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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Kaufmann's Streamborn Closed 4/18/2011

As many of you already know Kaufmann's Streamborn has been closed down as of April 18, 2011.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

It's Time to Get out & Go Fishing!

With all of the rain and nasty weather, many people must have a serious case of cabin fever. I know I do! With the past few days more or less free of significant precipitation, the rivers have been dropping like rocks. For this weekend, the McKenzie River for trout should be preforming well, and for steelhead you can check out something like the Wilson River or Upper Nestucca River. The levels are falling fast, and it is time to get out there.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hone in Your Spey Casting Skills With Dec Hogan

This Saturday and Sunday we have Dec Hogan instructing spey classes. We have 6 spots for each class, and we have filled up for both sessions with the exception of two cancellations. Due to these two cancellations, we have two open spot available. The class will run from 9am to 3pm, and Dec will be teaching you advanced spey casting techniques. The class will cost $250, and it will be cut off after the first two people sign up and lock themselves into this wonderful instructional opportunity. If you are interested in signing up for this, then call us up at (503)639-6400. You can set it up over the phone; so don't miss out on this wonderful chance to improve your spey casting skills.

-For more information on this coarse, scroll down through the blog, and you will see an earlier entry that has specifics listed.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Chrome Strikes for Adam and Damon

Last week on Thursday the 17th, two of our "fishaholic" awesome customers Adam and Damon went out on a guided trip with Jad, and they both struck CHROME. They both had been talking about this trip, and how they would have both love to lock into a chromer. Well, their wishes came true! The river offered them both a landed chrome prize, and they also had another couple on; so it was a great day out on the water.

The action has been pretty good on the area rivers, with some days of good catch and hookup numbers; while other days you are wishing for a tug. That is steelheading though...Luckily, when you do rope into a fish; it'll be a glorious chrome bright fish with a thumb sized adipose fin on it. That or you may be lucky, and you may get tight to an early summer run fish. They are also started to trickle in to the systems that have the early runs.

Time is running out for the winter steelhead fishing. If you are interested in booking a trip for winter steelhead, or any of our other types of fly fishing, call us at (503)-639-6400 or email us at travel@kman.com.

Friday, March 25, 2011

McKenzie Trout Fishing 3/23/2011

This past Wednesday the 23rd, I had the day off; so I decided to fish the McKenzie for trout, since I was booked for Thursday. I figured fish for fun before the trip on Thursday, and so I decided to invite my friends Brian Morris and Scott Richmond along. We floated the lower river and the conditions were looking spot on for some good McKenzie trout fishing.

We met at 9am, put in and took care of shuttling my rig down to the takeout before we even started. Scott had to do a presentation for the local fly fishing club in Eugene (the Cascade Family Fly Fishers), and he needed to be ready for his obligation at 5pm. Scott Richmond is the person behind the popular fly fishing website westfly.com, and he is the author of several popular fly fishing books; so check out some of Scott's work when you have a chance. His book Fishing in Oregon's Deschutes River, 2nd Edition is the best publication written about the Deschutes river; so pick yourself up a copy. It is a must for the fly fishing book collector, or the angler who frequents the Deschutes River.

Brian had the hot hand on this day; as he tended to be the one who was picking up the nicest fish out there. It was a day where Scott and I had some trouble landing the big ones, and it seemed that every time Brian probed nymphs into a spot or swung a wetfly, he would cheerfully grin and say,"FISH ON!" Luckily Scott and I enjoy watching beautiful fish get caught as much as getting them on our own. Seeing beautiful wild rainbows tear your friend up is always a fun thing to do; especially when you are not having the luck of high frequency catching.

On this day, the famous March Brown hatch did not amount to anything significant. They came off way later than the standard 2pm hatch time, and we literally only saw about 10 or less actual tangible bugs. We only saw about 3 rises all day, but the fish were taking swing wet flies, and deeply probed nymphs. The golden stone nymph was the nymph that received the most attention from the nicest trout. For swinging wet flies, using a size #12 peacock red butted bead thorax softhackle was the best fly to use. Another good example of catching nice fish during the time frame of the March Brown hatch without March Brown dry flies. It is always a great time to fish on the McKenzie, but don't fix yourself on going to fish the river with dries and rising fish.

The fishing has been fair to good on the McKenzie River; since the last bouts of rain we had and water levels dropping into shape. Things should only improve for hatches and fish looking up. I have noticed over the past few day how the wet fly swing fishing has improved and how the fish are started to rise when the hatches are on. It is time to get out there!

If you are interested in booking a trip for trout on the McKenzie River, or any of our other trout fishing destinations call us at (503)-639-6400 or email us at travel@kman.com.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Water Levels Are Good! Get Out There Now!

Lately the water has been way too high at many of the area fisheries that people frequent. Luckily, as of late the water levels have been on the drop, and it is time to be out there. Many fisheries close for winter steelhead on the 31st, or deadlines change for some systems; so why wouldn't you want to rope into a native wild winter run steelhead before the water blows out again.

If steelhead is not your quarry, then go trout fishing on a river like the McKenzie. It has been pulling more and more into shape each day, and I would have been fishing it two days ago if I wasn't steelhead fishing at an area stream. The Mac goes off this next few weeks, and many people ignore this time out there.

Basically, this report is to let you know the water is in shape and it is more or less the best time to get out for native wild winter steelhead. It is also prime time to experience the McKenzie River's native wild redsides. Get out before it starts raining again, or before we have a time of no rain for a few weeks and water levels get too low (doubt that one).

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Airflo Rangefinder Distance - Product Review

Recently, I lined up my single handed steelhead rod with a Airflo Rangefinder Distance ridge fly line, and the line gets a major thumbs up. I went fishing at a location for steelhead that is smaller, but wide enough to swing some flies here and there, but it is mainly a Thingamabobber game. A great place to test out a floating line; especially since you can throw overhead casts, roll casts, nymphing presentations, and swinging with some weighted flies. I was wondering how this line would preform with its "turnover factor" with indicators and the weighted flies.

It turns out that the line is super smooth with its casting, yet it throws aggressively and it throws with authority. I found it turned over flies and the Thingamabobber really well, and the mending was very easy with the line since it has a really long head (65'). When swinging, it turned over weighted flies very well, and it did so while roll casting or overhead casting. Mending was a piece of cake with the long head, and the running line handled well. The 18 foot rear taper makes turning those heavy flies and wind resistant nymphing rigs over with ease. The front taper is long enough for a super soft laydown; yet it is short enough to flip some heavy weight over also.

This is a wonderful all around floating fly line that would be an excellent choice for a the Northwest steelheader, a lake angler that like using floating lines for many of their applications, or someone who like to throw lots of line for their given quarry.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Dec Hogan Spey/Two Handed Classes April 9th & 10th - Sign Up Now!!!

Spey Casting Guru Dec Hogan is coming to teach two classes for Kaufmann Streamborn Fly Fishing on April 9th and April 10th. Classes will be on the water and they will be conducted from 9am to 3pm, and they will be instructed by Dec Hogan. Classes will be small and personalized with only 6 spots available on each day. You can either sign up for the April 9th or April 10th class, and we will limit the class to only 6 students. Location will be determined according to water levels at the time, but will be at the Sandy River or the Clackamas River.

Quoted from Dec Hogan regarding the class:
I like to meet with the students early enough so that we can be in place and start the on-river show at 9:00AM. Class typically ends at 3:00PM. My class is best suited for students who've had at least some experience to even experienced casters. Rank beginners are welcome, but be fore-warned that the class moves along. Below you will find more particulars and a brief message from me about the class.

Quoted from Dec Hogan regarding the class:
" As a full-time steelhead guide for 16 years and an instructor of the two-handed rod for 21 years I've learned a few things about the cast and how to teach it. My goal is for folks to understand the important physics behind the cast in simple to understand terms, conveying to them how they have control of every move they make. People leave the class controlling their cast, not the other way around! It's all about being able to "fish" effectively in any situation and condition. In addition to my many philosophies, I cover and teach 6 casts that are the foundation to "cover everything and anything" the river throws at us in a given day. This takes us through most of the day. I leave a full hour at the end of class where I give an intense fishing clinic that covers how to approach and start a run to fishing it in its entirety. Both floating line and sunk fly tactics are addressed. Wading depth and cadence and how to thoroughly cover a run etc. is covered. Hooking, playing and landed steelhead....it's all in there in addition to answering all the enthusiastic questions!"

Class Logistics:
Price: $250/per person - 6 slots available per class
Schedule: Saturday April 9, 2011 9am-3pm -or- Sunday April 10, 2011 9am-3pm
Lunch is included

If you are interested in signing up for the class, call us at (503)-639-6400 or email us at info@kman.com.

This class is extremely high in demand; so call us asap to secure your spot. Full payment will be due at the time when signing up to secure your spot.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Owyhee Brown Trout Time!

In March the weather may sometime be frightful but fishing on the Owyhee can still be delightful! (see photos below)

This is from our Owyhee River Guide:
I guided a Dad and his two college age kids Sunday March 13 on a pretty crazy weather day. Canyon was fogged in until 11:00 a.m and in the low 30's but fish were up on midges as long as the sun did not hit the water.

The rest of the day was drizzly or downright rainy but they took 15-20 fish with 5 over 20", including Hailey's 24" (see the photos). Almost all the fish were taken on #22 or #24 zebra midges. Color does not seem to be a major factor but finding a fish that is holding in a feeding lane is the key. That may sound easy but on the Owyhee this time of year it is not. River flow is currently around 32 cfs which really limits the amount of moving water, most of the fish are cruising looking for food and there are thousands of midges for them to choose from.

The irrigation district typically opens the dam to about 200 cfs about April 15 and then we have a whole new scenario. The reservoir is already 60% full, the water content in the Owyhee snow pack is 120% of average and that means we will have a full body of water behind the dam which is great! The only trick to that is if we get warm weather with rain and heavy, fast runoff which will force the dam to open up the gates. Make sure you check water levels if you plan to come in April. You don't want to drive all the way across the state and have the river running at 1500 cfs!
An interesting phenomenon on the Owyhee the last two years has been how it all of the sudden has morphed from the chalky-green river that it was for years to a crystal clear spring creek. This certainly has made fishing the river more technical. Some of us who are on the river a lot believe that the reason for this is that because of low water in the reservoir the last couple of years it did not "turnover". The "turnover" is caused when the three layers of water in the reservoir (epilimnion, thermocline, and hypolimnion), which are of different temperature and density, reach a point where the epilimnion becomes heaviest and sinks to the bottom and creates a mixing of the water and a more chalky color that the Owyhee was noted for. We will see if our theory is correct as the reservoir will certainly fill this year.

As of today, March 15 there has not been a Skwala sighting and from exploring the river bottom there seem to be fewer Skwala nymphs this year. That is probably a result of several years of no flush from the dam and a therefore a buildup of silt which is detrimental to the Skwala population.

Remember this about the Skwala, it is a small stonefly, a 10 at the biggest. Also, weighted stonefly nymphs don't work in the riffles now because they are only 10" to 12" deep and barely moving. The weighted nymph just goes to the bottom and sticks in the weeds, i.e.. just fish the dry!

If you are interested in booking a trip for trout on the Owyhee River, or any of our other flyfishing destinations call us at (503)-639-6400 or email us at travel@kman.com.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Water Levels Cooperate - First Winter Steelhead!

On Monday 3/14/11, one of our awesome customers Mike went out on the river for a day with Jad. They got out, and the fishing pressure was low, and the water levels were looking great. The weather held off relatively compared to what the local area had been receiving as of late. Mike said that they did not get rained on until the very end of the day when nature decided to pelt down hard.

While fishing in one of the holes, Jad looked down at Mike and saw he was tight to a chrome bright fish. Mike fought the fish as it breached the water and made some nice runs. After a nice enduring battle, the dime bright hen yielded to the net. Success! The beautiful wild hen was briefly admired before being set back on her coarse upriver to take care of her business.

Mike had four other grabs, but nothing else ended up sticking onto the end of the line. Mike then rowed Jad down the river; so he could feel like he was guiding Jad. Jad ended up being able to kick back for a little bit while feeling the luxury of Mike rowing him down. All in all a great day out on the river.

If you are interested in booking a trip for winter steelhead, or any of our other flyfishing destinations call us at (503)-639-6400 or email us at travel@kman.com.