Monday, September 14, 2015

Fall Chinook and Coho are in the bay and estuary on the lower Umpqua now.  I'm offering trips with fly and conventional tackle now thru Thanksgiving.  All of these trips are out of my power boat and I can comfortably accommodate two anglers at a time.  Swinging flies for Chinook is done on anchor.  When targeting the Coho, we drift along with the tide near shore and on shallow flats.  If chasing salmon on flies isn't for you, then trolling with bait on conventional tackle gets the job done for Chinook.  When targeting Coho we use spinning tackle with plugs or spinners and cast and retrieve as the boat drifts on the tide in the shallow flats near Gardiner or up by Dean's Creek Elk Refuge.
Give me a call if you're interested or have questions.
Summer steelhead season on the North Umpqua will last until the first big fall storm raises the river and the tribs, allowing the steelhead to enter their spawning/over-wintering areas.
In October I have several seminars scheduled.  These seminars will be held at a variety  of locations.  One will be at Cabela's in Tualatin where I'll discuss techniques and tactics for beginning duck hunters.  I'll cover decoys, calling and other topics that will be helpful for hunters heading to the marshes, rivers and bays this winter.
I'll also be at Royal Treatment Fly Shop in West Linn to discuss fall fly fishing tactics and techniques for late summer steelhead. 
And then I'll be doing a program on fly fishing for fall salmon at the McKenzie Fly Fishers club meeting.
Stay tuned for details as we get closer to those programs.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Smallmouth time on the Umpqua

I'm still waiting for fishable numbers of summer steelhead to enter the North Umpqua fly water and the upper Willamette.  Based on the very poor numbers of fish so far over the falls at Oregon City, I'm doubtful that this is going to be a good season on the "Town-run".  I've already heard of fish though on the North Umpqua.  I usually don't start guiding in the fly water until after July 1st.

The really low flows and super warm water on the lower Umpqua though is producing the usual "100 fish days" which are keeping us pretty busy. 

Next week I'll be doing a seminar on Umpqua River smallmouth bass fly fishing techniques at the Cascade Family Fly Fishers June meeting.  If you're a member come by and check it out.  Hopefully everyone will come away with some new techniques and learn how my guides and I rack up huge numbers everyday we're on the lower river. 

Umpqua smallmouth fishing is a true world class fishery that will last well into August.  Don't miss out this summer on one of the best fisheries Oregon has to offer!