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! 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Elk River Salmon Emphasis Area

Southwest Oregon's Elk River hosts a run a fly eating fall Chinook each November and December.  Its an economic "life blood" for dozens of guides, hotels, restaurants and many other businesses in Port Orford and cash-strapped Curry County.
The north side of the river is well protected with two wilderness areas, the Grassy Knob Wilderness and the Copper Salmon Wilderness area.   It's the south side of the river that needs additional protection for these amazing salmon.  Some 28,000 acres are currently managed by the USFS under the administrative rules of the Northwest Forest Plan.
We're simply seeking the permanence of those protections in the form of legislation brought by congress.  Oregon's delegation recognizes the importance of Elk River to Oregonians and the amazing citizens of SW Oregon will see this through.
This short video tells the story.