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Before The Hatch
After The Hatch
Catching Roosterfish
The Answer To Powerbait
June 15
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Before The Hatch
A very short video, with perceptions about home waters...will easily go full-screen HD.

The sport of fly fishing can be educational in the processes of the natural world.
Understanding the critters that trout eat can lead to a deeper understanding of trout,
and how to catch them

After The Hatch  (Salmonfly Hatch)
By: Travis Johnson
The Salmonfly Hatch can be wild as hell, hundreds of millions of stone flies everywhere, fish blowing up and smashing anything that even closely resembles a Stonefly! Goldens, Salmons, and Sallies all available at the same time. But, what happens when the madness ends? How do the trout respond to the change? How as anglers do we set straight our sense of reality? 
When fish are eating with reckless abandon like after the spawn, which can closely precede "the hatch" most years, fishing can be real easy! Big Flies, and heavy tippet makes life good for guides and clients alike. I have seen the river literally empty of anglers after "the hatch” is gone. Why, now instead of a nice Redsides eating 5 or 6 big stones, he now has to consume hundreds of caddis, mayflies, and what ever else the fish chose to eat to maintain the same calorie intake. These tiny insects are hard to see on the water, as are the flies that imitate them, and the rise forms of feeding trout can be equally hidden from the unpracticed eye, that could easily discern the bulge of the same fish taking down a Salmonfly.
With the idea that these same fish are still in the river and still feeding heavily, now we can start hunting them. The Deschutes River is a caddis factory plain and simple. With over 200 species of caddis on the river one can guess the fish key on these aquatic invertebrates during certain times nearly every day from June through October. Coupled with the dozens of types of Mayflies as well trout may be feeding nearly all day long somewhere, but as the days get warmer, the prime feeding times are during the cooler "low-light" periods early in the morning and especially late in the evening. With information we can gather by reading weather patterns and river conditions we can plan on what we may need to have for successful angling. I can say that as I have done more and more guiding even for trout I carry less and less flies. I have my go too patterns and stick closely with them.
Trout follow the food and certain styles of water will help one to decide what fly patterns to fish in the set geographic locations, because of what the trout may be feeding on in these areas. Learning these different water types is a real key in locating fish and prolific amount of insects. These two things go hand in hand, or fly to mouth. Even in different water types fish may be feeding on the same insect but due to geography, and water speed, and holding position of the trout a different style of the same fly may need to be used. Having 2 or 3 types of the same insect in your box is key to catching tough fish, and is common approach amongst good anglers. I  also normally carry a variety of tippet sizes. The lightest tippet you are willing to use will provide not only better presentations but also help you to take smarter fish. Trout don’t have any idea about the concept of mono or fluorocarbon, they can't comprehend pound test, but they can see tippet diameter. Trout maybe unknowingly analyze each potential food item, looking mainly for "positives" that will trigger a feeding response.  Too heavy a gauge tippet on your leaders is a huge negative to trout that have been pressured by other anglers. The standard “Old English” equation for knowing what diameter tippet to start with is easy. Take the hook size and divide it by 3. Lets say you want to fish a size 16 Purple Haze fly, 16 divided by 3 is 5.33 so 5x tippet will be a great place to start your river assault for wary trout. Keep in mind as things get tougher and the water clears adding one to that “X” factor is a good way to keep your flies being the ones the trout chose. Some days dropping from 5X to 6X can make all the difference. Keep in mind that as your leader diameter and breaking strength diminishes, lighter-weight rods and smoother operating reels might be required to bring hard fighting fish to your hands.
After "the hatch", and as the summer pushes on,  the river warms and usually drops in the volume of water. The river clears and really defines the edges of the stream. The caddis become more and more prolific with the summer heat. And YES, the same big Redsides you like catching in heat of the “hatch” are still eating the caddis even more readily than they were eating the Stoneflies. They eat Caddis in all life stages of the insect and even in death the caddis is a staple in the diet of Deschutes trout. Olive, tan, black, chocolate, and grey in a few sizes mainly 14-18, will give you the proper puzzle pieces to solve the caddis riddle. Lets not forget about dead caddis, egg layers and emergent forms as well. I have found in my years of not only guiding, but fly fishing for myself, that learning the best science in all areas of the sport not only makes it more interesting and fun, and will give you better insight to catching more and bigger trout. No successful angler has ever has ever told me they believe they know too much about any facet of fly fishing.
Great Caddis Patterns:
Elk Hair Caddis
Quigley’s Midget Caddis
Goddard Caddis
E/C Caddis
K’s Better Foam Caddis
As the numbers of the larger species of Stoneflies diminishes, one species continues hatching for another month, or a couple of months in some years. These small in stature stoneflies are big on the minds of hungry Deschutes trout. Varying in size from almost a 12 to a sparse 16 the body color can range from a vibrant yellow to a light olive. The most common ones I run into on streamside are a pale yellow with a reddish orange butt. I have never confirmed how many species of Yellow Sallies the Deschutes has, but have been told the there are as many as 3 or 4. All come in two sizes with the male being smaller than the females of the same species. What I do know for sure about these smaller Stoneflies, is that trout find them irresistible. Having a few Yellow Sally patterns in your box "after the Hatch box” is a must. These small stones are active most of each day. fish your sally flies along heavy grass banks, during the heat of the day. Be prepared egg laying flights in the late afternoons and early evenings.

Great Yellow Sally Patterns:

Parachute Sally

Silvey’s Chubby Sally

The Deschutes has the ability to produce some of the best Mayfly hatches I have ever seen. For some reason the river never gets that label, of having prolific hatches of mayflies. I have seen some of the best mayfly hatches of any of the western rivers on the Deschutes. Green Drakes, PMD (Pale Morning Dun), PED (Pale Evening Dun), BWO (Blue Winged Olives), March Browns, Blue Duns, Tricos, Mahogany Duns, Pink Cahills, just to name a few. Now we all know that cloudy or humid weather is a trigger for Mayflies to hatch. Sometimes the conditions that these bugs need happened at the dew point and or when water temperatures decline. The dew point is often a morning thing, and the hotter the day is going to be the earlier in the morning the dew point may occur .The same can be said for the evening in the opposite fashion. This typically means PMD  hatching in the morning and PED hatching in the evening. If the PMD’s start at 9:32 am on an average day then on a super hot day the conditions might be right at 8:00 am. Keep these variables in mind for all aquatic invertebrates, but even more so with Mayflies. If and when you run into a good Mayfly hatch, fish will key on them more than any other available food source,... kind of a Mayfly utopia. After the Mayflies are gone the fish will typically resume feeding on whatever other aquatic insects that are out in any number. It is funny but twice on the Deschutes I have seen hatches of Green Drakes so thick afterwards my drift boat filled almost 2 inches thick in dead Drakes. When these two incidences were over I am not sure you could have even taken a trout on dynamite. The Drakes came off for about 2.5 hours and then disappeared so fast, like they never existed in the first place. I can't stress enough that knowing the science of the bugs and understanding the hatch timing is a major advantage to every angler willing to do their home work.

Great Mayfly Patterns:

Sparkle Dun

Hackle Stackers

Fluttering Cripples

Hair-Wing Dun


Quigley’s Film Critics

Last thing I want to cover in the after the “Hatch” piece is the attractor pattern; fly patterns that seem to you and I, to really represent anything found in the world of aquatic invertebrates. In fact newer attractors are coming out in shapes and colors that are breaking the "match-the-hatch-science".  Never the less, fish are more than willing at times to eat them with wild abandon. The idea of the attractor pattern has been around as long as our sport has been around. The rule of thumb I like to follow for my fly selections is: SIZE, SHAPE, and then COLOR. With attractors we can bend the rules a little bit. Contemporary attractors are often constructed with rubber legs and crazy colors, but many of the good anglers I know are using these types of flies, and more are taking tough fish with them. Often these flies are constructed to be easy to see and therefore make it easy for the angler to monitor and detect when his/her fly is dragging across the surface of the water. Drag is always detectable to smart trout and may be the single biggest reason why some anglers catch lots of trout and other anglers catch none.  For me lately shades of purple and blue even pink have become standard patterns for my clients and I. Don’t be afraid to try new things especially flies and you too will find go to flies you cant live with out.

Great Attractor Patterns:

Purple Haze



Cream Puffs

Para Wulff’s

Amy’s Ant

As always remember a fish bests all now and again. Do the best you can and always aspire to improve. Remember to have fun at the same time it is just fishing
Catching Roosterfish
This is the time of year when big Roosterfish can be found prowling along the edges of the Sea of Cortez. The weather is great. The fishing is great, and Baja has some great hotels, and food.
If you are going for Roosters, here are the flies you will Need!
Baja Baitfish, Blue Back
Baja Baitfish, Blue Back
Mark's Sardina
Mark's Sardina
Baja Baitfish, Gray Back
Baja Baitfish, Gray Back
Roosta, Olive Back
Roosta, Olive Back
Baja Baitfish, Olive Back
Baja Baitfish, Olive Back
Roosta, Tan Back
Roosta, Tan Back
June 04,2013: Mahrgerita Shaughnessy did something that no male or female has done before to date. She successfully hooked, fought, landed, weighted, and released a new "Pending" IGFA World Record Rooster Fish for Male or Female. It took 3hrs. and 40min on a Beulah Fly Rod yet to be released, 10wt and 20lbs tippet. The fish bottomed out a IGFA tested 60lbs Boga Grip but was measured for Length and Girth. The fish battle was documented and all IGFA rules were followed. Estimated weight 70+lbs. The Beast was safely released from shore and the day was won. Congratulations Mahrgerita and crew.
Berry Nymph, Blueberry Blue
The Answer to PowerBait is blue...the infamous Blue Berry Nymph!
Is this the fly fishing sport's answer to PowerBait? Apparently the Blue Berry Nymph is nearly that good. And it's blue and sparkly...WTF? Trout have to see much different than humans. Last year (2012) we ordered triple of 2011, and sold the entire year's supply in one week. These things really work. The word is out. We just got in a huge supply.
Item Description Size Price To Top
17363 Berry Nymph, Blueberry 14 3 for $6.75 Sale Ended
17364 Berry Nymph, Blueberry 16 3 for $6.75 Sale Ended

Fish long & prosper,
Mark, Patty & Crew

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