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Sponsors Needed for Trout Bum Road Trip

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, October 17, 2018
This is a project I conceived several months ago in the wee hours of the morning with the goal of bringing attention to our native Trout species. We have so many advocates for anadromous fish here in the Northwest, but our native Trout seldom get the headlines or the love. The general public has no idea of the value of our native Trout and I’d like to change that. Not only in Oregon, but across the country.

This event is designed to be a plug’n play event anywhere Trout swim. My hope is that Trout Unlimited and Native Fish Society can administer this and offer it to groups across the country as a way to fund restoration projects. While this is a ”test event,” the money raised will have a positive impact on our native Trout here in Oregon. Please take a minute to read this and join in my efforts, or get signed up yourself!



The general Trout season is winding down, but there is still time for the ultimate Trout Bum Road Trip. Trout Unlimited and the Native Fish Society have teamed up to host the first annual Native Trout-a-Thon and I'm planning on hitting the road to raise money for our native Trout. Would you like to be a part of it?

The event is just over a week away and I'm looking for folks that would be interested in sponsoring my efforts to support our native Trout. If you haven't taken the time to read up on this event, I'll give you the short version. First, you register and get your packet. Then you get friends, family, and complete strangers to sponsor you on a per point basis. When dawn breaks on Saturday, October 27th you start fishing for as many different species of native Trout that you can drive to in a two-day period, without leaving Oregon. Points are awarded based on size and species. Only one fish per species is scored, so you'll need to plan a route and do some traveling. The contest closes one hour after sunset on Sunday, October 28th. Complete rules are listed on the Native Fish Society website.

I'm working on my plan and mapping out a route that maximizes the native Trout available to be targeted. Then I'm packing the rods, lines and flies needed to target these fish into my fly fishing assault vehicle and hitting the road. My goal is 170 points, so sponsorship of a buck a point would only set you back $170.00 if I'm successful. You may want to bump that up to 5-bucks a point if you really love native Trout. Of course, sponsorships of any amount are helpful! If you want to be part of this historical Trout Bum Road Trip, email me with your sponsorship commitment and I'll take care of the rest. If you wish, I’m also accepting capped donations at $100.00 and $200.00 with all of the monies going to native Trout. Remember, your sponsorship donation is tax deductible. 

Now here's the good part. Sponsors will be emailed a tracking link so they can follow along as I crisscross the state in search of Trout and points. You'll know where I'm at and see where I'm fishing at all times. In addition, I will be sending out email updates via my SATNAV system so you can cheer me on or meet-up with me on the water. To top it off, one lucky sponsor will win a hosted day on the water with your's truly complete with my world famous fajita lunch, homemade cookies and a box of flies. I'll also be "re-gifting" any prizes I may manage to win to my sponsors via a drawing to be held after the event. 

All proceeds from this event go toward native Trout restoration projects. This year funds will go toward the North Creek Campaign to reconnect sea-run cutthroat trout with pristine habitats on the Oregon Coast. More information is available on the Native Fish Society website at https://nativefishsociety.org/events/native-fish-society-trout-a-thon or you can contact me directly if you have questions.

Thanks for considering this project and sponsorship of this ultimate Trout Bum Road Trip.

When it comes to wading boots and fish, #keepemwet!
 
Cheers!

Joel La Follette


Trailer Trash Thursday Drifting Soft Hackles Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, June 21, 2018

S2 E8 How To Drift A Soft Hackle from RIO Products on Vimeo.

Trailer Trash Thursday Streamer Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, August 10, 2017

I love fishing streamers and you don't need a boat to do it! 


10. How To Fish a Streamer From the Bank from RIO Products on Vimeo.

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.

Back Roads and Dust

Joel La Follette - Thursday, July 06, 2017

Getting off the beaten path or just exploring a road you have never driven before is an adventure just waiting for you. Here are a few photographs from my West Slope Cutthroat adventure. I hope they inspire you to #outfitandexplore

Until the next adventure, travel safe, travel often.

Catching Speckled Beauties

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, June 28, 2017
The Sunday Oregonian April 28th, 1912

PORTLAND fishermen enjoy a novel privilege. With but a single day of leisure at hand, or even with half a day, the local Isaak Walton is able to put in the day to good advantage on trout stream or salmon pool. For after all the years of arduous fishing the streams hereabouts continue holding up under the strain and yielding fine catches. Although the fishing season has been legally open for the past month the real angling and casting period is just starting towards its zenith. In the course of the next month the sport will come to its very best in a score of streams. It is the impending transition from bait casting to fly casting that rings out the full army of Portland's exponents of rod and stream. With the average city dweller fishing trips are events to be dreamed of and realized once or twice in a year or a decade. While love of rod and stream is bred into hundreds of thousands a majority of these find no indulgence in the sport because of the busy swirl of metropolitan existence.

And here In Portland is the happy combination, a great busy city with trout streams in profusion close at hand. Year after year these streams continue yielding their good catches. Occasionally the fisherman returns with empty creel, but he generally is encouraged by a fair catch and during the season is certain of many exceptional takes if he persists. An hour of travel from the heart of the city, for example, will take the fisherman to the haunt of "minnows" weighing from five to 50 pounds. This "big game" fishing is now excellent and is getting better. The scene is below the Willamette Falls at Oregon City and the game Is the Spring run of Salmon. These big scrappy fellows take a spoon readily and once you hook one there is half an hour or more of an animated struggle.

Big Game Fishing
Every day scores of fishermen are enjoying his splendid sport which never gives out during the season. The supply of salmon seems inexhaustible. Now and then a fisherman returns from the Falls with nothing to show for his outing, but the average catch is from one to half a dozen and when you consider that the average fish there will run better than ten pounds you need not feel the day lost if you catch but one fish.

It is a common occurrence for the fisherman to catch more fish there than he can carry home. Those big fellows, you see, run into weight fast. You get one weighing 40 pounds, an other weighing 20 and a couple of more in the 15 pound class and you will need stout shoulders to tote away your catch. This big game fishing is done mainly from boats. Spoons are cast out and drawn up and down until a Chinook, his curiosity aroused, strikes it "like one dog biting another" as the fishermen say. Then commences the battle. The gamy fish invariably takes one prodigious sheet across the river, leaping several feet out of the water and shaking himself in the process. For the first ten minutes of play the fish fights with every ounce there is in him, darting and thrusting, striking with his tall and dashing up and down. It is not until his splendid strength begins to wane that he gives in to the inevitable and the instinct of self-preservation is rendered nil. Slowly he Is brought up to the boat and as he catches a flash of his tormentors he puts his remaining strength into a final flurry. In the end he is drawn up and "gaffed" and then lifted into the boat.

Comparatively few fishermen go in for this magnificent sport, however. It is the smaller fish of the trout streams that lure the majority. There are half a hundred of these small streams within a radius of 25 miles of Portland and each stream is the favorite place of scores of fishermen.

The Clackamas River is the hardest fished stream in Oregon, if not in the Northwest. You can strike the Clackamas in a run of 45 minutes by auto or streetcar, or you can travel for hours and even days up towards its source. Notwithstanding the inroads of tens of thousands of fishermen during the past 50 years the Clackamas can be relied upon for good catches the year around. It is particularly the standby of the bait fisherman, who is especially busy at this early part of the fishing season.

Big Fish In the Clackamas
Although the fisherman may meet an occasional day of hard luck in the Clackamas, it is unusual to return there from with empty creel. The beauty of fishing in the Clackamas is that it is the haunt of schools of big fish, and it is not at all unusual to get into a likely pool only to have the one and two-pounders begin fighting for first place on the hook. It is not, to be sure, a stream where the unskilled man may go out and get a day's record catch. The old river has been so hard fished that the fish, especially the larger ones, become quite fastidious as to the bait they take. So the man who doesn't know how to drape his salmon eggs, disguise his leader and let his bait fall with the water in a natural fashion, is reasonably certain of failure. It is not an uncommon sight to see two men fishing side by side one with empty creel and the other with a fine take. Until late in the Summer bait fishing prevails on the Clackamas, which has an average width of some 50 yards. In its upper reaches it passes through rugged country that is difficult of access, and here some exceptional sport is to be had fly fishing in August and September.

Among the network of trout streams directly east of the city are the Little Sandy, Salmon River, Bull Run, Clear Creek, Deep Creek, Eagle Creek, Johnson Creek and the North Fork of the Clackamas. West of Portland is a number of splendid early trout streams. The water in these does not run off the icy mountains, and is of a temperature that admits of good catches much earlier than in the typical mountain streams. In the list is Scroggins Creek, Patton Creek on the Tualatin, Gales Creek and Dairy Creek.

Small tributaries of the Columbia also afford much good sport easy of access. The best early fishing is on the Lower Columbia, the streams most fished being Scappoose Creek, Tide Creek, Clatskanie, Big Creek and the Necanicum. When you go into the topic of fishing in Oregon the field is a big one. No better fishing, perhaps, can be found any place on earth than in some of the unfrequented streams of this state. Every county has its renowned trout streams, the most noted fishing places being the McKenzie River, out of Eugene; the Deschutes, in Eastern Oregon, and the Rogue River, in Southern Oregon.

Trailer Trash Thursday Dreaming Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, June 15, 2017

Argentina Dream Stream from Andes Drifters on Vimeo.

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 Valley of the Kings Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, April 13, 2017

I've only seen the canyon from an airplane at 30,000 feet. This looks like somewhere I need to visit....

VALLEY OF KINGS - Fly Fishing the Grand Canyon from IT SET YOU FREE PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.

Trailer Trash Thursday The Juan Edition

Joel La Follette - Thursday, March 09, 2017

We'll slip away from Steelhead country in this week's TTT presentation and do a little Trout chasing on the San Juan River. It's always nice to find something fresh and original that doesn't utilize a drone or that cliché driving to the river scene. Here's a nicely edited winter day on the river. Enjoy!

"THE JUAN" - San Juan River fly fishing from [IT SET YOU FREE] PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.


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