Crooked River Fishing with Bamboo Rods

Mary Ann and I got the chance to get out on the Crooked River yesterday for a few hours.  The water level has finally dropped down to a fishable level (350 CFS)…high but fishable and off-color.  I was using my 8′  3″  5 wt Signature Series bamboo rod for some EuroNymphing with small nymphs.  A bug sampling we took showed plenty of nymphs in the water…scuds, sowbugs, lots of mayflies, a few caddis, and even one stonefly.  Although we didn’t get a lot of fish, the rainbows we picked up were nice sized fish.  #18 Blue Zebra Midges and #16 Pheasant Tail Nymphs were the best patterns.  Here are a few photos of our day.

The Crooked River at 350 CFS.

The Crooked River at 350 CFS.

Bug Sampling from the Crooked River.

Bug Sampling from the Crooked River.

A good bend in my 5 wt bamboo rod.

A good bend in my 5 wt bamboo rod.

A nice Crooked River Rainbow that took a #18 Blue Zebra Midge.

A nice Crooked River Rainbow that took a #18 Blue Zebra Midge.

Article on Mary Ann in our local paper!

Our local paper, the Sisters Nugget, just did a fun piece on Mary Ann and her passion for fly fishing.

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Check it out at:  http://www.nuggetnews.com/main.asp?SectionID=7&SubSectionID=88&ArticleID=24734 .

Bamboo Rod Fishing with Tony Bellaver

My friend and rod builder extraordinaire, Tony Bellaver of  Alpenglow Fly Rods in the San Francisco area was visiting central Oregon this week, and we were able to get out on the Metolius River yesterday for some fly fishing.  I took my 8′  0″  5 wt slow action Spring Creek Series rod that is especially good for small dry flies and delicate presentations.  Tony took out a 7′  6″  medium fast action quad…a very nice casting rod for the Metolius River.  The weather was gorgeous and there were plenty of caddis and mayflies out, but the trout weren’t very cooperative.  In fact, I only saw one fish rise all day.  But, it was great to see Tony and get the chance to hit the river with him.  Here are a couple of photos of our day.

Tony and I on the Metolius River.

Tony and I on the Metolius River.

Tony working a dry fly with his quad fly rod.

Tony working a dry fly with his quad fly rod.

Fly Fishing the Fall River here in Oregon

Mary Ann and I got the chance to hit the Fall River about an hour from our house a couple of days ago.  I took out my 8′  0″  5 wt Spring Creek Series rod and she chose her 7′  6″  5 wt Signature Series rod.  We found a nice BWO hatch in early afternoon and got to cast several different dries to rising fish.  Although these were mostly hatchery fish, they were surprisingly picky.  Mary Ann found the perfect fly…a #18 brown bodied hackle-stacker emerger dry that several of the rainbows liked.  Here are a few photos of our day.

Drifting dries on the Fall River.

Drifting dries on the Fall River.

A nice 14" rainbow that Mary Ann caught.

A nice 14″ rainbow that Mary Ann caught.

Ready for the release.

Ready for the release.

 

The dangers of wearing gloves when handling fish.

Wow, I ran into this video today on YouTube that shows the potential dangers of handling fish while wearing gloves.  On sunny days, I’ve often worn “sun gloves” while fishing.  After seeing this video, I won’t be doing that any more.

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