Chubby Saturday

I finally nailed the Stonefly hatch on the perfect day. I mean catching this on a big fat size 8 Chubby Chernobyl rocks:

So I hooked up with Alex early Saturday morning and we visited all the regular spots that we had found fish in before but only managed to find fingerlings. After a few hours of roaming around the river we headed to the car for a lunch break and we decided to head up to Dechutes Angler to try and figure out what we were doing wrong. After a pep talk from Amy and Travis we went back down to the river and hiked in to some of the water type that they were describing. The first place we found and “Fish on!” We found spot after spot and every one of them was good for at least one fish, some even put up half a dozen or more.

One spot in particular I caught a nice fish and Alex went right after and pulled another nice fish from the same hole. I went back over and tossed my line over the hole and this time Alex was shooting a little video for me:

This was the fish in the video:

The hole was good for almost a dozen fish with Alex and I switching off one after the other. One fish even exploded out of the water to try and take my fly before it even touched the water.

On Sunday we met up with White Fish Can’t Jump and hiked a less traveled part of the Dechutes. Not to long into the hike I got into that gorgeous fish at the top of this post and he fought like a monster. Zipping up to the shallow ledge and back into the deep pool he would rip line off and make my heart race at the sound and the feel of that power. Deschutes trout really know how to put up a fight. All three of us got into some really nice fish on Sunday and all of mine were on that same Chubby Chernobyl that I used both days. Here’s Alexs fish with the Chubby in the perfect spot:

If you want to tie a Chubby Chernobyl check out this link.

Oh, and careful in the tall grass. The Rattlesnake I almost stepped on was kind enough to hiss and rattle at me instead of biting me.

Maupin off-season

Alex and I headed up to the mighty Deschutes for a little spey practice. I say practice since neither of us found a Steelhead. This post would have definitely had a different title if we did. We stopped in at Deschutes Angler and picked up some intruder style flies and proceeded to two step our way down many a run. I got into one really gorgeous Deschutes Redside Trout in the 20 to 22 inch range. Once I coaxed the fish out of his hole and away from the fast current I got him right up to me and the second before I went to take a photo of the beauty it slipped my grasp. Guess it was camera shy. Oh well, Alex wasn’t camera shy—or if he was he was to intent on finding a Steelhead to notice me.

Decisions, decisions, decisions:

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.