing is still going to be your most productive method right now. This is the time of year where Deschutes redsides really start keying in and feeding heavily on the stonefly nymphs that are beginning to get more active as we move into April and the famed salmonfly hatch that begins in early May. 

I’d be running a size 6-8 black or brown rubber legs stonefly nymph with a 16-18 caddis pupae or mayfly nymph behind the big bug. Some of my go to Deschutes droppers that work year round are red lightning bugs, jig style pheasant tail nymph/soft hackle pheasant tail nymph, rainbow warriors, and red or purple psycho prince nymphs. 

 The trout spey bite has been superb. With water temps beginning to warm slightly, fish are getting more aggressive and willing to chase a large meal. 10 feet of T-8, 2x RIO fluoroflex, and a box of sculpin patterns and you’re ready to rock n roll.
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Lake Fishing:

Pretty snowy and cold up at the lakes. Until the spring...

Winter Steelhead - North Oregon Coast + Portland Metro area 

Winter steelhead season is winding down to close. There are some systems that fish well into early April but for the most part, it’s coming to an end. This weekend could fish decent as the rain last week bumped the rivers up and put some color into them. Again, I’d be fishing pretty low in the rivers to hopefully intercept a late chromer, versus fishing up high and targeting spawning fish. Please be aware of redds this time of year and do not consciously fish to fish that are actively on spawning beds. There is a good chance if you spot a few fish sitting deep in a tailout this time of year, that they are trying to do their thing.

Winter Steelhead - Hood River: 

While this has been a slow steelhead year all around, look for a few more fish showing up in the Hood. We generally see the peak numbers of fish around now in this system and it will fish well into April. Both swung flies and nymph techniques are working for folks.

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Smallmouth Bass / Carp:

Warm, calm, sunny days will bring mr.smallie up from the depths to the shallows in search of a meal. With these conditions fish lightweight streamer patterns slowly. On windy days fish a float and fly rig on drops offs and main river points. 


-Zach Parker

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