We are just weeks away…

We are just weeks away…

  Arguably the best trout fishing of the year is just around the corner.  We have been busy getting ready to outfit you for all your Salmon Fly needs.  Thousands of flies, cases of floatant and shake, box upon box of leader and tippet have been coming in for the last month or so.  Are you ready?  WE ARE!
We thought we’d share a little bit about how to maximize your time on the river during this hatch.

Before you go

• Now is the time to test last years leaders and tippets.  If they have been stored properly they’re most likely okay, but you should check to be sure. 
• Clean your reel!  Most of today’s reels do not need any lubrication, so be sure before you lube.  Better yet, bring them into the shop for us to clean and pull maintenance, we will gladly do it for free.
• Check your fly line for any cracks or separation.  If they’re in good shape, clean them in the kitchen sink with dish soap.  Be sure to rinse well and run them through a towel a couple of times.  Note, only do the first 60 or so   feet unless you fish like your last names “Rajeff.”
• Organize your fly boxes.  This seemingly endless task was better suited during the last snow storm, but you were probably busy tying steelhead flies.
• Make sure you waders are still “dry” and patch any leaks.  Check the laces and felts on your boots to be sure there as ready as you are.

On the River

• Successful anglers will fish the hard spots.  You know that little break in the trees that you always say to yourself “I bet there’s a fish in there”, well that’s the spot.  Go for it and you will probably be delightfully surprised.  Shimmy down the shale on an inside bend, those boulders under the water are holding fish.  Break through the willows to cast under them either, side arm or with the “bow and arrow” cast.
• Change your fly often.  The successful angler not only watches their fly floating by, but also the water under it.  Looking for refusals…  If a fish refuses your fly, they want to eat!!!  Change to something they will eat.  Sometimes it’s the second fly and sometimes it’s the tenth.  Keep changing.
• Don’t tie up a hundred “Norm Woods Specials”, tie 10 each of ten different patterns.  Variety is key, when you think the fish went off the bite, change your fly.  If you are tying, get creative, tie a fly you’ve never seen before, sometimes a less realistic looking fly is best.  Hell, you may just create your new favorite.
• Keep on the move.  If possible start at the bottom of the spot and work your way upstream.  When I guided, we would often park the boat and work a mile of riverbank before hiking back to the boat.  Two to three casts in the little spots between the willows, then look for the next break.
• Play the fish as quickly as possible and keep them in the water as much as possible.  Please do not be a hero and bring your light rods, 5’s and 6’s give the trout the best chance for survival.  Nature gave them this hatch to help them rebuild their strength from the rigors of spawning. 
• Expect company.  Sorry, you will not be alone, this hatch brings crowds and that’s okay.  Just be sure to have it in your list of expectations and it might not bother you as much.


This is a prime target for your fly.


Bob’s Hat is a prime example of having a good selection of flies at the ready.


Salmon Flies are a great source of protein!

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