I got to take each one of my son's fishing at Deckers this week, one at a time (both of them probably would have ended in frustration). Surprisingly, we left the house each trip at 5:15am and got to the river at 6:30 with virtually no one around (the masses would show up later, especially today).
My oldest had some frustrations with tangles at first, but eventually got the hang of casting. He didn't hook up with any but helped dad reel a few in. It's the end of May, but it seemed like there were still some paired up fish in shallow water in the vicinity of some redds. We watched them a bit, but left them alone. None were actively spawning (the spawn should be over by now). We checked out some bugs, ate turkey sandwiches and drank some coffee. The water temp was a frigid 42 degs so it was tough to keep the little guy warm.
Today, my youngest and I had a little more success than on Wednesday. According to the guides and a couple of locals, scuds and various worms were still hot flies even though the flows haven't been over 400 since the 21st. They've been about 210-ish. Both fish today were caught on an orange Span Juan Worm. One guy I chatted with caught some on scuds, but I guess my patterns weren't quite what the fish were keyed in on. I guess I'll have to tie up some more, orange and olive.
I’m no guide, but I think I can get them into fish on the S Platte eventually. It can be a tough fishery, based on my limited experience and plenty of reading from experts like Pat Dorsey.
They both enjoyed the pull of these bigger trout. If they could have one of those days where the stars align I think they’ll be hooked for life.
PS.... I am in Portland and have all day to fish tomorrow. I’m gonna explore a couple of places on the Clackamas and see what I can come up with. I may be a bit outgunned with my 5 wt, but I hope I can find some juvenile steelhead or any kind of trout. Maybe should have brought my 8 wt....Expect a report.
Ok, so fishing wasn't great... like at all. I decided not to call a fly shop and just go for it and see what happened. I fished at Milo McIver State Park and didn't see another angler, probably for a good reason. There's like no fish here..... the family and friends of the descendants of Louis and Clark must have decimated the population of fish I was after. I only pulled out a 4" King smolt. The river is quite beautiful and I saw a bald eagle, deer, and some massive aquatic insects. Big brown mayflies, some caddis and some midges.
I didn't have my waders with me, so access was limited from the bank. Even with my 250 yard roll cast, I wasn't able to hit the main channels of the river or get into position to do so. However, I like to get to the very end of my backing and whip up the rod tip into an Oklahoman tornado before launching into an aggressive snap cast that gets those bugs out where they're supposed to be....
On a side channel there was some crazy large cased caddis, like an inch plus long (biggest I've ever seen)...and some large clinger mayfly nymphs. Again, lots of fish food but no fish. After plenty of exploring and only seeing frisbee golfers, I decided to try a different spot upstream where the Clackamas and Clear Creek merge. I caught a couple of small rainbows here, but that's it. Clear creek was pretty, but the water was low and there just weren't any fish there. Plenty of stonefly shucks around though.
Next time, I guess I'll call a fly shop and see if I can figure out where people trout fish around here. Probably driving further upstream would have been a good idea.
Post by FlyAndStream on Jun 7, 2019 6:52:40 GMT -6
Probably would’ve been better to fish the Sandy river around Oxbow park, also an equal distance. There are some places on the Clack that fish well year round for redsides but you have to know where to go. I’m from Portland and grew up fishing that area if you’re still there and need some pointers on where to go.