2. On Western fisheries...where should I go, when should I be there,
and what fly patterns should I use?
There are many variables here, affected by changing seasons, weather, species
you are targeting and so on. It
varies from year to year but there is some important information,
bugs/tackle that you always take with you per area. Give us a call (360)
573-9383. We stay on top of Western fisheries as well if not better than
Our spring and summer trout fisheries for the most part are
best shape in many years because of a mild winter and spring weather
pattern. Rivers like the lower Dechutes, as an example, had the best water
level in many years.
As for our Western steelhead fisheries, many are in the best
shape in the last 10-20 years. Runs are rebounding tremendously after too
many years of depressed stocks. There is always the exception, but it's
great to see and hear of solid fishing opportunities returning!
Some Common Sense Tips that are often Overlooked
- Cleaning your floating fly line every couple
of times out will make it float longer, last longer and perform
better. Even if you're not hitting the bank, tagging limbs or bouncing
your line off rocks there is a tremendous amount of dirt carried
in the surface film of water. Generally cleaning the first 40-50
feet is enough unless you are casting really long distances a lot.
- Never put your rod away in a case when the
rod, line or case are wet or damp. Always make sure you dry things
out or you'll pay the price. Trapped moisture can damage rod finishes,
reel seats and cork.
- Always carry a quality hook hone with you
even though the modern hooks come super sharp to start with. You
may need to touch up the point several times throughout your time
spent on the water. Keeping hooks sharp and maintaining your tippets
and leaders in tip top shape are a must.
- Know your knots when out in the field. People
often struggle with even the most basic of knots yet it is one of
the most important skills in fly fishing. Two basic knots will cover
most of your daily needs, a triple surgeons knot for connecting
tippet to your leader and a duncan loop for connecting your fly
to your tippet. The ability to go to a different tippet size
or length for changing conditions is paramount as well as the ability
to quickly change flies when trout fishing can be very important,
you snooze, you loose!!!
- Ever have a problem getting your small sized
tippet through your trout hook eye? One sure fire way, besides hiring
a guide to do it for you, is to always cut the the end of the tippit
at a 45 degree angle instead of square. The spear shaped point will
go through the eye much easier. If that doesn't work get stronger
glasses or hire a guide.
Be sure to visit us frequently for new tips!!!