Subject: Re: Champion!
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2002
Once again the British clothing giant Musto sponsored the International Open Spey Casting Championship at Broadlands on the river Test. It brought high drama to the climax of The CLA Game Fair. The capacity grandstand crowd was joined by hundreds, who lined the banks
as the excitement mounted. With six finalists having achieved casts
measuring in the high 40s (yards) during heats over the 3 day weekend, Steve Choate of
Kalama, State of Washington, USA, thrilled the crowd with an staggering 50
yard cast to win the competition. Sealing the
Championship was no easy feat: Steve and Ian Gordon from Speyside
(2001 Musto Champion) had tied for first place with 48 yards and
competed in head-to-head in a 'cast off'.
His fellow caster, also from Washington state, Way Yin, who was placed third in the final, nodded in agreement: "It's been an awesome experience for us. Believe me, the States has nothing to offer in comparison. We love it!"
Musto champion, Steve Choate, and his fishing companion, Way Yin, fish the Columbian Snake River watersheds, whose snow-fed rivers support a fine population of steelheads, the migratory rainbow trout of the US Pacific coast.
From the editor of "Insider":
Summer Steelhead/Salmon Run Predictions and Up-dates!
|Summer Steelhead Fishing is a key
part of the activity around
The Fly Fishing Shop. Fishing forays are made weekly to keep us up-to-date with first hand proprietary information. The best part is that Patty and I have to collect much of this information in person. Well that's just the way it is. It's dirty dangerous work, but someone has to do it.
Summer Steelhead/Salmon Run Predictions and Up-dates, by River!
|Clackamas River||Water conditions are good. Still fair numbers of fairly bright summer steelhead. An occasional bright Chinook is still available. Fishing has been good for skilled anglers. Expect a very large run of Coho Salmon September/October.|
|Clear Water River||No steelhead activity at present. Will start fishing in September/October. Best period for fly fishing October 1-15.|
|Deschutes River||Steelhead are in the river in good numbers. The best concentration of fish are from Shears Falls to the mouth of the river. Seasonal water conditions should be favorable. White River glacial run-off is always the wild card. Steelhead run is expected to exceed last ten year average.|
|Grand Rhonde River||No steelhead activity at present. Will start fishing in October/November. Best period for fly fishing is October 15 to November 15.|
|Hood River River||There are still good numbers of fairly bright steelhead stacked up in the mile below Power Dale Dam. The rest of the river from from the dam to the mouth has sparser numbers of fish. The problem is water color from glacial silt. Only on the coolest days is the river fishable. Best period for fly fishing May & June.|
|John Day River||Not much steelhead activity yet. A few fish are at the mouth of the river. Predictions of run size and water conditions are favorable for fall fishing. Best period for fly fishing October & November.|
|Klickitat River||There are fair numbers of very bright steelhead. The run will continue to build through the summer. The problem is the Klick is in and out with glacial turbidity. When it's clear it can be great. Most predictable period for fly fishing is October.|
|North Santiam River||Water conditions are good. Still good numbers of bright summer steelhead. Fishing has been good for anglers willing to cover a lot of water. Fishes well through October.|
|North Umpqua River||Good numbers of bright fish are scattered in the fly-only water now. This run will build throughout the summer. Seasonal water conditions should be favorable. Steelhead run is expected to exceed last ten year average. Best fishing period is August through October.|
|Rogue River||A few half-pounders in the lower river now. This run will build throughout the summer. Adult steelhead run will start in August. Seasonal water conditions should be favorable. Steelhead run is expected to exceed last ten year average. Best fishing period is August through October.|
|Sandy River||There are still good numbers of fairly bright steelhead stacked up below Marmot Dam. The rest of the river from from the dam to the mouth has sparser numbers of fish. The problem is water color from glacial silt. The Sandy went out early this year and is expected to be out much of the summer. Only on the coolest days is the river fishable. Best period for fly fishing April, May & October. Expect a very large run of Coho Salmon September/October.|
The Fly Fishing Shop has one of the most divers
and extensive collections
|Waking Flies for Steelhead & Salmon|
|NEW! Top Spot Skaters|
|These flies are designed to bring Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon to the surface.|
Surface fishing for steelhead is exciting and can be very productive during certain water conditions. These conditions happen on most rivers during the summer months when water temperatures and flows are moderate. Rivers, which contain a high percentage of wild steelhead from June through October, are the best bet. Wild steelheads seem more prone to rise to the surface than do hatchery fish.
In steelhead vernacular "Dry Flies" are fished up-stream and dead drifted, much like fishing for trout. Some steelheads have been taken by this method. However, flies, which are fished down-stream (under tension from the line and current), have proven more productive under most conditions. All of the flies reached by the links above can be fished "dry". However, bushy flies such as the Royal Wulff, Greased Liners, Bombers and Wally Wakers fish best.
A "Damp Fly" rides in the surface film. It is often cast slightly upstream and then led across the current under light tension, down-stream from the angler. This method is called "Greased Line Fishing". Flies that are best suited for this approach incorporate semi-buoyant materials in their dressing. Muddlers, Bombers, Greased Liners and Caddis lend themselves well to this presentation.
A "Waking Fly" is usually
presented down stream so that it will make a V-shaped disturbance in
the surface film. Waking flies are often attached to the leader with a
"Riffling Hitch" or are "Riffle Hitched". A
riffling hitch is a series of knots, which changes the attitude of the
fly/leader connection so that the fly pulls at an angle to the
current. In this way the fly will always seek the path of least
resistance which is the surface. The most commonly used riffling hitch
is made when the fly is tied on in the conventional manner and then
two half hitches are added behind the eye of the hook. These
half hitches can also be placed behind the head of the fly or even behind
the wing to change the angle. In this manner even very slender flies
can be riffled…if you have fast smooth water and can cast a very
straight line. Flies, which are constructed from buoyant materials and
shaped to resist the flow of the water, are easiest to use where the
surface is textured. These flies tend to ride high. Often the entire
fly is visible above the surface. All of the flies listed in
this section are commonly riffle hitched. The shape of the fly will
determine which is best suited for a particular water type. You should
carry a complete selection of waking flies.
|"The New Lexicon Webster's Encyclopedic Dictionary" defines et-i-quette as: the rules of behavior standard in polite society. In this letter they are simple rules to help avoid conflicts while fishing. Most fly fishermen don’t want onstream conflicts, which are most often caused by someone’s ignorance or lack of fishing etiquette.|
|Rule #1:||Do unto other fishermen
only what you would have them do unto you.
It only stands to reason.
|Rule #2:||Give other anglers their
Solitude can be an important part of angling. Be quiet.
|Rule #3:||Communication can solve a
lot of problems.
Talking to other angler can stop conflict before it happens.
|Rule #4:||The angler who gets there
first has first rights to a piece of water.
If he doesn't want to share, leave!
|Rule #5:||Don't cut the other guy
Never get into a run ahead of an angler who is fishing. Some anglers can cover a lot of water in a hurry. Ask if you can follow or go to the next run.
|Rule #6:||Leave nothing but your
Leave nothing. If you have to go potty, bury it.
|Rule #7:||Don't hog the water.
Fish through a piece of water in a reasonable length of time and then let someone else fish.
16-Hour On the
Water Steelhead Fly fishing School
|ST-CLASS-6||8-hour steelhead class with Mark Bachmann, Brian Silvey, August 16, 2002. Sold Out August 5, Sorry!||$195|
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