Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Are you interested?

Hope you all are having a lot of cheer in the holiday season. We just want to plant the seed with you in case you are interested in some of the fun stuff we have going on in 2015. We take care of most of our booking for the whole year in the next three weeks. Things fill up and we hope to be able to connect with you before they do!


January through May. Get in on this! The time is fast approaching!

June and July. 
Multi day trips for friends and family. Fully guided or self guided. Contact us for full details.


Day trips and camp trips August through October. We utilize a 20' Wooldridge jet boat launching out of Macks Canyon. Secure your dates now!


November Splender
Contact us for our limited availability.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Help Prevent the Collapse of Olympic Peninsula Steelhead


The Olympic Peninsula is home to the last great native populations of winter steelhead in Washington State. The fish are unique because of their large size, with some individuals exceeding the rarified 30lb mark.  Although the populations were considered "healthy" by the State of Washington when they were last reviewed, they have experienced a long-term decline in abundance. Declines have occurred despite these populations occupying watersheds containing the most intact habitat on the coast of California, Oregon and Washington.  The populations may be resilient, but their declines necessitate proactive and precautionary changes to management to avoid further declines and listing under the Endangered Species Act.   
The Olympic Peninsula is one of three regions left not listed under the Endangered Species Act but with the current downward trends, it could be listed soon. 
Do your part as an angler and Sign the Petition

We ask that the Statewide Steelhead Management Plan that was adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in 2008 be enacted this year.  Some specific examples might include:
•MSH escapement goals were developed in the 1980’s and included several assumptions that we now know are false—a reevaluation of escapement goals and Olympic Peninsula steelhead population dynamics is needed.
•MSH escapement targets should incorporate uncertainty in run sizes and harvest rates to ensure a high probability of goals being met despite poor monitoring data
•Efforts should be made to test assumptions in measuring escapements and harvest rates to ensure fisheries management reflects actual population biology and is not systematically inaccurate.
•Although MSH is the court-ordered co-management objective, the state is free to do what it wishes with its portion of the catch—Washington should be managing its portion of the catch with conservation as its first objective as is mandated by the mission statement of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
•Mandatory catch and release of wild steelhead in sport fisheries would preserve fishing opportunity while ensuring better conservation of declining wild stocks.
•More widespread use of Selective Gear Rules for both commercial and sport particularly in times and places where few hatchery fish are present, or in where large numbers of resident rainbows and juveniles steelhead are handled, would better protect wild steelhead by increasing the survival of released fish.
•Increased monitoring and enforcement for sport and commercial (tribal) fisheries would ensure compliance with existing regulations and accurate data for fisheries management
•In-season management would allow fisheries to be proactively shut down or effort reduced if in-season creel data from sport of tribal commercial fisheries suggested escapement goals were unlikely to be met
•Wild steelhead gene banks need to be established in multiple watersheds—preferably in the largest and healthiest watersheds which have the highest probability of supporting self-sustaining, abundant, and productive steelhead populations into the future.
*Forming public work groups with a diverse group of stakeholders to identify Wild Steelhead Management Zones
*Accountability for gill net by-catch drop out and mortality of kelts and ripe fish.  Must be part of commercial catch quota .
•Establish limited entry or a quota of "fishing from a boat rod days" in certain sections of river for guides and non-guided anglers. ( tag systems in sensitive holding areas)
*Require a special endorsement for guides to limit the extent of guiding on the Olympic Peninsula rivers. 
If we make some changes and sacrifices we can prevent the collapse of the Olympic Peninsula steelhead.  If we don't we can expect further listings under the Endangered Species Act and further loss of fishing opportunity and hard economic hit to rural communities. 

It is essential that the State, the ONP, and the Tribal co-managers work together to come up with a recovery plan that puts the health of these fish populations first. If we all take care of wild fish, wild fish will take care of us.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Steelheaders Unite

Wild Steelhead - Myers from Trout Unlimited on Vimeo.

If you love steelhead and rivers and call yourself a steelheader don't miss the launch of TU's Wild Steelhead Initiative. 


Wild Steelheaders United



Washington
Seattle
Earl Harper Studio — 6:30p.m.
5531 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
PHONE: (206) 763-9101
For more information, contact host John McMillian.
Idaho
Boise
Empire Room — 7:30p.m.
205 10th St.
Boise, ID 83702
For more information, contact host, the Ted Trueblood chapter.
Oregon
Portland
Lucky Lab Taphouse — 6:30p.m.
1700 North Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR 97217
PHONE: (503) 505-9511
For more information, contact host Dwayne Meadows.
Wild Steelheaders United
Juneau – (Kickoff and Wild Reverence Showing)
Silverbow Inn Backroom — 6:30p.m.
120 Second Street
Juneau, AK 99801
PHONE: (907) 586-4146
For more information, contact host Mark Hieronymus.
California
Santa Cruz/Monterey
Seminar Room, Moss Landing Marine Laboratory — 6:30p.m.
8272 Moss Landing Rd.
Moss Landing, CA 95039
PHONE: (831) 771-4400
For more information, contact host Sam Davidson.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A River Between Us



The first time I met Jason Atkinson, he was holding a fly rod in one hand and a cold Tecate in the other, resting it on his abdomen.” Minutes earlier he had lodged a rooster fly in his side not due to lack of skill, he will point out it was howling cross winds that afternoon.

“This isn't as bad as the bullet I took to my leg a couple years back.”  He belts with confidence.  Jason has 14 years of Oregon senate experiance and doesn't fit the stereotype.  Currently he is taking a sabbatical from politics to rid the guilt of his grandmothers request, to restore the Klamath River.     I'm honored to know a former politician that has the guts to put everything on the line to bring diverse stakeholders together to save a river and bring back Salmon.  Check out this video. "A River Between Us"


Friday, October 31, 2014

TU Wild Steelhead Initiative



The passion to catch wild steelhead is a bond that unites anglers young and old, urban and rural, liberal and conservative. Wild steelhead have inspired thousands of anglers to become conservationists. Until now, their conservation efforts have been primarily local, focused on specific rivers and led by small groups of dedicated volunteers. Never before has there been a broad initiative that effectively focuses the ideas, energy, and actions of the large  community of wild steelhead anglers. 

On Nov. 20, Trout Unlimited will launch the Wild Steelhead Initiative, a project to protect and restore the wild steelhead and the fishing opportunities they provide throughout their native range in Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
The Initiative will address both habitat protection/restoration and steelhead policy and management to align all of the "H's" (habitat (including hydro), hatcheries, and harvest) so that wild steelhead can thrive.
To Kick off the initiative, TU will host simultaneous events on November 20 in Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
Seattle – Earl Harper Studio 6:30 p.m.
Boise – Enterprise Building, 7:30 p.m.
Juneau – Silverbow Inn, 6 p.m.
Portland – Lucky Lab Taphouse, 6:30 p.m.
Santa Cruz – Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Swing the Fly 2.2



Don't miss this issue some great reading on  the history of spey casting, finding a mentor and swinging for trout.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Hello October Steelhead

Made in Montana, hooked in Oregon. Photo by Jess Gibson
With the lack of time to tie flies, I'm thrilled when friends gives me a few of their patterns to fish, especially when the flies are tyed by the person that cuts my waders. A few weeks ago I was gifted this red and black fly by Clay Krull, perfect for Deschutes summer steelhead and it paid off.   Clay is Simms' lead fabric cutter, he lays out Locke's blueprints on his 16-yard-long cutting table. Wearing a metal mesh glove, he guides a fabric saw through various thicknesses of the fabric, cutting along razor-thin lines all designed to minimize waste.
Simms-Made in the USA
photo by Brian Grossenbacher’s

"I think I've cut the patterns for 99.9 percent of the waders we've made over the last seven years," Krull says.


The patterns that Locke prints out and Krull cuts are filled with lines that come within a fraction of an inch of each other. Any waste, which is generally thin strips of fabric, is collected for recycling in a bin simply marked "Gore."  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wondering about Deschutes Water Temperatures


If you fish the Deschutes you've noticed changes in  the summer water temperatures, the presence of brown algae, unreliable Macroinvertebrates hatches and steelhead runs are later. Like me, you wonder what is going on and what is being done. Deschutes River Alliance (DRA) has been collaboratively working using, science-based solutions to address basin-wide threats that may adversely affect the health and function of the lower Deschutes River and tributaries.  I've asked Dave Moskowitz of Deschutes River Alliance a few questions. 

Can you  tell me the current status of water releasing and how this is effecting steelhead?  
No data has been released from the Pelton fisheries workshops that were held in March.  Our understanding is that results are very poor. What is available are the trapdata at Pelton, and returning numbers are really poor as well for adults.  I'm talking about reintroduction returns for the arts of the river above Pelton-Round Butte. 

 It seems there is more green and brown algae that I would relate to warm water, is this true? What kind of algae is it?  
The green plants you see in many runs are not algae but a plant.  There is the elodea which is dark green, and then there is a bright green plant that grows in many places as well.  Those are not algae.

The primary algae in the lower river are two species of nuisance algae that are more golden brown or dull beige-green.  These are not invasive but are considered nuisance because they are inedible by bugs and snails. Algae is the base of the food chain but not the primary species we are seeing in the lower river.

The algae is not primarily here because of the temperatures.  The flow regime for the lower river begins in January and there is primarily a top release from Lake Billy Chinook (LBC) and it continues through the spring and early summer.  The warm water may help the algae bloom earlier but the top releases are of nutrient laden waters and they are the principle risk to the lower river.
 
Have the hatches been effected ? Later or earlier hatches? 
The bug hatches are continuing to be affected.  Few if any March browns.  Very sporadic PMD and PED hatches with some amazing hatches followed by nothing.  Same with caddies.  Blizzard hatches one day, nothing the next.  No crane flies.  Huge midge hatches.  Timing and density appear to be very variable.  Trout guides cannot count on dry fly fishing and often are nymphing to find fish.

Rick Hafele has over 100 observations loaded on our bug hatch app that is being used by guides up and down the River.  We are excited about a second year of reports.  His report from 2013 is available here.

DRA also helped ODFW with a trout survey this spring - their first trout study since 2001 - and that report will be out this fall. 


 What is Deschutes River Alliance doing ? 
We have been doing things that really require expertise on water quality monitoring (we had 14 people in the field for our water quality tests).  We have been limiting the hatch observations to very skilled anglers who know the difference between caddies species, for instance.  

Water temp data can be gleaned from the USGS sites at Madras and Moody.  We have helped PGE place and retrieve water temp devices for two years and have not been given the results.  

We did our own temp profile of the entire lower 100 miles this summer.  Also took pictures of the algae growth from the air.  We will have a bunch of info by late October.


 DRA is trying to use our money wisely so we do not print up color stuff much. Check the website for more info on what we are doing. 

We will be doing more scientific work in 2015 but we will likely be on to much more.  We are in strategic planning mode right now.  
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 How can people help?
" Please visit our website and get informed about the issues as we have a ton of information about the Deschutes and what we have learned.  The Hafele Hatch Report is a good place to start.  Stay informed, sign up to receive email and alerts and if you love the Deschutes, please make a contribution of any size!"



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Last Chance to tell the EPA to Protect Bristol Bay

Your voice counts! - click here to take action.
Photo courtesy of Maeva and Allison - Bristol Bay Fisherman

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Look Snazzy


For a limited time, Simms will contribute 50% of all Ebbtide LS Shirt sales to the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, an organization devoted to guaranteeing Americans quality places to hunt and fish bu influencing federal policy. 
Purchase Here

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Good Morning...


Monday, August 25, 2014

New Parents and Still Fishing

The best way to get your kids into fishing, start'em early!

In the Ditch from Chris Eaton on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Grab


I was standing there dreaming and the reel started SCREAMING. The line burned my fingers it was going out so fast and I was in to the running line in seconds. I can still see the fish come out of the water, cartwheel and spit the hook, drops of water flying off it, lit by the morning sun. 

That kind of grab.

-a spey bro

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Gualala River Petition



The native, ESA-listed salmon and steelhead of the drought-stricken Gualala River, in California, need your help. Thanks in large part to the pressure that we put on the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) a year ago, the CDFW is finally taking action to fix the critically flawed low-flow closure system on the North Central-Coast of California.
Currently, the North Central-Coast Low-Flow Closure is triggered by a gauge on the Russian River, whose flows are highly regulated by dams. The last three years have each had extended droughts in the middle of the winter steelhead season. Each year, the coastal streams have dropped down to mere trickles, yet have remained open to fishing because dam releases keep the Russian up above the low-flow trigger. The ESA-listed fish are forced to congregate into a handful of shrinking holes below restricted passage areas, and then subject to increased angling pressure. It also makes poaching enforcement more difficult when the fish are most vulnerable.
CDFW is preparing regulatory changes to move the trigger for North Central-Coast streams to one or more gauges on rivers that are more representative of the region’s small, undammed coastal streams, like the Gualala. Key issues will be which gauge(s) and low-flow triggers to use, how often CDFW will update its closure status.
The brief comment period ends August 7, 2014, so now is the time to voice our support for an appropriate low-flow closure trigger to protect these ESA-listed winter steelhead and coho from increased angling pressure (and poaching) during the extreme low-water conditions that have become the norm in this part of the state.

Sign the petition now!


Monday, June 23, 2014

Our Two Hands

Marty, Tegan and I are happy to be a part of this great project. An examination of fisher-people in pursuit of Salmonids with a swung fly and their collective desire to ensure the species survival. Check it out. More to come!

Our Two Hands Kickstarter Campaign Teaser from BLOODKNOTS on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Clean Up the Trask



Here's a great volunteer opportunity for June 28th. 

Please RSVP to customerservice@adventuresacrossor.com


Adventures Across Oregon

Sunday, June 15, 2014

What Steelheading Taught Me About House Hunting in a Sellers Market

The last three months Marty and I have been looking for a house to buy,  every free moment is spent  on the computer looking at the same places over and over; waiting for something new to pop up. We have limited ourselves to the little town of Corbett because we transferred Tegan to Corbett Grade School after spring break. The school is ranked 2nd in Oregon, for good reason, every student participates in music, art and the style of teaching is a continuous progress model .(Not to create more competition) the Corbett school district is  incredible and the location is very desirable,, the Sandy River is minutes away and Portland is a 30 minute drive. This is not a buyers market so we have started looking else where.

We have heard of houses selling that never hit the RLMS and never had a chance to look at. We've looked at crack houses listed for 185,00 and fixers for 325,000. We've made offers on two places; outbid once and the second is pending (found out the septic was bad but still put in an offer for 20,000 less) discouraged .. yes...and...

This house hunting is cutting into our fishing time. 

In the quest to buy and keep my sanity I started thinking about the strategies of house hunting and how similar they are to hunting steelhead.

This is the conclusion:

* When inventory is low (or steelhead numbers) don't get discouraged... keep searching there's one out there. 

* If a house comes on the market be the first one there, get yourself in position to make the first offer...  Watch dam counts (for summer steelhead) watch for a dropping river and when you see the opportunity, be ready and be the first one out there to grab the prime spot. 

* Don't force it, if it's meant to be it will happen. Some people say a steelhead picks you. 

We're ready, anytime...    Do you have any house hunting tips?





Monday, June 2, 2014

National Fishing and Boating Week

Marty stays cool and calm in a full boat. 

This is National Fishing and Boating week. In a perfect world we would all get the week off to de-stress, promote conservation and go fishing.  Take a day and get on the water this week with family and friends or participate in a local activity that promotes fishing, conservation and having fun.

This is a week to:

  • De-stress: Boating is ranked as one of the top 3 of all stress-relieving activities
  • Connect with Nature: 90% of Americans live within an hour of navigable water
  • Help Conserve: The funds from your fishing licenses and boat registrations go towards the conservation of our natural aquatic areas

 Oregon it's Free Fishing Weekend June 7th-8th. Check out whats going on in your state HERE.









Thursday, May 29, 2014

Knut

You will be missed.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fun With Little Creek Outfitters!


We have opportunities for you! 
June on the John Day River is right around the corner. Bass trips are for the angler looking for serious fun! We have an opening for your group no matter how small or large. 

August-October we have a Deschutes steelhead trip ready to plan with you. Jet boat or drift boat to accommodate your desire. Lets do this!  

In November we have the much sought after John Day Steelhead. These trips fill fast and we happen to have a few openings. We don't want you to miss out on this!

guides@littlecreekoutfitters.net
(503) 819-4035

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bizarro world

In the Bizarro world of "Htrae" ("Earth" spelled backwards), society is ruled by the Bizarro Code which states "Us do opposite of all Earthly things! 

This is where we went fishing last week.
Bizarro World. 
Our guides instructions where opposite of our understanding and we went along with it to amazing success. As a guide you realize the importance to following instructions. We are fascinated by steelhead and how each strain, river, and behaviour is different for every basin. In guiding many different rivers in Oregon it is amazing to observe the subtle and not so sly differences. 


One particular river we fished last week held very large steelhead. They were grabby fish too. It was epic. Each and every great looking bucket, run, pool, hold, pocket had little to mostly no fish. Thats right, empty! And we did quite well. Basically we fished all the water that looked void, empty, and featureless. What? 



Welcome to bizarro world, where winter steelhead eat skaters, presentation matters not, and 20lb steelhead hold behind a rock the size of a baseball.



Even so bizarre, Brian Silvey smiled...Once.



 So bizarre, these dark bucks had sea lice!


The not so bizarre:
The fish fought hard, we worked for every one, and as usual had tons of fun!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fly Fishing Collaborative

 Fly Fishing Collaborative, a group of dedicated anglers using their fly fishing skills to inspire social change and a humanitarian approach to fishing, by helping children affected by human trafficking.

fly fishing collaborative from Ian Pratt on Vimeo.

Monday, April 14, 2014

SOR and Casting for Recovery Update

Teresa, Me and Rebecca
Wonderful time at SOR this year, with great food and spirits, super company and amazing casting from the men and women, it’s impressive to see records being broken (Travis Johnson making a 198 foot cast) and the women making cast over 140.  The limits keep getting pushed, the casters keep progressing and new competitors enter each year .

Happy to raise funds again for the Northern California and Northern Oregon CFR retreats based on my longest cast.  (Made a 142 and still have the current record for longest cast!)  Congrats to all the women for kicking ass this year!

CasterLeft sideRight side
Left SnakeLeft SingleRight SnakeRight SingleTotalLongest
  Whitney Gould129132138135534138
  Mia Sheppard130142124129525142
  Marcy Stone116123132130501132
  Kara Knight116105117135473135
  Donna O’Sullivan122110109128469128
  Adrienne Comeau111111110125457125

Much gratitude for all the support and a big thanks to Rebecca Blair, Teresa LaBlanc for keeping me on track. GaryAnderson , Joe and Deloris Saracione and Simon Heish (Nextcast Products)  and Simms Fishing and Costa Sunglasses for the awesome gear, Franny Krieger for the hosting Tegan and I (Tegan really enjoyed her time with you) Travis Johnson for always talking me into competing and big hugs to Marty for putting up with me.   Special thanks to all that donated: Whitney Gould (Congrats on 1st!) Doug Morgan, Rebecca Blair, Will Johnson, Chris Wilson, Scott Humphreys, Bill Swindell, Judith O’keeph, Tim Purvis, Emily Untalan, Henry Carlile, Ken Johnson, Larry Lessard, Jeffery Howard, Doug Morgan, Doug Ballinger, Paul Ridgeway, Eric Adema, Mark Heath, Anne Vitalie, Steve Egge, Teresa LeBlanc, Larry Friedman, Debbie Mathis, Joann Martinez, Paul Gatti,  August Abellar, Anthony Conte, Ingrid Medina, Steve Gomes, Marke Estis, Byron Jones, Kenji Muro, Fanny Krieger, Ken Morando, and many more that signed up at the ponds, sorry I don't have everyones names at this moment.  

My longest cast was 142 and Doug Morgan was the closest guessed 144.5, call me, let’s get a date on the calendar!   Mark Heath wins the Gary Anderson rod.