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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Can You Say "Chromer"

My favorite time of the year is now through mid-April chasing chrome bright Steelhead on the Oregon Coast.  Recent storm has the rivers out of shape for now but the forecast shows a steady drop in levels and we should be able to fish by December 26th.

We are now booking trips for the above mentioned time frame. We fish the swung fly via Spey or single hand rods and we fish dead drift methods too.  Lots of good pocket water on our coastal rivers so nymphing can be quite productive.

So for the next few days it will be time to tie up some flies and get equipment checked and get the boat organized for this upcoming Steelhead season.

Rich

Rich Youngers Fly Fishing Guide Service
www.oregonflyguide.com
e-mail: rich.youngers@gmail.com
503-779-9905

Friday, November 7, 2014

2014 Fall Chinook Season

Our 2014 Fall Chinook season on the fly was nothing short of epic.  Below are just a few pics I took this last September/October.  Now it's time to start thinking of the upcoming Winter Steelhead season. We are now booking trips from mid-December through mid-April.  Call 503-779-9905 to book or you can e-mail ryoungers@oregonflyguide.com








Sunday, October 5, 2014

October Fishing Report

Coastal Estuaries: Sea-Run Cutthroat fishing has been fair. You will have to cover a lot of water for find them.  Reverse Spiders, Spruce Fly, Mickey Finn, Mini-Clouser Minnow. Alley Shrimp, Purple Joe & Black Nose Dace are the favorites for this fishery.

Fall Chinook Salmon Fish are in the estuaries and fishing has been fair to good for fly anglers.  Clouser Minnows, Tater Chip, P.C. King, Boss & Hot Shot Comets are my top fly picks.  We have picked up fish up to 35 lbs. on recent trips.  Lots of Jack Salmon this year!

Coastal Freshwater: Decent numbers of  bright Steelhead are still available. Early morning is the best bet as the water is cooler. Dark small Steelhead patterns.  Great time for floating lines as fish are active.  Last rain system pushed a good number of Sea-Run Cutthroat and a few Salmon upriver.

Willamette Valley Rivers: Fair to good for trout on October Caddis and October Caddis Pupa patterns.   Morrish’s Foam October Caddis, or Yak Caddis as the dries.  Morrish's October Caddis pupa works well throughout the daytime.  Starting to see the big Rainbows coming out to play!

Metolius River: Fishing has been pretty decent for some anglers. PMD's, Flav's and Mahogany Duns are out and about.  We should see some October Caddis soon.  If your up there stop by the Fly Fishers Place and talk to Jeff Perrin as he knows the Metolius quite well.

Thanks,

Rich Youngers Fly Fishing Guide Service
P.O. Box 13898
Salem, Oregon 97309
503-779-9905
www.oregonflyguide.com

e-mail: ryoungers@oregonflyguide.com or rich.youngers@gmail.com
 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fishing Update

Coastal Estuaries: Sea-Run Cutthroat fishing has been fair to good with some large fish landed.  Spruce Fly, Mickey Finn, Mini-Clouser Minnow. Alley Shrimp, Purple Joe & Black Nose Dace are the favorites for this fishery.

Fall Chinook Salmon Fish are in the estuaries and fishing has picked up.  Clouser Minnows, Tater Chip, P.C. King, Boss & Hot Shot Comets are my top fly picks.

Coastal Freshwater: Decent numbers of  bright Steelhead are still available. Early morning is the best bet as the water is cooler. Dark small Steelhead patterns.  Great time for floating lines as fish are active.

Willamette Valley Rivers: Fair to good for trout on hopper/dropper setups.   Morrish’s Foam October Caddis, Fat Boys in Tan, and Yak Caddis as the dries. Hot dropper has been the Possie Bugger.

Metolius River: Fishing has been pretty decent for some anglers. Mahogany Duns are out and about.  We should see some October Caddis soon.

Note: I have a new website address: http://www.oregonflyguide.com It is a work in process and I hope to have it completed by November.

Thanks,

Rich Youngers Fly Fishing Guide Service
P.O. Box 13898
Salem, Oregon 97309
503-779-9905
www.oregonflyguide.com

e-mail: ryoungers@oregonflyguide.com or rich.youngers@gmail.com
 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fishing Report

Coastal Estuaries: Sea-Run Cutthroat fishing has been fair and will improve.  Spruce Fly, Mickey Finn, Mini-Clouser Minnow. Alley Shrimp, Purple Joe & Black Nose Dace are the favorites for this fishery.

Fall Chinook Salmon are starting to nose in to the estuaries and a few have been caught.  Clouser Minnows, Tater Chip, P.C. King, Boss & Hot Shot Comets are my fav's.

Coastal Freshwater: Decent numbers of chrome bright Steelhead are still available. Early morning is the best bet as the water is cooler. Dark small steelhead patterns.  Great time for floating lines as fish are active.

Willamette Valley Rivers: Fair to good for trout in the evening on attractor dries.  Steelhead fishing has slowed but fish are around just have to work hard for them. Rivers are low and clear but water temps are good so using floating lines will make for exciting hookups. Traditional patterns and Spey's are the ticket.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fishing Report

Metolius River: Bridge 99 fire update; The fly only section is open again. Golden Stones are still coming off and will be around the next 30 - 45 days.  One of the fun hatches to fish!

North Santiam River: Fair fishing right now.  Mostly evening fishing or right at sunrise.  Hopper/dropper set ups are the best way to fish right now.

McKenzie River: Hopper/droppers all the way!

Crooked River: Fishing pretty good right now.  Try hoppers, ants, beetles, and midges.

East Lake:  East lake has been good on Callibaetis nymphs. Damsel adult patterns are a blast to toss at working fish. Chironomid's are a must to have at East Lake this time of year.

Coastal Estuaries: Sea-Run Cutthroat are available.  Spruce Flies, Mickey Finn's, Black Nose Dace's.  Cover lot's of water to find these guys! 



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fishing Report


(Dave Carpenter photo)
Information for North Santiam River Users:

CAUTION: The section between Shelburn and Green’s Bridge remains hazardous for boaters because of downed trees and multiple side channels. Better bets are the floats below Green’s Bridge and above Stayton.
UPDATE: The new boat slide at Upper Bennett Dam will be closed starting June 20 in order to perform routine maintenance on the dam. It is scheduled to re-open around Labor Day. Boaters can use the boat slide at Lower Bennett dam on the north channel around Geren Island in order to reach the Sayton boat ramp.
UPDATE: The new gate at the Green’s Bridge boat launch site is now closed for the summer through Labor Day. Boat anglers wishing to use the site will need to obtain a key from the ODFW district office in Adair Village. For further information, call 541-757-4183.

McKenzie River: Fishing has been good.  Equal between dries and nymphs.  Size 8 BH Rubber Legged Prince Nymph trailed by a sz. 16 BH Flashback PT nymph has been the nymph setup dejour.  As far as dries use Elk Hair Caddis, sz. 14-16 Yellow Stimulators, Fat Boy's.

Metolius River: Should be about time for the Golden Stones to start hatching.  One of my favorite times of the year for me up there.

North Santiam River:  Fly fishing for trout has been fair to good.  Hopper/dropper setups are the best way to go.  Catch and release only for wild trout on this river.

Crane Prairie Reservoir: Fishing has been fair to good.  Callibaetis and damsel nymphs are the ticket but when those trout are looking up at adult damsels switch over and throw some dry damsel patterns as at times you can have epic fishing!
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