Fly fishing is often called “the quiet sport.” Alone with one’s thoughts on the water, we can find moments of true reflection. If only for a moment, focus shifts to achieving a connection with something vital, wild, and wholly removed from the chaos and clamor of our daily lives.
Moments of anticipation with hope and quiet focus retrain our brains to tune down the anxiety, noise, and anger so prevalent in our screen-addled lives. In the interstitial spaces of winter, we can heal.
Go ahead and exhale; we made it through the weirdest year anyone can remember! 2021 holds the promise of a fresh start and renewed hope for a brighter tomorrow. Along the way, fishing provides a socially-distanced refuge from all the clamor and tumult.
We’re looking forward to seeing friends on the water in the New Year. We will be chasing winter steelhead as the early season unfolds. And again, between January 1 and April 20, 2021, we are offering our McKenzie Trout Special Half-Day Rate: $375 for 1-2 anglers. It’s a great way to shake off those winter blahs!
As we look forward to upcoming winter and spring outings, here’s a look back at some scenes from the past few months of late fall and early winter action. Stay safe out there! See you on the water!
Sometimes it feels like 2020 is just a series of progressively heavier news. No one has been spared. Here in Western Oregon, we are just digging out from the catastrophic fires and smoke that have devastated many of our treasured waterways and the communities that surround them. The scale of loss can feel overwhelming.
But through this season of discontent, we have managed to keep our hearts whole and our spirits salved through regular contact with the redemptive spirit of our home waters. Thanks to all the wonderful people who have joined us to share time on the river. Because of you, we can hope for the day when we look back on 2020 as the beginning of the end of the darkness.
Here is a look back at the scenes from the last few months on the water. We hope you will join us for a slice of normalcy and enjoy the healing power of fly fishing. Until then, VOTE against hate and chaos, and keep dreaming of a brighter tomorrow!
To this point, Oregon, and specifically Lane County, has been a bright spot of hope in the big picture of the Pandemic. We sincerely hope that this will continue as we move into the summer months and warm sunny weather on the local waters. As people emerge from their homes and begin to reenter their communities, many have looked to fly fishing as an accessible healthy open-air escape. We are thankful for those anglers who have joined us over the last few weeks for some of the best fishing of the year (so far). Utilizing simple common-sense safety protocols, and naturally socially distanced, a guided fly fishing trip is a perfect way to get away from all the chaos.
Give us a call anytime to talk fishing. We can’t wait to see you on the river! For now, please enjoy some shots from the last few weeks on the water. Fishing is great!
Spring is a great time for fresh hope and for fly fishing! As of May 5, 2020, Two Dudes Fly Fishing will be open and ready to fish. As circumstances change throughout the season, we will strive to do everything in our power to ensure your safety and to honor the most recent recommendations from the Governor’s Office. At this time, due to social-distancing considerations, we are offering limited types of outings. If you feel like going fishing, please contact Matt (541) 870-6640 or Scott (503) 932-2426 to discuss trip details and to learn more about the specific measures we have put in place to keep everyone healthy.
If you’ve been planning to come fishing sometime this year, feel free to contact us, and let’s put a date on the calendar. We are accepting advance bookings with no deposit and no penalty for cancellation for any reason.
Before all the chaos of Covid 19 upended our world, I spent a final month of calm in the sweltering equatorial heat of the Amazon Rainforest. Fishing was unbelievably good this season on the Rio Agua Boa. Low clear water and plenty of trophy peacock bass made for day after day after day of world-class sight fishing. . . and lots of happy clients!
Now home in Eugene, with the new reality of social distancing and the shadow of the virus coloring everything, it’s worth taking a moment to look back at some images from a time that now feels like another lifetime ago. I hope these pictures give you hope for the future and the return to a world where you can just hop on a plane and in a couple of days find yourself waist deep in the jungle cradling the fish of a lifetime. Enjoy!
Thanks to Brookings Anglers Fly Shop’s Matt Canter for letting me poach a couple of his photos again this year (they’re the good ones!). And special thanks to Lance, Carlos, Dan, and all the crew at the Greatest Jungle Fly Fishing Lodge in the world!
The 2020s dawned with low water and calm conditions. Naturally, this time of year is characteristically volatile, with dynamic river levels and weather. This being said, when conditions are stable, nice wild trout will be on the bite during limited windows of the day.
On these calm days, it is quiet out there: A great way to float into the new decade!
For those of you itching to get out, we’re offering our McKenzie winter special: $375 for a midday half day of fishing, all flies, gear, and beverages included. Feeling lucky? Let’s put a date on the calendar!
Speaking of volatility, winter steelhead fishing is getting underway around here as well. When conditions are favorable, we’ll be getting wet in search of some fresh chrome. A recent scouting mission found no steelhead but turned up this beautiful wild coho salmon. Welcome bycatch for the effort!
Fly fishing success for chinook salmon is never really a sure bet. After a decent but spotty season of recreational trolling in the bays, reports from the coastal rivers were grim: extremely low river levels and general closures of some fisheries until significant rains come had many anglers calling a pass. Plus, steelheading around home was still decent.
But for those who believe, there is always hope. Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been mining some chomers out of the limited areas not closed as we await the rains that will (hopefully) come. With the return of the Kings, the hogline has been steadily thickening. Now, as we sit back and pray for rain, let’s look back at some of the under-the-radar moments enjoyed by those who put faith before logic and cast their hope into the chromer soup.
While the weather has been volatile, the fishing has been excellent throughout the last month. Trout action has been the best, with plenty of nice fish looking up for dry flies. Steelhead fishing has been steady, despite this year’s light return. In short: Fish are biting! Time to get back out there. Enjoy a few shots from the past few weeks. See you on the river!
Fall has come all at once, with rain, wind, lightning, thunder, sunshine and plenty of good fishing. Just make sure to pack your rain gear! Trout and steelhead have been on the bite with the cooler conditions. Enjoy a few shots from the last few weeks!