Streamer Fishing for Trophy Trout

Just got Streamer Fishing for Trophy Trout from Netflix and Wow!

The quick break down: sinking line, 36″ of tippet, BIG flies (#2, 4, 6), jerk the rod while you do a quick retrieve, cast into slack water.

I figured I must be doing something wrong as I rarely get strikes from streamers but this guy’s video was a crazy eye opener. You just have to make it through the bad video editing at the start and then it’s an hour and a half of great information. While I will probably never go 100% looking for only trophy trout like he does in his video, I think a lot of his information translates great into fishing for what he calls the small guys (yeah real small at 18-24″). He gives great insight into the behavior and holding positions of large trout—in fact, holding positions of large trout was 75% of the video. He really gets you to think about how streamer fishing is different from dry fly or nymphing. You can get the video at Netflix or if you want to buy it at Amazon. Now I will have to get his video Streamer Flies for Trophy Trout so I can tie his flies and give it whirl.


100 Degrees is just no fun

Alex and I slipped away for a day and a half for a mini fish trip. The main reason was to run away from the 100 degree plus weather in Portland. It wasn’t all that much cooler where we went, but when you are standing in water that feels slightly warmer than an ice cube it sure is nice. The one big thing to bring back from the trip is that fish are not all that keen on dry flies when no bugs are hatching. Probably because they would have gone down in a ball of flames… Frrroossshhhhh. Now that I think of it, I should tie a ball of flame caddis bug.

The van was all loaded up…

We got to the McKenzie at 11pm so bright and early the next day we tried our favorite Trail Bridge spot…

We found a couple of these but no real big ones…

Tried the lower McKenzie and found a few little guys. Did a little dispersed camping at our makeshift sight and tried the North Fork of the Willamette to no avail.

You know what though, we stayed cool.

Wilson River

I carved out a little time the other day to run off  to the Wilson River and I am sorry to say I could not find any large Searun Cutthroat. Just tons and tons of six to nine inchers. The section of river in the photo below usually holds at least a few nice size ones. Nope, not today.

So I practiced my casting (trying to avoid the little fish). MidCurrent has a whole bunch of videos on their sight and I had just watched one called “The hand and arm” from that master caster Joan Wulff. Hand, arm, hand, arm, hand…


My dad loves driftwood. Some day I will have to take him to Port Orford on the southern Oregon coast so he can go through this pile. I found a few fun small pieces and Emily found a beautiful flat piece she is going to make a necklace from.

I didn’t find anything nearly as cool as the bird skull I found on the Wilson River a year or so ago. Now it hangs on the wall going into the back yard. Like my own little museum piece.

New flies

I had to fill out some of the basics in my fly boxes in a hurry so I placed an order with Big Y Fly Company. While I really like to support small fly shops I just cringe at the thought of the basic Adams and BWO’s being $1.95 a piece. Big Y has many of the basic patterns at about $.57 a piece, And hey the company is located in Oregon (I’m sure the flies are tied somewhere else but that is typical these days). Tying your own flies is definitely cheaper once you pony up to get started (or use a friends gear who stopped tying, thanks Alex) but sometime you just don’t want to sit around making 36 of the same BWO pattern. Also we don’t have a fly shop in Portland that is very good so the only time I get flies is in Eugene (Caddis Fly Shop) or when I head to the Maupin (Deschutes Angler).

So here they are (remember I am just filling holes):
8 Bead Head Copper John, Green, 14
12 BH Flashback Hare’s Ear, 14
12 Adams, 10
32 BWO, 12, 14, and 16
4 Spinner Adams, 14
4 Epoxy Brass, 12

That should tide me over for awhile. While, that and I tied about 40 Elk Hair Caddis in the last two weeks. Sigh… I need more fly boxes.


If you end up using a strike indicator my favorite for ease of casting and mednding is the Thingamabobber in the small or medium size depending on your setup. The guys down south from me in Eugene (Here is their blog) did a great video on how they set their line up for maximum depth when nymphing, check it out.

BTW-The guys that make the Thingamabobber also make the “Butt” fly. Just thought you might want to know that for some strange reason.

Lost Lake, Clatsop State Forest

I went out to the Nehalem River the other day to see if the Searun Cutthroat had made there way up into the river yet but all I could find were a few six to ten inchers hiding in the riffles. So instead of hiking up and down the river on this particular 90 degree day (sorry bro, I know 90 is nothing to you) I decided to head up to Lost Lake. For some reason there are at least four Lost Lakes in Oregon but this particular one is a nice 45 minute drive from Portland and is located in the Clatsop State Forest. I pumped up my Costco pontoon (yeah Costco has a pontoon) and headed on out with a chips and a cooler of beers. You get to wondering on your third beer, as you float around and have not landed a single fish, “wow do I really suck this bad?” but then the sun went over the edge of the trees around the end of beer three the hatch started. Little caddis and what looked like tons of trico. I wasn’t able to catch any of the trico (it’s hard to catch fast bugs in a slow boat) but the little black caddis were around and some were landing on me so I took that as a sign. I have only recently started tying flies in mass instead of the one off here or there like I did before so I had plenty of little elk hair caddis to throw on out. There is something so great about a fish taking the fly that you tied just that morning. Ahhhhh… About ten to twelve fish later my wife and daughter came back from the coast, which is only 25 minutes away, and picked me up. I like my lazy Costco pontoon.

First good iPhone app

Ok, ok. I am mainstream and I have an iPhone. But someone finally came out with an app for the phone that I am willing to spend 99 cents on. This little beauty lets you pick rivers in a few Western states and shows you some of the recommended hatches. It even recommends some typical patterns when you click on the particular hatch. Cory, who wrote the app,  over at says there should be a new revision coming soon that shows images and has more states. Love it.

Hatch iPhone app