Deschutes River

Loreto, Mexico, III

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Wow! Our Winston Day was a huge success!  
Thank you, all who attended!
Lots of prizes were given away.
Thank You, Winston Rep Jon Covich, you're a class act. 
As usual Patty & Laura did a bang-up job on the barbeque.

Winner of the Winston 9' #5 LTX Fly Rod was Dennis Warren of Sandy, Oregon.
Winner of the Winston Joan Wulff Favorite rod was Dorrice Hambly of Rhododendron, OR.

Patty Barnes with a Deschutes River steelhead. Deschutes River fly fishing bums.... 
The common theory is that steelhead do very little feeding after they have returned to fresh water.  Most popular steelhead flies are attractor patterns or flies that mimic organisms that live in salt water.  However, there is little doubt that some steelhead do not loose their need to feed when they return to their home river.  On a float down the Deschutes River (last year), my partner Patty Barnes
landed a fat hatchery steelhead that we killed for the
barbeque.   When ever I butcher a fish I always open the stomach to see if it has been feeding, and what it has been feeding on.  When the stomach of this fish was opened, I was amazed to find that it contained an abundance of juvenile green caddis, both larva and pupa.  Unfortunately as I slit the stomach a wave washed some of the contents away so I wasn't able to get an exact count, but there were over a dozen insects involved.  This fish  Some steelhead feed aggressively.
Sometimes Redsides will eat steelhead flies. was actively feeding like a trout.  Sometimes steelhead act like trout and sometimes trout act like steelhead.  We fished Wooly Buggers on sinking tip lines during the day.  And although our target was steelhead, we caught dozens of trout.  Who knows why a Deschutes Redside will take a Purple Wooly Bugger, but on some days they will.  We had high wind in the evenings, but decided to trout fish one 
evening anyway.  The caddis and Water Moth hatches at dark created some outstanding rises.  We did this with traditional 5-weight rods.  Deschutes Redsides pull hard on this size tackle.  We are very lucky to have this fishery so close to home.
On this trip Patty and I took the opportunity to field test a couple of new spey rods.  ("I Know, its dirty, dangerous work.  But, someone has to do it").  We tested Sage's new Graphite IV/IIIe, 7136-4 and 7141-4.  The 7136-4 (13' 6" - #7) has a traditional "spey" action and is no doubt the premier floating line rod for Deschutes size summer steelhead.  We teamed it up with a Ross Canyon #5 reel and a RIO Windcutter 6/7/8 line.  We found that the new version of this rod, unlike the older version, can handled strong wind easily.  It is easy to load and has a forgiving nature.
However my current favorite Deschutes spey rod is the Sage 7147-4 (14' 1" - #7).   is what Sage calls their fast European action, which is stiffened in the butt.  I rigged it up with a 
Mark Bachmann testing the latest spey rod.
Ross Canyon #6 and RIO Windcutter 7/8/9 w/tips.  This Combination fishes smooth and powerful with both floating and sinking tips.  The clear intermediate tip that comes with the Windcutter is really handy for bucking that famous Deschutes Canyon wind.  It sticks to the water with more authority than a floating tip and allows you to load your rod deeper for more line speed. The 7141-4 may go down as one of the "Classic Designs" of all time.  It is fast becoming the most popular "all around" spey rod in the Pacific Northwest for summer and winter steelhead fishing.

Thank you, all who attended the 
July Summer Steelhead School.

Several steelhead were hooked.
Jim Stone landed his.
  It fell for a Rick's Revenge during the last hour of the day.  
This is Jim's first steelhead.

Jim Stone with his first steelhead.

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Treg Owings with a dandy dorado. Continued from: 07/14/02 "Insider"
A Fly Fishing Trip to Loreto, Mexico, III

By Treg Owings
Fishing continued to pick up each day.  We started going south after the third day.  While at the fish cleaning station we found out the fishing was best south.  Jerry and I talked about whether we should ask our guide to go south or let him decide.  We found out the guides must have talked because everyone headed south once the word got out.  This meant going past Isla Carmen and then out to the south.  This definitely was the right thing to do.  Fishing was great.  We caught fish casting in the 
Sargasso and trolling.  I had been trolling with 80# shock incase we found a sailfish.  The fourth day my partner was doing much better than I was.  I switched to a lighter shock tippet and things 

improved.  Iím not sure if the fish were more leader shy after a few days or my partner had the hot fly.  Switching to 30# flurocarbon seemed to help.  I started keeping a few leaders hooked to flies so I could do loop to loop changes in case I needed to change fast.  The other item that became important was a hair comb.  After catching a fish the fly would sometimes be messed up.  By combing you could straighten it out much quicker than picking it out.  The flies of choice continued to be blue over white and a pink over white with a lot of flash.  Some of the other guys caught some really nice Dorado to the south.  My partner made his 

Bonito pull very hard for their size.
A very large dorado.

4-piece rod into a 5-piece.  He did manage to still land the Dorado he had on.  This was the only rod casualty on the trip.My partner also caught a Bonito.  That was our first fish that we caught that was not a Dorado.  It fought like a monster, a real rocket.  We thought it might be huge.  What a surprise when we saw it.  Some of the other guys caught some of these also.  A bigger one would be really hard to get in.  The last day was very windy so we fished near Carmen  for yellowtail and cabrilla.   We ended up with a yellowtail

 and more bonito.  One boat in our group braved the waves and did great on Dorado.  We decided to go out for our last night in Loreto.  The trio that sang at our hotel also showed up at the restaurant.  They were very good.  They would sing for tips.  We had decided on El Nitoís.  They had steak and seafood.  Lobster and steaks were on our menu.  This meal was a Porterhouse and Lobster.  I also had the best Margarita of the trip here.  Total bill was about $30.  It was the most expensive meal of the trip.  I think I could have lived  

Music and fun.

Good food.

with JUST the porterhouse for $110 pesos or about $12.  Here is a sample of my dinner.

After dinner we retired to the hotel bar for a last round.  I highly recommend the Pina Coladas.  We had a few friends show up on the wall near the bar.  We had a couple of these guys in the room also.  I think they were spraying every day because they were usually on there back. I think this is just part of the experience.  The last day includes packing fish, packing clothes, and waiting.  The taxi picked us up about

2 hours before the plane left (which was late).  The fish was froze and made the trip to Oregon in fine shape.  I also brought back one (I hope) cockroach.  He did not last long once discovered.  I thought I had shaken all of them out before packing but guess I missed one.  This was a great trip.  I would recommend it to anyone.

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