Recent Posts


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


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!

Trailer Trash Thursday Deception Pass Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, July 27, 2017
Just a little something to make you think about joining us next year...

Week 1223 Deception Pass from Max Romey on Vimeo.

When is hot, too hot?

Joel La Follette - Thursday, July 09, 2015
The thermometer is your friend. No, not that vintage Hire’s Rootbeer model you have nailed to the garage that has been stuck in the 90s for a few weeks. I’m talking about that handy little stream thermometer that you carry with you, but never use. You really should get to know it better. It could be a life saver, for fish anyway.

With hot being the word of the month I thought perhaps I should share a little insight from my group of friends and water whisperers on the subject of water temps and fish. Unless you’ve been living in a cave in Nova Scotia you probably realize we have a serious low water problem with our rivers and streams as Santa forgot to deliver our snow pack. Temperatures are climbing as sunbaked watersheds trickle to the sea. Migratory runs are slowed by thermo blocks and local salmonids are just plain grumpy. This issue has reached a critical level across the state and I would be remiss if I didn’t do my part to educate and inform.

In putting together this simple guide to safe warm water fishing practices my goal is to inform you as to how and where you can find waters that still provide water cool enough for angling, without harming the population of finned residents. Note that conditions do change and it is possible to see a very rapid cooling or warming of a particular stream dependent on the factors that influence that watershed.

First we'll start with the basics. For salmonids to survive a return home, water temperatures need to remain below 68 degrees fahrenheit . This number, from my brief research, will allow upstream migration of anadromous salmonids ( Chinook, Steelhead) that are genetically prepared to survive warmer flows. Some salmonids ( like sockeye) are not as robust and will not do as well in these conditions. It is very important to note that the survival of all of this fish at this temperature is dependent on the lack of outside stresses. Meaning simply, not fighting for their lives on a end of a line or being chased by a predator. To recap, fish can survive 68 degree water, but only if we leave them alone. Water temps over 70 can be lethal and over 80 terminal. The die-off we’re seeing in the Willamette is a sample of temps in the terminal range.

As I said earlier, conditions do change and as summer gives way to fall our days shorten up, while our nights grow longer. Longer nights allow for more overnight cooling providing much better fishing conditions in the early hours of day. For summer Steelhead that “happy place” is between 50 and 60 degrees. Many of the anglers I contacted about this article pull the plug on any interaction with Steelhead at 65 and even then take great care to land and release in a timely manner with no removal of the fish from the water at all.

Trout have a similar set of numbers dialed into their thermostat that make them happy and willing to participant in our angling efforts. 50-63 degrees seems to be the sweet spot as observed by my good friend and Trout guru, Brian Silvey. While temps below 40 and above 70 are not conducive to successful Trout fishing, fishing in those warmer temps put fish in danger of not surviving an encounter. If the water’s warm, do no harm.

Now, all of this doom and gloom does not mean you have to hang up  your fishing kit and go swing golf sticks. Not at all. What it does mean is that we all need to be aware of the conditions and adapt. Here are 10 tips to get you through the summer heat.

1. Carry a thermometer and use it. Knowing the water temp will add to your success and save fish.

2. Fish early in the day when the water is cooler and take the afternoon off if temps break into the danger zone over 65 degrees.

3. Fish higher up in the watershed. Rivers and streams warm up as they flow to the sea. Well forested rivers stay cooler than waters flowing through an open landscape. Explore new water.

4.Tailwater fisheries provide cooler water conditions as you move closer to the dams that create them.

5. Try lake fishing. Many of our Cascade lakes stay much cooler in the summer months as they are spring fed.

6. Explore the coastal waters off beaches and jetties, or visit Puget Sound.

7. Utilize the USGS website to track flows and temps.

8. Maybe succumb to the carp and bass craze.

9. Have fun and learn something new this summer.

10. Share this information with others

Contact Us

21570 Willamette Drive West Linn, OR 97068

2014 Royal Treatment Fly Fishing
Privacy | Legal