Ever had a deep hook set that caused the fish to bleed out and wished you could stop it? Luckily, the soda we drink contains an ingredient that will stop the bleeding - phosphoric acid. Specifically, phosphoric acid melts the open wound inside of the fish and can save it's life without causing long term damage. Don't believe us? Check out the video and try it next time you feel like Dexter out on the water.
If you've ever wondered how fly line is made - look no further. In this video, RIO shows us how it's made and some of the variations in their lines depending on what type of fly line and what fishing application you're using it for. It's amazing to see how much time and care goes into RIO products. It's great to know they're only looking to sell the highest quality fly lines they make - they never sell seconds!
Sure you could run to your nearest sports store and pickup line today, but we've found better prices and less stress ordering on Amazon, especially if you have Prime to get it in 2 days free. Here's a couple of our favorites
Central Oregon can offer epic summer dry-fly action. Depending on where you're fishing, they can also be terribly frustrating. You can match the hatch perfectly, use your go-to-fly, lead the trout like a master craftsman…and still don't even get a head turn. When this happens, most anglers are quick to change patterns, but most people ignore one key strategy - don't change patterns, change your size and presentation.
Sure, delicately throwing that size 22-adams parachute dry fly makes you feel like you're for sure going to catch the trout of a lifetime. Instead, what happens is you catch more than a dozen thumb-sized trout that are feeding off the top, but you're not hooking into trophy fish. If you're in flat, glassy water you're presentation is crucial but so it's size or lifecycle. When the water is perfectly still trout have plenty of time to assess your fly before striking. Trout in still water go after the easy targets whenever they can. Struggling insects are easy meals - they can't dry their wings and fly away; they're vulnerable to everything around them.
Pay attention to the water conditions and make sure you're matching the hatch but also realizing the potential of making your fly look helpless. Cripple patterns are amazing in still water. There's nothing trout enjoy more than an easy target that provides enough calories to make spending energy worth it. This pattern, tied in the video by Tightline Productions, is called the Last Chance Cripple Hendrickson and is a great way to get big trout to take on calm water.
If tying flies isn't your thing, most fly shops carry cripple variations of the most popular patterns. If you're in Central Oregon and looking to raise bigger trout and the water's calm and clear - cripples are the way to go.
Prineville, OR. Between June 16 - 20th ODFW used a method known as electrofishing on the crooked river to gather samples of redband trout and mountain whitefish. During that time biologists removed stunned fish to record size, condition, and abundance of these species. Once the survey was complete the fish were released unharmed, however there have been some reports in the fishing community that dead fish have been seen throughout this section of the river. There's no direct correlation as to how the electrofishing method impacts fish, but that's of no consequence at this point - early reports show that the number of redband trout is on the decline.
According to guide feedback posted by The Fly Fisher's Place, the average number of trout per mile has decreased from nearly 5,000 to only 400 trout per mile. These numbers are astounding - it's unbelievable that a once great fishery has been reduced so drastically. It's likely that the resulting decline in trout population is due to the management of Bowman dam by the Bureau of Reclamation. The Crooked River is well known for it's varying water levels and it's major impact on the fish below the dam.
The biggest threat to trout populations isn't that fish are being killed by their travel through the dam, but unmanaged water levels builds Bubble Gas Trauma (BGT) inside fish below the dam. Atmospheric gases naturally diffuse between air and water to reach an equilibrium of pressure. These gases then dissolve in the blood of fish, like all aquatic animals, as a natural process. When water is suddenly warmed, gas bubbles form in the fish's blood and leads to stress or even death. This process is known as supersaturation and unfortunately, it's what's reducing the numbers of trout in this section of the river.
We'll have to wait for the results to be posted on the ODFW website, but based on initial estimates it doesn't sound like there is a lot of hope for redband trout in this section of the river anytime soon.
Hank Patterson is one of the funniest fly fishing guys on the planet. When you're new to fly fishing and you've been reluctant to get any hookups, you just need to step back and enjoy your time on the water. If you're not on the water and want something to laugh at - this is a great place to start.
Hank Pattersons - 8 Steps to Better Nymph Fishing is one of our favorite videos for keeping it light out on the water.
Plan less, Fish more.
What do you really need?
Getting all of the gear you need to start fly fishing can seem intimidating at first. The first time you walk into a fly shop you're inundated with products that are very useful, but not necessarily needed for you to get your feet wet in this style of fishing. If you're new to fly fishing and are on a limited budget, I've put together this guide for you. It won't get you a set that's going to last a lifetime, but it's a small enough investment that you can try it out without going broke. Essentially, you only need what's on this list. Don't worry, the information below will provide you with all the links you need to buy everything online for under $100.
Rod and Reel
What's more important - the rod or the reel? This age old question is still debated amongst novice and seasoned fly fishers alike, however the answer is pretty simple - there's no definitive answer, so go with whatever feels good. If you're budget limited and just want to get into fly fishing, here's a great combo that should be considered.
Fly Line, Leader and Tippet
Most fly lines will cost you between $50-$100 with some going as high up as $150, but we're all about saving money. When you're first getting started investing $50 in fly line seems like overkill - which it is. the lines we recommend, while not the absolute best, are resilient and inexpensive.
Leaders, Tippets and Flies
If you've made it this far, I'll assume you're looking to get into a low-cost setup and you're not too worried about what the purists will say. When you're first starting out you'll be tempted to spend $15-$20 bucks on leader - don't do it! Even if you're fishing for easily spooked fish, 4 or 6 lb. Flourocarbon Trilene costs roughly $7 for a 300yd. spool. Don't be fooled, when you're new you want to start the learning process by using a shorter leader and tippet than what more experienced fishers use - the Trilene will go a long way doubling as your leader and tippet material for most scenarios.
You're all set!
Getting your first set of fly fishing gear can be exciting but costly - hopefully you've found this guide to be helpful when getting started with a low-budget setup. Now that you've got all the gear - it's time to hit the water. Make sure you check out our Rivers and Lakes pages, they'll help you quickly identify great fishing spots in Central Oregon. As always - plan less, fish more!