Jonsey On Gear

It had been awhile, but I finally got out fishing. Headed over to the mighty Deschutes river last week for a bit of trout fishing. You may check our blog (link here) for an up to date report on the fishing. Besides the actual fishing I was interested ;trying out a couple of things on the water. One of them was a 12’6” 4/5 spey rod and the second item was the new Simms Bulkey Primaloft Jacket.
  I really have had a great interest in using a spey rod for trout for some time now. I was thinking super mending ability, exceptional nymphing and easy distance casting. I have been using an 11’ 4 wt rod for some time now and just love the way it does everything I just mentioned. I should explain that this is not a rod review for a particular brand of rod, but rather an overview of my personal findings. I went equipped with shooting heads from 310 grains all the way up to a 480 grain. Well, the rod cast all the heads quite well and I was able to cast heavy weighted flies (black stones as an example) easily. Two fly rigs (weighted and un-weighted) proved to be of no particular difficulty to cast. Nymphing at 20’ distance was easy enough, but I found that the overall weight of the rod (while balanced well for casting) was a bother for high sticking nymphs. For long casting and swinging flies for steelhead, the two handed rods are simply the best tool out there. For trout, however, I found that it was more bother than it was worth. While you might try this for yourself and like it, I found that it was a real bother to be stripping and shooting line every cast for trout. Mending line for dead drifting is, well, not really available to you at any distance. Being able to drop a trout fly in a spot 100’ from where you stand is next to useless if you are not able to actually “fish” the cast. While trout can be caught with the two handed rods, I did not find is as pleasing as a single hand rod. I feel that the single hand rod is simply the better tool for fishing for trout in rivers.
  The Simms Bulkey Jacket? I fished in cold temperatures, a good deal of rain off and on during the day and heavy, wet snow pretty much most of the day. Not a lot to say except the jacket kept me warm and dry all day. Exactly what I was hoping it would do. I wore a T shirt and a long sleeved shirt under the jacket. No need to layer at all. The jacket might be a bit warm for days above 55 degrees without venting. I can see that if you were to not fasten this jacket properly when fishing in the rain all day might allow moisture to enter through the front and/or collar area. The jacket comes with an attached hood, but seeing as how I wear a full brimmed hat I never use a hood. While during my day on the river I never got wet in very wet conditions. Honestly, I think to keep one’s self dry in very wet weather, the hood should be used and the jacket should be zipped or at least fastened using the Velcro strips attached. Though I had no difficulties with getting wet at all, this could be an issue. If you leave the window down in your car when it’s raining you can expect to get wet…….same thing with a jacket.
  The bottom line is that I found this jacket to be quite warm AND waterproof. And it really does not look like a fishing jacket either……

J. M. Jones

Posted by Jack on 03/26 at 09:07 AM in (0) CommentsPermalink

Winter Steelhead Boost

A few days of guiding on the Washington Coast yeilded great results with many fish hooked for Jason, and company. The shot of rain we got last week brought a good number of fish in, and hit the reset button for the fish that were already there. Looking at the river forecast, this week should be in prime shape to go out and get it done. Some very big natives are coming in now and fishing should remain soild throught Oregon and Washington’s coast line. 

Posted by Jack on 03/04 at 05:44 PM in (0) CommentsPermalink
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