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Oregon Fly Fishing Festival
Taste Of The Mountain
Bahamas Bonefish
Stonefly Hatch Report
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Oregon Fly Fishing Festival
June 3, 2006 - 8:00am – 5:00pm
Presented By: The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches Oregon.
We are at the foot of Mt. Hood, 45 minutes from Portland on Hwy 26.
100 miles of Class-1 streams are within 10 miles of this event.
A Few of The Topics Covered:
Fly Fishing for Trout Fly fishing for bass.
Fly fishing for steelhead. Fly fishing in saltwater.

This event is geared to both seasoned fly anglers and those who would like to entertain the possibility of becoming involved in this pastime of "fly fishing". This is an all day HANDS ON event for anglers of all skill levels in a no pressure atmosphere. You are invited to observe and/or participate. We will feature casting clinics for both one and two handed fly rods, fly tying, basic knot skills, entomology (insects), reading the water, drift boating and so on. If it is about fly fishing, we will cover it. Slide shows, verbal presentations and live demonstrations will be featured all day. We will also feature two levels of casting competitions. Our new computerized Sage Casting Analyzer will be available for use all day. We have 9 manufacturers reps showing products from most of the leading fly fishing oriented companies: Sage, Winston, G. Loomis, Thomas and Thomas, Temple Fork Outfitters, Scott Rods, Redington, Echo, C.F. Burkheimer, Simms, Fish Pond, Clear Creek, William and Joseph, Abel, Bauer, Tibor, Ross Reels, Patagonia, Cortland, Dan Bailey’s, Jim Teeny’s, Hardy, Clackacraft Drift Boats, Outcast Pontoon Boats, K-Pump and MANY others will be represented.

Some of the featured speakers are:
Jim Teeny
Mike Perusse
Erik Nuefeld
Mark Bachmann
Brian Silvey
Jon Covich
Marty Sherman

Our staff of professional fly fishing guides and instructors will be in attendance to answer any questions and provide assistance with your fishing needs.

 Brian Silvey
Josh Linn
Hawkeye Hawkins
Marty Sheppard
Mark Bachmann

 There will be mega product drawings and prizes awarded at the festival.

The Stonefly Maidens Fly Fishing Club, Clackamas Fly Fishers and the Mt Hood Fly Fishing Club will be here to assist attendees. The Native Fish Society will be represented.

This is a first time event, hosted by one of the largest fly shops in the Pacific Northwest,
The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches Oregon. Please call or email for any additional information.
Some changes will occur between now and June 3.
Please check in often.


A Taste of The Mountain  June 3, 2006
The Rendezvous Grill and Tap Room
The Rendezvous Grill and Tap Room
Great lunch or dinner spot.
 Mt. Hood Coffee Roasters
 Mt. Hood Coffee Roasters
Live music evening June 3.
The Shack
The Shack
Most popular watering hole.
El Burro Loco
El Burro Loco
Mexican food

The restaurants across the highway from The Fly Fishing Shop are or offering A Taste of The Mountain on Saturday June 3, during the first annual Fly Fishing Festival.

Specialty food items in addition to spirits and coffee beverages will be available through out the event.

Bahamas Bonefish
Story and pictures by: Eric Gunter
I had wanted to go fly fishing for bonefish for many years.  Years ago a friend put a bug in my ear that continually occupied my fishing sub-consciousness.  I read articles and books, tied flies and studied Abaco Island in the Bahamas.  A friend had talked of taking me there.  He had told me stories of large bonefish in pairs and singles, not in large schools.  Sadly, this friend disappeared and our trip to the Bahamas never materialized.
Bonefish are colored to blend with their environment.
In March of this year I finally found myself realizing my dream chasing bonefish in the Bahamas. I traveled to Deadman’s Cay on Long Island.  I traveled with a different fishing friend (Gail) and my mother!  Hey, I found someone had to pay for my trip!

Eric Gunter and Dwayne Knoles.

We had scheduled 6-days of fishing  with a guided who came equipped with a nice Dolphin flats skiff.  Dwayne Knowles was our guide. He has been guiding customers to bonefish for more than 15 years.  Our timing was not the best; it was spring and the weather was  consistently inconsistent and the water was still on the cool side.  We were also there during a full moon. The area around Deadman’s Cay was mined for salt many years ago.  This left numerous flats with deeper channels to motor boats between them.

  We fished one flat that was approximately 3 miles wide and 5 miles long.  It took us a while!  We made a stop on one flat and harvested a few conchs which were later made into a ceviche salad.  The mangrove in the area appears healthy, although you can see they are recovering from damage left by last season's storms and hurricanes. 
Our flats were covered with all sorts of signs of feeding fish.  There were places that were fed-on so heavily that the bottom looked like the surface of a golf ball. While fishing on our first flat, the sun was out and the wind was minimal.  We were out of the boat and wading in calf deep water.  Dwayne was walking with me down the flat, about 100 yards from shore.  He had Gail walking between us and the shore.  It wasn’t long before there were fish within range.  I made a decent cast and began stripping.  A fish followed my fly aggressively and took the offering. And what did I do?   Gail with a big bonefish.
I pulled the fly from its mouth!
After a good laugh (and time to allow my heart to slow down) we moved on. We came upon another school of fish and I made another good cast and started stripping.  It was immediately followed by a fish that immeadiately took the fly.  And again, I pull the fly from the fish.  Dwayne is patient and offered encouragement.  I liked fishing with  him.  My third attempt resulted in a successful hookup..., but I was a little anxious, set the hook too hard and broke it off.  At this point I was reminded why you carry flies and tippet with you; because it was a long walk back to the boat.  When I got back to the boat and re-rigged, I looked back to see Gail hooked up and Dwayne encouraging her.  I made my way back toward them and encountered another school fish. 
I got off a good cast that resulted in a hook up and was finally able to land my first bonefish.

Bahamas bonefish are incredible fish, prowling in water that is only a few inches deep, with their fins sticking out of the water, their tails sticking out of the water and bright flashes under the water all during the brightest part of the day.

The next few days brought clouds and wind.  We managed to catch a few fish each day.  We ended up spooking many fish either by poling the boat upon them or wading along and scaring them off.  We spent a bit of time waiting for the clouds to part before moving on.  On a couple of occasions, while standing still waiting for the sun to appear, I found myself within 20 feet of fish.  I couldn’t see them when the clouds were present but as soon as the sun came out, there they were.  Of course, they saw us too.

I spent one day fishing with my mother.  It has been many years since she has had a fishing rod in her hand but she hadn’t forgotten how to use it.  We caught grey snapper and our guide kept the fish and distributed them to local elderly people who are no longer able to fish for themselves.

Our last day we were greeted with clear skies and calm winds.  We couldn’t have asked for a better day to end the trip on.  I managed to catch 2 of my largest fish of the trip this day.  It was great!

A few words about traveling in the Bahamas: Bahamas Air operates the majority of air travel.  We did not have a single flight that was on time.  This played in our favor on 2 occasions but two other times we just ended up waiting in the airport for awhile.  Staff members are friendly and accommodating.

I see myself chasing these fish again.  Soon.

Huge selection of bonefish flies: click here.

Unsettled weather...

Stonefly Hatch Report
Text by: Mark Bachmann, Photos by: Josh Linn
Josh Linn with redside trout.

This spring has brought chaotic weather and water conditions.  A record breaking hot spell fostered thunder storms, hail and cloud bursts that put all the Deschutes and John Day tributaries out of shape.  These storms melted glaciers on Mt. Hood and the Sandy, Hood and White Rivers turned brown.  Now we are experiencing a westerly flow of marine air that has produced intermittent rain, wind and periods of intense sunlight.  In spite of the unsettled weather, the spring hatches are coming off as they have for millions of years...at their own discretion.  Stone

flies and mayflies are the main fair on most rivers including the lower Deschutes, which is a great spring fishery.  The big  golden stones and salmonflies get the most attention and anglers often over-look the smaller olive stones and hatches of mahogany duns and pale morning duns.  It's understandable. You can fish the river any way you want to.  Fishing trout during the salmon fly hatch has got to be one of the most visually exciting piscatorial pursuits.  The flies are huge. You can see them.  The trout come to the surface with real aggression.  The take of your fly

Hatching stonefly.

often throws water in the air.  Salmonflies are the biggest insects that our trout feed on.  It takes force from most fish to bring them down!  Salmon flies  hatch enmass.  The streamside vegetation gets covered with resting , crawling, mating, giant, harmless insects.  All of the spring hatches of stoneflies crawl out of the water onto a solid surface and then shed their nymphal skin while at the same time becoming air-breathing. This huge population of insects is condensed at the waters edge in a vertical layer, from the grass to the tree tops. In some ways a day on the Deschutes River is like a journey in a time-machine in which you are transported to the "coal age" 200-million years ago.  There were stone flies then like the ones that Redside trout find so tasty now.  According to out scientists, there were salmonflies long before there were trout to eat them.  It can be somewhat humbling to realize that you may be participating in the 200-millionth annual salmonfly

hatch. There may have been more than 199.95-million hatches that happened before man took notice of them.  Fishing the salmonfly hatch is eye-opening when you consider the scope of it.  Yet, you and the trout and the salmonflies are caught up in the wonder of it all, the continuum.  During the salmon fly hatch you will experience a combination of bird sounds unavailable at any other time.  This is because our avian friends also cherish the wealth of protein made available by this bounty that emerges from the river.  It is nesting and feeding time.  It is spring.  The border

Golden stone
Marcy Stone with a trout that ate a Norm Wood special.

of the river is covered with lush vegetation. The air ranges from rain and wind, interspersed with moments of intense heat and humidity as the sun breaks through holes in the clouds.  The air itself is charged with the scent of billions of large insect bodies breathing.  The salmonfly hatch on this river has it's own distinctive odor. It is most apparent in the late morning as the sun climbs over the canyon walls, but before morning breezes.  At this time air is soft and heavy, yet invigorating.  As the sunlight reaches the canyon floor and the air temperature rises, the big stoneflies; salmonflies and golden stones begin their activity of mating and laying eggs.  Some land on the water.  Others simply fall on the water.  The trout know this cycle.  They too have been involved for millions of years.  It is breakfast time.  You see the first splashy rise of the day and begin your stalk; watching and waiting and getting

yourself into the perfect position to make your first cast.  The cast is made and suddenly you are in a place where time does not exist at all.
For the best selection of stone fly patterns on the internet, click here.

These pictures tell a story.
Florida Keys tarpon.

Captain Chris' clients are scoring consistently on big tarpon in the Florida Keys. You will notice that Chris is wearing a FLYH2O hat (<). The buzz in the rumor mill is; that Chris & Troy are working on some deal that would make the good captain's killer flies available to you (yes, you) in 2007. You've seen enough pictures of Chris lately to know he's got the inside track on some fly patterns for "good ol' bigguns". 
We're excited! We'll keep you posted.



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