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Wednesday 21th November, 2007

I decided to let the board members help pics this Wednesday's FP topic.

This is always a risky thing to do, especially with Paul lurking about out there, dreaming of hairy legs. I had some good suggestions, so I'll try to make quick work of several of them.

Overlooked Gems (txtrout): Yeah, there are lots of places out there that have some pretty interesting fishing if you can get past the shock of where you are actually fishing. I've caught big trout in hazardous waste sites, carp and bass in noisy industrial areas and backwater sloughs, and chased tarpon in a bacteria ridden, alligator infested stormwater pond in the middle of a Florida mobile home park. One pond I used to fish back in Virginia had something in the water that dissolved the coating of a fly line, but the carp there were really keyed in on bread that people would feed the ducks, so a floating "bread fly" was the key to big fish on top. I even landed a few species of fish in an abandoned rock quarry. These aren't destination fisheries by any means, but when it's close to home, or on the way to somewhere you are headed, you might as well keep you mind open and your fly in the water.

Why I moved from MT to OR (Greville): Several reasons. A new job. A great girl. Steelhead. Fishing here is a lot more challenging, primarily because the species that I'm targeting here are usually different from those I fished for in MT. In MT the game was trout 99% of the time. The fishing was reliable most of the time because I knew the rivers and the fish very well. I'm chasing steelhead most of the time now, a migratory and fickle beast that is rarely around in large numbers (like trout usually are). There is a fair bit of overlap in the techniques used for trout and steelhead, but steelhead techniques generally focus on covering lots of water with flies fished subsurface. Bass and carp are other fish I chase when they are around. I'm learning more about those fisheries every day out, which is really enjoyable. There is great trout fishing here in OR (at least that's what I'm told), so I'll need to check that out more. The couple times I've been out for trout, I've had good success, especially on the lakes.

Fishing in OR in November (Nick): Nick has it pegged pretty much. The time in between summer and winter run steelhead. Water is on the cold side for chasing warmwater species. There is fishing to be found, no doubt, but this is not my prime time, and I'm not a bigtime salmon guy (at least not yet). Last weekend I went running, tied flies, and went to an indoor rock climbing gym.

Sucking Guides (Rich and Magnus): I've seen a lot of guides out there on the river sucking in one way or another. Bad teachers, cutthroat competitors cussing at other guides and anglers, guys anchoring up in the prime lies or running over other prime lies just so you don't get a shot at unspooked fish, lazy dudes dragging anchor to slow the boat instead of back rowing, you name it. Worst of all are the guides who don't work hard and give 100% every day, regardless of weather, water, or client skill level. If you are fortunate enough to earn a living in fly fishing, you should be proud to work hard for your sports. As for ice removal, it's a simple matter of thermodynamics and tongue action.

Until next time,

Cheers,
Matt


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