" Westside " I never get over the beauty of steelhead flies these days. The vibrant colors of the new dyed natural and synthetic materials give you every combination you can imagine to work with. Of course the steelhead still seem to migrate back to the favorited colors of blue, purple, black, chartreuse .
Susan Luckey Higdon is inspired by the crystal clear waters of the Northwest, the Deschutes River in particular, and her husbands passion for fly-fishing. She paints native trout in their underwater world in a sort of borderless landscape. Color, pattern and unique perspective form the basis of her paintings. her goal is to capture the quicksilver flash or the swift passing shadow of fish in their environment and depict the mystery of their world.
Susan's paintings have been selected for the prestigious Pastel 100 and juried into shows by such iconic artist / jurors as Wolf Kahn. Gicl'ees from her underwater world series featuring native trout can be seen nationwide in McCormick & Schmick Seafood Restaurants and her paintings are in numerous corporate and personal collections.
Time for the shake down float to get the cob-webs out, make sure we did not forget how to row,
and catch a few fish. Water flows were low at a nice 298 CFS, so being crafty on the sticks would be a necessity as many rocks are exposed and just waiting to by hit.
Well, there was no rust on either Mary or I as the first run was flawless, even the low challenging rapids proved not challenge. Rigged with just a hopper, dropper, dropper rig, the fish decided to play relatively quick. The buffet line was open as stones, midges and baetis were all on the menu, and the browns and rainbows were eating equally.
What a joy to be back on the water, catching fish on our favorite river.
I hate the in-between time of hatches, as I have become (spoiled) to fishing large flies. The water is cold, and fish still pretty much keyed in on the winter foods of midges and large stones. I just don't get the trill of fishing this small stuff anymore and really don't like tying it either.
But it works and the fish are eating it. The Tweenner Time.
Mother's Day or the Tax Day Caddis hatch is not far way on many of the western freestone river. Of course there are a few great hatches in the way before we get to these. BWO's are right there and just waiting for the right conditions. In some area's the Skala's will also start appearing too.