Archive for July, 2009

Kootenai River Fishing Report, Montana July 23rd, 2009
Submitted by Tim and Joanne Linehan of Linehan Outfitting Co.

BC Montana 08 178

“Dishcharge from Libby Dam is 7000 cfs and will remain there through September offering great wading opportunities on the river this season.   Conditions on the Kootenai have settled into the standard summer routine with pmds and caddis headlining hatches.  All in all the Kootenia is fishing pretty well.

Caddis have been active and popping out of faster water throughout most of the day.  Pmds are late, what with bright sun but look for that “hour of power” just before dark when both species start returning to the riffles to lay eggs and die.  Just what we love!!!  Also, look for pmd spinner falls around 9:00 am as well.

Hoppers and droppers are bringing some nicer fish and nymphing in faster water and through the rapids will produce.  Get those nymphs down.  Keep in mind the Kootenai is a big river even when flows are in the lower range.  You have to penetrate the first two feet of the current in order to really be effective.  Tungsten bead heads are best.

Lime green midge are starting to show up on the upper river and there have been some noses poking through the already gin clear water looking for the tiny stuff.  6X and long casts will help if you feel like testing your skills.”

BC Montana 08 197

Linehan Outfitting dinner on the patio

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Fly Fishing and Yoga Weekend
Running Y Resort, Oregon Itinerary
With Host, Rachel Andras, and friends

The Fishing:   Southern Oregon has much to offer in ways of fishing and scenery. During your trip anglers will fish both the Klamath and Williamson Rivers. The Klamath Canyon is an extremely rugged section of river located in Oregon. The water is typically off color and very fast. This section of river can only be floated by Roe Outfitters and due to its rough and tumble nature, it best suited to adventuresome anglers. The fish here tend to be very stout and average 14-18 inches, with hearty fish in the 19-23 inch class being fairly common. The river fishes best in April and May and in October and November. When the system is on, it can be some of the best fishing in the Pacific Northwest for rainbow trout.

The Williamson River has the distinction of being one of the West’s most prolific trophy rainbow trout fisheries. The majority of the fish in the system are migratory and move up into the river to stage for spawning as Klamath Lake warms. The lake itself only averages seven feet deep and is outrageously rich in feed leading to some of the fastest growth rates for trout in the nation. Remarkably, it is not uncommon for a two year old fish from the lake to exceed 20 inches. The majority of the fish in the river are rainbows but there are two distinct strains. The first is a native “redband” which has evolved to withstand warm water temperatures, and the other is a landlocked Klamath River steelhead. Brown trout are also present in small numbers but can reach incredible sizes. Typically, the fish on the Williamson run large with three to six pound fish caught most days, as well as some fish upwards of twelve pounds being landed each season. Techniques vary from spring creek style dry fly fishing and nymphing, to swinging small streamers and nymphs on slow sinking and intermediate lines.

Accommodations:  The Running Y Resort has a number of lodging options. The size of our group will determine where we will stay – house (6 anglers) or townhome with hot tub (4 anglers). Meals are not included, except lunches on our guide days, but the resort offers a number of dining options.

Running Y Resort offers complimentary resort-wide transportation service, unlimited use of Running Y’s Sports & Fitness Center, complete with an indoor pool complex, sauna and first-class exercise facility, access to the Sandhill Spa – a full service day spa offering massages, facials, aromatherapy and more, access to the Running Y’s award-winning golf course, plus golf shop, gift shop and restaurants and access to the Running Y’s eight miles of paved walking and biking trails and other recreation.

Dates:        October 14th – 18th, 2009

Wednesday / October 14th:        Arrive Running Y Resort in the afternoon. The group will get together for an evening yoga and meditation session (self-guided) if desired.

Thursday / October 15th:             Your guides will meet you at 6:00AM each morning. Fishing will on either the Klamath or Williamson Rivers. Lunch is included each day.

Friday / October 16th:    Yoga day with instructor, Sheryl Grunde. Sheryl is also a LMT (licensed massage therapist).                         

Sample Itinerary:
8:00AM:                      Breakfast and morning walk
10:00 – 11:30AM:   Energizing Yoga Session
12:00PM:                     Lunch
1:00 – 3:00PM:    Free time to get massages, hike, shop, and explore the area
3:30 – 5:00PM:        Deepening Yoga and Meditation Session
5:00 – 7:00PM:    Free time to get massages, hike, shop, and explore the area
7:00PM:                   Cocktails and Dinner

Saturday / October 17th:              Full day of guided fishing on the Klamath or Williamson Rivers.

Sunday / October 18th: After breakfast we can have our own yoga session (if desired) and pack up. Depart Running Y Ranch. Check-out time is at 11:00AM.

2009 Rates: 
$1,150.00 per person based on double occupancy (based on 4 anglers). Townhome with hot tub.
$1,030.00 per person based on double occupancy (based on 6 anglers). Four bedroom custom home.

Included:  Accommodations based on double occupancy, guided fishing for two days, lunch on boats, private yoga instructor on Oct 16th, and rods/reels if needed.

Not-Included: Meals (except with lunches on guide days), alcohol, fishing licenses, flies, leaders, tippet, gratuities, spa treatments and massages.

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August 3-9 = 2 spaces // August 17-23 = 4 spaces // August 23 – 30 = 4 spaces // September 30 – October 7 = 4 spaces:
Discounted price = $2,900 per person
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We are extremely please to have had photographer, angler, and all around nice guy Mark Lance at Big Ku Lodge this summer.  Mark’s photos have appeared in Scott Fly Rods, Hyde Drift Boats, Trout Unlimited,  Rivers, Southwest Fly Fishing, Fly Rod & Reel, American Angler, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Fly Tying Journal, Patagonia, and more.

To see Marks great images from his week please visit his site. 


We loved this little six angler lodge, the lodge managers, Brian & Katy, and our guides. The whole experience just seemed to match what we enjoy in a fishing trip. All logistics were executed like clockwork. The location of Big Ku as home water, plus being in the heart of a large system of fisheries, make this a very special place. The consistently large and acrobatic rainbows far exceed the norm in the lower 48, at least in my experience.” Mark Lance

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20 % Off Packages from July, 2009 – December 17, 2009 // 10% Off Packages from December 18 – February 28, 2010


Besides their seasonal promotions with 20% / 10% off all packages they offer a very special deal for bookings for autumn 2009 and winter/spring 2010: Besides the seasonal discounts, theywill reward you with an “early bird” special for your commitment. For full payments made before July 31st they will deduct 10% off the amount of your package or 5% for bookings paid before August 31st.  (Any outstanding balances are due 60 days before arrival and do not participate in this offer. Offer does not apply to daytrips )



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