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Wading Through Winter in Oregon By Matt Sherman

The wind howls, you haven’t seen the sun in three weeks, the rivers are all swollen and discolored with the recent rain that has persisted for what seems like a solid week. I gaze out my window and daydream about rivers on the drop and swinging flies for big, fresh, chrome bright steelhead. Fishing anytime in the near future seems like a foregone conclusion and there is nothing but time to sit around telling fish stories and tying flies in anticipation of the next day on the water. Welcome to winter in Oregon.

Suddenly I snap out of my daydream session and think to myself, “damn I was a trout guide in Idaho for five years and chasing them after my recent move to Oregon has not even been an option.” It all made sense, why sit around and wait for the big, glacial, rivers to drop and clear when there are some fantastic trout opportunities to be had right now?!

As winter encompasses the coastal rivers of Oregon and sends us all into a bit of a “steelhead trance” the smart money is on the small trout streams of central Oregon with rising fish, and no competition. Sunny afternoons throwing BWO’s on the Crooked, midges and some fantastic nymphing on the lower Deschutes, and NO competition it all sounds great. I’ll say it again, after spending several days elbow to elbow with others on the local steelhead rivers, a day spent trout fishing with NO competition may just be right up your alley.

Stonefly nymphs are clingers, when they aren’t hatching in mass droves of the flying adults that we all associate with the salmon fly hatch on the Deschutes they are clinging to stones beneath the river’s surface just waiting for spring and that first good push of warm weather to kick their mating cycle into high gear. All year long in the lower river there are stonefly nymphs losing their grips on the stones to which they cling and rolling down the water column just waiting to be gobbled up by hungry redsides. Warm temperatures over the course of several days can spur hatches of mayflies like the BWO bringing some of the largest wild redsides to the surface. Watching several large trout swim in circles sipping beatis off the surface in the ever plentiful waters of a back eddy is enough to make you forget that it’s January and you are “supposed to be steelhead fishing.”
The long, flowing green mats of moss and aquatic plants forming the river bottom in places like the Metolius or the Crooked rivers may just look like a bunch of green weeds and moss to some. To others, they are little hotels for droves of Beatis nymphs who make their homes within the vegetation. On days that the temperature exceeds about forty degrees they burst forth, floating down the river like tiny sailboats and making for some exciting dry fly fishing in the midst of winter. Fish slash at the surface after emerging mayflies, and sip the little tiny sailboats off the surface so gently that were you not watching the exact spot you would never know it happened.
Size twenty dry flies and whisper thin tippets are a welcome challenge, and change, although after nothing but twelve pound maxima and four inch intruders it may be a bit more challenge than anything else. So often we seem to get transfixed on the “next big thing.” Well, over the last several years that “big thing” seems to be fishing for steelhead with the two handed spey rod. Of course it is one of the greatest pursuits with a fly rod in hand which I am sure most who read this article will be able to relate to (I’m a perfect example of someone in the “steelhead trance”). However, it is no secret, and I love seeing everyone on the river eager to learn a new skill and catch that fish of a lifetime, but this weekend I think I will dust off the old five weight and enjoy a day on the river where the only company I have is my dog Ranger and some hungry, rested, undisturbed trout. Whenever, or wherever, you go on your next adventure, just get out there and fish!

Trout Rods In Stock & Ready to Ship

590-4 BIIIX Length: 9'      Line: #5     Pieces: 4
This is the all around trout rod. Light, powerful, smooth, fun to cast. Able to cast in close with small flies, and yet capable of generating significant line speeds to punch into strong winds or cover longer distances with larger flies without feeling stiff. This is what fishing can be like on larger rivers - sometimes you need a rod that can do everything. Like a top-of-the-line sports car: you can "feel" that the power is in your hands, in your control. A great rod for most western lakes.
Rod weight: 3 1/4 ounces.
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590-4 BIIIX 5 Fast Cigar $795.00 Sale Ended

490-4 BIIIX Length: 9'       Line: #4     Pieces: 4
Ideal rods when delicacy is needed for spring creeks and other technical waters, yet with reserve power capable of generating faster line speeds and handling windy situations and larger rivers. Broad casting range and an excellent all-around rod...exceptional versatility for a 4-weight.
Rod weight: 2 1/2 ounces.
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490-4 BIIIX 4 Fast Cigar $795.00 Sale Ended

590-4 Sage Response

Length: 9'      Line: #5     Pieces: 4   

590-4 Response

This is your 30-06 trout gun for west of the Rockies.
Rod weight: 3 7/16 Ounces. IN STOCK NOW!
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590-4 Response 5 Fast   $395 Sale Ended

ECHO3-590 Length: 9'     Line: #5     Pieces: 4

The ECHO3 9’0” #5 was designed for medium to large rivers or anywhere trout live. It is the most popular rod for most trout fishermen. The rod has a perfect balance between action and power and feels like an old friend the first time you cast one. IN STOCK NOW!

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ECHO3 590 5 fast   $349.99 Sale Ended

TFO 590 4 BVK

Length: 9'    Line: #5     Pieces: 4

Lefty's 30-06 trout gun is an instant winner. This is one of the nicest five-weight rods we've ever tested, and it comes at an affordable price.
Rod weight: 2.9 ounces.  IN STOCK NOW!

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TF 05 90 4 B BVK 5 Fast   $240.00 Sale Ended

Winter Trout Flies

Speckle Leg Double Bead Stonefly Nymph, Black
Speckle Leg Double Bead Stonefly Nymph, Black
Giant Salmon flies are normally a three year life cycle. During most of their lives these insects crawl around on the bottom of the river devouring vegetable matter. They are black in color with few markings of other colors. However, years ago, some anglers noted that the addition of white legs made large black nymphs more effective. That is how the Girdle Bug fly became famous. In certain colors of water the striped legs probably show up better and are easier for trout to see.
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02-0110-04 Speckle Leg Double Bead Stonefly Nymph, Black 4 3 for $7.50 Sale Ended
02-0110-06 Speckle Leg Double Bead Stonefly Nymph, Black 6 3 for $7.50 Sale Ended

Blue Wing Olive Sparkle Dun

A very effective dry fly/emerger, simulates an emerging dun with a trailing nymphal shuck.
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1062-14 Blue Wing Olive Sparkle Dun 14 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
1062-16 Blue Wing Olive Sparkle Dun 16 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
1062-18 Blue Wing Olive Sparkle Dun 18 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended

Blue Wing Olive Fluttering Mayfly Cripple

Another floating nymph/emerger/cripple. Treat the hackle and wings with floatant, and the body with saliva. The front of the fly floats as the body dangles below the surface.
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Q1002-16 Blue Wing Olive Fluttering Mayfly Cripple 16 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
Q1002-18 Blue Wing Olive Fluttering Mayfly Cripple 18 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended

Baetis Nymph
Baetis nymphs are swimmers.  They prefer weedy riffles and runs.  Use a "kick screen" in the morning.  If you find Baetis nymphs with wing pads that are very dark, chances are there will be a hatch during that day.  Nymphs will start getting restless in the morning.  This is a good time to pound the bottom with Baetis Nymph patterns.  Tied for the winter hatch. Mark Bachmann pattern.
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06558-16 Baetis Nymph 16 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
06558-18 Baetis Nymph 18 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended

Pheasant Tail Nymph
This is the most popular pattern for simulating both Callibaetis and PMD Mayfly Nymphs. This unweighted fly can be fished just below the surface.
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12260-12 Pheasant Tail Nymph 12 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
12260-14 Pheasant Tail Nymph 14 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
12260-16 Pheasant Tail Nymph 16 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended
12260-18 Pheasant Tail Nymph 18 3 for $5.85 Sale Ended

Loreto, Mexico Bluewater Fly Fishing 2014 - Time to book!

 Dorado/Billfish/Roosterfish: June 25 - July 2, 2014
Review the June trip report: 2013   (10) More Trip Reports
Accommodations now at: Hotel La Mision

Dorado average 5-30 pounds, but 40 pound dorado are common most years, and fish over 50-pounds are available at times.
Join Mark Bachmann and Patty Barnes for an adventure in bluewater fly fishing.  Loreto, Mexico has long been regarded as one of the best Dorado ports in the world. Striped Marlin and Pacific Sailfish compliment your fly fishing menu along with Pacific Bonito and highly prized Rooster Fish.  The scenery is spectacular, featuring a starkly rugged desert contrasting with dark blue water.  The weather will be hot and and your clothing will be skimpy.  Fishing periods start at daylight and end in the early afternoon, allowing for lots of leisure time around the pool or walks into town.  There is also plenty of time for what may be the best of all Mexican traditions, the siesta.  As with any trip of this nature, the "destination operation" has a great deal of influence on your enjoyment. 

Patty Barnes with a Roosterfish, caught June 26, 2009...
Roosterfish average 5-30 pound, but 50 pound roosters are available at times.

We have chosen the most practical accommodations and the most experienced fly fishing guides in the area.  You will be provided with a spacious air conditioned beach front room at Hotel La Mision.  Guides, boats and fishing logistics are provided by Baja Big Fish Company.  In this trip all of the bases have been covered and all of the tricky details are dealt with.  
Mark & Patty with skipjack tuna, June 28, 2009
Skipjack tuna average 5-15 pounds, but pull very hard for their size.
Items such as Mexican Fishing License, bait for chum, lunches, water in the boat, are covered in the package price.  You show up at the Loreto Airport with your fishing gear and luggage and a nice lady will be waiting with a couple of very large vans and and a crew to transport you to your hotel and your room.  Mark and Patty will be there to help you get settled in and show you around. That evening there will be a group meeting to orient you for the fishing that will occur the next morning.     Loreto Weather Report.

2009 group having dinner at La Pinta Desert Inn...
For a couple of meals, each angler might keep a fish for the chef to prepare a family style feast. This program has been very popular.

To give you as much individual freedom as possible, ground based meals are not provided in the packages.  Hotel La Mision has an excellent restaurant and bar on the property.  There is also a wide variety of other restaurants within easy walking distance.  Cab service is secure and inexpensive.  Shopping, sight seeing  and diving is available for the non-fisher. Hotel La Mision features first class rooms and a spacious pool.

Bruce & Laura Hampton with their guide Fidell landing a dorado, June 30, 2009...
Big, roomy 26' Super Panga boats with Bimini tops are provided.

What can you realistically expect for fishing?  Many of the fish in the Sea of Cortez are very large and can be challenging. If you bring only one outfit make it a #12 weight with 300 yards of backing.  Take the time to learn how to cast it with flies that range from 3" to 9" long.  If you haven't fished bluewater before, expect that there may be a learning curve.  Also expect that your guide will be coaching you during your entire trip.  Your guide shouldn't have to teach you how to cast.  He should spend his time teaching you how to make practical presentations.  The rewards can be incredibly large.  This is a big boy/big girl arena.  Hope you can join us.  This group is limited to 12 anglers. 

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Hotel La Mission as seen from the Sea of Cortez offers large rooms, a five star rating, and convenient access to the Loreto Marina. Cell service and Wi-Fi are very modern.

Rooms feature either a king or two double beds to accommodate a couple or two singles.
Dorado Trip: June 25 - July 2, 2014
7-nights, 6-days fishing

Arrive: Wednesday, June 25
Fish: June 26 through July 1,  = (6) days
Depart:  Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Stay At: Hotel La Mision, Deluxe Rooms, 6 days 7 nights 
Includes: all ground transfers, bait for chum, licenses, lunches with beers and water in each boat.
Not included in the price are: on-shore meals, tips to guides, airfare, or items of a personal nature.
Fishing: days are 8-hours on the water.   Usual 6:30am - 2:30pm
Boats are large, modern 26' Super Pangas rigged for fly fishing.

Check your connection time in LAX. 
You will want a layover of at least 2-hours to clear customs and make connecting flights.

This trip is based on double occupancy in rooms and boats.  It is designed to accommodate fishing couples or fishing pairs.  This trip will only be booked for two people fishing together and rooming together.  Single anglers may apply, but will only be booked if a suitable fishing/room partner can be found.

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Loreto, Mexico - Hosted Trip - June 25 - July 2, 2014 Trip: 7-nights, 6-days fishing deluxe package: Full price is $1895 per person, a deposit payment of $895 holds your dates, an additional final payment of $1000 is required by April 1, 2014. Deposits are not refundable after April 1, 2014. Deposit!