Sunday, June 17, 2007
What's the best dry fly fishing experience you've had? A blanket caddis hatch? How about a PMD hatch during a drizzly afternoon in July? Or a Green Drake hatch? Big gaudy hoppers or stone flies? All of these experiences can build to epic proportions, and until recently I thought I had seen the best of the best. Last week I landed my boat onto one of my favorite rocks. My clients unloaded and began throwing their oversized size hair and hackle stone fly imitation into a pod of exceptionally aggressive Redsides. One drift, two drifts.... ten perfect drifts through meat of the best water without a take, left both my client and I feeling rejected. Determined to catch at least one of these fish, and not to let my guest down, I focused on the surface of the water to see what the trout where consuming. I spotted caddis, PMDs, and of course stoneflies, but none of them where being eaten. Then I saw one... I first thought it was an adult Green Drake, but it was just after 10 am, and the drakes hadn't been hatching until 3 pm. Then I spotted another one, and another one. There was something distinct about them, their wings where transpearant... SPINNERS!
Once the code was unlocked, the fish fell to imitations. A big, size 12, purple haze was the fly of choice. It proved itself worthy landing 8 fish in no more than 30 minutes.
I will never forget those 30 minutes and will always be on the look out for them again.
Monday, June 4, 2007
The Deschutes river from Warmsprings to Maupin is entrenched in the stone fly hatch. Fishing in the upper stretches has still been spotty... mostly due to pressure. The full moon may have had an effect too. In the past week I saw the fishing just up stream of Maupin being the best. From Wednesday to Saturday, the fish where more keyed into the big bugs.
Warmsprings to White Horse has been very spotty. Some spots are better than others. Look for the fishing to imporve as the hatch grows longer.