With our winter steelhead rivers low, clear and cold on the west side, I decided to grab the four weight and head out to the Deschutes for the blue wing olive hatch. Ironically, while trying to fool a few trout, I landed this beautiful four pound native buck on a size #22 pheasant tail!
I will say, fishing for Deschutes steelhead after mid-December is mega lame... The fish need their strength for spawning. If you do hook one while trout fishing, please fight em hard and land them quick!
I've been given the opportunity to interview with Ask About Fly Fishing Internet Radio this upcoming Wednesday at 6:00pm pacific time. The show's host Roger Maves has compiled a massive library of interviews with some great anglers from around the country. During this weeks show we'll be talking about Deschutes River steelhead and trout fishing.
There's something special about waking up in the desert, stepping into camp water and starting your day with a steelhead.
I'm often surprised how few anglers I fish with have landed a steelhead on a dry fly. Yet, when I tie a skater on a client's line, their intensity level always goes up a couple notches. The needle moves because the visual dimension during the swing... There's nothing like watching your skater hunt. -The anticipation of a big surface eat is simply incredible.
It's that time of the year again... Deschutes steelhead season! I start my Steelhead Camps on the lower Deschutes this week. Consequently, I'll be posting once a week for the next few months. If you're on the lower river this season, stop by camp and say hello. Stay tuned for updates on the season.
My good friend Jeff Mishler (New Water Media) just launched the trailer for his newest addition to the Skagit Master video library. Skagit Master 3 focuses on steelhead fly design from some of the best anglers and tiers in the Northwest... Wether you tie flies or not, you will learn a ton about steelhead fishing. Each tier talks in detail about their design philosophy, how they fish the fly and the conditions it was made for.
From late spring through fall I guide "fly fishing only" trips for steelhead and trout on the lower Deschutes River. In the spring, I love chasing the resident trout from Maupin down to the river's confluence with the Columbia.
Fished with Chett Cross from Rocky Mountain Anglers in Boulder, Colorado late last week. After running my jet boat up the lower Deschutes on the most beautiful morning I've ever seen, Chett lost his steelhead virginity with this beautiful native. I always love watching a hard core trout addict getting his world rocked by a rampaging steelhead. Nice going Chett!