Fly Tying
Brook Trout
Marmot Dam
New Pontoon Boats
Featured Artist

Sandy Watershed

FREE !!! Winter Round Table
February 11, 2001, Sunday - 1 to 5 p.m.
Tying & Fishing The Zonker
Zonkers are flies that imitate the baitfish that big fish feed on.  
Little else needs to be said unless you don't like catching big fish.
Bring your tying gear.  Bring a buddy. 

Brook Trout
Salvelinus fontinalis is a non-native specie in Oregon.  Originally Brook Trout (more commonly known as Eastern Brook Trout) occurred only in drainages east of the Rocky Mountains. Scientifically 
the Brook Trout is a Char and has fine scales and light colored markings on a darker background.  Gray to olive-green on the back.  There are unique vermiculations or worm-like markings on the back and dorsal fin.  The sides lighter in color with blue halos around pink or red spots.  White edge on lower fins and lower tail distinguish it from our native chars the Dolly Vardens and Bull Trouts.
The average length in Oregon is 8-12 inches but Brook Trout can be caught measuring up to 24 inches and weighing 4-7 pounds in some of the larger lakes. The world record Brook Trout was 14.5 pounds and caught in 1916 in the Nipigon River in Ontario. 
Breeding males develop a hook at the front of the lower jaw. Typical coloring is olive-green to dark brown on the back with silvery sides and pale spotting. All colors intensify at spawning time. The brook trout is native to northern North America and is widely distributed east of the Mississippi River. It occurs in clear, cool, well-oxygenated streams and lakes.  This species spawns in late summer or autumn

The Real Natives
Minnasota Brook Trout
Field & Stream

in gravel beds in the shallows of headwaters of streams and in some cases, the splash zones of som lake shores. The female digs the redd where she lays 100-5000 eggs depending on her size. They hatch 50-100 days later. The life expectancy is an average of five years.  Brook Trout were artificially propagated and
stocked in most cold water watersheds in Oregon by 1900.  Between 1915 and 1990 Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife had  a large stocking program with this specie, primarily in high altitude lakes.  Recently it has been determined that Brook Trout can cross breed with endangered Bull Trout. They also can out-compete endemic cutthroats.  These two traits have put them in the category as vermin to be eradicated in many watersheds.  There is no angling limit in many places.  Like most salmonids the brook trout is carnivorous and feeds upon a wide range of organisms. They have been known to eat their own eggs at spawning time and even their own young.  Brook Trout have been considered to be gullible and easy to take with flies.  Many of the old colorful East Coast wet flies of the 1930's were designed for Brook Trout.  Trout were less educated in the days before all of the dumb ones were genetically selected out by harvest oriented anglers.  Small Brook Trout can still be pretty stupid especially early in the season.   However by mid-summer or under spring creek situations large Brook Trout can be very challenging.  No matter where or how you find them Brook Trout are very beautiful to look at they are considered a delicacy.

All in a days work.  The battle over the removal of Marmot Dam from the Sandy River continues.  There is a meeting in Sandy, Oregon tonight at 7:00 pm.  
It will probably be a display of the human condition at it's most depressing level. Some of you will be familiar with the issues and some won't.  You won't have to know anything about fisheries or tell the truth to speak your  mind.  Or if you would like an evening of entertainment, come watch a room full of grown men make damn fools of themselves.  Admission is free.  Click here for more details.

Good old big 'uns!
Single person pontoon boats are great if you like your own company better than anyone else's.  But maybe your wife has become your best fishing buddy or some of the water you want to run is big and gnarly or you've decided to do some river camping.  Bottom line is you need a bigger boat.  Here are three models of pontoon boats that can get you to where you want to go in comfort and style.
Buck's Bags Double Haul  NEW for 2001
This 13 1/2' long beauty has a 600 lb. capacity which is enough to carry two normal size people and 200 lbs. of camping gear, enough to keep you out there for several days.  At a mere 160 pounds in weight it might even fit on the lumber rack on a full size pick-up.

Outcast PAC 1200
This 12' boat  has been around for a couple of years and will do class four rapids with two standard size people. Like the Buck's Double Haul is is made to fish from with one angler standing up.  It has a 600 lb. capacity, but with an aluminum frame only weighs 120 lbs.  

Outcast 1600 NEW for 2001
With a 1500 lb. capacity this boat is made to haul 3 anglers and can do gnarly white water.  It features an aluminum frame and floor boards.  At 16' long and 280 lbs. you better figure on breaking it down for transportation or buying a trailer. However this boat will haul you and a couple of buddies and enough gear to 
keep you camping on the river for several days.

The "Insider" is supported by sales through The Fly fishing Shop on-line Catalog.
If you like the "Insider" do your shopping, here.  ^
No Sales Tax  FREE SHIPPING ON EVERY ITEM !!!  Why leave your home to go shopping?

Paintings & Sculpture from the Banks of the Sandy River by Roger Cooke

"Muddy Fork Crossing"
The Timberline Trail, which circles Mt. Hood in Northern Oregon, has many stunning views, but this view ranks high on the list with Roger Cooke. This view is looking up at Mt. Hood from the crossing of the Muddy Fork, and offers a marvelous mix of glaciers, waterfalls, towering pinnacles, and the interplay of light moving across the scene.

"Foreign Competition"
The idea was born when Cooke was fishing for steelhead (ocean-going rainbow trout) one morning at a favorite location. As he watched from a front-row seat, one of nature's most joyous creatures, the otter, romped in the river and on the beachy sand. Down river, perched boldly atop a 120-foot high fir snag, was the nest of that magnificent fishing eagle, the osprey.  In his mind's eye, the artist saw a drama play out -- a confrontation between the playful otter and the powerful osprey over the ownership of a giant steelhead. A painting would not do it justice. The subject demanded the power of three-dimensional bronze.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto are camping in the desert and are asleep in their tent. Some hours pass and The Lone Ranger wakes his faithful friend. 
"Tonto, look up and tell me what you see." 
Tonto replies, "Why, Me see millions of stars." 
"What does that tell you?" asks The Lone Ranger. 
Tonto ponders for a minute.... "Astronomically speaking, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, it's evident the Lord is all powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. And what does it tell you, Kemo Sabi?" 
The Lone Ranger is silent for a moment, then speaks. 
"Well, Tonto,  it tells me that someone has stolen our tent."            
Thanks to Chris & Hawkeye

*  Sandy River Fishery Information Bank

Daily Fishing Report
Watershed Over-view
Sandy River Book
Biology Etc. 
Watershed Council Web Site
To Top

This could be your fly !!!

If you would like to read past "Insiders", click Archives

Your commentary is always welcome.  Drop us a line: 

  The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, OR

1(800) 266-3971

To Top

Fish long & prosper,
Mark & Patty

Top Fishing Websites at TopFishingSites.Com 4reel fishing top fishing sites Top Fishing Sites