Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Group Fly Fishing Classes Are Available through COCC

Group fly fishing classes are available this June and July through Central Oregon Community College. The classes are taught by me and are a great opportunity to participate and learn about fly fishing in a fun group dynamic. Great for that single person. Private fly fishing classes are also available through River Borne Outfitters all season long!

Fly Fishing on the Crooked River, BeginningBegin your adventure on dry land with a general overview of equipment and terminology, learn basic knots and how to string up a fly rod and how to fly cast. Practice casting on grass to prepare for your afternoon on the river. Once you've gotten the hang of casting, class will move to the Crooked River to fish and you can use your new casting skills. On the river you'll also learn about fly selection, fishing techniques, catch and release tactics, and preservation and ethics. Current fishing license required. Bring $16 payable to instructor at class for flies and leader. Information on class location and materials will be emailed. Rain or shine. Liability form required.
Vail Borne              9:00am-3:00 Sa                  36138
6/13                       Bend OTHER                      Cost $179                             
Vail Borne              9:00am-3:00 Sa                  36139
6/27                       Bend OTHER                       Cost $179                             
Vail Borne              9:00am-3:00 Sa                  36140
7/18                       Bend OTHER                       Cost $179                             
Fly Fishing on the Crooked River, Intermediate
To enjoy fly fishing you only need a few supplies and a good guide who can show you how to read a river and identify where the fish are biting. Bring your basic skills and you'll learn about native game species and secrets of the Crooked River as well as fly selection, catch and release techniques and river preservation and ethics. This class is intended for people who can cast a fly line and own basic equipment (rod, reel, tackle and waders). Current fishing license required. Bring $16 payable to instructor at class for flies and leader. Information on class location and materials will be emailed. Rain or shine. Liability form required.
Vail Borne              11:30am-3:30 Sa               36141
6/20                       Bend OTHER                     Cost $155                            
Vail Borne              11:30am-3:30 Sa               36142
7/25                       Bend OTHER                     Cost $155                             

NEW! Fly Casting Techniques, Intermediate & Advanced

If you are an intermediate to advanced fly caster, this is a great class to help you fine tune your skills. If you've already taken a class with Vail and have had some experience on the water, this is a great opportunity to work further on reinforcing proper fly casting fundamentals. You will receive help on identifying and fixing errors in technique as well as developing advanced skills and casts like double hauling, shooting line and reach and mend casts. Information on class location and materials will be emailed. Rain or shine. Liability form required.
Vail Borne           8:00am-10:30 Sa               36144
6/20                    Bend OTHER                      Cost $79                               
Vail Borne           8:00am-10:30 Sa               36143
7/25                    Bend OTHER                      Cost $79            

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Deschutes Salmonfly Update & Crooked River Fishing Report

5/19/15


The Deschutes Salmonfly hatch is in full swing right now. Some cooler weather has slowed the hatch a bit.  As a result there has been some slow times as well as some good fishing already. With the forecast of some warmer weather this coming week I anticipate some good fishing to come still. 

Crowds are out and the river is low though. Two boats have already sunk in Whitehorse this season. This is not the year to be going down below Trout Creek if your new on the sticks...Rafts give a bit wider margin of safety in low water, drift boats are another story. A good reason to hire an outfitter for your first trip down into the three day camp section below Trout Creek if you have never been down there. 

I think the big bugs will be around through the month, but by June fish should be transitioning to the the Caddis hatch. June will be a good month for Caddis and a great time to be on the river. July is traditionally as well, but we will have to see with the current water conditions...

We are currently available for Deschutes River Guided Fly Fishing Trips from now into the Fall.

Give us a call or email us if you would like to book a day or two... or three on the Deschutes!

Crooked River: 273 CFS

The Crooked is currently fishing good to excellent right now. The Mother's Day Caddis hatch is in full swing. Fish are keying on both caddis pupaes and dries. Dry/dropper combos work well, hi viz patterns can be useful in finding your fly in a see of naturals. 

Trout are spawning on the river as well, egg patterns are deadly as well as the usual small mayfly and midge nymphs. Watch out for spawning trout on gravel bars.

We are available for Crooked River Guided Fly Fishing Trips all year long!