Sunday, March 03, 2002 1:00
to 5:00 P.M.
FREE! Fly Fisher's Round Table
This is a make-up for the program that was snowed out on January 20.
Featuring innovative fly tier: Derrick Fergus.
Derrick has spent hundreds of days fly fishing Oregon's premier trophy trout lakes.
One summer he spent almost three months straight at Davis lake.
Come and watch Derrick's slide show and join
him tying lake flies.
Derrick is a fly tackle rep for: Waterworks-Lamson, Airflo, Royal Wulff, Dr. Slick, Dyna-King, Riverborn, B.W. Sports, Fish Hunter and Dan Bailey's.
We will get him to spring for some nifty drawing prizes.
Refreshments will be served.
Day On The River With Don & Derrick
Derrick Fergus is one of the young tackle reps that I deal with on a regular basis. Don Roberts and I go back to ancient times when he was the editor of Fly Fishing The West Magazine. He has always been a great encouragement and model for my own literary career. Don's anglers, rivers and fish come alive and breathing on the pages. His projects continually push the envelope. He stimulates.
These two guys can fish. They have a mutual all
consuming love for steelhead, steelhead rivers and steelhead fly
fishing. They study fly fishing as scientists and
alchemists. They are best friends. They are very good
company on the water and off. I was beginning to nearly regret
that I had called for a short day so that I could join my wife &
some friends for a Blazers game.
For me it was a day off; row my boat, fish the water first if I wanted to, or watch and take pictures, no demands, no explanations. We fished hard. The water was clear with the level and temperature rising steadily all day. The day was balmy. The conditions were perfect or so they seemed. The steelhead didn't to concur. By two in the afternoon no fish had come to our flies. We agreed that there was only time to fish one more run before we had to quit. The run we picked as our last stand would be one of the most popular pieces of water on the river. We
|figured since it was early in the afternoon it should be unoccupied. We also agreed if it was occupied by too many other anglers, we would row by and quit early. As we rounded the last corner and the prospective water came into view it became apparent that there was a lone angler pitching gear way down|
at the tail-out. The run is over 150 yards long. There would be
plenty of room for the three of us and the gear guy. However as we
were parking the boat, the other angler waded out of the water and at
a fast pace changed his position to about 100 feet below the
boat. He started working the water with his casting rod,
shooting cats clear across the river. We looked at each other
with disbelief . The anglers body stance assured us that he
resented our company. We waited for him to start moving
downstream though the run. He stood in on place and basically
had us bottled up. We could see that he thought that we should
be impressed with his ability to cast the width of the wide
river. Derrick took his spey rod out of the boat and started
casting too. Pretty quick he was also casting the same distance
and the gear guy. He started working his way downstream as is
the normal custom. The gear guy refused to move. Don and I
leaned on the boat waiting to see what would happen next. Pretty
soon Derrick hooked a steelhead right in front of the guy and it ran
downstream and the guy had to reel in and get out of the way.
Then he walked upstream even closer to the boat. Derricks fish
came off because he was clowning around. He waded to the beach
and re-entered the water between the gear guy and the boat. Now
the space was pretty tight between the two anglers. Derrick's
second steelhead took on the near side of the river as spey line was
extended downstream past the gear guy. Once again he had to
leave water as a fish pulled Derrick downstream. The gear guy
watched for a while. This fish battled long and hard. It was a big wild chromer. It too came off the
Don followed Derrick and the gear guy left. I sat on the
downstream pontoon of my boat and watched these two guys fish
until it was time to go. Derrick had another pull, but the bite
was over. The Blazers beat the Hawks in the first quarter,
coasted to a 21 point lead by the third and finished with the second
squad in most of the fourth quarter, winning by 16.
Thanks Lord. Some days are just plain worth getting up for.
Miss The Sandy River Spey Clave!
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