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Aquatic Moths happening now!

This Deschutes Redside undoubtedly mistook this Elc Caddis for an adult Aquatic Moth.

Throughout the summer months you will see many tannish colored, delta wing insects perched in the vegetation at the waters edge on the lower Deschutes River.  These are adult aquatic moths. They swarm and regroup as you disturb them while walking or wading along the edge of the river.  They especially like shoreline grasses along splashy riffles.  Here they pass the days in gregarious communities. Gatherings of Aquatic Moths can be very dense, often numbering in the hundreds per cubic meter. Adult Aquatic Moth populations will often be mixed with one or several species of caddisflies.  You can tell the moths from the caddis.  Moths have delta shaped wings while at rest.  Caddis profiles are much narrower.  If you catch a moth, it will leave some of its shiny wing dust on your hand.  Caddis don't do this.  It seems Aquatic Moths are always at play, fluttering to and fro.  They are often more active than caddis through the warmer parts of the day.  Knowing this can extend your dry fly fishing period.  Trout will key on these moths and snuggle right up to the edge of the river and wait for a moth to land on the water.  Strikes are usually authoritative.  Moth underside color can vary from tan to cream.  Sizes vary from #14 to #16.  Early season insects are larger that later ones.  It seems that every location will produce hatches of large, medium and small moths.  Hatches start at the mouth of the river in June and progress to Pelton dam.  There they will trail of in August.  Fish can be very selective to the size and color you are presenting.  Check the adults thoroughly.  The Cream Colored Elk Caddis flies offered here have proven themselves to be convincing Aquatic Moth counterfeits. While the egg laying habits of these insects are not completely understood at this time, it does appear to happen in late morning and early evening when air temperatures are moderate. At least during these periods moths are observed on the water and dry fly fishing can be outstanding. Look for rising fish and place your fly 4' to 5' upstream in the exact center of its feeding lane and success is nearly automatic.
These flies are easy to see and track. This makes drag easier to control.

Aquatic Moths collect in the safety of the jet boat cabin, 07/25/10.
Aquatic Moths seek cover along the edges of the river in the vegetation or on boats, or anything that will shield them from the sun or wind. You can always tell when you are in Aquatic Moth habitat, even before they hatch, because the larger rocks of the stream bottom will be covered with white or yellowish discs made from silk. These discs average about one half inch in diameter.

Aquatic Moths pupate inside these silken discs attached to submerged rocks.
Elk Hair Caddis, Cream
Aquatic Moths as well as several species of caddis spend the hot parts of the day in the grasses at the edge of fast moving water.  Here there is shade and the cooling effect of the water its self make a comfort zone for insects that would otherwise die from dehydration.  Some of the prime areas become crowed with insects vying for position.  This translates to fluttering movement that often attracts trout right to the waters edge.  Many of these insects are tanish/brownish in color.  Fish upstream along the banks.
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5015-14 Elk Hair Caddis, Cream 14 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
5015-16 Elk Hair Caddis, Cream 16 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
Silvey's Aquatic Moth Emerger
Designed by popular Deschutes River fly fishing guide, Brian Silvey, this is probably the best Aquatic Moth pupa pattern available. Aquatic Moths hatch at many times of the day, and night. There is still much research left to be done. These insects have been observed hatching in the middle of the day, but are believed to be mostly nocturnal. Dawn and dusk are good times to try this fly. It can be fished wet, as a dropper off a dry fly. An easy-to-see dry fly is the Cream Colored Elk Caddis above. These flies fished in this way form a one-two punch that is hard to beat during Aquatic Moth time.
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CCECAD2929 Silvey's Aquatic Moth Emerger 16 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED

Project Healing Waters was founded in 2005 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, with the help of local Trout Unlimited and Federation of Fly Fishers volunteers. Their mission is to assist in the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active duty military personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings.
Project Healing Waters provides basic fly fishing, fly casting, and fly tying instruction for wounded personnel, ranging from beginners to those with prior fly fishing experience, who are adapting their skills to their new abilities. While initially focused on military personnel in the Washington, DC area, Project Healing Waters has expanded and is offering its services to active military personnel and veterans in military and Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals across the nation. Currently, over 70 such programs have been established in the U.S. and Canada.
Since its inception, Project Healing Waters has been helping disabled active duty personnel and veterans to overcome the obstacles associated with their military service-related disabilities. The relearning of the fine motor skills required in fly fishing and fly tying has proven to be particularly effective in the overall rehabilitation of the disabled. Fly fishing can be a lifelong re-creation, both physically and emotionally.

Iraq war veteran Shane Conrad feels the power of a Deschutes steelhead on a Spey rod.
Mark & Patty took four disabled vets on a camping/fishing trip on the Deschutes 07/21-07/23. It was a rewarding and enlightening experience for us as well as the vets. 

Good guys to have on your team: l to r, Chris Grey, Shane Conrad, Shaun Benson & Jay Woodbury.
The Deschutes Canyon is a long way form the horrors of war and river's in natural settings have much power to heal the mind as well as the body and soul. Wild rivers are of great value to humans. The four gentlemen who shared our camp gave much to protect our way of life.

Trout Fishing Class With Rick Hafele and Mark Bachmann

Of course we had electricity & PowerPoint in camp to examine the wonders of the aquatic world.
Our trout school went into details beyond anything expected. In Rich Hafele's world caddis larva chirp to define territories, and adult stone flies drum to attract mates. These are little know facts that allow student to understand the depth of details that separate the life styles of aquatic insects from each other. The life history of each insect dictates how trout will respond to them, and how you can successfully fish each hatch. Knowing where to find trout food and ideal habitat are key ingredients to finding trout, and this allows you as an angler a chance at success. Winning is fun.
From the streamside classroom we moved into the trout's livingroom and studied it in detail. Trout, like all other organisms seek easy living defined by food, cover and easy breathing.
Rick's high powered microscope gives every student the power to observe trout food organisms in fine detail, revealing

The essence of any fly fishing school is to test your knowledge against fish, any easier task when they are located within your class room: in this case the Deschutes River.

Loreto, Mexico Fly Fishing 2010 Pargo Video for Windows Pargo Video for Mac Pargo Video

November 4 - November 11, Timing is for Roosterfish & Yellowtail fishing!

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Once A Year Is Not Enough! - Trip Report: November 2009
Mark Bachmann with a Roosterfish estimated at 28-pounds...
Roosterfish are one of the great inshore species in the Sea of Cortez. 
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 "Villa Class" room at Hotel La Pinta.  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.  
Yellowtail in the 8-12 pound range are hungry...
Last November Yellowtail in the 8-12 pound range were common.
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.

The 2010 Dorado Quest group having a family style dinner out of doors at Hotel Pa Pinta Desert Inn.  As is our tradition, each member kept a fish for the chef to prepare.

To give you as much individual freedom as possible, ground based meals are not provided in the packages.  Hotel La Pinta 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.

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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Trip report 2004.

Trip report 2005

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La Pinta Desert Inn at Loreto, MX on the Sea Of Cortez...
Hotel La Pinta Desert Inn as seen from the Sea of Cortez offers large rooms and convenient access to the ocean. It is only a 50-yard walk to your boat each morning.
Roosterfish/Yellowtail Trip: November 4 - November 11, 2010
7-nights, 6-days fishing

Arrive: Thursday, November 4
Fish: November 5, 6, 7 ,8, 9, 10 = (6) days
Depart:  Thursday, November 11, 2010
Stay At: Hotel La Pinta 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 - November 4 - November 11, 2010 Trip: 7-nights, 6-days fishing deluxe package: Full price is $1850 per person, a deposit payment of $850 holds your dates, an additional final payment of $1000 is required by October 1, 2010. Deposits are not refundable after October 1, 2010. Deposit!
Featured prominently in last year's Roosterfish Hunt are two Sage rod/reel set-ups.
A year later these are what we believe to be the best rod/reel choices.
You can't go wrong with Sage!

Sage Xi3 Rods Features
1090-4 Xi3         1190-4 Xi3

  • Saltwater fast action
  • Proprietary taper design utilizing SaltH2O Technology
  • Pacific-blue shaft color & thread wraps with blue metallic accents
  • Premium quality over-size guides
  • Saltwater safe components
  • Extension butts on all models
  • Black fabric rod bag with distinctive silver silk screening
  • Powder coated blue aluminum screw top rod case
  • Mark & Patty with a double on Rooster Fish, Loreto, MX, 11/18/09

    2009: Just before we left for the Sea of Cortez a package arrived from Sage. In it were two brand new Sage fly rods, a 1090-4 Xi3 and 1190-4 Xi3. Here Patty and I are each hooked up to a respectable size roosterfish. She is using the 10-weight Xi3 and I am using the 11-weight. These  rods gave unparalleled casting accuracy and lifting power. Phone for line details.
    Below is what appears to be the most reliable fly fishing reel Series.............................. for any fishery!
    Sage 6000 Series Reels
    6080 Reel 6010 Reel 6012 Reel Sage Fly Reels

    Designed to be the best in the world! 
    I took a new Sage 6010 reel with me on our November, 2009, Mexico trip. This is one of a new generation of reels specifically designed to fit the widest range of fly fishing situations. The 6010 was chosen because it is comfortable on a mid-size two-hand steelhead rod AND also fits a heavy duty saltwater rod. In other words an entire fishing system can be built around it. This approach has many advantages for the traveling angler. Reels with powerful "sealed" drags and bearing have tremendous advantages over reels that get penetrated by water and dirt. This is especially true in reels that are used for salmon and steelhead, because reels used by wading anglers often get submerged. The Sage 6000 Series has a drag system that will sustain the power and smoothness for saltwater fish that weigh in excess of a hundred pounds AND is still are totally reliable in the steelhead fishing environment. As a matter of fact the gold colored 6010 was taken off my 7126-4 TCX Spey rod, the line was changed and then it was put on my new 1190-4 Xi3. The reel worked equally well in both fresh and saltwater arenas. To me this wasn't surprising. I have owned for several years a Sage 3600D reel that has proven itself for steelhead, Chinooks, dorado and billfish. The guts of both the 3000D Series and 6000 Series are much the same, which incorporates a multi-disc waterproof drag designed by Jack Charelton, an aerospace engineer who for years built the famous Charleton Reels, which are now high-dollar collector items.

    Mark Bachmann, Loreto, MX, 11/17/09
    Sage 6010 Reel , gold
    Still in perfect
    This is the flagship of Sage Reel lineup and what we believe to be the pinnacle of contemporary fly reel design. Built around an exclusive sealed multi-graphite disk drag unit, 6000 Series reels resist salt, grit and dunkings to deliver buttery-smooth performance under tough conditions. Big fish and high drag settings? No problem. Just twist the numbered, one-revolution drag knob, strip out line, then return to the exact setting you’ve tested for consistent, reliable resistance levels. Every time. This reel Series offers incremental improvements over the famous Sage 3000 Series, which was definitely proven to be durable under all fishing situations from fresh water through big game fishing. What the new 6000 Series offers is a much improved spool
    latch system and easier change right to left hand drive. Unchanged is the one revolution drag dial that stays accurate on all settings. These reels are built sports car smooth and tank tough.
    Buy this reel now!

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