Well it has been a busy trout season and I have had no time to post much, but this is a great story from last week.
On Monday we were floating the Lower Deschutes and having a good day!
Late in the Day the fish were taking dries very well and we were having good luck.
Working up a riffle I fish everyday I see this nice fish come off the bank and eat a Caddis.
I tell my client where he is rising and he shows himself again, and we both see its a very nice fish.
We have a size #18 Tan Elk Hair on, so we thought we would try that first.
Finally we get a cast close to the grass and the fish comes full speed to eat our dry,the fight is on.
The fish heads for the middle of the river and heads about 25yds into the backing,we finally get it back to us and land this big Redside.
So it gets interesting when I am out on Wednesday, late afternoon get to the riffle were on Monday we landed the nice Redside.
I figure there is no way he is around since I was there on Tuesday and did not see any fish over 12 inches.
We are working our way up catching a few fish and about 5 ft up from us I see a big rise, I thought no way thats the same big fish from Monday.
If it is he will be a bit wiser now since he has been hooked before, but we decide to throw at him.
We have a size #18 Tan Elk Hair on, my client gets a cast just above him ,it floats down the fish just crushes the fly.
Here we go again BAM! about 20-30yds into the backing, what a great fight.
We get it back and once I get close I tell my client that I have seen this fish before, that we caught him on Monday.
You got to love it when big fish eats your fly one day then a few days later you catch him again!
I tell my clients every year that you catch some of these fish 2 or 3 times in a season, they become your pet fish.
Great way to end my trout season and get ready for steelhead season.
My favorite part of my Job is watching someone catch their first steelhead.Had the the pleasure of meeting Connor Murphy a few weeks ago and watch him get super excited about hooking and landing his first steelhead.
Well it has been tough to get any fish on the Sandy here lately, without much rain and low very clear water. Makes these fish tough to catch.
Even with those conditions we found a beautiful Big Wild fish last week.
This fish hammered a Black and Blue Marabou fly tied sparse for low water.
That is why I love winter fishing, YES ITS TOUGH BUT LOOK AT THE PAYOFF!
Pray for more rain!!!!
Thanks Marty Howard for the great photos.
Join Marty and Mia Sheppard and Brian Silvey for a free Spey casting class.
Learn about casting and fishing techniques for winter steelhead. FEBRUARY 16th 2013 1-3 pm at Oxbow Park Boat Ramp
Bring a Rod and waders
Come and Join us !
This coming Saturday Feb 9th I will be tying Winter Steelhead flies at The Royal Treatment Fly shop
in West Linn.
Trailer Trash Premiere Party and Judging from 10:00 am- 11:00 am
Fly Tying from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Don't forget there will also be Homemade Cookies!!!!
Tough to cast when the guides are locked up with ice.
Was out on the Sandy River early last week in the frozen zone. Fishing was tough but we did at least
hook one fish. The water was probably 35 degrees in the morning.
The weather has changed now and hopefully the warmer weather will bring in some fresh fish.
If winter steelhead fishing was easy everyone would do it!!