Lost Lake Draining into Lava Tube

Here in Central Oregon, we have a few lakes that have Lava Tubes in them where water drains from the lake.  Here is a great article/video from one of our local papers that shows how impressive one of these lava tubes are.  The water level at Lost Lake is quite low this year, making the lava tube visible.  Check this out:

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Bamboo Rods on the Crooked River

Mary Ann and I got the chance to get out to the Crooked River a few days ago with our bamboo rods.  I chose an 8′  3″  5 wt rod.  It was a wonderful weather day and we picked up a handful of nice rainbows on dries and nymphs.  Here is a quick video that Mary Ann shot while I was landing an especially nice rainbow of about 18″.

 

 

Lake In The Dunes – Private Lake Fishing

Once in a great while, its fun to get out to a private Pay-To-Fish place.  Mary Ann and I got the chance to bend our bamboo rods on some larger rainbows a few days ago with a visit to Lake In The Dunes, some private lakes about 2 hours to the east of us.  It’s a great setup, with 5 small desert lakes fed by natural artesian wells on the property.  There is also a great cabin on the property for overnight stays.  It was a brisk 31 degrees when we got there and some portions of the lakes had a light covering of ice from the night below.  But sun was out and the ice cleared off by lunch time.  We found willing fish on just about any streamer/bugger pattern we threw, and also picked up quite a few on chironomids suspended under indicators.  All of the fish we caught were between 16″ and 22″, with a few larger ones lost.  It made for some wonderful winter rainbow fishing.  Here are a few photos of our day:

Dave and Mary Ann at Lake In The Dunes.

Dave and Mary Ann at Lake In The Dunes.

A beautiful winter day at Lake In The Dunes

A beautiful winter day at Lake In The Dunes

Lake In The Dunes Rainbow

Lake In The Dunes Rainbow

Lake In The Dunes Rainbow

Lake In The Dunes Rainbow

 

The 2015 Pleasanton, CA Fly Fishing Show

I just got back from The Fly Fishing Show in Pleasanton, CA last weekend where I had a booth.  There were a few other bamboo rod guys there, Joe Bradley, Robert Bolt, TC Robertson, and it was great to catch up with them.  I didn’t pay too much attention to what the graphite guys were showing off but I did notice that Echo is coming out with a line of fiberglass rods.  I got a chance to cast their new fiberglass switch rod….it has  the classic feel of a fiber glass rod…definitely not like bamboo but it was fun to cast.  It’s nice to see something else out in the industry other than ultra-fast graphite.  Here is a photo of me at my booth at the show:

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Another Bamboo Switch Rod Heads Out The Door

I just finished another bamboo switch rod this week that will be heading out to a client next week.  This is a 10′  6″  5 wt Hollow Built rod that effortlessly throws a 300 to 350 grain Scandi Line.  My light switch rods have been getting quite a bit of interest from trout anglers who enjoy two-handed casting and have been looking for a bamboo switch rod for casting streamer flies and soft hackles.

A 10'  6"  5 wt Hollow-Built Switch Rod

A 10′ 6″ 5 wt Hollow-Built Switch Rod

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