Flooded Cameras

It’s never a good thing to see the strap of an electronic device protruding from a bowl of Uncle Ben’s uncooked rice.

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About a two months ago, I was out fishing and had my waterproof digital camera in the vest pocket of my waders.  Unfortunately, I had been downloading images from the camera the night before and failed to secure the protective door over the battery and chip compartment.  As a result of a brief trip to deeper water where the upper portion of my waders got submerged, my camera also briefly became a water-born species, allowing for water to enter the battery compartment.  I noticed about 30 minutes later that my camera was now showing moisture in the view finder, and water droplets in the battery compartment.  Needless to say, when I got home, I did the rice trick in hopes of drying out the camera.  After 3 days, things didn’t look very good so I just set the camera aside.

Well, yesterday, Mary Ann did the same thing….forgetting to secure the battery compartment door on her camera when she went fishing.  So, two water-logged digital cameras in the Dozer household.  On a whim, I got out my camera that had been on the shelf for 2 months, replaced the battery and memory chip, and hooked the charging cable up.  Woohoo, it seems to be working just fine…the photo above was taken with it.  I’ll be watching it closely over the next couple of weeks to see if it had “recovered”.  As for Mary Ann’s camera, it is now in the bowl of rice above, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed and hoping to see good things in a couple of days.

Lesson Learned…always check and re-check the battery compartment door on the camera before hitting the stream.

The Middle Deschutes River Yesterday Evening

It’s not always about big fish.  Mary Ann and I hit the Middle Deschutes below Bend yesterday evening for a couple of hours for some dry fly fishing with our bamboo rods.  She chose a 7′  0″  4 wt rod and I used my 8′  0″  5 wt slow action rod.  Blue Winged Olives, March Browns, Small Caddis, and a few Golden Stoneflies were out.  While we didn’t get into any large fish, we had a great time throwing dries for smaller rainbows and browns.  When you have a great fishery like this less than 30 minutes from the house, it’s so great to just get out for a couple of hours in the evening.  Here are few photos of our time on the river:

Mary Ann stalking rising trout on the Middle Deschutes River.

Mary Ann stalking rising trout on the Middle Deschutes River.

A nice Brown Trout that took a March Brown dry fly.

A nice Brown Trout that took a March Brown dry fly for Mary Ann.

A smaller Brown Trout that I picked up yesterday evening.

A smaller Brown Trout that I picked up yesterday evening.

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:

http://www.bendbulletin.com/newsroomstafflist/3095112-151/lost-lake-shrinking-down-a-hole#.VTutp0–bqk.facebook

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

 

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