Midwinter Moments

Winter fly fishing is a often a fickle pursuit. Let’s face it: it can be cold and uncomfortable any given day out there. And river conditions can fluctuate wildly with volatile weather.

This winter, we started out with weeks of rain, swollen rivers, and ample snowpack in the mountains. Then it just… stopped. The rain gods turned off the spigot, leading to 2 months of high pressure and dry conditions across the entire west coast. While it made for nice clear weather on the coast and persistent fog in the Valley, rivers have dropped to summer levels throughout the region. Now as we look to segue into Spring conditions, we hope for a freshet of rain to sustain us through the season to come.

While we do our rain dance, here’s a look back at the action over the last several weeks. See you on the water!

Spring is in the air!

Fall Fishing 2021 is a Wrap

The biggest problem with fly fishing in Oregon in the Fall is choosing where to wet a line. The good news is that it will likely be good fishing wherever you opt to deploy your toys! Fall 2021 did not disappoint. Steady trout action was the highlight, with an occasional steelhead or salmon swimming into range.

Enjoy a look back at all the fishy fun of the last couple of months. The Dudes wish you a safe and happy Holiday Season. See you on the other side!

Fall Fly Fishing on Tap

Finally! Rain has come to the Valley after a seemingly endless summer of dry conditions. Recent significant rainfall should go a long way towards ending the dreaded fire/smoke season.

We’re looking forward to cooler days and happy fish in the weeks to come. As we ease into the comfort of Fall fly fishing, here’s a look back at the last couple of months on the water. Despite the dry spell, it still looked pretty sweet.

Rowing Into Summer

It has been a busy couple of months on the water. With Scott doing laps over on the Deschutes, and Matt holding down the local duties, we’ve seen a lot of river miles lately! Fishing has been excellent throughout, with great fish and friends old and new.

As we row on into summer, it’s a good time to look back on a lot of cool times on the river. Spring in the Valley: It doesn’t get much better! Here’s a few scenes from the last few weeks on the local. Enjoy!

Redsides in Bloom

March fishing has been excellent here in the Valley! With daily hatches of March Brown Mayflies and optimal water levels throughout the month, resident Redside rainbow trout were making their presence felt. We’re rolling happily into April with plenty of great fishing on tap.

Quite a run of Redsides!

Spring in Swing

Around our neighborhood, the canary splash of daffodils and the scent of wild plum blossoms are welcome reminders that Spring is upon us. River waters warm, insects begin to stir, and trout are awaiting their moment to rise. We love this time of year and all the hope for the coming fishing season it engenders. Whether it’s late season swings for elusive winter steelhead or the first dry fly grab from a solid McKenzie Redside, that mojo is rising.

Coming out of this winter we will never forget, let’s move into the light of the new season on the water and all the hope that entails. Can’t wait to see you on the river!

The Quiet of Winter Fly Fishing

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.

New Year Reflections

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!

Finding Happiness in the Chaos

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!

Early Summer Escapes

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!