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Fishing Journal 02/16/2015 – Metolius River, Oregon

The Metolius River is one of the cooler places to visit here in Oregon.  It bubbles out of the ground near Black Butte, fed by by snow melt seeping through volcanic rock.  This gives it a very constant temperature and rate of flow, making it a year round fishing destination. The river and surrounding area is amazingly beautiful.  But this is a fishing journal entry, not a geology lesson, so for more information visit the Wikipedia Page.

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I live about 75 miles from the Metolius River, but seldom take the opportunity to visit and fish it. Until this week, I could count on one hand how many times I’d fished it, and worse yet, I could count on one hand how many fish I’d caught there.

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British Columbia Mining

Six months after the Mt. Polley mine tailing pond disaster, the company (Imperial) gains approval to start another similar mine further north – near the headwaters of one of Alaska’s rivers.  Six other mines are also planned or are operating in this region!

Alaska will see little to no economic benefit from these mines, the only thing they will get are the RISKS associated with them.  The primary risk being damage to a billion dollar fishing industry!

Xboundary from Salmon Beyond Borders on Vimeo.

Should Canada’s Mining Industry have priority over Alaska’s Fishing Industry?

Take Action Today! – http://www.salmonbeyondborders.org/what-you-can-do.html

 

Unpopular at the Boat Ramp

I say and do a lot of things that make me pretty unpopular on the river.  The same things that usually won’t get me invited back to do a 2nd presentation at the local fishing association meetings.

It’s not that I’m rude, loud, obnoxious or otherwise an annoyance to society, it’s that I’m not shy about telling things like I think they ought to be when it comes to water, fish and fishing.

Being a fly fishing guide on a river that is primarily dominated by bait and gear anglers doesn’t help either.  We share the same river, but not the same principals and ideals.

There are a several “hot topics” with anglers and here are a couple I feel strongly about:

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Winter Steelhead Fishing

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Louis Basl with an early Winter Steelhead from the Little North Santiam River – November 2014

Winter Steelhead are showing up in good numbers on the coastal rivers this month and are working their way inland to the tributaries of the Willamette River system. From now until early spring, these fish are the primary target for Oregon anglers.

On the coast, you’ll find a mix of both hatchery and wild fish.  Make sure you know the difference!  Wild fish are listed as an Endangered or Threatened Species in most of the Pacific Northwest and need to be released unharmed! Hatchery fish in Oregon will generally be missing their adipose fin, clipped when they are fingerlings and prior to release into the river system.

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Choosing Hair for Fly Tying

antelope_grab_bigFly tying hair can be broken into two main categories:  Big Game and Small Game.  Big Game animals include; Elk, Deer, Bear, Caribou, Moose, Antelope.  Small game animals include; Fox, Squirrel, Rabbit, Skunk, Badger, Woodchuck, Mole, Nutria, Beaver, Muskrat, Mink.

Most Big Game animal hair is used for winging materials.  Some is hollow and very buoyant, while others are solid fibers, or mostly solid fibers that are best suited to wet flies.  Hollow big game hairs are often used for body materials as well.  When spun or stacked, then clipped to shape, the result is a high-floating fly – most often seen in hopper patterns, muddler heads,  bass poppers and steelhead skaters or bombers.

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