Fall Hatches Spark
|If you think that the biggest hatches and best dry fly fishing are in the spring and summer you should have checked out the caddis & midge activity on the Deschutes this past week. Hatches of of these aquatic insects made it nearly impossible to sit within 20' from a light at|
|night. Pictured above is the windrow of bug bodies that collected on the outer rim of the screen-house roof. Three species of caddis and four species of midges made up the mixture. The caddis were size 16/18 redish-golden brown, size 20/22 dark gray and sub-atomic size black. Midges were size 18-24 yellowish brown. The trout have been very responsive to all of this insect activity. I talked with two anglers riding Brian Silvey's boat the other day and they reported 40+ fish catches in the middle of the day. These fish were mostly caught with 16/18 Elk Hair Caddis dry flies. Some difficult fish were caught with a small nymph pattern dangled from the dry fly.|
Caddis are starting!
The Pacific Northwest has some spectacular giant caddis hatches. Most of these hatches are in the fall, but some cold spring creeks have hatches through much of
the winter and into the
spring as well. The fat bodies are colors that range from light tanish
orange to yellowish orange to bright orange to burnt orange. Wings are
usually gray but there are also brown tones. There are apparently a number
of different species in what is commonly called October Caddis or Fall
Caddis or Giant Caddis. Most belong to the family Dicosmoecus.
They range from California to Alaska.
Have you met Elmer, my "camp guard snake"? He is an easy going but venomous Crotalus viridis that loves to hunt & eat rodents. He usually hunts in late morning and early afternoon when air temperatures are most comfortable. Warm soft nights are also a time of activity. He guards one of my favorite camp sites. I'll let you speculate on which one. He hunts the rodents that feed on the scraps left by careless users of
|the camp while I am away. I first met Elmer when I left an open loaf of bread on top of a cooler where it was easy for some small rodent to get into. Sure enough one did. Elmer heard the commotion of the rodent getting inside the bread wrapper, and since he had heard that sound before, knew that a nice warm, soft, fuzzy morsel was for the taking if he played his cards right. It was an easy stalk. The cooler & bread were inside the floorless screen-house cook tent. The tent had a solid fabric skirt around the bottom, just higher than the rodent could see over. The path to the rodent was under this skirt and up the side of the cooler. This would enable the snake to get his head inside the sack before the rodent knew what was happening. A rodent inside a bread sack is an easy meal for a resourceful snake. The strike would be delivered quick and sure...then I came bumbling upon the scene and the rodent spooked from the bread wrapper and escaped with his life. This left Elmer stretch-out and exposed on the bare sand squarely in front of the tent door. Some people freak out when they encounter rattle snakes. I figured that Elmer might be in a precarious position when my two clients came into camp from the river. Elmer would have to move. I got a wading staff and herded him out of camp. He offered no resistance and retreated to spot where he was out of any probable human traffic. He hid under some alder roots for an hour and gave every body in camp something to ogle at. Elmer has become a regular resident. Be sure to leave lots of crumbs & garbage for the rodents to feed on. This way Elmer will have a perfect excuse to hang around camp & keep you company. One of these days I will tell you about Ellynor. She guards my other camp site.|
Since 1998 the Upper Sandy River Basin
Has Been Managed As A Wild Fish Sanctuary.
The angling rules and management strategy for all streams east of Marmot Dam (5 miles down stream from Brightwood) are as follows:
This area is managed as a wild fish sanctuary for the recovery of endangered salmon, steelhead and trout.
No hatchery fish are stocked in, or allowed to enter into this area.
All fish are wild.
All fish are protected. No kill is allowed.
Catch and release fishing with artificial lures and flies only. No bait is allowed.
Open last Saturday in May until October 31.
Steelhead and salmon are not to be bothered or caught.
Low returns of wild steelhead and salmon were the cause for endangered act listings of several sub-species.
A low mortality sport fishery will be allowed as long as the various listed species are gaining in numbers annually.
This management has been generally endorsed by anglers and other residents within the community.
There seems to be a general increase in the wild trout populations.
Wild summer steelhead run trends are also very encouraging.
This winter will tell more about the recovery of our once prodigious runs of will endemic winter steelhead.
In the next few issues of "Insider", I will explore my home waters and talk with the various managers to obtain information on fly fishing in my community. I'll let you know what I find.
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