Tuesday, December 4, 2007


This cold snap has slammed the fishing into the ice box. Frozen fly lines, leaders and flies. Not to mention ice frozen onto the waders. The cold snap has also cooled the fishing down. We had to fish hard for the fish we did catch.

Oak Orchard River will remain fishable throughout most of the winter as long as the flow remains adequate. On this day we were obviously using winter fishing techniques. That is fishing with strike indicators, small flies and light tippits. Even though we did find a few fish in the riffs and runs, all the fish that were interested in biting were located in the pools.

Hopefully with all the weather that is predicted for this week, we will get enough rain and snow to bring the water flows up a little for the Oak Orchard. Until then there is still plenty of Brown trout and a few Steelheads hanging around to make the fishing interesting. However the low water is going to make the fishing technically tough.

Productive flies -- recently we have been using small egg patterns. Nuclear roe bugs size 10 and 12 colors pink and Oregon cheese have been the most productive. The same goes for small glow bugs size 10 and 12 colors pink, Oregon cheese, apricot if you like you can tie a small blood dot. For streamers I have been staying with the bunny streamers, any color is good as long as it is white.

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