Archive for May, 2011

Even though the calendar says it’s trout season, many rivers in the Pacific Northwest say otherwise. Anglers keen on trout fishing are having a hard time finding rivers in good condition. Here are a couple openings for trout venues that are fishing well through runoff:

McKenzie River

I recently spent a day fishing the McKenzie River with Matt Ramsey. The McKenzie is an exceptional trout fishery just minutes outside of Eugene, OR. Mayflies and caddis have started hatching on the McKenzie, giving anglers a solid dry fly window each day. Outside of the hatches nymphing techniques will produce hatchery rainbow trout in the 10″ – 14″ class and wild redsides that average 13″ – 15″. Anglers have the opportunity to fish from McKenzie-style drift boats as well as wading select runs. Day trips on the McKenzie cost $425/day for 1 or 2 anglers.
Available McKenzie dates with Matt Ramsey: May 21, 27, 30, 31

Fall River Area

The spring-fed waters of Fall River and Hat Creek in northern California are fishing very well through runoff. The Pale Morning Dun hatch has begun on Fall River. This mid-day hatch will continue to provide surface action until  green drakes and stoneflies begin hatching. Our friends at Confluence Outfitters have secured two vacation rentals on Fall River that provide an excellent base from which to access the trout-rich waters of Fall River, Hat Creek and numerous area fisheries.
Day trips with Confluence Outfitters cost $425/day for 1 or 2 anglers.
Available Fall River dates with Confluence Outfitters: May 29 – 31, June 1-5, June 7 – 12, June 26 – 30, July 1 – 7, July 11 – 21.

Give us a call at 800-552-2729 to book your trout fishing adventure!


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We’ve just heard of an opening on the Deschutes River with Colin Carr.

Available dates: May 27 – 31

For those of you who have not fished the Deschutes River for trout, this is an outstanding opportunity to see some of the best trout fishing of the year on one of Oregon’s best trout fisheries! These dates are during the Deschutes’ famous giant stonefly hatch. Don’t worry about whether fish are eating the big bugs. If the trout have already gorged on stoneflies by May 27 they will be feeding heavily on mayflies (pale morning/evening duns) and little yellow stoneflies.

Give us a call at 800-552-2729 to book your Deschutes River trout trip!!

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The old adage, “if it looks too good to be true, it probably is”, is for the most part, spot on. But for those who have hit Jurassic Lake when it is on (or even half on) their experiences are testament to the fact that sometimes it is just that good. The bottom line is that when this place is fishing well (Nov-Jan.15 and then again March 6-April 16) it blows all other wild trophy rainbow fisheries out of the water. Is it the world’s most scenic and sophisticated fishery? Not by a long shot. Is it the traveling angler’s best shot at landing 10-20 fat wild rainbows a day north of 10 pounds? Without question! How big do these fish get? How hard do they pull? Well, they get big. While they average 9-10 pounds, there are good numbers of fish that exceed 20 pounds as well as some that will push 30 pounds. They have spooled their share of wade fisherman and personally broken me off on 15 pound Maxima (ouch!). Simply put, they are brutes and more often than not, they rip.

Currently there are openings at the legendary Loop Camp at the mouth of the Rio Barancosa River. The best time to visit would be November or December, but there is also a prime week open the first week of January. Full week trips run $4990 and offer five and a half days of fishing. By my calculation that is enough time for the average angler to land at least 700 pounds of fat feisty rainbow trout. Call or email Ken Morrish for details. 1.800.552.2729. ken@flywatertravel.com

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Ken Morrish recently returned from his first Spring trip to BC fishing for fresh steelhead. See his trip report here.

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