I just got back from 3 days of fly fishing on the Upper Williamson River in Southern Oregon with my good friend and fishing buddy Bill. We stayed a great place, Yamsi Ranch, which has 8 miles of spring creek water flowing through the ranch. Ranch guests are the only ones who have access to the river so there is plenty of water to get out and fish. John, Gerry, Dayton, and Sally are fantastic hosts at the ranch, which has been around for over 100 years. Fishing is for native brookies and rainbows on miles of beautiful spring creek water. Fishing in the river was non-stop action for Bill and I…small bead head leaches in the mornings, mahogany dun dries mid-day, and hoppers in the afternoons. Bill and I lost track of how many fish we caught. I fished most of the time with my 8′ 0″ 5 wt Signature Series medium action bamboo fly rod, but went to my 8′ 0″ 6 wt medium fast action Freestone Series rod for the afternoon hopper sessions. We also got the chance to fish for a few hours in Hyde Lake on the ranch. It was loaded with huge rainbows…nothing was under 21″. Again, leaches worked great for these big rainbows, as well as callibaetis nymphs stripped slowly along the weed beds. What a great trip we had. Here are a few photos:
With all the cold weather and snow we have right now, we’ve been catching up on some old “to-do” items. We spent a few days last May at Yamsi Ranch in Southern Oregon fishing the headwaters of the Williamson River. It’s amazing fishing for highly educated rainbows and brook trout on spring creek water…requiring long, light tippets and plenty of stealth…perfect for bamboo fly rods. Here is a little video of Mary Ann stalking and catching a nice rainbow one sunny morning.
I fished the Upper Williamson River at Yamsi Ranch in Southern Oregon this past weekend. John Hyde was a great host and we found lots of big Rainbows and Brookies. Hoopers with Pheasant Tail Nymph droppers were the most successful. How about this 24″ rainbow on a 7′ 6″ 5 wt Bamboo Rod!