Beautiful Deschutes River Rainbow

Sometimes, the pictures just come out right, although I did a little cropping on this photo.  Here is a beautiful Deschutes River Redside I picked up a few days ago.  Enjoy!

Deschutes River Rainbow

Deschutes River Rainbow

Sharing my bamboo fly rods on the Metolius River

I had a great time this week getting out with our friends from the Seattle area, Kelli and Russ, on the Metolius River.  After a couple of hours of fishing, I asked them if they wanted to try my bamboo fly rods for a bit of dry fly fishing….and got very quick “you bet” from both of them.  I put a 7′  6″  5 wt rod in each of their hands and we fished together for about 45 minutes.  Although the fish were very interested in our dry flies, we had a great time.  While I haven’t converted them over to bamboo just yet, they got a taste of what it’s like.  Here we are on the stream with our rods.

Kelli and Russ trying out my bamboo fly rods with me on the Metolius River

Kelli and Russ trying out my bamboo fly rods with me on the Metolius River

Northern California Fly Fishing Trip

I just got back from 5 days down in Northern California fly fishing with a 5 friends from the Bay Area with whom I’ve been fishing for 30 years.  We spent several days fishing Hat Creek and Manzanita Lake.  Lots of fun fishing nymphs and dries on Hat Creek, and chironomids on Manzanita Lake.  I fished my 8′  0″  5 wt slow action Spring Creek Series bamboo rod during this trip, and it produced well.  Here are a few photos from my trip.

A #14 tan ant pattern that worked well during the day on Hat Creek.

A #14 tan ant pattern that worked well during the day on Hat Creek.

A nice Hat Creek Rainbow that took my ant pattern.

A nice Hat Creek Rainbow that took my ant pattern.

A colorful Salmon Fly hanging out in the grass.

A colorful Salmon Fly hanging out in the grass.

A small but colorful little brown that took a #14 X-Caddis dry.

A small but colorful little brown that took a #14 Elk Hair Caddis dry.

A nice unusual colored brown trout that took a Pale Evening Dun pattern one evening on Hat Creek.

A nice unusually colored brown trout that took a #16 Pale Evening Dun pattern one evening on Hat Creek.

Launching our float tubes at Manzanita Lake.

Launching our float tubes at Manzanita Lake.

A beautiful Manzanita Lake Brown trout that took a #14 black and red chironomid.

A beautiful Manzanita Lake Brown trout that took a #14 black and red chironomid.

This big rainbow took a #16 brown and green chironomid pattern.

This big rainbow took a #16 brown and green chironomid pattern.

 

Getting Ready for a Northern California Fishing Trip.

I’m heading down to Northern California in a few days for a “guys fishing trip” on Hat Creek, the Pit River, and several area lakes.  I’ve been getting together with the same group of great guys down there for about 30 years.  I’ll post a few photos when I get back.  I’m getting my fly boxes ready this week.   Got my stoneflies, callibaetis, damsel flies, caddis, midges, green drakes and buggers.  I realized this morning that I should have a few Tricos in my box so I tied these up this morning…size 22.  Now I’m ready!

#22 Tricos

#22 Tricos

Wild Women of the Water visit my shop

Several members of the Central Oregon Fly Fishers Wild Women of the Water visited my rod building shop earlier this week as one of their monthly outings.  I got the chance to show them the different aspects of building bamboo fly rods.  We had a great interactive time, with everyone getting the chance to try out a few of the building steps.  I was quite impressed with their interest and skills in the workshop.  These women really know their stuff when it comes to fly fishing, and it was fun having them here. Here are a few fun photos of the event.

Discussing Splitting and heat treating

Discussing Splitting and heat treating

Jan trying her hand at flaming cane.

Jan trying her hand at flaming cane.

Susan starting a split.

Susan starting a split.

Eileen getting the perfect split.

Renee getting the perfect split.

Kari trying her hand with the power beveller

Kari trying her hand with the power beveller

Lynn demonstrating her expertise at hand planing.

Lynn demonstrating her expertise at hand planing.

Examining finished rods.

Examining finished rods.

 

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