Our good friend, Carol Morris, is now the proud owner of one of my 10′ 6″ Bamboo Trout Spey Rods. And, She has already had it on the water, tempting some nice rainbows on the Crooked River this week. Not only do Carol and her husband, Skip, write some fantastic books on fly fishing and fly patterns, Carol is also a fantastic artist. You can check out her work on her ETSY page at: www.etsy.com/search?q=carol%20ann%20morris.
Here are a few of Carol’s comments about her new rod: I’m still reeling (lol), from an awesome day on the river yesterday casting my new rod. I got home a couple hours ago, and Skip and I have been pouring over this beauty, looking at all the amazing details and stunning craftsmanship. I’ve already had some unforgettable memories with it in hand…thanks very much, both of you, for your hospitality, and the time you guys spent in getting me educated on spey casting with bamboo! I had a great time. I’ve never held a rod I’ve felt so connected to before…it is an amazing feeling, and I’m over-the-moon happy to own this beautiful rod…🎣🎣🎣♥️😍
Here is Carol in my shop this week picking up her new rod:
Mary Ann and I got the chance to fish the Rogue River in Southern Oregon last week for a few days. We had a great time at Morrison’s Lodge where they have a great fly fishing operation…and a wonderful lodge also. We got out with one of their great guides, Stuart Warren, one day and threw for half pounders with our 10′ 6″ bamboo trout spey rods. Here is a little of our action:
Mary Ann and I got out on the Deschutes River this week searching for trout and steelhead. I targeted trout with small #18 nymphs and was very successful, with several nice 15″ to 18″ fish to the net. Mary Ann took out my 10′ 6″ 5 wt Micro Spey in search of steelhead, and although she didn’t find any, she still hooked a few nice rainbows and whitefish. A very nice day on the river.
A nice rainbow that took a #18 Pheasant Tail nymph.
This guy was happy to take a #18 tan caddis pupa fished on the bottom.
A monster +20″ whitefish putting a big bend in Mary Ann’s 10′ 6″ bamboo Micro Spey.
Mary Ann and I hit the Deschutes River yesterday in search for some larger rainbows. She took out my 10′ 6″ 5 wt Micro Spey Bamboo Fly Rod. She got good interest from fish with olive and black Skulpzilla patterns swung through deeper runs. Here is a great fish she landed on the black pattern on the micro spey rod.
A nice rainbow putting a good bend in the micro spey rod.
A beautiful Deschutes River Rainbow on the micro spey rod.
Wow, we got out yesterday on the Lower Deschutes River. Salmon flies on all the bushes along the banks but none were flying. And, we tried hard with Salmon Fly nymphs as well as dries and couldn’t raise a single fish. Fortunately, the rainbows were in the mood for smaller nymphs so we still caught several nice fish. But, here is a “Salmon Fly Photo Essay” from yesterday.
I saw this guy in about a foot of water looking like he wanted to climb out.