Project: Prawn

Posted by Jack on 03/18 at 12:41 PM in (0) CommentsPermalink

Tying the 9-Volt

Posted by Jack on 03/02 at 10:33 AM in Steelhead • (0) CommentsPermalink

2015 Xtreme Indicator Review

Posted by Jack on 02/17 at 10:29 AM in Techniques • (0) CommentsPermalink

A Day out with Brad & Charlie

As a long time customer & friend of North West Fly Fishing Outfitters, I wanted to share this report about a very good fishing trip that my friend and fishing partner (Charlie Swett) and I had with Jason Osborn.
For the last couple of years Jason has mentioned to the both of us that we should try a drift boat trip with him on the Wynoochee River in SW Washington. I do not like to be cold and wet, especially at the same time, so I am not into winter Steelhead fishing like I was when I was much younger. I spend about 90 days a year guiding on the Lower Deschutes River for summer Steelhead, I am normally a “fair weather angler”! 
Charlie really wanted to try this trip and I was excited about fishing with Jason. We put a trip together for Monday December 29th and drove about 2 1/2 hours to Montesano from West Linn and stayed in a motel so that we could meet Jason in the morning. We had a nice breakfast at a local restaurant and met Jason at 7:00. We loaded our gear into his new pickup truck and drove on the road upriver to a location that we could slide the boat into the river. We were pleased to see only one other boat that was launching at the same time. We never saw them throughout the day until when we took out at dark.
We brought our single hand 8 weight rods with floating line and Jason rigged us with a strike indicator and a bead (which looks like a Salmon egg) and he placed it about 2’ above a small hook. As he rowed the boat, Charlie and I made many casts to place our beads into the river where the Steelhead would be holding. The river was dropping in height, the color of the water was clear and the outdoor temperature was cold, it was so cold that the guides were icing up on our rods! I did ok with the freezing temperature and I would rather have a clear and cold day then a rainy and cold day!
The section of the Wynoochee that Jason floats is a perfect winter Steelhead stream. We drifted about 15 river miles, which is a long float for a day with lots of water to fish. The river corridor is very scenic with not much access and we did not see any homes along the way until lower in the float. Jason stayed on the oars all day except to re-tie our lines when we would accidentally cast them into trees (which was often) or when they would get hung up underwater on rocks and logs. Jason had a good supply of the tackle that we needed, different sizes and colors of beads, leader and split shot weights, which was used to get the bead down to the level of where the Steelhead would be holding. This section of the Wynoochee would be difficult to fish swinging flies, because of the length of the drift. You could choose your spots, but there would be much time spent rowing and floating past a lot of fish holding water. Jason provided us with a nice deli style sandwich and we were able to anchor in a good location that had sunshine, we welcomed as much of the warmth that we could soak in.
Charlie was the first one to land a nice 6-7 pound hatchery Steelhead and then I followed up with an identical twin. Both of the fish were bright and in good condition. According to Jason, the Wynoochee gets a good run of hatchery and wild Steelhead. After the first of the year and into the early spring there will be more fish available with the chance for a double digit Steelhead.
It was a very enjoyable fishing adventure with Jason and Charlie. Jason was upbeat all day and showed confidence that we should be hooking fish. I would recommend Jason as a fishing guide to beginners or experienced anglers. Charlie and I are on the schedule to fish with him again in late December and since I do not like to be cold and wet at the same time I will hope for another nice day!
Brad Staples

Posted by Jack on 01/05 at 10:42 AM in (0) CommentsPermalink

Winstons Newest Look

R.L. Winstons new Nexus Proves it can hold it’s own

When we first heard that the GVX Select was going away we were pretty bummed and skeptical. We all grew to love the smooth reliable action from Winstons “mid range” rod, and at $550 we considered the GVX to be the best bang for the buck rod on the market, which it was. Now enter the Nexus. First off, Winston stepped out of the deep green color scheme and went to black. My first impressions were love at first sight. Actually, the more I look at these rods, the more the black appeals to me. As always, the fit and finish on Winston rods is nothing short of perfect, and these rods are no exception.

I now have a couple months fishing and guiding with these rods, both in my hands and clients hands. and I feel that I’ve spent enough time with them to give an accurate and honest report. In short, they absolutely kick complete ass. Light, responsive, tough, and versatile, not to mention the came down $50 from the GVX Select. While the Nexus is considered by Winston to be a fast rod (and it is a bit faster than the GVX), by most of todays fast rod comparisons, to me they are a true moderate, and I think that’s a very good thing. When we’re talking ease of casting, mending, and total on the water control, a moderate rod will almost always out perform a fast rod, and for all day fishing, the moderate rod will better on your shoulder and wrist. Where I notice the stiffness increase in this rod is exactly where I felt the GVX Select needed more, right in the butt up to a foot or so above the cork. While it’s not always a big deal for fighting fish, when you do get a pig on board, the extra power is very welcome.

All and All, the Nexus has easily taken the top spot for best bang for the buck, and in all actuality, they could charge another $150 and it would still be a deal. 

Posted by Jack on 12/03 at 04:09 PM in (0) CommentsPermalink

Silvers keepin’ on

And the Coho fishing continues. November has been a very wild weather month, but when the river is fishable, the fish are there and willing to eat. New fish continue to come in, and we should see solid fishing into mid December. Early December will also kick off the start of our Winter Steelhead season.

Posted by Jack on 11/12 at 11:06 AM in (0) CommentsPermalink

Your newest Able dealer

We are happy to announce that we are now Abel dealers. Abel makes some of the finest products in the entire industry and their quality is matched my none. We will have some reels in stock soon and can take custom orders now.

Posted by Jack on 09/23 at 02:26 PM in (0) CommentsPermalink

New Simms Plier Is Here

Prime pinchers with ample in-hand ergonomics, Simmsā€™ 7-inch-long Made in USA Plier puts the squeeze on the competition with an advanced design crafted from lightweight, durable aircraft-grade aluminum. Non-slip attributes stem from a hollow stainless steel hinge and a precision-placed exterior finger guard. Additional features include a beveled notch for tightening knots, replaceable stainless steel jaws and tungsten carbide cutters, lanyard clip-in points, and a compression molded nylon holster that comes standard.

  Ultra-lightweight, extremely durable with aircraft grade aluminum
  Hollow stainless steel hinge allows for better grip
  Exterior finger guard to prevent slippage, beveled notch for tightening knots & retractor clip-in points
  7ā€ length; compression molded nylon holster included

APPROX. WEIGHT: 5 oz
DIMENSIONS: 7.5 x 2.5 x 2

Posted by Jack on 07/17 at 10:37 AM in (0) CommentsPermalink

SWWA Summer Steelhead

We are having some decent days up in SW Washington. The fish have been spread out, be we seem to be finding a couple most days. All the fish have been dime bright and have really been putting on a show once hooked. This little girl made about 6 cartwheels upstream before finally calming down enough to be landed.

Posted by Jack on 06/21 at 09:17 AM in (0) CommentsPermalink

Deschutes Still Kickin’

First time out fly fishing and first fish in hand, the Deschutes Redsides didn’t stand a chance. Anna attacked the river like a pro and showed us how it’s done, continuing to hook fish the rest of the day. Congrats!!

The Deschutes is still putting out good numbers of fish. The big bugs are making early afternoon to late evening flights and the fish are looking up. We will say, the later you stay, the better the fishing. the last hour and a half of the day has been light out. With the water lower than normal this year, we’re finding fish a little further out in the river than other years on dries. Fishing the banks is still producing fish, but don’t be afraid to fling that bug mid river a few times. Make sure to switch up often if fish aren’t responding to your fly. Often the color of choice can change from day to day or even hour. 

Posted by Jack on 05/31 at 02:42 PM in (0) CommentsPermalink

Steelhead Fishing Heating Up

Summer Runs are showing up in fairly good numbers and we’re getting fish with some regularity now. As the week goes on and the river drop the fishing should get better in the classic summer runs spots. Here is 1 of 3 landed in Jasons boat Sunday.

Posted by Jack on 05/13 at 02:44 PM in (0) CommentsPermalink

Summer Fish Are Showing up

Hot off the Clack this morning,  Nick Rowell and company hit 2 fish and landed this beauity. This is great to see, as May can offer some of the best summer steelheading the vally has to offer. They are bright and full of fight!

Posted by Jack on 05/06 at 12:36 PM in (0) CommentsPermalink

Deschutes Spring

It’s hard to get better than the Deschutes in April. The weather is perfect, the river is almost entirely yours, and the trout are eating all day. I hit it Sunday, starting around 9 and getting off close to dark. After a winter of steelheading it was a nice change of pace being back on a trout stream, looking up and down river and not seeing a soul in sight. All and all, the fishing was great. The fish are starting to move out of the slow water and nose into some of the deeper riffles and seams, and every spot I stopped gave up a few nice 12”-16” fish. As I expected, stone nymphs fished deep, were the name of the game, but a few of the bigger fish came on #16 king princes and #14 pheasant tails. No hatches to speak of, but there were some caddis in the bushes, so after this week of warm weather, I would expect some surface action coming up soon.

Posted by Jack on 04/08 at 09:39 AM in (0) CommentsPermalink

Sandy Chrome

Spring Bling!
Ted Neely has been on the Sandy mining for chrome and finding plenty of it. March and April are great months to be out on the east side, and usually we will find some overlap between late winters and early summers. To contact Ted for a trip visit his web site: http://www.tedsflyfishing.com/index.php

Posted by Jack on 03/28 at 09:59 AM in (0) CommentsPermalink

After The Long Wait

It’s been a long 3 weeks waiting for the rivers to rise, then drop. Sunday was finally the day it all came together again. The steelhead gods rewarded our patience with this beauity. After a couple came un-pinned, Here, Keefer holds the perfect winter steelhead on a trip out with Jason.

Posted by Jack on 02/24 at 05:25 PM in (0) CommentsPermalink
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