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!
Another season in the incomparable Deschutes Canyon is in the rearview. This year’s adventure included wind, rain, sun, trains, snakes, and plenty of trout. Now, as we settle back into the close-to-home waters, here’s a look back at some of the highlights.
A late-season Pineapple Express in early April resulted in some of the highest water levels seen on local rivers in over a decade. On the heels of a February snowstorm that toppled countless trees into the rivers, the flood has rearranged woody structure and riverbottom strata alike. In the last couple of weeks, it has been fun getting out there to see where and how the river has changed.
As is typical of flood events, the river takes a while to recover. Mature insects that were staging to hatch have been washed away, and the fish are only now emerging from the refuge of sheltering lies along and under the banks and submerged vegetation.
But fish gotta eat, and so the action has been pretty good since the waters have subsided. And there have been some really nice ones on the move.
As things settle down into Spring proper and the weather warms, we expect the fishing will only improve. It will be interesting to see how the hatches progress after the flood.
Early season trout fishing is in full swing this month. Through the end of April, the Two Dudes are offering our McKenzie Spring Special half-day rate: $350 for a 5-hour tour. This is a late morning-through-early afternoon trip, designed to be on the water for the best time for surface activity.
March Browns are popping daily, and the redsides are noticing. Time to get out and flex that trout gear!