Dear Fellow Anglers: The BNSF Railroad Company announced that they will be closing public access and posting NO TRESPASSING signs on their rail line in the Oak Springs Fish hatchery area on the Deschutes River.
Apparently during the salmonfy hatch this May, there were a lot of people fishing this area and some anglers were uncooperative in getting completely of the tracks when trains were approaching. Due to the public's unwillingness to move a safe distance away from train traffic and/or work crew activities, several complaints were called into BNSF headquarters from railroad employees. Obviously the concern from BNSF is public safety and of course not to be liable if anyone is injured or killed.
This means the public will NOT be allowed to walk along or cross the tracks from R/R mile marker 51 down stream to Whiter river. Railroad Law Enforcement will issue citations to those trespassing on railroad property. At this time the only way you access this area is by boat.
If you have questions, or would like to make a formal comment, you may contact BNSF (360) 418-6350.
You can and should contact ODFW's main office (503) 947-6000 and ask for the "Public Access Department". They specifically work on keeping public access open for our enjoyment.
We just got a shipment of: TFO BVK Fly Reels That Were Designed by Lefty Kreh
The story is that Lefty Kreh grew up poor, and while on the way to becomeing the world's most recognised and most beloved fly angler, he also learned the art of being thrifty. Lefty is an incredible athlete in his own right. In his youth, Lefty was so uncanny in the shooting sports that Remington Firearms Company hired him to demonstrate their rifles and shot guns in front of huge crowds. During mid-life Lefty wowed thousand of anglers at sportshows my demonsrating fly casting. In his heyday Lefty took fly casting to a dimension that has rarely, or maybe ever duplicated. Of course every tackle company wanted Lefty on their team. They rained the finest tackle the world make upon him. Kefty didn't need to design his own fly reels, but he remembered growing up poor, when fly fishing was a rich guy sport. Lefty wanted to design great tackle that average-income type people could afford. His rods and reels reflect the philosophy that everyone deserves a shot at fly fishing. The BVK Series of rods and reels are glorious in this respect. They are truely great tackle at an affordable price: $239.95 - $259.95 Get more information on the BVK Reels
We just got a shipment of Patriot Steelhead flies. Developed by Frank Amato in the 1970's, for the last 30-years they have proven to be the go-to fly for a select group of anglers fishing for summer steelhead on both sides of the Cascades. This is a pattern that fishes well with a floating line, even in the bright sunlight: More Patriot Information
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The Salmonfly Hatch is lingering on in the Warm Springs to Trout Creek area of the Deschutes River. With the cooler weather this week, they may be around for another week, or more. Even in areas where no Salmonflies are visible, the trout are still looking up for the big bugs. Flies that look like Salmonflies or Golden Stones are productive when fished under overhanging trees and in deeper water along the tall grass. The best pattern is the CDC Salmonfly invented by Mr. Rene Harrop.
A dense hatch of Carpenter Ant Queens has hit the streams and lakes on the west side of the Cascade Mountains. The Trout are looking for them. This hatch will continue to happen at low elevations as the air temperatures rise, after the recent cooling trend subsides, then the flights will continue at higher elevations as summer progresses. Finally these hatches/flights will cease during August at the highest elevations. Carpenter And Queen flies will staple patterns for most of the early summer. There are hundreds of different kinds of ants, and each will have its own winged queen flight. It pays to be prepared with a selection of sizes of winged ant fly patterns in your fly box. Click for effective ant flies