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Rocky Ridge Ranch Private Lake Fishing For Trout
Rock Ridge Ranch private lake fishing
Rocky Ridge Ranch offers some of the best stillwater fishing in the Mt. Hood area.  There are  three large lakes, each of which offers a unique character of its own. All can be accessible to you during the same day, which allows a variety of fly fishing experiences  The lakes are named for desert wildflowers that grow wild on the ranch. These lakes are rich with aquatic insect life and trout grow quickly. Hatches can be prolific and include callibaetis mayflies, Hexaginia mayflies, midges, damsels and dragons. Terrestrial insects such as ants, beetles and bees can also bring trout to the surface.
Several of these lakes are deep and trout can reach old age and grow to 28". These bruisers will test your skill and your tackle. Average size fish are 14" to 18".
The Rocky Ridge Ranch is managed for a quality experience. The ranch is neat and clean. Catch and release only with barbless hook flies are allowed. Only a limited number of anglers are allowed on the ranch on any given day, so it is quite possible for a group of friends to have all three lakes on the ranch to themselves.
Rocky Ridge Ranch offers a private cabin that sits right on the edge of Wild Rose Lake. The cabin sleeps 6 comfortably and has full bath, kitchen, woodstove, and front porch with BBQ. Mt. Hood offers a dramatic backdrop to this rustic setting. Solitude and high quality fly fishing is the emphasis. Rocky Ridge Ranch is booked only through quality fly fishing shops at $125 per day per angler.  We offer guided trips with top quality pontoon boats for groups as large as three anglers. Call for the latest information.

March Brown Mayflies
Nymphs Floating Nymphs Duns
Emergers, Sub-Surface Cripples Spinners
March Brown Mayfly from the book: Hatch Guide For Western Streams by Jim Schollmeyer - CLICK HERE ! March Brown Mayfly Hatches
Rhithrogena morrisoni (that's the scientific name)
Western March Browns are your first "easy-to-see" hatch of the new season.  Look for March Brown hatches on local rivers when water temperatures start reaching 42 degrees consistently. This can occur in most lower elevation water sheds in mid-
February and continues through March and early April.  Hatching March Browns can create some very exciting surface film and dry fly fishing. Hatches of duns usually start in the early after noon and spinner falls are in the late evening. 

Pounding the bottom with weighted March Brown Nymph flies can provide constant action from mid-morning into the early stages of the hatch.  The March Brown Nymph in sizes #12 & #14 will be your bread and butter fly.  However nymphal color tends to adapt to the color of the stream bed.  Most March Brown nymphs are dark, some are nearly black.  The #12200 nymph is often the ticket to success.  Sometimes your catch will increase if you thin out the legs with your leader clipper and color them with a black felt marker. Fishing two flies at once will increase your odds of hooking up.  Usually two different colors or sizes are used.  Gold Rib Hares Ear and Olive Hares Ears are valuable flies to have with you and will some times out fish the more realistic patterns.  Most March Brown Nymphs are fairly skinny #14's, but slightly larger flies can also work.  March Brown nymphs live in riffles and fast, rocky runs.  As the nymphs near maturity, they migrate to slower water. During the migration, they can loose their grip and drift in the current.  For this reason trout will congregate in places where fast riffles start to slow down and on the seams between the fast and slow water.  Fish your nymphs where the current changes speed.  Approach the water carefully.  Start by fishing the slower water first with flies that are lightly weighted.  Your flies will be most effective if they are perfectly dead drift.  Cast them slightly upstream and mend a little slack into you presentation.  As you work your way out into the faster current, add lead shot to keep your flies near the bottom.
  
As the water warms at mid-day the nymph rise toward the surface to hatch.  Some of these nymphs are intercepted by trout during this upward migration.  Try tying a March Brown Soft Hackle to a dropper 3' above your nymphs. This technique can pay extra dividends.

As the Duns begin to hatch, trout will rise to the surface to catch them.  This often produces the most visually exciting part of the day.  Big trout rising to March Browns during the peak of the hatch can be very splashy.  Often the rise starts much quieter as trout pick off the emergers just below the surface.  And some duns will emerge from the shuck slightly below the surface. At this time a March Brown Soft Hackle or Flymph fished just below the surface can be your best fly.    The Flymph is often even more effective if you add a March Brown Cripple or dry fly to  a dropper 1' to 3' from your soft hackle and fish both flies dead drift. 

March Browns and their possible related species seem to come in a variety of shades and colors.  That is why there is some disagreement between anglers fishing different watersheds as to what the actual colors of March Brown Duns are.  The ones that hatch most often on the Sandy River are brown with mottled wings.  We have seen that same fly on the Deschutes and Clackamas Rivers.  On the Deschutes in April we have also seen Rhithrogenas that are the same size as March Browns, but which have gray mottled wings and olive bodies. The trout like like them just as well as the brown ones, sometimes even better.  Our friends that fish the McKenzie report March browns that are shades of gray.  To be on the safe side you should carry several brown patterns, a blue wing olive parachute and a Parachute Adams in dark tones.  If they are all #14 you're probably in the game.

Duns and emergers produce the best fishing, but some trout will sip spinners in the quietest of water. A March Brown "spinner fall" can extend your fishing day.  Spinner falls usually occur over faster water areas.  However they create the most reliable feeding activity if they raft up in back eddies down stream.  Sometimes the afternoon back eddy rise that you think is midge emergence is actually created by collecting dead March Brown spinners.

Best tackle to fish a March Browns is a 9' #4 or #5 weight rod with an action that works easiest at the 20' to 50' cast range.  I prefer a weight forward line that is a little on the heavy side, is a moderate color and is very clean so that it easily shoots smoothly at all ranges.  The standard 9'-5X trout leader is good starting point.  You might go to 4X if you get brutalized by big fish.  Remember the best fly is the one that is perfectly placed in a risers feeding lane. 
Have a great spring!

Nymphs Floating Nymphs Duns
Emergers, Sub-Surface Cripples Spinners

March Brown Nymph
Pounding the bottom with weighted March Brown Nymph flies can provide constant action from mid-morning into the early stages of the hatch.  The March Brown Nymph in sizes #12 & #14 will be your bread and butter fly for March Browns.  As stated above, you can chop & thin, color and texture your fly to most match the naturals.  You can capture naturals with a kick-screen.

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12200-10 March Brown Nymph 10 3 for $5.25 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
12200-12 March Brown Nymph 12 3 for $5.25 Sale Over Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
12200-14 March Brown Nymph 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
12200-16 March Brown Nymph 16 3 for $5.25 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

Gold Rib Hares Ear
Nymphal color tends to adapt to the color of the stream bed.  Fishing two flies at once will increase your odds of hooking up.  Usually two different colors or sizes are used.  A Gold Rib Hares Ear is one of those flies that look like a lot of different stream bed insects.  This fly can also be a victim of markers and clippers.  Has caught many trout as-is.
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12100-12 Gold Rib Hares Ear Nymph 12 3 for $5.25 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
12100-14 Gold Rib Hares Ear Nymph 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

Olive Hares Ear Nymph
Olive Hares Ears are valuable flies to have with you and will some times will out fish the more realistic March Brown patterns. Some years spring run-offs are small and weed growth starts early (this year)? 
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12110-12 Olive Hares Ear Nymph 12 3 for $5.25 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
12110-14 Olive Hares Ear Nymph 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

March Brown Flymph
Often the rise starts quietly as trout pick off the March emergers just below the surface.  At this time a March Brown Flymph fished just below the surface can be your best fly. 
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06257-14 March Brown Flymph 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

March Brown Soft Hackle
A March Brown Soft Hackle on a dropper 3' above your bottom pounding nymphs can pay extra dividends.  A March Brown Soft Hackle fished just below the surface can be good bet during all stages of the hatch.  
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06258-14 March Brown Soft Hackle 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

Paranymph, Brown
This is the March Brown May Fly as it hangs in the surface film and is wriggling from the shuck. A Bob Quigley pattern.
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Q301-14 Paranymph, Brown 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
Q301-16 Paranymph, Brown 16 3 for $5.25 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

March Brown Cripple
You can fish the cripple like a dry fly by itself or it can be very effective if you add March Brown Cripple to a dropper 1' to 3' from your dry fly and fish both flies dead drift.  A Bob Quigley pattern.

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Q1007-14 March Brown Cripple 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

Hackle-Stacker Sparkle Dun, March Brown
This is the March Brown May fly as it is sliding out of or is trapped in side the nymphal shuck. A Bob Quigley pattern.
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Q1029-14 H.S. Sparkle Dun, March Brown 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

Loopwing Paradun, March Brown
This is a realistic pattern that can be very effective under all conditions but especially under the slick water bright light condition where fish can be very wary.  Because this fly is fragile it should be saved for special occasions.  A Bob Quigley pattern.
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Q235-14 Loopwing Paradun, March Brown 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

March Brown Traditional Dun
This versatile "easy to see" fly is proven under a wide variety of conditions. It may be fished "in the round" or the hackle can be trimmed on the bottom for a lower silhouette. 
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3049-14 March Brown Traditional Dun 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

March Brown Twilight Hair Wing Dun
This is our most popular dry fly for the March Brown hatch.  The red Antron fibers on the front of the wing help you see the fly.  If you get refusals from the fish, you can clip the bright fibers from the wing.
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3051-14 March Brown Twilight Hair Wing Dun 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

March Brown Parachute
This very effective low floating quill body dry fly has a wing post made from lightweight highly visible poly.  It is very easy to see, especially on dark overcast days.
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3052-14 March Brown Parachute 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED
3052-16 March Brown Parachute 16 3 for $5.25 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

Blue Wing Olive Loop Wing Paradun
This is a proven pattern for March browns that are olive tones.  These flies occur on some rivers more frequently than you might expect.
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Q210-14 Blue Wing Olive Loop Wing Paradun 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over

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Parachute Adams Traditional, White Wing
This is one of the most popular dry flies in the Pacific Northwest.  It is used to imitate a wide variety of mayfly and caddis species.  It is often the best searching pattern when no surface activity apparent.  The wing is made from white calf body hair.
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1034-12 Parachute Adams Traditional, White Wing 12 3 for $5.25 Sale Over

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1034-14 Parachute Adams Traditional, White Wing  14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over

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March Brown Spinner
A March Brown "spinner fall" can extend your fishing day.  Spinner falls usually occur over faster water areas.  However they create the most reliable feeding activity if they raft up in back eddies down stream.  Sometimes the evening back eddy rise that you think is midge emergence is actually created by collecting dead March Brown spinners.
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3057-14 March Brown Spinner 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

Tube Fly Tying Tools
These are the most popular tools for tying tube flies...
F.I.T.S. Tubing Device HMH Premium Tool Kit
HMH Starter Tool Kit Tapered Tube Fly Needle
HMH Tube Fly Starter Tool Kit  HMH Premium Tube Fly Tool Kit 

Guideline F.I.T.S. Tubing Device
Finally a tubing needle that works! A tool that holds all four dimensions of the FITS tubing in a firm grip. This tool is compatible with almost all modern types of fly tying vices on the market. It will fit a lot of varying sizes of tubing as well. The needle is manufactured in hardened steel which makes it a lot stronger than previous needles on the market. This tool will make easier and more effective when tying your tube flies. It will most certainly make it more fun and give you better looking flies. The needle brings the FITS Tubing System to become the most complete and adapted tube fly system on the market today.

Guideline F.I.T.S. Tubing Device 

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107649 Guideline F.I.T.S. Tubing Device $19.95 Sale Over

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European Tapered Tube Fly Needle
This handy needle fits directly in your vise jaws or even better in a HMH Tube Fly Tool listed below. Use the needle in place of a mandrel. This tool makes tying flies using two diameters of Frödin tubing easy.  Great for tying Scandinavian Temple Dog style flies.

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EURONEE European Tapered Tube Fly Needle $4.95 Sale Over

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HMH Tube Fly Starter Tool Kit
Works in any vise. Converts any vise into a tube fly vise. Makes tying tube flies easy.  Comes with two stainless steel pins that fit the most popular tubes, plus two each HMH custom cut to length large and small, junction tubing and instructions.
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HMHSTAR HMH Starter Tube Fly Tool Kit $25.50 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

HMH Premium Tube Fly Tool Kit
Works in any vise.  Converts any vise into a tube fly vise. Makes tying tube flies easy.  Comes with all of the features as above including custom tubes, but with two premium machined and polished tapered mandrels for the most secure method of holding tube for tying.
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HMHPREM HMH Premium Tube Fly Tool Kit $47.95 Sale Over -->SALE ENDED

Airflo Compact Scandi Shooting Heads
New for 2009
, the Scandinavian Compact lines are designed to perform with modern shorter rods or where back cast room limits the available space for your "D" loop. Scandi Compacts come in ten sizes from the scant 270 grain 29' #4/5 to its largest brother, the 540 grain 34' #8/9. These heads have made casting so easy it isn't fair to those who had to learn with a conventional long belly line. Whether it's steep banks or tough winds ripping up the canyon, the Scandi Compact helps anglers of any skill level cast like a pro in no time. Color: Pale Blue

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RS-SCC-270-PB Airflo Scandi Shooting Head 4/5
270gr
$48.95 Sale Over

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RS-SCC-300-PB Airflo Scandi Shooting Head 4/5
300gr
$48.95 Sale Over

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RS-SCC-330-PB Airflo Scandi Shooting Head 5/6 $48.95 Sale Over

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RS-SCC-360-PB Airflo Scandi Shooting Head 5/6
330gr
$48.95 Sale Over

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RS-SCC-390-PB Airflo Scandi Shooting Head 6/7
390gr
$48.95 Sale Over

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RS-SCC-420-PB Airflo Scandi Shooting Head 6/7
420gr
$48.95 Sale Over

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RS-SCC-450-PB Airflo Scandi Shooting Head 7/8
450gr
$48.95 Sale Over

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RS-SCC-480-PB Airflo Scandi Shooting Head 7/8
480gr
$48.95 Sale Over

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RS-SCC-510-PB Airflo Scandi Shooting Head 7/8
510gr
$48.95 Sale Over

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RS-SCC-540-PB Airflo Scandi Shooting Head 8/9
540gr
$48.95 Sale Over

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