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    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

    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.

    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

    Oregon Trout Trail

    Joel La Follette - Thursday, May 19, 2016


    It's time to rediscover your Oregon fly fishing roots and hit the Oregon Trout Trail. Starting on May 22nd, if you venture out to do some Trout fishing keep a photographic record of your catch and see if you can collect photos of at least 6 of the native Trout species found in Oregon. When you complete the Trail, send us your application and we'll send you a cool certificate to commemorate your accomplishment.

    It's really easy.  Register on the Oregon Trout Trail registation page and you will receive an email with a copy of the rules and instuctions for registering your catches. Catch and carefully release 6 native Trout species in the state of Oregon. Document the date, location and species of each encounter. Register your accomplishment to received a Certificate of Completion of the Oregon Trout Trail. There is no deadline to complete the Oregon Trout Trail, but the first 25 pioneers will receive a commemorative Oregon Trout Trail sticker in addition to the Certificate of Completion.



    The six species are.

    Steelhead Trout (wild)
    Coastal Cutthroat
    Sea Run Cutthroat
    West Side Rainbow Trout
    East side Rainbow Trout (Columbia Redband)
    Bull Trout

    Participants must register on-line before heading out on the Oregon Trout Trail. 

    Rules:

    1. All fish must be caught legally in open waters in Oregon on fly fishing tackle and carefully released. Fish caught before registation for the Oregon Trout Trail can not be entered. 

    2. All fish must be handled with great care and not removed from the water.

    3. All documentation photos of fish must be taken with the fish in the water or in a net in the water. Photos of fish out of water will not be accepted as documentation of a catch.

    4. The date and general location must be recorded on the application form. Photos may be used to document locations, but the honor system applies here.

    5. Royal Treatment Fly Fishing reserves the right to modify these rules to maintain the conservation aspect of the Oregon Trout Trail  certification.

    Participants are encourage to share their travels on Instagram and #Oregontrouttrail. Be sure to check ODFW regulations for open waters and angling rules.

    Oregon Trout Trail stickers are available for your boat or fishing rig on our website or in the shop.




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