Reports_3

Recent Posts


Tags

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

Archive

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!

Deschutes Troutflies

Joel La Follette - Thursday, August 03, 2017

This week's Blast from the Past comes from the May 9th, 1907 issue of the Crook County Journal. Great Uncle Guy La Follette, the editor/publisher of this weekly publication, once again shares the family's fondness for piscatorial pursuits with his readership. One hundred and ten years later, I share it with you.
 
Someone reported last week that the flies of which the trout of the Deschutes River are particularly fond during the early summer had hatched and several Portland nimrods visited that famous stream. Unfortunately the report was untrue and the fishermen were unsuccessful.

Upon their return the anglers said that almost any day now the troutflies, as they are commonly known, may hatch along the Deschutes River following which for a few days there will be fishing unexcelled in this or any other country. This particular period lasts not longer than a week and during that time it is no exaggeration to say that the fish can be caught as fast as a hook and line can be cast in the water.

The trout fly is larger than the salmon fly. In the Deschutes River there is a large caddis worm from which originates the troutfly. When the weather becomes warm enough the worms come to the surface of the water and their thin lobster like shells split in the back and out crawls the troutflies. The insects are beautiful and have four long gauze wings. The insect just after they are hatched are very weak and when they attempt to fly often fall into the stream or fly near to the surface which is just as fatal. For five or six days of each year the flies are numerous.

It is a very easy matter to catch the flies, and when placed upon a hook they are certain death to a trout. When a cast is made the trout will often jump two or three feet in the air for them. it is no rare occurrence to see several large trout jump for the same fly.

During this short period thousands of trout are caught in the Deschutes River. After the flies become less numerous the trout become more wary but can be caught with artificial insects with good results, but nothing like the initial opening of the fly season.

The Yellowstone River is known as one of the greatest fishing grounds in the country, but those who have fished in the two streams declare that the fishing in the Deschutes River is the better. The trout in the Yellowstone River where it connects with the Yellowstone Lake bite with the rapidity of a swarm of sun-perch. How ever as they are so numerous and as the water is warm coming from the Yellowstone Lake, they are not so gamy as the trout of the Deschutes River where the water is always cool.

Along the Deschutes River but few fish are lost when once hooked if the troutflies are about. The fish will swallow the hook often before the line becomes taunt, and while they put up a noble battle, they are easily landed. The only thing to guard against is the line which may break if the fish are pulled in without being given time to exhaust themselves.

New Trout Fly Called "Williams' Special"

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, May 31, 2017
New Trout Fly Called "Williams' Special"

Stone Fly Made True to Life By Portland Tier - Comes in Two Size Hooks

A brand new trout fly has made its appearance in Maupin and by those who have tried them have proven to be the best ever. The new fly is called "Williams' Special" and was made after a pattern supplied by Johnny Williams of this city.


Last summer Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Motley, Portland, were visitors at the Maupin Camp grounds. While here Mrs. Motley told of being a fly tier and Johnny Williams caught several small stone flies and asked could she duplicate them. The lady said she could, thereupon the camp ground man gave an order, specifying the flies must be true to the sample. Saturday he received an initial shipment of the flies. They have been tried and exceeded all expectations, those using them making good catches of good trout. The flies received by Johnny come in two sizes - 12's and 14’s - and are as true to nature as is possible to make them.

Mr. Motley writes that among her orders for flies this spring has been one from President Coolidge, while Congressman Hawley has ordered many for friends at Washington, D. C.

Meier & Frank of Portland want the exclusive sale of the new fly. The hook on which the fly is tied comes direct from Oslo, Norway, none of the kind desired being made in this country. The first order for hooks placed by Mrs. Motley brot but 1500, and as these have been tied and the demand so great, the lady has ordered a large supply to be delivered as soon as possible.

Multnomah Anglers club members who have used the Williams Special, are enthusiastic over them. Mrs. Motley searched the state over for the right feathers for the special finally securing what she wanted from near Roseburg.

The Maupin Times April 26th, 1928

WARDEN ASKS THAT ALL FISHERMEN OBEY LAW

Has No Desire to Arrest Violators
Therefore Asks That the Laws Be Adhered To


With fishing season now open Harold Clifford, state game warden, make an urgent request that all citizen observe the law that have been made for the protection of fish.

"We have no desire to arrest men or women for violation of the law," he said last week. "We want them to know, that all citizens of Oregon they are harming their state and themselves by angling in closed streams, taking more than the legal limit or catching fish under six inches in length. Our warden make it their business to educate the fishermen. They make arrests only when they find fishermen willfully and viciously violating the laws. If a man is angling for trout he is entitled to sixty fish in one week they are his fish if he can catch them. When he takes more than that number he makes it necessary for the warden to do his duty and make an arrest that will mean punishment."

The Maupin Times April 25th, 1929

A Plea for Trout

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Transcribed from The Dalles Daily Chronicle, January 13th, 1893

THE DALLES, OREGON

A PLEA FOR TROUT
It Is Necessary for Us to Read the Fish Commission the Riot Act About Black Bass.

It is proposed sometime soon to send out another carload of Bass from eastern waters by the United States fish commission to stock the lakes and streams of Oregon and Washington. Our mountain trout has been the divinity of anglers in Oregon streams for time immemorial, and there is a wholesome objection raised to the proposal of the United States fish commission in its efforts of supplanting them with bass from anywhere.

Judges, presidents, senators and plebeians, who have gone many miles to toss the gamy speckled trout a fly will ask the press of this coast to enter a protest against this proposed desecration, which is a worse one than the infliction visited upon our “preserves” by the introduction of carp and bull-pouts.

Our mountain trout is the acknowledged king of all fresh water fishes. No other will take the fly like him or compare in gaminess; nor is there any so toothsome. The black bass is a very good fish compared with the bull-pout and sunfish, but he is hot in the same category with the trout.

As food the black bass brings eighteen cents a pound in the New York market today, where the trout sells for a dollar a pound. There is a corresponding difference in their game qualities. The bass is not the superior of our trout, in size even. Any one who has ever caught either the large bass, or the small-mouthed bass, in eastern waters, where the fishing is considered good, will tell you, if they ever had the experience, that they, never had so much sport in a whole day, as they found in Trout lake, or any one of the hundred trout streams in the vicinity of The Dalles in half an hour.

This is not the climate, either, for bass, under the most favorable circumstances, and he would never flourish here. He is no comparison to the trout in any sense, and our Rod and Gun clubs should teach the fish commission that their labors in this behalf would never be appreciated.

Our fish is a true trout, though differing slightly from the eastern brook trout, and being a purely Pacific coast product, it should be our pride and ambition to keep him at his best. Then we may treat out eastern visitors to sport such as they can only read about at home. Nothing less than the speckled beauties we have is good enough for the waters of our magnificent regions. Let us put a stop to the fishing out of season, slaughtering trout with giant powder and set-lines, and the Inland Empire will long remain a spot tor anglers to dream of.

Trailer Trash Thursday The Stones Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, May 11, 2017

This is kind of a throw-back Thursday as we revisit a short film that came out over 4 years ago. The Outside Bend Productions crew has evidently had to get real jobs as we haven't seen much from them in awhile. That's really too bad as they do good work and even took home a Trashy Award a few years back. 


the stone sessions vol. II: expectations from Outside Bend Productions on Vimeo.

What is Black Spot?

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, May 03, 2017

This photo of a Deschutes Bull Trout infected with Black Spot was taken by Nick Wheeler on May 1st on the Warm Springs to Trout Creek section of the Deschutes. 

A few weeks ago I mentioned that a parasite that infects salmonids was becoming more prevalent in the Deschutes with many anglers reporting catches infected with the telltale “black spots.” To answer some the questions floating around I turned to biologist Greg McMillan and asked “Just what is Black Spot and why are we seeing an increase in cases in the Deschutes?”

Greg responded, "Black spot disease is caused by a flatworm (trematode) parasite known in the scientific community as Uvulifer ambloplitis, and also known as “neascus”.  This parasite has a complicated life cycle that starts with eggs in water, which hatch and become juveniles known as miracidia, which in turn infect aquatic snails.  In snails this form of the parasite matures into the next life form, known as cercariae.  Cercariae are shed by the snails and become free swimmers, which attach to fish.  Once the cercariae have attached to the flesh of fish, the fish develops an immune response that causes the dark spot.

Kingfishers are the next host, which become infected when they ingest infected fish.  The cercariae develop into adult flatworms.  The parasite then produces eggs, which are shed in feces by kingfishers, and deposited in water where the life cycle is reinitiated.

These flatworms do not appear to be fatal to fish, or other hosts.  There are scattered reports of fish stressed from other sources dying while infected.  No human infections have been reported, but there is no real surveillance mechanism to detect human infections.  Although probably safe for human consumption after thorough cooking, there is no study data to confirm that.

None of us who have fished the lower Deschutes River for decades can say that we’ve seen many, if any fish with this condition until a year ago.  There are reports indicating there have been infected fish in the lower Deschutes River and tributaries in the past, but they aren’t common.  So what has changed?  Is this random?  Or linked to the ongoing ecological changes we are all seeing in the lower river?

This might be related to an increase in the snail population in the lower Deschutes River. Portland General Electric’s Year 1 Data Summary Report from their Lower Deschutes River Macroinvertebrate and Periphyton Report Study published in 2014, indicates that there has been a significant increase in snail populations in the lower Deschutes River.  This increase in population in the intermediate host (snails) might be related to the increase in black spot disease noted in fish.  The snail population increase is likely linked to the increase in algae in the lower river.

Is this a catastrophic occurrence?  Probably not, but it could be another indication of ecological change in the lower Deschutes River."

As Greg said, Black Spot is probably not catastrophic, but it is of concern. Finding out more information on the disease occurrence in Oregon is hard as it seems to not be of concern to ODFW at this time. Perhaps if more cases are reported by anglers, ODFW will finally take notice and look into the cause of this increase in cases. 



I would suggest that anglers fishing the Deschutes carefully photograph and report cases of Black Spot to ODFW. Take note of where the catch was made and how many cases were observed. Please make an effort to leave fish in the water when handling and photographing them. If you send a photo of infected fish to me I'll add it to this blog post. Again, please handle all wild fish with respect and care.

Trailer Trash Thursday Mecca Flats Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, July 07, 2016

I was doing my normal search for TTT videos and suddenly realized "I know that guy!" Kevin Callaway makes his acting debut in this short film that documents a peaceful trip to the Deschutes at Mecca Flats... This might not win him an Oscar or even a Trashy  Award, but he can at least write off the fishing trip now. I'm not sure if we'll see more of Kevin in similar rolls in the future as his press agent didn't return my calls this week. It is likely though that you will catch a glimpse of this rising film star on a Trout stream near you so you can at least get an autograph.  

 

Fly Fishing Mecca Flats - Deschutes River, Oregon from Last Great Road Trip on Vimeo.

Trailer Trash Thursday Green Drake Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, June 09, 2016

While this video was NOT filmed on the Metolius I thought maybe it would get you fired up for one of our favorite hatches. Even though it is a relatively short lived hatch we carry a wide selection of patterns  in the shop. Next to the evasive Shad run, Green Drakes on the Metolius is all Nick ever talks about. While Josh has two full boxes of Green Drake patterns just for this time of year. I’ll admit I have been known to disappear for a “meeting” when the weather is warm and clouds are in the forecast….


Green Drake from TroutHunter on Vimeo.

ODFW to conduct Trout, Whitefish survey on Crooked River

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, June 01, 2016

ODFW Press Release

June 1, 2016

PRINEVILLE, Ore. – Biologists from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) will sample the Crooked River below Bowman Dam for redband trout and mountain whitefish from Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 17.

Biologists will be electrofishing the river between the Big Bend and Cobble Rock campgrounds. During the sampling, fish will be stunned and netted so biologists can record the size, condition and abundance of both redband trout and mountain whitefish. The fish are then released unharmed. Fishing is likely to be adversely affected in the portion of the river being sampled but the remainder of the river will be unaffected. Due to safety concerns for anglers and the potential adverse effects to the fishing, ODFW requests that anglers avoid this stretch of river while the biologists are sampling.

The population assessment estimates the number of fish greater than or equal to eight inches in length per river mile for redband trout and mountain whitefish. In 2015, the number of redband trout per mile was 2,582 fish per mile while the number of mountain whitefish per mile was 7,467. The average length of all trout collected last year was just over 11 inches long and many anglers are reporting catching trout that are 16 to 18 inches long in 2015.

ODFW began sampling the Crooked River in 1989 in order to track the long-term health of the redband trout population.

Questions regarding this press release should be directed to ODFW

1
Contact Us

21570 Willamette Drive West Linn, OR 97068
503.850.4397

2014 Royal Treatment Fly Fishing
Privacy | Legal