Recent Posts


LaFollette homestead Senator Jeff Merkley Marty Sheppard Winter Spey Strategies SA Water Time Outfitters vintage news Salmonflies Big Bugs Wild fish Sea lions Nevada Salmonfly hatch Lost and Found Clackamas Road Trip Film Contest Fishing License Oregon McKenzie Fly Fishing Collaborative tippet rings FarBank Sweden native fish roll cast Smithers Simon Gawesworth A River for Christmas Conway Bowman Green River photography Fly Fishers Club of Oregon Sea-runs Rainbow Trout Tenkara Atlantic Salmon Fly Expo Cuba Cutthroat Trout Bruce Buckmaster Brown Trout Rob Crandall Fly Tying Klamath Parasite Deschutes River Alliance Scientific Anglers Salmon Fly Oregon Back Roads McKenzie River Olympic National Park Press Release hot water pay it forward Blast from the Past Rogue River Klamath Dams Bozeman Lahontan Cutthroat Bill Black Craig Montana Maupin Wader Maker Contest Jurassic Lake BC Jay Nicholas Mia Sheppard Brian Silvey Deschutes National Forest Wild Steelhead Coalition Native Fish Society Willamette River Atlantic Salmon Trout Vets Chinook Salmon Steelhead Lincoln Motor Company Keepemwet Fishing Kickstarter Sea-run Cutthroat Owyhee River Brian O'Keefe Elk River Frank Amato Spirit River Warm Water Chum Salmon Roamerica Kevin Callaway Sharks Rio Fly Lines Port Orford A River Between Us Deschutes River Outdoor Adventure Day Morrish's Fluttering Stone Mountain Goats Senator Ron Wyden Trout Spey Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Kispiox Tarpon Summer Steelhead boat cleaning stations Kenny 5 Legs Sea Trout Colorado Crooked River Black Friday Little Creek Outfitters Montana West Slope Cutthroat Simms small creeks history Coat Drive Puget Sound Kenny Morrish Argentina Black Spot Whitefish Alaska Coho Salmon F3T Renzetti Salmon habitat frying pan river Salmon Watch Dale La Follette Sr. Costa CFR British Columbia Nehalem River Fly Reels Oregon Trout Bum Stefan Tritscher Yellowstone Green Drakes Snow Jason Atkinson Redband Trout Permit Willamette Falls Corey Koff Bulkley Soft Hackles Clackamas River Christmas Trees Bass John Day River Steamboat Creek Coho Columbia River Spey Fishing Tips North Coast: Hardy Reel Catch Magazine Trask Salmon Twin Bridges Steamboat Inn Skaters ODFW Douglas County G3 Waders Trailer Trash Thursday Big Trout Bill Bakke Fishing Report Dean Finnerty John Day Fall River #keepemwet Christmas Frank Moore Echo Kate Koff Kamchatka Mousing Caddis fly fishing Ochoco Creek Williamson River PGE Sandy River Goldenstones Klamath River Redside Rainbow saltwater Trout-a-Thon Dry Fly Casting for Recovery Instagram Winston Carp Bamboo Steelhead Sanctuary Dolly Vardon Mending Spey-O-Rama Metolius Seychelles Grand Teton Prineville Home Waters for the Holidays Bamboo Rods Patagonia Redfish Todd Moen Cookie Lady The Creel Bears Metolius River Trout Unlimited Trout Bum Road Trip North Umpqua Pelton Dam Bull Trout Travally Spring Chinook State of Jefferson Rio Adventure Streamers Eric Neufeld Invasives Elk & Sixes March Browns Deschutes Legos Pyramid Lake Native Trout Mexico Nautilus Reels Winter Steelhead Bauer Fly Reels Travalley Pacific ocean Rio Products Fly Fishing Film Tour Poachers New Zealand Project Healing Waters PMDs Klamath Lake Bryan Huskey flies Small Streams Bonefish Northern California Abel Reels Guided Fishing Winston Fly Rods Boston Whaler Southern Coast How to Willamette Sage Fly Rods hatcheries Oregon Trout Trail invasive species Mako Shark Florida Keys Sage "Clipped" Tying Contest on-line fly shop Soul River Extinction Salmon-Trout


Camp Water

Camp water is close to home. Here you will find information on stuff happening here in the shop and on our local waters. You'll also find our weekly newsletter feature, Trailer Trash Thursday, a fun collection of fly fishing videos, perfect for a midweek distraction. If you don't get the newsletter, be sure to sign up today!

When Life and Luck Collide

Joel La Follette - Thursday, May 26, 2016

I spent a couple days this past weekend exploring a fishing opportunity with my friend, Brian O'Keefe. Brian is the ultimate fish bum and never misses the chance to chase any species of fish. He related a story about encountering a Vet and his family on one of Oregon's backroads and with Brian's permission I thought I should share it with all of you. 

When Life and Luck Collide

By Brian O'Keefe

After a little errand running around Bend, and spending a little time with my mother, I drove up into the Deschutes National Forest in search of some big bass.

I had my 8 weight and flies/poppers, a couple donuts and some lemonade. No boat, my destination had some good access via just wading. Simple, mind clearing stuff. Catching a few bass would be a bonus. The weather was decent, but a cold front was moving in.

It was too sunny for poppers when I got there, so I rigged a big, white, wool-head streamer (Kelly Galloup style). It kind of floated and kind of dove down a bit. The bass liked it. I got a couple nice ones and a couple mediums. I walked back to my truck, which was parked on a very remote un-named/numbered Forest Service road, and this was at least 10 miles from pavement. As I loaded up my rod and had a donut a wild eyed young man walked down the road, and I could tell he was going to enlighten me on his situation, good or bad. He was about 25 years old, in shorts, tank top and flip flops. I was thinking, "Dang it, some yahoo lost his dog, or something…” In a couple minutes this young man tells me he has a flat tire and his wife and kids and dogs are waiting, etc, etc. He has a spare tire, but no jack. There was a reason why he had no jack, but I forgot. I have him jump in and we drove 3 miles to where his truck was. On the drive I find out where he lives (LaPine - sometimes not a great town to put on your resume), and that at one time he lived in Gates, Oregon (North Santiam River -where I lived 2000 to 2004) and he had spent 6 years in the Marines. I noticed the assault rifle tattoo.

By some miracle he drove a Chevy Silverado, also. His was about 8 years older than mine, but at least we hoped the jack, spare tire lowering rod, lug wrench, etc would be compatible. They were to a degree, but it still took over an hour to get the spare tire lowered and the tires changed. I am usually the guy crawling under the truck, getting dirty, ‘jerry/jury-rigging’ stuff and busting a knuckle or two. I was in my waders, so Ben insisted I stay upright, read the owners manual (I think he had me do that to stay out of his way!). Ben was all Marine. Super fit and tough. Under the truck, banging on things, wedging logs, jacking, etc. He was head to toe dust and all the while kept calling me sir, and thanking me so profusely it was embarrassing. He has no idea how many times I was the guy with the flat tire (three times I’ve had two flat tires at the same time), or stuck in the mud/snow, or had lost keys (broke more windows than I’d like to admit). Finally, the tire was on. It took 90 minutes. His wife and kids were a mile away waiting. Ben had built them a big fire, as a cold front was bearing down. Ben shook my hand and I didn’t wince too loudly from the rock crusher grip.

While Ben was working, I noticed the ‘All Gave Some and Some Gave All’ Marines bumper sticker. I noticed several dog tags that hung from his mirror. I’m pretty sure they belonged to fellow Marines, lost in action. He said he had an older German Shepard, which I think was also a war vet. It’s funny, to Ben, I was a life saver, as the location of this mishap was not favorable to a good outcome, the luck of having the same rigs was improbable, him finding me (and me quitting fishing at just the right time), the weather getting cold and nasty, was almost too Hollywood. When I drove off, trying to recover from the death grip hand shake, I realized I was the lucky one. Ben was the real deal. He made my day.

Brian O'Keefe is the perfect definition of a fish bum and in the world of fly fishing fish bums ranks right there at the top. Having chased just about anything with fins all over the world with a camera and fly rod for the last bazillion years, he now calls Powell Butte home. There he spends time terrorizing the local bass and trout populations across the east side of the state, while providing photos and fishing reports to friends and boutique angling publications. His photographic images have appeared in hundreds of magazines, websites, posters, retail packages and a few poorly done tattoos. 

Contact Us

21570 Willamette Drive West Linn, OR 97068

2014 Royal Treatment Fly Fishing
Privacy | Legal