Trout season in Oregon opened in some locations last weekend. Here’s some inspiration for high-desert streams.
Tip waitresses for good service, tip trees for good wild fish.
Thank you for all the rain dances, I think they have worked! Expect more of the stuff to come down through the next couple of days. This next front will bring in slightly cooler temperatures but should not be bringing more low elevation snow. We will see a drying trend later in the week and rivers may just come in to shape by the weekend. Another front is expected to show up around Sunday, bringing more moisture our way.
Coast– All the coastal anglers that we know have been praying and hoping for rain to come. Now that it is here, we are all waiting to see if it brought fish along with it. We have no recent reports but we will be out there when the rivers clear up a bit. Fish were caught during snowpocalypse and the North Fork Alsea Hatchery has finally seen larger numbers of fish making it to the trap.
Valley– We are back to a more normal winter weather pattern, which has raised levels far above fishable. For now it is best to sit back with your favorite beverage and tie up some bugs for the coming season.
Desert– Low snowpack and water levels means that dam operators are holding back every drop that they can. This means that Central Oregon tailwaters have remained at fishable levels and are fishing well. The BWO and midge hatches don’t seem to have been affected one bit by the weather. With the high flows and warmer temperatures on other systems this is a great time to throw a streamer and see what monster may be living in out there.
[LINK] to complete story from KVAL.com
The process used by volunteers with the Ocean Blue Project, an ecological restoration nonprofit, is to place mushroom spawn and a mixture of coffee grounds and straw in burlap bags that mushrooms can grow in, and then place the bags so that water entering storm drains will filter through them.
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality water sampling from 2008 to 2012 showed the presence of pesticides, flame retardants, metals, and chemical ingredients from consumer products in the river. The Oregon Health Authority also has an active mercury advisory warning that children should not eat more than one serving of resident species of fish from the main fork of the Willamette River a month, and that adults should not eat more than four servings. Complete Article [HERE].
Mushrooms are freaking sweet.
Tube flies are a bit of a different animal when it comes to rigging and organizing. Try these six tips for keeping your tubes in order and ready to go.
Use a compartment box
Save a cork – everyone loves a good Oregon Pinot
Simplify your hooks
Speaking of hooks, settle on one that you like for simplicity. We’re fans of the Owner SSW, Gamakatsu B10S & Octopus, and Matzuo Sickle hooks.
Rig up removable weight (more info to follow)
Tying unweighted flies and adding weight on the water gives you the most flexibility. Bullet-style worm weights are great for sliding on your leader ahead of tubes when you need to go HEAVY. But we carry tungsten beads in 7/32 and 3/16 sizes, too. Their lighter weight and smaller size work better in most situations. Mount them on HMH micro tubing, with ends melted so they slide easily, and stow all this in your compartment box. If you choose not to add the liner tube, watch out, they’ll fray and weaken your leader. No one wants to loose the one fish for the day because of their gear.
Add some junction tubing
Toss some extra junction tubing in your box. You’re bound to lose the pieces on your flies and without it, your hooks will sag. Nobody wants that.