Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Effects of 2015 Drought

The early numbers are in and it's clear that coho, chinook and pink salmon returns are sparse. The pinks, a two-year fish, are particularly suffering with a return estimated at only 1.15 million. For perspective, that is roughly an 80% reduction from the 10-year average. This is on top of some unfavorable ocean conditions that produced plenty of small fish in the 2015 run. From all signs at this time, we are going to have plenty of water for the few fish that return to reach their normal spawning habitat. Same goes for the coho and chinook so the three species won't be using the same territory as they were forced to do in the 2015 low water.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Research Trip

Just back from the Golden State where I checked out several smallmouth bass spots like Lake Almanor and the American River below Folsom Lake.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Four Corners Fly Club

I'll be doing my Bronze On The Fly program for the Four Corners Fly Club in Bellingham on April 26, 2012. I understand the club members are mostly trout and salmon fishers so it should be an interesting evening.

Winter Fishing

My brother Michael T. Williams and I braved the Oregon nasty weather to get a few river miles under of 2012 belts. We found a few gorgeous native coastal cutthroats willing to play. Can't wait for warmer weather.

Northwest Fly Tyers and Fly Fishing Expo

Once again it was a great show and I'll be there again next year March 8-9.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Spring Chinook Forecast

Here's an except from ODFW news release. One of these years, I'll create the time necessary to figure out how to catch a springer on a fly.

For the Columbia River, managers are predicting a strong return of 314,200 springchinook, which would make it the fourth largest return since 1938. The forecast also includes a record return of summer chinook (91,200 fish) and continued strong returns of summer steelhead and fall chinook. The only cloud in the 2012 forecast is coho salmon, where low jack counts last year suggest a weak return this year.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Rocky Ford Creek

Say what you want about Rocky Ford Creek fishing experience--how it's technical, or too crowded or full of tame fish or whatever. Every so often I need to get my big trout fix and when I had a meeting in Ephrata, the Ford beckoned.

Spent Saturday night sleeping in Big Red. Sunday morning broke a bit cool, so cool that I had to warm my butane stove using Big Red's heater before the fuel would ignite so I could heat water for french press coffee. Breakfast done, it was time to fish. Started with D'Dub's Lazy Leech in black followed by a Black Gold. For the first couple of hours the biggest challenge was not the ice in the guides, it was frozen reel and the line freezing to the rod. A weak sun finally raised the temperature to cure those issues.

The fishing was interesting--the catching was on fire. After so many fish I lost count, I started giving slack when a small fish hit. The fish were aggressive, willing to take either the leech or chironomid pattern. Made no difference whether it was dead-drifted or quickly stripped. At least three times, I hooked a fish on the chironomid and had a bigger fish take the leech.

How good was the fishing? I closed out the day with eight fish in eleven casts. Called it a day after breaking off both flies.