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The Streak

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The Gorge: Part 2

In the "Drift Tank"

After the beat down I took on the Deschutes it was time to switch it up. I had planned on fishing the Deschutes from sunup to sundown but I realized the wind and hordes of anglers were not going to make this a pleasant day. Instead, my friend Matt and I got in our cars and crossed the Columbia River into Washington State. Matt lives in a small town on the Washington side of the Columbia and fishes the local rivers there. We hopped in his drift boat, which was more of an armored vehicle and we crashed our way down the river.

The Gorge

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You know a place is windy when it’s known as the windsurfing capital of America. That is exactly what Hood River, Oregon, is known as. Driving through the gorge you can see windsurfers dotted along the Columbia River whitecaps. The Columbia forms the border between Oregon and Washington and also happens to be in the middle of a giant wind tunnel causing the great windsurfing conditions.


On Mountain Streams

Cutbow

Let me start by emphasizing that I moved to Oregon to fish for steelhead That being said, sometimes you need a break from the big rivers to get out and hike in to a small tributary that holds small, wild trout. On this day, we decided it was time to hike a few miles to a river that is fed by the runoff

Summer Steelhead

My friend Ryan's summer steelhead.

I have already begun to hear stories of the lower Deschutes blowing up with aggressive summer-run steelhead. Although the summer fish are smaller now than in prime time, they are also more aggressive. Landing more than one steelhead on the same day in the winter is rare, but having a multiple fish day in the summer is a definite possibility. Switching from sinking lines to floating lines and fishing wet flies that hang just below the surface or sometimes waking dry flies is a welcome transition. However, on the local Portland rivers, that line adjustment is not made as quickly or often.

The First Annual Trip

Cys Fish

A couple of my friends and I decided that after college we wanted to stay in touch and still fish together occasionally. As we moved around the country, we decided the best way to maintain our friendship was to start an annual fishing trip where one person would pick the place and we would all meet

Retiring the Wet Boots (Pair #2)

A streamside tribute.

Some people ask me how I came up with the name for my Blog. Simple. When I was working on the Delaware River for the Delaware River Club, I was fishing non-stop every day and night after I was done working. One day I realized that I couldn’t remember the last time my boots had actually been

Searching for Salmonflies

A Deschutes rainbow
Each year all over the West, the famous salmonfly (Pteronarcys Californica) hatch comes around in May and June, depending on where you are and the water temperature. It's always a guessing game with anglers trying to pinpoint when they're going to pop. You wait to hear reports of seeing

Out for Trout

Jackson in the boat.
Conditions this weekend did not look good for steelheading so we decided to go to a river close to home and walk the bank for some trout we hoped would be eager to move. We had some crazy weather on our way out which involved a complete white-out of sideways blowing snow, sleet, and cloudless blue

Two-River Days

Swinging a fly for Oregon steelhead
Springtime in Oregon is a bit of an enigma, particularly for meteorologists since they can't seem to get anything right around here. The sun is trying to stab its way through the clouds while winter fights for every last cold day it can get. Sun, clouds, rain, wind, hail, snow, sleet. It's