Winter Reflection

Every year around this time, give or take a few weeks, fishing in beautiful clear streams becomes but a memory. Irrigation is done for the year and all the water is diverted back into the river making it an utter mess of primarily unfishable water. About this time, usually after the holidays are through, I…

Home town, new water

There is so much exploring to do in Oregon in the interest of trout fishing. World class rivers. Vast lakes teeming with trophy browns. River mouths to the mighty Pacific Ocean. Small tributaries that make up the aquatic vascular system of all our favorite fisheries. Of the many spots I fish regularly in my area,…

The Silent Rise

My eyes focus. I dump my first cast but a quick roll and I’m back in business. Frye rise exuberantly in my periphery but I finish the drift and set up for another cast. I’m fishing a long, slow pool and it’s utterly silent around me. I follow my No. 14 grouse and yellow soft…

Brown trout, brown river

I haven’t been out much in the last 2 weeks.  Not fishing at least. The deschutes is markedly high and murky after a few 90 degree days and ample runoff from the cascades. But there are a few tried and true spots here and there known for coaxing out a trout or 2. I’m defienetly…

Watching the Rise

My postman told me recently that mail carriers now deliver on Sunday’s. While I don’t consider myself heavily invested when it comes to the schedules of the post office, I assume this is a relatively new occurance. Amazon and such, I suspect. Now, expedience and efficiency are obviously concepts we are all very familiar with…

Soft hackles, Heavy rain

There are times, while looking through boxes of flies, that I ask myself why I tie anything but partridge and pheasant tail soft hackles. To say it’s my favorite fly would be selling it short. It’s not unlike asking “why drink anything but bourbon? It gets you drunk doesn’t it?” Well, Sometimes you feel like…

A summers preparation 

Much like gardening, angling with a fly can be quite seasonal. Different times of year call for separate species to be planted and vastly contrasting patterns used to take fish. As summer slowly approaches, hearty frost resistant root veggies go in the ground and tomatos and peppers and other delicate starts sit on the window…

Iron blue 

A classic pattern tied in a few sizes. I like to tie these in any thing from a No. 16 up to an 8 or 10.  Tying thread: wine or crimson red Tag: same Body: personal mix of natural rabbit fur with some grey and black SLF mixed in and spun on black thread on…

Spring on the Deschutes

Spring has been pretty touch and go as far as flows are concerned. We had an intense snow this year to say the least. The river has stabilized significantly, but I still feel a pang of uneasiness every time I see a few sticks float by. Biblical images in my head of water rising unfathomably…

Fishless days, Angling nights

Many authors and historical  literature come to mind on the great subject of American angling. Among the Gierachs’ and McGuanes’ and Hemingways’, somewhere in the middle, lies Sparse Grey Hackle.  Alfred Miller, or “Sparse” as is his adopted nomme de plume, writes with genuine sincerity and G rated humor that is both refreshing and hilarious….